Monday, December 28, 2015

HK44 He Lives !

On December 28 , 2015 at 11:49 AM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hello! Belated Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year!

This week was awesome, celebrating Christmas away from home was kind of weird but Hey, it was really fun. I was able to spend Christmas with the Zone, with the people on the streets and some members. It was fun! We were able to do caroling as well. That was really fun. Giving out cookies was fun as well, it was fun trying to get people to take a cookie.

Once again I have seen the Lords hand in the work this week. I was able to feel the spirit as I testified to the people about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. He was indeed a gift for all of us and because of His life and His sacrifice, anything that is weak can be made strong. Anything that seems impossible could be possible. There is just so much hope as I ponder about the principles of the gospel. This week we spent a lot of the time out on the streets because most of our investigators went back to mainland or are on some Christmas trips. We only taught a couple of lessons but they were all awesome. Our prayers were answered this week. One of our investigator was really humble and open to what we have to share for the first time. That was a blessing cos Elder Forston and I seriously didn't know how to help him. So we went into the lesson with a listening heart. That was a miracle! One of our other investigator brought his wife with him and we were able to teach them as a family. That was a privilege to testify about families and how the gospel really does bless our families. We invited them to pray as a family and they accepted it and they seem really excited about it. They even came to church the day after. That was a miracle! Ryan was baptized yesterday. We had a great baptismal service. His mom is very proud of him and looks like this kid has started his journey. That was a miracle!

This week I was pondering about how important it is to be worthy all the time. I really like the general conference address given by Elder Cook. He talked about how we should be temple worthy in good times and bad times. We have to be always prepared. You just never know when you need your worthiness so once again I invite everyone reading this to think and ponder about how you can improve. It is a process to develop spiritual habits. Our growth shouldn't depend on spiritual burst but spiritual habits. I know Christ lives. I am grateful I am raised in a good family. I know God loves each and everyone of us, He really does. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New year everyone.

Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 
2014 - 2016

Caroling and giving cookies outside the Wan Chai chapel.

Ryan's Baptism.

Zone Activity

Brother Buboy cooked food for us.

With Elder James. A very humble man. Great example to me.

Dipal from Bangladesh. Very active member.

With my former trainee Elder Woolley.

Monday, December 21, 2015

HK 43 Merry Christmas Everyone !

On December 21 , 2015 at 11:15 AM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hello how is everyone?

Grateful for the opportunity to once again share some experiences I have had out here on the field. This week was really busy. For some reason we had tons of lessons and appointments. So we had to run around the island. I was exhausted yesterday as well, because I had to do some zone leader things. Pretty busy but hey, it is stretching me! What a great opportunity to learn.  

Hmm, this week we were able to help a couple of Main-landers learn more about the gospel and baptized them as well. Once again that experience has strengthened my testimony. They are just super humble and they always come down with a willing heart. We were also able to meet some of our investigators this week. Most of them are free now because tests just ended. So this week hopefully we would be able to find people and teach them about Christ. It will probably be a really good week because its Christmas week and it will be a great time to testify about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. We were able to meet with our 70+ year old investigator this week. We tried to teach him by showing him pictures and asking him to explain to us what he sees. Well in the end it didn't work, ha! So we are trying to be patient and we are trying to find different ways on teaching this guy. Ryan has been doing well. He passed the baptismal interview, so he will be baptized next week. The work has been picking up recently, we hope we can continue having faith and continue working hard. This week I was able to see Elder Woolley as well. It was great seeing him and seeing him grow is great. He is now the senior companion and a district leader. My very powerful trainee.

I was reading D&C 46 this morning and it talked about the gifts of the spirit. We are all given talents for our own benefit. It is our duty to discover it and develop those talents for our own good.  I invite everyone to ponder on what talents they have that they could use in helping God establish his kingdom here on earth. 

