Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HK 5.0 Press Forward With Steadfast Faith In Christ .

On Monday, March 30, 2015 12:37 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <jayzon.sy@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hello! How is everyone? It just gets better and better each day here in the mission field. This week was pretty busy we had a lot of appointments this week. Street Contacting is really fun. This week I had the goal to talk to as many people I can talk to. A lot of people here are just MmDahan ( Its a Cantonese word for No Time). Finding really is fun. You get to meet different kinds of people everyday.

This week 3 of our investigators came to church again. It is always good to have them come. In the afternoon another investigator came to an afternoon activity. Elder Haggenmiller had to practice singing so I was left with the investigator. It was hard at first cos I am not good with dealing with people but then I opened my mouth and talked to him about his life. We ended have having a good conversation and I testified to him about us having a loving Heavenly Father. 

I have been running a lot since the day I got to Hong Kong. At first it was so hard because there were a lot of uphills and downhills. As time went on it felt better. I could run the uphills without my leg hurting. The other day I thought of an analogy about life. Life has its uphills and downhills. Sometimes it will be easy sometimes it will be hard. As we endure the hard times, things become easier and we end up not feeling pain. We never know what is coming in our life but as we go forward with the gospel of Jesus Christ in our life, life would become happy and easy regardless of what problems we have. I know Christ Lives. I know we have a Loving Heavenly Father. I know he cares for each one of us. I know the Church is true, I know The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. His atonement enables us to become clean and pure. I am happy to be a missionary. The blessings that the gospel has brought to my family is countless. Press Forward in Christ. 

Elder Sy ( 薛長老 )

Lots of mosquitos. i got bit and it formed a map of hong kong

Tai Po Distrct at noon. View coming from our apartment.

Notes from Daddy & Mommy Sy :

Picture and Letters below comes From Elder Sy's Mission President. Elder and Sister Hawks. This letter was sent to us through postal mail.

With Elder and Sister Hawks

Sights And Sounds Of The Week :

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HK 4.0 How Do You Stand Up For Your Beliefs In Social Situations ?

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:33 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <jayzon.sy@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hey, Ni men hao! Jintian Hao ma?  ( 你今天感覺如何 ? )

First of all I just want to congratulate Brent for graduating. I thought he would have a hard time but it seems like it was easy for him. Continue studying hard, college will be fun. 
How is everyone? Hong Kong is fun! I love being a missionary. You just don't know what to expect everyday! There are two kinds of days. Hard and harder!  I'm still having a hard time talking to people on the streets but its coming. Missions are fun and exciting! The other day we met a lovely lady from Kenya. We were on our way home and she stopped us by saying hi. We chatted for a few minutes. She was so kind. After talking to her I thought of the people I am going to meet for the up coming years. Its fun thinking about it.
This week was superb. 3 of our solid investigators went to church. We have a baptismal date for one of our investigators. He is so golden! On April 2, Elder Haggenmiller and I will be teaching a main-lander. So the plan is to teach her the whole lessons and help her get baptized on the afternoon.
Personal Study gets better and better everyday. I always think of ways of how I can help my investigators. It is hard teaching people here in Hong Kong because most of the people doesn't have a Christian Background. So its teaching them new concepts. I always pray they will feel the spirit when we teach. Its the spirit that teaches. So I am working very hard to stay worthy to have the Constant Companionship of the Spirit.
Elder Haggenmiller helps me everyday to become a better missionary. Sometimes I loose focus but then he always reminds me. I am blessed to have a companion.
Just know that I am always praying for you Dad Mom Brent Reese and Zach. Be active in church. We are blessed to have the gospel in our lives. Strive to become better persons each day. Always have a family prayer every morning and evening.
I love you! Wo Ai ni ! ( 我愛你們 ).

Elder Sy ( 薛長老 )

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HK 3.0 A Day In The Life Of An LDS Missionary

On Monday, March 16, 2015 12:34 PM, Jayzon Christian Sy <jayzon.sy@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hey Ni Men Hao! 好嗎 ?

