Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HK 92 Thanksgiving Day.

This week was an awesome week! I think we were able to balance office work and proselyting again. It's been great to see miracles again and just seeing people learn and grow has been a great experience. We have developed great relationships with our investigators and members. They all seem to like us, I know that it is because of the Love that we have for the gospel and the spirit of love radiating. I love the members and investigators so much. It has been great to be able to learn the culture!

Okay, so our investigators are doing really well except for a couple but it is normal. Last week we had one of the most powerful lessons with ChenGuoWu dixiong, we brought a member with us. Elder Woolley, Guo Dixiong, and I taught with such great unity. ChenGuoWu was like a punching bag as we bore our testimonies and taught him with power and authority. It was awesome because there was no pauses, everyone was listening to each other and even the investigator would start sharing his thoughts as we were teaching him. It was basically a discussion! Pretty awesome. ChenGuoWu dixiong came to church in wanchai for weeks in a row. We are excited for his progress and we feel that he will be able to hit his date on the 18th of December. Exciting. It was great for our member, GuoDixiong, as well. The last two weeks he was struggling with faith and hope. He kind of lost the light. But he quickly chose to repent after sharing about how we can choose our destiny. That night we were originally suppose to go in with out any member presents because he said he had to help a friend out. After realizing that it was too cold and it was too rainy to go around Hong Kong he said that he had a feeling to call us and help us out with the lesson. The lesson ended well as he bore his powerful thoughts and testimony, he told us that he felt so happy and maybe for the first time he was able to recognize the spirit. It was awesome! He even brought a friend to yesterdays activity. Oh, I am grateful!

Livia the wife of Max is great too. We weren't able to teach her the last 3 weeks because of her being busy. But she goes to Church and Max is doing a great job of supporting. I believe that the right time will come. She has great faith, all she needs to do is to take that leap of faith. Likewise for Lyn, Scots wife. She has been listening and attending church regularly. I think time will come as well that a message in church will cause her to act. She seems to like church too especially recently the kids are joining a lot of church activities. Great part family members. President Zhou is working on it.

I learned so much this morning from President Monsons talk about obedience. D&C 1:39"Behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever". I really like how the last words says the truth abideth forever and ever. Although truth can be lost but truth is always there. It strengthens my testimony to think that Christ birth and ministry here on earth is still impacting the lives of people. It must be true if it is sticking around this long. Truth is indeed eternal.Doctrine and Covenants 93:24, 26–28.
Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.“The Spirit of truth is of God. …
“And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.“He that keepeth [God’s] commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.” The spirit teaches us what to do. through obedience we can continue to learn and grow. As we are obedient we can have the constant companionship of the HolyGhost. It was a great reminder for me.

Christmas is coming up! The Church Came out with such a great and inspiring video! Watch it! Let us light the world up as we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HK 90 Fast And Slow.

Hello! Last week was a killer. It went by pretty fast and slow at the same time. I am glad that things ended really well tho.

Last spent a whole day helping people move to their newly rented apartments. It was pretty tiring as we had to move all furniture from one house to another. That day was pretty sore as we were carrying beds, study tables, dressers and more heavy stuff. It was fun and at the same time stressful as we were always lost during the ride. Well, it was still fun. I think it strengthened our relationship with the office elders.

Our investigators last week were all busy and cancelled us last week so we weren't able to teach them but we did our best in following up. We met with our 70 year old friend LiJiu though. Really cute old man. He calls us ELDAAAA. He loves the church and is willing to be a member of it but hasn't really made the decision yet to fully follow Christ as he has some personal issues. He sits in his little office all day and he said it is sometimes a pain. We talked about his love for music and we decided that we would give him a mormon tabernacle choir disc for him to listen. The old man expressed his thanks in such a funny way. "Ooooh Eldaaaaa, Thank you Eldaaaa". I love that old dude. I just have so much hope for these old people in the next life. Planting seeds!

We have some new mandarin missionaries coming this week. We are excited to help them out again. It will be another great experience.

With our branch, we have a new branch president. Andy Chou is now our new branch President. I am excited with the new direction that he will bring.

Working with President Lam has been fun. He is indeed an inspired man. Things always makes sense after a few weeks of the decision that he has made. I am grateful for the opportunity.

We also had a musical talent show yesterday for Sham Shui Po ward. There were a lot of gifted pianist and violinist that came and performed. As missionaries we sang an A Cappella version of High on the Mountain top. It was a fun activity.