I am so grateful I chose to serve on a mission. I have learned a lot. I have come to know how God really does exist. He is literally our father in Heaven. He loves each one of us and has a divine plan for us. I really know Christ lives as well. The power of His atonement really does enable us to do many things. I know that the power of the Holy Ghost is real as well. Through Him we will be able to know the truthfulness of all things. I really know these things are true. Merry Christmas everyone !
Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 
2014 - 2016

Sights And Sounds

Monday, December 14, 2015

HK 42 Jesus Christ - Our Only Way to Hope And Joy.

On December 14 , 2015 at 11:45 PM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

  Hello! Great week once again. I have gained a stronger testimony once again. It was a great week of service and I definitely felt the spirit! This week was really interesting.
This week I gained a testimony about fasting. So 2 weeks ago I started fasting for our investigators, I fasted that I could feel the spirit more and that we could have a baptism. So this week I was reminded that sometimes we have to wait for our answers and that we have to exert our effort into our prayers. So this week I was able to feel the spirit more. As we had our Christmas party, I just had a happy feeling inside which I couldn't explain. The feeling actually lasted quite a while, during Sundays sacrament service I felt it as well. Crazy, I am actually having the same type of feeling right now. So after sacrament service one of the members introduced us to her son who actually took all the missionary lessons already. So we reviewed all the lessons and he is a smart kid and understands the gospel really well. So yeah, we are having a baptismal service for him on the 27th of December. So yeah, I think the things that had happen the past three days has been an answer to my prayers. I have learned for myself once again. 

Christmas party was awesome! We were able to bring a couple of investigators and they loved the program and of course the food as well. The missionaries actually acted out a play. We did a play about "The Grinch" I was Max in the story. If you don't know who he is go check out the cartoon. It is funny. There are tons of kids in the branch and they are very cute. It was a really grate time to gather and celebrate the birth of out savior.

After Christmas party we headed to HKU to help a guy who told us to bring food. At first I felt really bothered cos the guy is kind of mentally challenged and I thought I would be wasting time. But as I was thinking about it during the train, I thought of what Christ would do. Christ would administer to anyone in need. So we went anyway and we gave him food and shared a message about Christ. After leaving I felt the confirmation from the spirit that we did the right thing. So that was a good experience.

Cool experiences this week was when we were walking by the pier, a gust of wind blew and heavy rain came afterwards. It broke my umbrella in not even a second and we were soaking wet. Elder Forston loved the experience because they dont really have rain in California. So that was pretty funny but I was kinda scared tho, ha! So during the Christmas party, they invited the investigators to go up and introduce themselves. So we let Shi yeye go up and guess what. He asked if he could sing!! So he started singing with his ancient voice and the members loved it! He actually put on a show. 

Really great week, We had transfer calls last night. So Elder Forston and I are staying. I am given another opportunity to serve my fellow missionaries once again. I am called to become a Zone Leader for the zone. It is kind of scary but I guess this is another opportunity for me to grow and serve. 

I know the gospel is true. This church is perfect. I know that Christ lives, I also know that Heavenly Father really does love everyone. He really does. 

Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 
2014 - 2016

Elder Forston's parents sent some gifts for me as well.

Master Chef

Frenchman in Hong Kong.


An Investigator we teach from Fu Jian. 福建.

I played Max in the play called "The Grinch"

Chinese Pizza.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

HK 41 What Can You Give Jesus This Christmas?

On December 7 , 2015 at 12:30 PM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hello! Great week of missionary work. Amazing week of feeling the Christmas spirit.
This week we did tons of service. First off we delivered Christmas Candy canes to our members. We did that to invite them to come to the Christmas party and to strengthen the relationship between members and missionaries. The branch has been doing great recently. Being a missionary you have to get to know the members as quick as possible in order to know who we could use for fellowship. But the most important thing is to strengthen their testimonies as well. This week I learned about service. During zone training the zone leaders and sister training leaders gave a training about serving others.  Sometimes as missionaries we get busy with appointments but we have to look around and try to see if someone is in need. Just like the story of Jesus visiting Jairus. As Jesus was going to the house of Jairus to heal his daughter, a woman with a sickness touched the robes of Jesus. Although they were on there way to an important thing he still gave time and administered unto the woman with the blood disease. Sometime we may be busy but we have to always look out on the service opportunities we could give.

