Elder Kyle M. Allen in Hong Kong

Read all about Elder Allen's adventures as a full time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints in Hong Kong

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Everything Will Turn Out Fine

May 5, 2013

 Hello everybody! It’s been a pretty crazy week here. A lot of things have happened and time just keeps on going by!  I can’t believe how far I’ve come already!  Oh and before I get too far let it be known that I did not forget dad’s birthday!!!  I just didn’t know that it came so fast!  And then all of the sudden it was May 2nd I was just so shocked and sorry that I didn’t email him something more last week!  (Mark’s birthday is May 2)  But it’s okay I’m a missionary.  I get let out of these things for free right?  Ha-ha!  And talk about missionaries!!!  Mom is basically one!  Does everyone know her two stories about the missionary work she’s been doing??!!  Well make her tell you because they are super awesome!!!  (I shared a couple of missionary experiences I had at school this week with Kyle.  i don’t want to take away from his experience by including them here but ask and I will be happy to share them with you too!)

 This week was not bad for us…just not that good either.  A lot of good things happened but then a lot of people just went out of country for the week and I don’t know why!  That meant they weren’t able to make it to church but then we had some other investigators show up that have good potential too!  It’s crazy how the Lord equals out the work and makes everything turn out all right.  It’s a peaceful feeling.  Well, maybe not peaceful…. but I guess more like calming and it just makes you always remember you’re doing someone’s else work.

 On another note Patrick didn’t get baptized on Sunday.  He showed up to church and everything but then just wouldn’t commit.  So they still have work to be done in Tai Po!  (Kyle and his companion were working with Patrick in Tai Po before Kyle left for his current assignment.)  But luckily they have another investigator this week named Roy if you remember him!  Elders Goodrich and Townsend are two awesome missionaries.  I trust them a lot!!

 Nothing too out of the ordinary happened this week. It’s just weird every time you see someone talking their grandchild around and dropping their pants for them and them having them pee right their on the sidewalk…I’m starting to get used to that now…. very weird but I think Hong Kong is getting to me… but don’t count on me trying it… yet… ( Hold on Kyle… I taught you better than that!)

 This week was an interesting week for us.  Disappointing in the end but we are still in okay shape.  Some things have to happen in the next couple of weeks but if they do then we will have 3 baptisms soon.  It was a rough Sunday for us because the family that we scheduled didn’t show up and then 3 of our investigators with baptismal dates were out of town for most of the week.  It will all turn out okay in the end I know it will, it will be for the best, as long as we want and are willing to work for the Lord’s blessings.

 Carolyn’s lesson was good. We talked very straightforwardly with her about coming to church as a lifelong thing after she gets baptized.  It’s a weird situation we’re in because every meeting she expounds on her Book of Mormon reading, asks good questions, and expresses her desire to get baptized with her family there but she is just not willing to show her faith and come to church.  I think it is probably because her mom thinks its bad for her.  She had to go Vietnam this week to take care of her ailing dad but she’ll be back next week.  Her baptismal date is for the last week of this month, but since she hasn’t been coming to church recently, it will be have to be pushed back till the 1st or 2nd week in June.  Her faith is there but at the same time we are struggling with her!  We’ll see how much she reads in the Book of Mormon while she is away.  Right now she is Mosiah 3 so we challenged her to read all of Mosiah by the time she gets back.  Actually she told us that was her goal anyway so we’ll she how she does. 

 A-Keung also had to go out of town this week.  He went to go pick up his Grandma in mainland. We weren’t able to teach him this week which slowed us down because he was gone unexpectedly but we talked with him yesterday and he is doing great still. His date is for the 19th and he should be able to make that.  The ward really loves him too.  We had a lot of questions directed our way about his whereabouts so that’s a good signal the ward cares for him.  He is very stable.

