Grandpa, thank you for your report on your trip with Joe's family to Costa Rica. You saw sloths?! No way. I want to see one (never have). I used to like drawing them for missionaries in the mtc lol. So you ate Cantonese fried rice in my honor. I like fried rice too! "heavenly" haha. We have the same lessons in Relief Society and Priesthood that you do. We are doing the President Hunter teachings in RS. We talked about the Berlin wall thing too, and how we make walls around ourselves that keep us from sharing the gospel. I'm still learning Cantonese so I thought cheung meant excuse because I didn't know what it translated to. I guess wall. :) Summer's going to Australia? Can you tell Summer to check her email please? I will study my Cantonese harder! I'm so glad that you keep gathering all the cousins at your log cabin. I love cousins and family fun. Best way to spend your life. So uplifting.
So Sister Tsui is feeling better! She came to church :) We are hoping to get her a baptism date again. Kylie still has a baptism date for after her exams. We have a new investigator named Sally. She is super sweet and makes friends easily with the members and investigators. She is in Mainland right now, but we will give her a date as well. Yan is doing well. She came to General Conference and is part of the Relief Society WhatsApp group so we are getting her more adjusted into the ward.
We had a Relief Society activity where we gave members each an origami flower and they had to get to know the person whose name was on the flower. Now we have origami shirts with imbcd cards (have our contact number and a church message) that they will each give to friends in need (illness, moving, baby, change jobs, death in family). It will be a more simple direct way to find referrals while helping people genuinely in need. I am glad because during ward council we were able to convince all to be more positive (more patient, loving atmosphere in ward).
There have been lots of miracles. Chun Ho has a baptism date (first invited by a young man to Yan's baptism, and we got to know him/ gave the elders his contact info). Eric (LA) keeps running into us outside of church and so we got him to come to church and bring to friends who now have the Elders contact information (Frankie and Tom). We run into former investigators (Immortal, Candy) and are able to schedule them. We were also able to schedule Iris and Winnie (formers) and they are now coming to a stake cycling activity in Yuen Long. Good things. Plus the weather is so nice! A little bit rainy but not too muggy or hot. Just right (it is ALWAYS good weather :) yellow need-to-know pamphlet). Irene Ng (LA) still has work on Sundays (she does real estate), but she has given us three referrals who are all so sweet! One of them came to English class Friday and enjoyed it. Sister Tsang is really unable to come to church because of her back (cannot sit or stand for too long). But I feel that it is a service that should be continued to visit her and allow her to be "nourished by the good word of God." She loves reading the Book of Mormon stories with us. She has changed so much since I first met her. There is a light about her and she loves service and is so happy/ peaceful.
The Gospel really is a miracle. Someone in our ward commented about Carman (a semi-recent convert) about how she has become so much more beautiful since the first time he saw her because of the light of the Gospel. And it is so true. You can see it in their face and their smile; their life is truly never the same. So blessed to witness it.
One of our less actives is going to teach us to make tongyuhn (the sesame dumpling dessert) with a member, so we are excited for that. I am surprised that I have completely changed in food-liking since I've gotten here. I now love asian food (noodle soups, sweet potato/dumpling desserts, buns, meat, etc) and don't really have a liking for american food (pasta, pizza, typical foods etc). It is so funny! All the things I used to be scared of, I now love.
I find that using the B of M picture story book is so enjoyable and easy to understand for all investigators. So great! Our ward is super cooperative and trying to really involve the new members and get to know them. It is a really great atmosphere. Brother and Sister Lo and Lin are really great with that.
I appreciate our mission president's service so much. I know there are so many trials that President and Sister Lam have that are unsaid to us missionaries, but we appreciate that they continue to support us and work hard. So dependable and righteous. Great examples :)
2 Nephi 8. Ephesians 5-6. Awake. Put on thy Strength.
Went to Kwai Fong market (super cheap)