How is everyone!  Man, Missionary life is fun! This week was fun! It was really long at me at first. Why was it long? Well this week we focused on finding people. On Tuesday Wednesday Thursday we went finding for 4 hours each day. Crazy huh? We spend all those hours in just one area. In that area we just keep talking to people. First word that I always say? " Hello Ni Hao Qing wen Ni Hui Jiang Pu Tong Hua ma?"   晴雯你會 普通話 嗎 ?

I remembered the first day I got here. I was kinda shy to talk to people. I was afraid to open my mouth. Afraid of getting rejected. After those days I asked for God's help in opening my mouth and of course He helped me. Everyday I strive hard to talk to every person I meet on the street. There are times when I hesitate though but then it is coming. Homesickness is still bothering me, but not that much. The way I avoid it is by serving the people in the apartment and think of the people we are teaching. It is helping me a lot doing that. It's hard, missions are really hard but in the end it will all be worth it. 

Last week I started a habit of writing my feelings towards the atonement of Jesus Christ. It has strengthened my testimony. Let me leave you a question to ponder about "What does His atonement mean to you in your life? "

 Just wanna bear my testimony of how true the church is. I know the church is true. I know Christ lives. And I know our family will be together forever. Just know that I always pray for each one of you everyday. Every prayer I have all of you are in it. Continue to develop faith. Pray as a family every night and everytime you wake up. Always have family home evenings. I love you all so so much.

Til Next week!
Elder Sy

On the streets of a quiet Tai Po District.

Tai Po at night. View taken from our apartment.

I cook the food that you taught me Mom.. Yesterday I cook chicken, na sunog HAHA!
Mom next week send me a complete list of any recipe ha? kanang with the measures and everything.

Beautiful Scenery Of Tai Po District Near Our Apartment.

Over looking view of Tai Po District from our apartment.

My New Name Tag.

Sights and Sounds Of Tai Po District

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HK 2.0 Adjustment and Transition Period

On Monday, March 9, 2015 11:40 AM, Jayzon Christian Sy <jayzon.sy@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hello! How's it going?

You know what's crazy? Adjusting to Hong Kong. I have never been this busy before. The first time I got here, I felt so overwhelmed because everyone walks so fast! Guess what, I am walking faster than them now. We got tons of appointments this week. It was cool. We moved to Tai Po, I am not sure why they moved us. Our area is now far from our apartment.  For the last three nights we had to run going back home. It is crazy! It takes about thirty minutes to get home. 

As fun as it sounds I am still adjusting to missionary life. It is still hard but with the help of the Lord I know I can do it! Contacting People was pretty hard for me. Spent 3 hours in one place talking to people. Rejection after rejection... In three hours we could only stop 4 people. Its all good! Those 4 souls are golden. We taught 4 persons this week. Chinese people are really hard to teach. They have this philosophical background. Some just wants to be friends HAHA! but it is all good, the spirit sure will testify to them.

I now live in Tai Po. We have new "apartment-mates" Elder Kong from Provo ( He is korean) and Elder Klein from London.

Yesterday we went to the Bishops house for dinner. His name is bishop Zhang and he had a really big house. It's touching because I felt like I was just at home.See ya next week! :)

Elder Sy

Mom can you send me a recipe? I thought food will magically appear here in the Mission Field.But no, I have to cook. HaHaHa !

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HK 1.0 Finally In Hong Kong , First Area : Tai Po

First Area : Tai Po District

Notes from Mommy and Daddy  Sy

This letter below comes from his Trainer and new companion in Tai Po Area in the New Territories in Hong Kong.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015 8:29 PM
Subject: I'm Training! And a visit by an Apostle!

By far the excitement of this week is that I am now training a new missionary fresh from the Provo Missionary Training Center. My new companion is from the Philippines, and his parents are also from the Philippines, but! His grandparents are from Fujian Province in China. So he looks Chinese, but the only Chinese he knew was from living several years in Taiwan when he was very young. Actually, most of the Mandarin he speaks now was learned in the Missionary Training Center. He is an amazing missionary, bursting with energy to go and do what needs to be done to build up God's Kingdom on the Earth. He is just full of questions about how to talk to people on the street, what to say in different situations, when you should try to make it into a lesson on the street, or just try to swap phone numbers. He is a real joy to work with.