 We also had a baptismal date with another investigator named Hazel.   I’m not sure if you have  heard about Hazel yet but she was another companionship’s investigator but then the day of her baptismal interview we found out she is actually in our ward. She said it wouldn’t be a problem.  And then on Saturday night she heard about tithing not in a lesson or anything like that so she got scared from everything that was going on and decided not to come to church yesterday.  Very disappointing and we still haven’t really had good communication with her or set up a time to meet with her, but I trust everything will turn out all right.  I have the faith that everything will turn out all right after all this is his work right?  I like Hazel a lot even though I’ve only talked to her at English classes, I really want her to help her see the blessings of tithing.  We’ll be sure to keep a calm presence and just show our love for her and the Savior’s love for her when we meet her next. We are thinking for May 26th as a baptismal date but right now nothing is set.

 The Chan Family is doing well.  Both the wife and the husband have been praying and feel that prayer has use, but they aren’t exactly praying for specific things.  Our lesson with them this week was okay.  The baby was screaming and running around while the cat meowed so it was very hard to control the situation.  We explained the Book of Mormon to them but I think they didn’t see the importance of reading it.  However they were very committed to coming to church but when the time came that fell through. It’s okay though… everything will turn out fine.  This seems to be a reoccurring message this week.

 I love you all. Thank you for the encouragement you give me and all that.  Whenever I want to be lazy out here (let me tell you it’s easy when it’s pouring rain here and all you have to do is go out on the streets) I just think about the hard things other people do like you all go through and just make myself keep up with the pace.  I don’t ever want to fall behind!  Especially while I’m doing something so much better than anything else I could be doing at this time of my life.  It’s a big motivator for me.  You all are my motivators!  Sorry this week was a little bit bland.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention, we went and visited Brother Luk this week, the guy whose leg was almost cut off and he’s doing good at home.  His big toe will have to be cut off though probably.  It is honestly the grossest thing I have ever seen in my life.  Like all the skin is almost gone, just his leg bone and a little bit of his foot bone are visible.  It’s super disgusting. Anyway… I’ll talk to you all this week! Add oil!

 Elder Au Yeung

 P.S. Elder Andersen is coming to Hong Kong in two weeks!!!!


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A Letter From President Hawks

Sometime in April, Mark and I received this nice letter from President Val Hawks, Kyle’s mission president.  It is the kind of letter you hope to receive as the parent of a missionary and are very grateful for when you do.  Thank you President Hawks!

April 4, 2013

Dear Brother and Sister Mark George Allen,

It is with great pleasure that I write about the call of your son Elder Kyle Mark Allen to be a district leader and a senior companion in our mission.  He has been an outstanding missionary and has earned the love and respect of his companions, missionary associates and the members.  I feel that he exemplifies the qualities of being a Preach My Gospel missionary and that he is well prepared to serve in this new assignment in the China Hong Kong Mission.

District leaders fulfill a fundamental role in the success of the mission and of the missionaries.  The elder assigned as a district leader, among other things, has the following responsibilities:

  • Sets an example for the missionaries in his district
  • Carries a full proselyting load
  • Supervises, teaches, and inspires missionaries in his district
  • Plans and conducts weekly district meetings
  • Conducts companion exchanges
  • Interviews baptismal candidates
  • Looks after the well-being of the missionaries
  • Follows-up with missionaries on referrals

Senior companions are involved in helping their companions in the following areas:

  • Gospel study
  • Language study
  • Missionary skills such as finding and teaching
  • Daily and weekly planning sessions
  • Overall well-being and success as a missionary

I love and appreciate Elder Allen and have great confidence in him.  He loves the Lord and I know the Lord loves him.  Thank you for raising such a fine son, and helping him prepare so well for serving as a full-time missionary.  May the Lord bless you and your family.


Val D. Hawks, President

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No Explanation but the Priesthood

April 28, 2013

 Time is just going by!  April is already over that’s so weird! Is ASU out soon?  Probably within like a week or something right?  It’s weird that I haven’t gone to school in a full year…sometimes I just feel like I’m losing all education, which is probably true! But oh well!!  Everything will be all right.  It seems like everything is going okay over there!  Grandma told me it was 113 degrees when they got in their car after church?!  That’s just crazy! It’s weird to say but I just miss the pure heat where you can feel the sun hitting directly on you!  Here you go outside and it’s muggy and a little bit a cramped if you know what I mean.  But it’s all good.   The work goes on!

