April 14, 2013
I’m sorry about only sending 3 pictures with this email. I have so many more to send but I just can’t figure out why its not working right…..so I’ll send more next week and in the coming weeks…3 pictures is pretty lame ha-ha.
Well this week was pretty good and exciting for us! One of the coolest and most random things that happened was that in the Chinese Liahona there is a special section for the area where you are so they have like 6 or 7 pages just about Hong Kong in the magazine. We were just flipping through it and boom there I was! I’m so famous!!! Ha-ha! Not really it’s just some of the other missionaries and me at a service project from a long time ago! But it was cool to see! Something random!
We went to Big Buddha on Monday! The biggest Buddha in the world! (Tian Tan Buddha, also known as “Big Buddha” is a large bronze statue of Buddha Amoghasiddhi located near the Po Lin Monastery Kyle visited earlier. It symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. The Buddha is 34 meters (112 feet) tall and weighs 250 metric tons. It was the tallest outdoor seated Buddha in the world until 2007 and can be seen as far away as Macau on a clear day. Visitor must climb 240 steps to get up to the Buddha.) It was so large and in charge and it was a fun time! Its pretty high up and on the mountain and it was a pretty foggy day (when is it not a foggy day here) and so it was like cloud level and was really cool! Once again I’ll send pictures but it’s on my other memory card! It’s pretty interesting to see what the Buddhists believe and how strict they view their way of life! But that’s pretty much all there is to say about that…just that there is a big Buddha and I saw it!
Conference weekend is always exciting here! All the wards rent private buses and go together to the stake center or wherever they are having it, so it was a big event! Us English-speaking Americans had to go down to Wan Chai for the Saturday Morning session which was a bit of a hassle but it’s always cool being there for big meetings and such! The Area 70’s are always there and other missionaries come too but the coolest thing for us was that Ken was there watching English! (Ken is one of Kyle’s first investigators in Hong Kong.) I’m not sure you’ve ever seen a picture of him but I am sending one so now you know what Ken looks like!
It was so good to catch up with him and see how he and his family are doing! His English is like perfect and he had to go to work Saturday afternoon so he decided to watch the English broadcast with the Americans! It was so cool to sit by him and see him again! We went back up and stayed at Kowloon Tong for the rest of the sessions and to my surprise a lot of Chinese people were watching it with us! They love their English so much they just love getting to practice it by watching Conference! They love Conference weekend! But as always Conference was pretty freaking good! There were just so many talks about helping each other and really just trying to do things for other people so I think that’s a good message to take out of it.
We had a good lesson with our (less-active) Elders Quorum president. We didn’t teach him like he was less active we just went to him and told him our plans for his quorum, what we could do better to help the quorum out and how our investigators can have a better experience at church. I think just something clicked in him that made him realize the importance of his calling and then he got ready to go out and do the work too. He has a job that is holding him back; keeping him from coming to church so he has asked that the ward members and the missionaries (us) continually pray for him. By the end of the lesson he even pulled out his work schedule, told us to write it down, and then call him whenever we need a fellowshipper! It was really a great lesson for him! He told us he wasn’t able to make it for conference at all, but I was amazed to see him after Saturday’s sessions! That was very cool! The Lord’s work is continuing to roll on.
We got two new member referrals this week, which was much welcomed. I just want the ward to know that they can trust the missionaries. I hope they understand that we will respect them and their friends and always live worthy of their trust. So seeing that two members introduced us to friends this week was a good start. Among them is a woman named Ngoh Laahn. Her daughter is a student of Elder Yim’s mom. Ngoh Laahn has diabetes and had to go into the hospital because the diabetes got so bad she had to get a leg amputated. She had no other choice to leave her daughter, Emily, in a children’s home while she was at the hospital but then Sister Yim said that she would take care of her and Emily can be a part of her family for the couple months while her mom is in the hospital. This touched Ngoh Laahn so much that she decided to meet with the missionaries at the hospital. Yesterday was the first time Emily saw her mom with an amputated leg. We went with Sister Yim and Emily to give Ngoh the Priesthood Blessing she had requested. The room was filled with humility and love and I don’t know how else to describe the moments in there. She was crying and so was Emily and they were just so grateful to have us missionaries there. We gave her a blessing of comfort and prayed that she would get better soon. The room, which had about 10 patients in it just turned silent and there was recognizable peace. Neither the nurses or the patients seemed to notice, but their mouths didn’t move either. After the blessing, Ngoh Laahn wouldn’t let go of our hands and it almost made me break down right there on the spot. We shared a message with her; left pamphlets, and then she even asked if she could have our number. We set up our next meeting and left. The Spirit was strong in there, unlike anything before. That was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had on my mission and one of just…indescribable words really…I just don’t know how to do it justice….
Well that’s it for the week! I will start sending more pictures…I need to do that…. but until next week! I love you all have a good week! Thanks for all the love and encouragement! I cant believe Trevor is going on a mission already?!! (Now that all of Kyle’s friends are out on their missions, their little brothers are starting to go! Trevor Wagner is Cooper Wagner’s younger brother. Elder Cooper is serving his mission in Washington state and has been out a little over a year.) I just can’t believe it!
Elder Au Yeung