This week we did Christmas caroling as well. We were in Central and we found a spot to sing. Honestly I was having a hard time because the sisters voices are so high but nonetheless I just tried to keep going ( My voice was prolly bad, ha!). It was interesting while singing there would be a companionship doing finding in front. Basically we ended up just saying Merry Christmas to everyone. Well, we still managed to talk to a couple of people. We were able to meet a Mormon actually. He was from London, he acts and is having a play in hong kong. Pretty Cool. We also met a young man in which we were able to bring to the Christmas concert. It was a great experience!

Christmas concert was pretty nice! We were able to bring a couple of people. We even brought Mr. Shi. The super old guy from fujian. He was so funny. He just sings with his Chinese type of voice( if you know what I mean). He actually came to church yesterday as well and he is having a great time. The members love him. Its been a ride with these old people in hong kong. They are the funniest. Hopefully we will be able to help him progress in the gospel. The christmas concert was great, we had a guy named Wayne Burton who sang for us. The name of his album is "What would I give" and he wanted  us to ponder of something we can give Christ as a gift. So I extend the invitation to you as well. What can you give Jesus for this Christmas?

Our investigators are doing really well. They have been keeping their commitments. Elder Forston and I have been praying hard and we have seen the difference it brings. I love this work. I am honestly having the greatest time of my life. I know the church is true. I know Christ lives, and he is the reason why we celebrate this holiday.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission
2014 - 2016

Favorite socks

Cooked my favorite fish!

Some verses I read the other week.

Around the pier area where we would go finding.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HK 40 Eyes To See And Ears That Hears.

On November 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

 Hello, hows it going? This week was great! I was able to recover from the flu and I feel better now! This week was pretty interesting. We worked really hard in helping people come unto Christ. 

This week we were able to teach a lot of people. Well, most of the college students are busy so we met with the much older people. This week we were able to work with former investigators. One was a 70ish years old guy. He doesn't understand most of the things that we say because his comprehension is not that great so we just showed him videos and talked about it. We actually played a bit of basketball in the chapel after that, the old man can hoop! We were also able to teach an old investigator, he is from Taiwan and studies here in Hong Kong. He has the same problem as most college student, which is the desire to learn more about God. Most of them just want to hang out. It is kind of understandable because young people just don't care yet. So we are really praying hard that everyone we meet would have the desire to. Finding this week was really good. We were able to find some mandarins but most of them are main-landers. This week I met a woman by the promenade, I talked to her and found out that she just got back from Cebu for vacation. Turned out she was just here for vacation as well but hopefully the flier that I gave her will get her to go to church in the future. You just never know. I am really grateful for the chance to be an instrument here in Hong Kong. I just love God and Jesus Christ. The friendship I make with the people I meet are eternal. This week was once again spiritual. The longer I am out here the more I see my weaknesses which humbles me and reminds me to always rely on the savior. You could say I kind of understand the culture of Hong Kong. Fun thing that happened this week was when we were chased by a dog. Good thing it was a small dog and we were able to out run it. Pretty funny.

I am so grateful for the scriptures. They are very powerful! Reading it with spiritual eyes just makes it so good! I love the Gospel, It really is true! Have a great week.

Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 

Thanks Giving Day

Monday, November 23, 2015

HK 39 Don't Let Your Trials Blow You Down: Let Them Lift You Up .

On November 23, 2015 at 4:14 GMT, 12:14 PM Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hello how's it going? This week was another week for growth.

This week was tough for me. Our investigators were all busy so we didn't get to meet with all of them. It was a week of finding down here in the island and I have to say it was a test of faith. I am grateful for looking at the whole week with spiritual eyes tho. As my faith was being tested last week, I feel like it has strengthened my faith and has once again humbled me down. I am grateful for the grate attitude that my companion had as well, he lifted me up and helped me be positive. This week I also got sick, I had a bad headache the other day that kept me in bed. Glad I was able to recover from that in just a day. I am grateful for the care of other Elders tho. Elder Lui ( someone I live with) cooked con-gee for me and it kind of taste like what mom would give every time I am sick.