 And it did go on!  We had a very successful week!  We saw a lot of things happen this week!  Including Cheuk Hau Ling getting baptized yesterday!!!!!  Tai Po’s first baptism in over 3 years!!!!  And then despite his parents not really accepting him anymore Patrick Au Yeung was filled with the Spirit and just decided to go for it and get baptized too!  But his is next week!  It was supposed to be this week but because of the family problems he wasn’t sure about what to do.  I got the chance to talk to him this week and what a good example he is!  I just can’t imagine having to make a decision like that!  And now I’ve seen it twice – both on my mission and before it!  The faith that some people have is just incredible.

 Things are going good over here.  Elder Kwan is a funny guy.  He learned and practiced a lot of his English using the Book of Mormon so some of the words he uses in daily conversation are just hilarious. The other day he told me he was having trouble staying awake because he took this medicine to help his leg get better and that the medicine “caused much afflictions on his body!”  Ha-ha!  Afflictions and burdens are two of his favorite words.  But he is a good worker.  He wants to go out and do the work so that’s the most important attitude to have I think.  And the fact that he speaks perfect Chinese helps us out too!  

 Right now we’re just trying to help this ward get back to a normal size!  We’ve been meeting with some people that haven’t come to church for a very long time and yesterday we had at least 5 of them show up that we know of!  We were very excited to see all of them come and they all seemed to remember Sacrament Meeting and its importance this week. The Lord blessed us with some amazing experiences at church this week! 

 So remember how last week I was talking about all the people I’ve been meeting from around the world?  Well I met more this week!  We were in Wan Chai last week playing some basketball and then when we were getting lunch these two guys came up two us and said that they were members!  They both have connections to Arizona too so the world gets smaller and smaller every week!  In fact one of them lived in Gilbert for quite a while a couple of years ago like 3 or 4 miles away from us so that’s interesting!!!  He also said during his mission in Chicago the mission president was big into going to sporting events so he told me about all the games he went to!  He was there when Michael Jordan scored 63 points. The only game that their president said they couldn’t go to was the Super Bowl!  Their ward actually gave them tickets to the Super Bowl!!!!!  Ha-ha! How the mission field changes! 

 This week was a good one however. A-Keung came to church and loved it so he is back on track for his baptismal date. He really does have a good relationship with the Young Men and goes to every activity they have.  I can see him being a great member of the quorum in the near future. The only problem A-Keung still has is waking up for church.  Yesterday he woke up with a little help and came to church.  It’s a hard situation with him every Sunday. He doesn’t have a cell phone and his home phone automatically turns off at night so it’s hard to contact him. The ward is very supportive of him though and I can see good things happening with him. This week we will keep building his faith and his desire to come to church. He is doing really well with reading then scriptures. He is reading more frequently and understanding more than I ever did at his age. 

 We saw a big miracle this week with one of our members.  Brother Luk went into the hospital because he has severe diabetes.  When he got there, the doctors told him that his leg would have to be cut off because all the muscles from his calf down were not responding and completely dead.  He has already lost parts of his legs for more or less the same reason.  Well he called us and we went in there and gave him a Priesthood blessing. The spirit was very strong in the room.  I could feel the power of the Lord with us and with those in the hospital room, including his personal doctor who we’ve been teaching.  The ward was told about his condition and they prayed and fasted for him.  When we called his son 2 days later to see how he was doing, he said that it was nothing but a miracle. The doctors had said that the muscles “came back to life” and they have no explanation for it.  When we saw him the first time his whole foot looked dead – completely black and skin peeling off everywhere – but then when we visited him on Friday only one of his toes was black and then the rest of the foot was just a light purple color.  He told us that the muscles were still responding and hurting a lot which is a good sign.  He was on the brink of losing his second leg and then on Friday he was back at home (because the doctors can’t do anything for it.)  No one has any explanation.  It was a great, great faith builder and just a sweet experience all around.  He’s not out of the woods yet but he has definitely shown good improvement.