I hope all of you have a great week! There is so much more to learn everyday. I was watching a video of a man talking about his life story and figured what he should do with his life by a big question. Will it matter in a thousand years? So, are the things that you are doing gonna matter in a thousand years?

I know that the Savior lives, He is indeed the greatest gift. I know that through Him we receive hope and light for darker days. The atonement is real. It is the lifeblood of this church. Without it, everything will fall. I love Him.

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

HK 89 New Arrival, Transfer, And Road Trips.

Hello! Last week was really good! It was a really crazy week as we had transfer week. Really fun though. This new assignment has been a great opportunity to stretch. I am getting a little hang of it so all is well.

We had the opportunity to pick up the missionaries last week. It was a good trip. I love road trips but it was a little bit scary. It is probably because I haven't done it in such a long time. Plus the only person that I trust driving is my dad so it was pretty nerve racking. Seeing the new missionaries was a great blessing. They bring in so much energy. There were 13 missionaries that arrived last week so we had to take care of them for days before they go out with their trainers.

They remind me a lot of when I just started. So much energy and really willing to do whatever the Lord requires. They are super humble too because they are in need of the spirit which will help them learn a new language and teach as well. They truly know that without the Holy Ghosts guidance we can't do anything. It was another great opportunity for me to learn from them and grow.

Because transfers are now over, we have a lot of time to proselyte! The last 3 weeks was such a numbing experience because I didn't really understand anything in church. Good news is the Elder Woolley and I are now back to being mandarin missionaries here in kowloon. It was really refreshing to go back to Vic3 branch and see the members. It was nice being able to talk to people and express my love for them. Such an awesome branch! I was really touched as I saw Scot bless the sacrament together with his fellowsipper/home-teacher Brother Lee. He even helped us teach a lesson! He has been growing a ton recently. It only goes straight up from now as he is making great choices in his life. His wife seems to be opening up as well. I am so excited for this wonderful family!

Elder Woolley and I are really excited for 3 investigators. We are hoping that we will be having 3 baptism for Christmas. We have humble investigators that wants to learn the gospel and apply to find true happiness in their lives. I know that miracles can happen and we are really confident that we will be making "3 pointers and 1" for the rest of the transfer. Of course it wouldn't be by ourselves but we have faith that the spirit will be teaching these people.

I had a great time studying the scriptures last week. I know that Prophets are really mouth pieces of God. As Christ said it himself "Their words are my words". Prophets who holds the keys and the authority from God are truly a divine gift for each one of us. They truly testify of the Savior and how His teachings can bring a bigger impact into our lives. I know that as we choose to follow the Savior and his apostles in whom He calls, we will surely not be lost. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only way in which we can fully prepare ourselves to go back to Heavenly Fathers presence and be like him. I am grateful for the Saviors atoning sacrifice. Without him, nothing works. He lives! I know He does!

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

HK 88 Barriers Along The Way.

Hello Everyone,

Last week was really crazy. We spent a lot of time figuring out transfers for this week. President Lam is making big moves this transfer so its gonna be pretty crazy this week with 70% of the missionaries moving this week. We also have to plan for the new missionaries coming this week. So many stuff, it's been a great challenge for me and it is stretching me.

It has been a great challenge for me to speak cantonese. Very humbling, that is all I can say. Now I understand the missionaries struggling with Cantonese. Pretty hard actually. I am pretty sure that it has been better though. My mind is still adjusting to the new language. Adding a 5th language to my brain is overwhelming. I am getting Mandarin, English, Cantonese, Bisaya(because there are cebuano missionaries too) mixed up. So yeah, pretty rough life for me last week. But it happens. All I can do is enjoy and love the moment. So, what a great opportunity it is for me to grow once again.

The members in the sham shui po ward have been very nice and kind. Although its hard to get to know them because of the language barrier, I can still feel the love that they have for missionaries. We had a fun activity yesterday. It was a farewell party for the temple president and the Bishop. It was great to see the ward all together having fun and socializing. Our investigator, Luk JiMui, went to the activity and got some good fellowshipping. The new bishop fellowshiped her really well too. Pretty amazing. We are hoping that she could get baptized soon!

I love my mission, I am grateful for the many great experiences! The members have been a great example to me. I know that the gospel does bless families and strengthens them more. I am grateful for wonderful parents who apply the gospel in their lives. I know that this is the restored church of Jesus Christ. He lives!!

Elder Sy
China Hong Kong Mission