Finding in the island is pretty tough but we kept the faith and tried so hard to stop people and share about the restored gospel. We were able to stop a couple of people. As I was pondering on our efforts this week, I realized that our finding efforts were not wasted. We were able to find 3 new investigators for  the Elders in our apartment . They are kind of struggling recently and now they have 3 new people in their teaching pool. We were able to visit a family in the ward and help strengthen their faith in Christ as well. Like what President Lam and Preach My Gospel says, there is no effort wasted.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my master. It has been a great experience out here in Hong Kong. I love the people here and I am grateful I can serve everyone I meet and teach. I know that Christ lives. I am so grateful for His infinite atonement. Have a great week! 

Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 
 2014 - 2016

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HK 38 Its In The Doing Not Just The Thinking, That We Accomplish Our Goals !

On Monday, November 16,2015, 12:44 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hello Everyone,

Great week of work! Our hard prayers and faith are paying off. I am grateful for the many spiritual experiences I go through on my mission. I am most grateful for the time out here to be able to develop good spiritual habits and see how the pattern goes. One thing I have learned out here is how prayers are important. We have to pray when we pray. We have to pour out our hearts into the prayer to be able to receive specific revelations.

This week we were able to meet with almost all of our investigators. Our investigators have been keeping their commitments. One of the struggles out here is helping people gain a desire to learn about Christ and His teachings. We ask God everyday to soften their hearts and to help them develop a desire to learn and follow Christ. We are excited for one of our investigators, his name is Tony. He is full of energy and his enthusiasm is contagious. He has been progressing really well and we are giving him a baptismal date the next time we meet with him. I am also very grateful for the many investigators we are teaching, the relationship we created is eternal.

I was able to sit down with President Lam and have an interview with him. It was really spiritual. I am very impressed with his spirituality and knowledge of the scriptures. I am grateful for the suggestions he gave me to help me become a better missionary. Not only for missionary work though but also in life.

Elder Forston has been great. He is really faithful and we are working hard together. We are always tired everyday and that is great! The area has been really great. There are tons of families and students so its a mix of both. Hopefully this week we get good finding time and we will be able to find the golden people.

Hmm, I guess this letter is full of tender mercies. I am just very grateful that I get to see Gods hand  touching my life and others as well. I invite everyone to take time and write down a tender mercy from God every day and you too will see how He is blessing you.

I know this is the greatest and most important work. I am grateful to be apart of it. I know Jesus Christ lives. I know God lives. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is the restored church. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It really is another testament of Jesus Christ. I am grateful I am able to serve my master here in Hong Kong. Hope ya'll have a great week.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission
2014 - 2016

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

HK 37 Helping Others Find Faith In Christ.

On Monday, November 9,2015, 12:35 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:


Da jia hao. Wo jintian hen gaoxing keyi zai yi ci fenxiang wo zhege xingqi the jingyan he jianzheng. Ruguo wo  yong guoyu lai fenxiang keneng ni men bu hui mingbai, na wo hui yong yingyu lai fenxiang ba ^^

This week was great, great week of helping people come unto Christ. This week was super spiritual as well because we had zone conference and district conference. I have come to love these types of meeting. Growing up in church I never value the time in church and in other meetings. Things actually started clicking when I turned 17. Everything in church was actually interesting and helpful. I am grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost because through Him I am able to learn for myself about the truthfulness of the things taught in church. My faith in Jesus Christ was strengthened once again during zone conference. President Lam is really good with putting everything around Christ. In zone conference we learned about the culture of Hong Kong. Also got a chance to improve my teaching skills through some training given by the zone leaders. At the end of the day, as missionaries our purpose is to invite people to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel. This is our purpose. 

