March 18, 2013
Well first off everyone, thanks for even reminding me about it! (St. Patrick’s Day) It is pretty much as eventful as any other holiday. A bunch of people walking the streets of Hong Kong all going somewhere and in a hurry! Ha-ha! But it was a good day at church this week. I don’t know if any of you remember this but I was baptized on a St. Patrick’s Day! I think it would have been 12 years ago yesterday! That’s not a long time at all if you think about it!!! Spring Football is already starting? (ASU is starting their spring football practices.) I still remember the email where you guys announced we beat the Baja Mexicans! (The University of Arizona.) That was like last week! Wow time is flying by! And now Katie is having another baby!!! (Katie and Dallin have announced that baby #3 is on the way and expected to arrive around September 10.) That will make 3 people that I won’t know! (Sarah’s baby Hadley, born November 8, Julie’s baby Zachary, born on November 10 and this one.) And well…. something tells me that’s not going to be the final number. (What???) Anyway, the time is just flying by here.
This week was a pretty interesting week! Last week on P-Day we went and got lunch at IKEA. That’s the first time I’ve ever been in an IKEA – I know you are interested in that fact! That is such a Hong Kong store by the way. Those things are seriously just made to fit in a Hong Kong flat. Anyway after that we walked about the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Man that thing is cool! Supposedly there are exactly 10,000 Buddhas throughout all the different rooms and walkways and they are all different! It was really a very cool thing to see! You have to like check it out of something! (The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a Buddhist Temple in Hong Kong. It is not an actual monastery as there are no resident monks and it is managed by laypersons. It took eight years to build all of the buildings and another 12 years to complete all of the Buddhas. There are actually 12,800 Buddhas in the monastery all together. It was finished in 1957 and the preserved body of the man most responsible for its construction is on display in a glass case in the main hall of the monastery.) I took a lot of pictures there too but for some of the places you can’t take pictures. So for like the main room and some of the giant Buddhas look it up online or something because it really is worth checking out. It’s so cool to see Buddhism first hand. I mean that’s not the first time I’ve seen it here…I see it plain as day everyday but this is like their high up temple. I’ll tell you what though….it’s just some strange feelings you get when you’re in those rooms and the Buddhist music is playing. So unfortunate that they have been blinded by the craftiness of men. It was really interesting to see the little kids worship. Very different there than in America. The whole time you’re just looking around for the weirdest statues (because they are have different positions and faces and such) and well I awarded my Gold Prize to the one that looks EXACTLY LIKE SPARKY!!! No joke! He has like flaming hair that looks like something Sparky would do and a pitchfork! I definitely got a picture of that one. Definitely an interesting day there! I wish you could all experience it!
The ankle is well…okay! It’s just right now I have a left ankle and a right “kankle.” I think it’s going to be like that for a while because the swelling is not getting any better but… oh well! And you remember the story about the person who we found while I was walking with a huge limp?! Well her name is Sandra! And this week she accepted a baptismal date!!!! Elder Goodrich and I are very excited for her! She really progressed this week. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and at the beginning of the lesson it was rough. She didn’t seem much into it and it seemed like that wasn’t really the lesson for her. So we changed our topic to the Atonement and read with her Alma 7. At that point something just changed in her. I still don’t know what it was but it was just indescribable. And that’s the power of the Atonement. It is indescribable. I may not ever know what she felt during that lesson, but if there is one thing I do know, it is that Sandra felt the power and the love of God during that lesson. By the end of the lesson when we talked about coming to church this Sunday she came up with a way she could come herself. She is a tutor and always has lessons around that time but without even asking her she said she’d call her students and change the time. The Atonement is so powerful and so changing. It was really disappointing to see her not come to church however. So we’re taking this as a start of the change. She did change her schedule to come but then she just didn’t get there herself. We have the faith that it will all turn out okay.
Patrick is our other solid baptismal date. We taught him the 10 commandments this week. We aren’t really sure what Patrick needs yet. He is almost there but something just isn’t quite clicking. He accepts everything we teach him, and he reads the Book of Mormon almost every night but we just feel like something is just not there yet. We’re going to focus on the Atonement with him and about faith. In every lesson he brings up the Atonement. So for now he is good but he just needs that extra step in order to really help him progress. He needs help recognizing how much his faith is growing and so that’s what we are trying to do. I love Patrick though! He is so cool!!!
We had a good week with finding 7 new investigators as well. We found them through member referrals, investigator referrals, on the street, and through former investigators. Actually, we ran into an old former on the street who Elder Li and I were trying to contact but never could. He was very willing to meet with us again! And then Sunday after church two people walked up to us and asked if they could see the church. It turns out we contacted him last week but didn’t get his phone number. He got an email from us though and he was interested! He brought his friend too! They had a lot of questions and we were able to answer every one and they were even more interested. I’m really excited to see what happens with them. Their names are Jay and Eric. I don’t think it was by accident that we ran into that old former investigator or these other people. The Lord is preparing his children to hear our message. It is such an amazing time here to be in Tai Po. I love doing the work! The Chinese people are so great! Want evidence? Just go on the front page of lds.org! And especially watch the video of Elder Oaks! I recognize so many missionaries in there! Ha-ha including Elder Goodrich who looks straight at the camera! But that’s beside the point. The point is I love it here!!!!!
Have a good week!!! Go Devils
Elder Au Yeung (yes this is the right British spelling)