 We also taught our first full family lesson since I’ve been here!  The Chan’s have 2 kids and they seem very willing to listen to missionaries.  We had the chance to visit them twice this week because they are pretty available. Thursday was a pretty crazy lesson because the bishop cancelled at the last minute for fellowshipping and we were able to find another member really quickly and on short notice, which is a miracle by itself.  Then when we went in the dad told us that he’s been praying and has read The Proclamation to the World already and he felt really good about it.  The mom, A-Yu, is Buddhist but she supports her husband’s desire to learn. The problem is when she tried to learn about Christianity before, the people teaching her just wanted her money so she doesn’t quite trust Christians yet.  Anyway, on Thursday the children were running around being crazy and the parents were trying to control them but to no avail. Every time we tried to share something spiritual the 1 1/2 year old would scream or take something away from us and just go crazy.  But it really showed me how much God is willing to help us when we teach His families.  They felt the Spirit and A-Yu opened up to us at the end of the lesson.  It was an eye-opening experience just to be able to see how much Heavenly Father will help us teach families.  They were very willing to come to church but then on Saturday night the wife got a call saying she had to fill in at work on Sunday so…  Still it was a very cool experience at their house on Thursday night. I love teaching full families. Such a great challenge and responsibility the Lord has blessed us with!

 I love you all! Thank you so much for your example and your letters! Your prayers and thoughts are definitely appreciated. No words can describe how lucky I am to have you all in my life! Have a good week!

 Elder Au Yeung


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Your Companion Fell Asleep Where?

April 21, 2013

Hi Everyone!

Wow 11 months tomorrow!  It’s just so crazy!!!  It’s just a really good time to be a missionary!  We went to Stake Conference yesterday and everything was just about helping the missionaries out and just how to be better member missionaries!  It’s pretty cool!  And then with just all the things that are going on with missionary work it’s just awesome!  We had some cool experiences outside of doing missionary work of just walking on the streets this week.

First of all these two Americans who were in Hong Kong for business decided to come check out the church and we met them and started talking to them for a little bit. That’s pretty cool but I mean it’s whatever…you see Americans all the time and its just expected that they are members because they walked into the church by themselves.

Then we were coming home from P-Day on the train last week and this family like walked up to us and said that they were members from the Philippines! He is actually a worker for the church somehow and had some meetings in Hong Kong so he took his family with him! So like we were talking to them and the kids for some reason were so happy to see us and they wanted to take so many pictures with us.  It was just a fun time on the train!  They just got back from going to Disneyland so I mean let’s be real how could they not be happy coming back!  But I don’t know!  I just haven’t seen kids that happy for months!  And while we were talking to them, this one girl from the Philippines came up to us and started asking questions about our church, probably because it was just a happy situation!  So we got her info and stuff and passed her along to the Elders that serve the Philippine people here!  It was so good and the family like got even more excited… I think because they were there when we contacted her!  He gave us like a huge high five and stuff so it was pretty cool.  Just normal stuff for us but whatever floats their boat!  Two countries…

Next we were leaving the church one day last week and we got to talk to this white man who looked pretty lost/exhausted.  Turns out he is a member from Bangkok and he brought the whole youth group in his ward to go to the temple!  He said they had to go the airport the next day but he didn’t know how…or where… to catch the bus that got them there, so he was walking around looking for help!  And what do you know… we knew where it was!  While we were showing him he told us about the sacrifices the group had made to get them to Hong Kong and what a miracle it was!  They had been to Disneyland that day too and all the youth didn’t want to go because they loved the temple so much they wanted to stay and do more there!  Pretty awesome stuff! And it truly was a miracle to get them there! So that’s 3 countries….

Finally right after we met that guy, we were going home on the MTR this guy comes up to us and says that he’s a member from Japan and he served a mission in LA.  He was here for a business trip for the night but didn’t know where to go and see the sites!  We just pointed him in the right direction and gave him suggestions etc.  We talked about missionary work and stuff like that.  It was just so cool!  Awesome experiences!  Lots of people from lots of different places!