This week was great. Taught great lessons. We were able to teach this guy with a ton of questions about the book of Mormon. It was rough cos his questions were super intellectual but then Elder Forston and I asked him what he wanted to get out of the Book of Mormon. Then afterwards we testified to him about how the Book of Mormon can improve the qualities of his life. I just love it when you feel the spirit as you testify to people. We are also helping a guy come unto Christ step by step. We were able to teach him almost everyday of the week. Pretty funny cos he says he wants to quit his job to hang out with us. Well hopefully he doesn't, ha! Finding here on the island is Cha Bu Duo. People still doesn't stop. But there are tons of families here so we are trying to focus more on families this week. 

I am grateful for the spiritual experiences I have had out hear on my mission. I know there will be more. I know Christ lives and I know that the fullness of His gospel is once again restored on this earth. I know families can be together forever. 

Elder Sy 
China Hong Kong Mission 

With Elder Forston

Monday, November 2, 2015

HK 36 Navigating Confidently Through The Maze Of Missionary Life.

On Monday, November 2,2015, 12:14 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:


Another Great week of missionary work. Serving the International ward was really fun. The members in the branch are really strong and they do have a strong testimony of Christ. So yeah, after 6 days of working with Elder Mangrobang I got transferred back into the Mandarin Work. So now I am actually serving with Elder Forston in the Island. So we are both serving the HK island and we attend the Victoria 3rd branch. Time just makes you look at things differently. After six days of working with Elder Mangrobang, I was able to learn a alot. It was a pretty humbling experience. I actually struggled and it humbled me. I relied on the savior so much during those six days, and I am working hard on keeping that mindset here in the mandarin work.

So yeah, last 4 days back in mandarin work is awesome. Have been really praying hard recently and we've seen miracles! We were actually doing welcome center finding the other day, and what we do is we stay in front of the wan chai chapel and try to invite people to take a tour of a building. I praying really hard that we would find someone. Cool thing was an hour after, we were able to invite someone to come in, she was really interested. We taught the restoration and she will be coming to church this week. So that is pretty cool. The vic3 branch is pretty nice. It is all in mandarin! It is an interesting branch, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this branch.

This week Elder Forston and I had the chance to visit the James family. Super good family. Once again my testimony is strengthened by their example. Families who applies the gospel into their lives are the best. I am grateful that my mom and dad were great examples to me. Being out here on a mission made me realize how mom and dad were the best. I am grateful I was raised in the gospel. It has protected me from a lot of things and it brought a direction into my life. I am grateful for the Plan of Salvation. It answers 3 questions, where were we before mortality, our purpose in life, what is life after death. I am grateful for the eternal perspective it brings. It has brought a lot of peace into my life.

I know Christ Lives. I really do.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission
2014 - 2016

With Elder Mangrobang
With recent convert Boboy

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HK 35 The Beautiful Wan Chai ( 灣仔 ) Metropolitan !

On Monday, October 26 ,2015, 2:04 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Dear Fam !

Whoa ! I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my fellow Filipinos. I am transferred into the Victoria 2nd/ Island 1st ward. My new companion is Elder Mangrobang from Olongapo, he was originally Cantonese speaking. Now I am living in the island and its pretty crazy. From all the nice cars, busy people, super tall buildings and more! Crazy thing is that I feel like a new missionary because I can't speak Tagalog and the Filipino work is different from Mandarin work. So it is something I have to get used to. My previous companion moved to Macau and I am pretty sure he is having a great time in there as well. Hopefully we will become companions again in the future.

I am humbled down once again. It was pretty tough on the first day cos I couldn't speak any Tagalog. Chinese would always mix up when I teach the Filipinos. So, I have to adjust once again. I am reminded of how I should rely on the Lord in whatever things I do.

So it is really special here. We have church services from Monday to Sunday. Its because the Filipinos only get one day off. So we get a chance to take the sacrament everyday. Its cool. The members here has a really strong testimony as well. They are happy all the time and they always crack the classic Filipino jokes. Its really funny. Aside from just having fun all the time they actually go finding with us. So approaching people that are sitting down is not a struggle now haha. Cool thing is Brother Boboy, a person who was baptized last week, was out there handing out pamphlets to every one he sees.