Our very first day together we had a couple of hours to do finding and we managed to teach a street lesson that night. Our third day had a full sit down lesson with an investigator and a member to help us out, as well. So earlier in the day we practiced how we would work together, who would be responsible for which parts of the lesson and then just practiced teaching it to each other. Then the lesson ended up going very well! It has been a lot of that, we have something to do each day, and then in our companionship study, we practice how to do that. It has really been a lot of fun. And I thing he has also felt the excitement and joy that comes from serving and helping other people.

Just the other day, he felt we should go talk to some people that were taking pictures. It turns out they were Filipinos too, but actually we ended up having a street lesson to a husband and wife. That is super rare in Hong Kong, because mostly they are just woman working as domestic helpers. So we were blessed to find them and talk to them, and then get the Filipino sister missionaries in contact with them. It looks like the husband will be going back to the Philippines, so they will arrange for him to be taught there and the wife to be taught here in Hong Kong.

Last night we had a special lesson with an investigator we have taught several times now. First we just reviewed the Plan of Salvation and Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After that we decided to read a chapter in the Book of Mormon with him. He had read the first 3 chapters already, so we choose to read 1 Nephi 4. But before reading, we talked about how we can use the Book of Mormon to find answers to our questions, but that if we don't have any question to use, we won't get as much out of studying it. After a minute or so, our investigator said, "I want to know whether I should stay in Hong Kong to work a couple years after graduating, or just go back to home to Mainland China right away." So then we read the chapter together. Afterward, we asked him about his question, and he said he didn't see anything in the chapter that related. Then our member started showing him some parallels. Nephi and his brothers were told to return to Jerusalem to get a record of the scriptures. Where do we need to go to follow the commandments of God? Zoram ended up following Nephi back out of Jerusalem. Should we put ourselves in the paths of righteous people to have their influence? Zoram was told that he would have his complete freedom if he would come with Nephi. What paths in our lives will lead us to have freedom in the pursuit of happiness and righteousness? And others examples as well. It became a very profound lesson to help our investigator realize the importance of the Book of Mormon to us.

Finally, I almost missed what otherwise would have been the biggest thing of this week hands down! Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve visited Hong Kong this past week. On Wednesday we had an all-mission conference with him, and on Thursday he held a devotional with all the members in Hong Kong and investigators or other people that could make it! There must of been at least a 1,000 people in attendance because they filled up the biggest chapel in Hong Kong we have as well as several overflow rooms on different floors too. It was an awesome experience. We had two investigators there, and he spoke about our identity as children of God and the real significance in that, and how when we wake up in the morning we should realize that and act accordingly. He also spoke to us missionaries and said we were all being to shy and needed to be more bold!

It was an awesome week!
Elder Haggenmiller

On Monday, March 2, 2015 11:35 AM, Jayzon Christian Sy <jayzon.sy@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hey how are you guys? 

Hong Kong is really cool! It is my first p-day today and I am so glad to be able to send an e-mail. My first three days was really long. I needed time to adjust just like the MTC. I was kinda overwhelmed on my first full day. I felt like going home. I questioned why I am here. But Heavenly father is so great! I was quick to get back on track. I read the scriptures and prayed for help, and heavenly father did answer my questions. Although til now I still feel homesick every morning, I pray for the strength to overcome all the challenges in the mission field. 

I was able to read in my manual about adjusting to missionary life and there was 4 steps in adjusting. Its funny cos it really was true ( i sent a picture about the step). I am so glad Heavenly Father helped me back on my feet. 

Cool experience: We were planning with Elder Haggenmiller and suddenly someone called and ask for an English appointment ( yes we teach english) We taught a little kid. His name is Carson and he was really good in English. The cool experience is I showed him some magic. I remembered when I was a little kid a missionary tricked me with the necktie magic ( where you blow it and it shrinks) I did that trick to Carson and felt touched. I am now the missionary who is doing that to a little kid.
We spend a lot of time on the streets finding. It is so cool cos we get rejected a lot. Out of a Hundred people we try to talk to we only stop 4. But 4 is a really big number. Its all about hardwork and persistence in the field. I am loving it! I miss you all but I have some work to do :)

-Elder Sy

Outside view from my apartment

This is my Trainer and Companion