We also had some good stuff this week in our area!  We’ve really been focusing on finding and contacting on the streets…because this area has had it rough for a while now…and we saw some great success!  Oh and Cheuk Hau Ling in Tai Po is going to get baptized this week!  I was able to give my camera to Elder Goodrich so I’ll have pictures next week. Patrick…we’re not sure yet cause he’s facing a lot of family problems so we see how that turns out!  But Cheuk hau Ling is all set to go!  It’s going to be a good day Sunday!

We are working really hard. Elder Kwan is a new missionary and so hasn’t really adapted to missionary work yet or something like that!  But he is so good!  He just uses all his energy on the streets and so he just falls asleep whenever there is a break…even on the MTR.  But this morning was the best one.  We were wondering where he was…and it’s not that the apartment is big or anything…so we opened the bathroom door and there he was sleeping on the toilet!  HA-HA!  We laughed so hard!  He was just dead asleep! About to get into the shower and he just fell asleep!  I’m pretty impressed!  I didn’t think it was possible but you learn something new everyday!  We are just working hard and just keeping ourselves worthy of the Lord’s blessings and miracles. I feel bad whenever I do something that could be done better!  But the Lord’s work will always continue to move on and we getting ready to blow up the area soon! (Hopefully just a missionary figure of speech!)

We met a new person this week named Michael.  It was actually the day after we met Emily’s mom in the hospital and he was so humble just like Emily’s mom. (Oh and by the way Emily’s mom is doing better.  We didn’t get a chance to see her last week but probably this week for sure. )  We gave him a church tour and originally planned to share a lesson about the Restoration.  But all he wanted to really talk about was baptism!  So that’s what we talked about! And for the second straight day, I saw a Chinese person cry!  What a powerful experience coming from a man who makes a living being a truck driver and trying to get his life back in order after being in prison for like 10 years.  It’s definitely just the beginning but how cool it was to sit in that room and be with someone that you knew just wanted to be there!

This week was a good one, I always think it could’ve been better but we still made progress with investigators.  We had things lined up for the weekend and some happened and some didn’t. We saw some success with Carolyn coming to church and even bringing a friend.  We weren’t able to teach him or her afterwards, but I talked to both of them on the phone and they seemed to both really enjoy it. They are both meeting us tomorrow and coming to Family Home Evening so that is a plus. The only problem is that Carolyn likes to show up late to lessons.  Almost all the time if it’s at the church or somewhere besides a home she’s really, really late.  So when we schedule members to help us she always makes them wait.  As a result, so she doesn’t have the greatest relationship with the Relief Society. It’s hard for them to get along in the first place because Carolyn is 28 and we don’t have too many people of that age in our ward.  It’s just really bad when she does this to the people who want to help her.  It’s okay though she is still moving towards the 19th as a baptismal date.  Getting her to come to church on Sunday will be difficult since her Mom won’t let her leave the house because she knows that she will be going to church. Despite all that she really is enjoying the gospel and she has told me on many occasions the vast differences she has seen since she has met us.  Carolyn is good; the only problem is getting her to show up to lessons!!!!  She is like on the putting green…. we just have to get her in!!  Sorry…weird analogy I just thought of.  (If you know me very well you know that golf analogies are not my favorite anyway.  Maybe he has been away too long….)

A-Keung is another good investigator.  He is the son of another investigator.  We went to his house and his mom fully supports him being baptized on the 19th.  She wants it for him.  It just never goes well with him though, coming to church I mean.  Yesterday we knocked on his door for a long time and just nobody answered (by the way I’m so glad we don’t knock doors…it freaks me out!)  His mom was at work so we couldn’t call her either.  It’s a hard situation to describe over email but the door we knocked on isn’t his real door.  It’s more of like a passageway to the real door.  So maybe he couldn’t hear it and just forgot to wake up.  It will take a miracle for him to come to church but I believe it can happen.  He has already heard and been keeping most of the commandments and has a good relationship with the Young Men.  He just has to go to bed earlier.  He reads the scriptures everyday, tells us what he learns from them and prays everyday.   He just won’t come to church.

Well that’s basically it!  I love you all thanks for the support and encouragement!  It’s pretty crazy to hear how messed up the world is you know with the bombings and all!  Over here it’s all good right now.  I’m just thinking what a great 11 months it has been!

Elder Allen