One thing I learned this week is how important prayer is. As we ask for specific things from God, we receive specific answers. I invite everyone to pray with real intent and be specific in your prayers. I promise you that if you do, you will get to develop a stronger bond with heavenly father and will receive the specific things that you desire.

I am excited to get this work done. I feel like there is much to learn out here. I hope you guys have a great week. I am so grateful for the things I have learned out here. The more I loose my self in the work the more I feel good. As I focus on the needs of the people, I receive many promptings that are essential for there progression. I love this work. I know this is the Lords work. I love the Lord. I am here to only serve my master. Have a great week.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission
2014 - 2016

Wan Chai Church Administrative Building

"Last Evening" together with my companion with Sister Gamboa from the Philippines

Wan Chai, Gloucester Road.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HK 34 I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go ( Transfer Week ).

On Monday, October 19 ,2015, 12:54 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <> wrote:

Hey how is everyone doing? Having a fantastic time here, serving in Tolo Harbor south. This week we were told that they were closing down our area which means my companion and I will be moving within this week. I am really grateful for opportunity to train Elder Woolley. He has impressed me in a lot of things. We've become great friends just within 2 months. Well, hopefully we are opening an area together! That will be fun. I have grown a lot from the experiences I had from the past 2 months. Reopening the south area was hard work. We prayed really hard to find the people here in the south area. My faith is strengthened everyday as I rely on what Heavenly Father wants.

Okay, my English brain is not working right now. Might now be much but I hope my words can inspire you. This week we taught two new investigators. We were able to develop a really good relationship with both of them. They were awesome but we will be turning them over to the north Elders as we are moving. We were able to turn over Summers last week. It was a great lesson cos finally he said his first prayer. After two months he was able to say a really beautiful prayer. I am grateful for that opportunity to see him develop faith in Christ. Hopefully we will be able to turn all our investigators over within the week.

The last 2 months we worked really hard to help (Jason) our investigator receive that spiritual conversion. We were able to see a glimpse of how powerful Jason can be when he talks about spiritual things. We were able to become Jason's best friend by helping him recognize the spirit. He was really grateful for the help we rendered unto him. I was able to see the testimony of Jason grow. I have learned a lot from the experience. It takes patience and persistence to help someone grow. To be honest it was really frustrating at first because almost every lesson will turn into an intellectual discussion. I have learned to be patient from teaching Jason and I am grateful for that wonderful learning experience. PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE, and QUIT ACTING UPON THE CHILD. A really great counsel from Elder Bednar.

I am looking for the new challenges that lie ahead. I will serve wherever God wants me to serve. I hope you guys have a great week. I know Christ Lives and that the fullness of His gospel is restored once again. I am a witness, and I cannot deny it. I know that as we rely on Him, our weaknesses will become our strengths.

Elder Sy

(薛 長 老)
China Hong Kong Mission
 2014 - 2016

Last Sunday dinner in the apartment.

With Elliot (E.Q. President).

Our investigator Jason (middle).

Notes from Mommy and Daddy Sy:

(Above) This letter dated August 19,2015 coming from Elder Sy's Mission President stating about his assignment as a trainer.

(Below) Letter coming from Elder Sy's companion.

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: Ryan Woolley <>
Date: October 19, 2015 at 5:09 GMT

Hello Brother and Sister Sy! This is Elder Woolley! I just wanted to email you two to tell you what a privilege it has been to be trained by your son Elder Sy! He is without a doubt the most humble missionary I have ever met, and has inspired me so many times with his great example. So I know you two must have done an excellent job raising him! He is truly a dedicated missionary who is trying to consecrate himself, he has trained me very well and really just helped me learn and grow. People say that your trainer often gives the strongest impression on what a missionary will turn out to be like, so I'm grateful to have had such a qualified example and great friend to be trained by! Thanks for being great parents! Haha Elder Sy is an amazing missionary, and I know he will continue to do great things here in the field and for you family!
Elder Woolley