Chris's Mission Photo

Chris's Mission Photo

Welcome to Elder Carey's Blog

Elder Chris Carey 計長老
China Hong Kong Mission
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Kowloon, Hong Kong







Famous statue in Hong Kong

Famous statue in Hong Kong
Great Art where ever you look

Need a snack?

Need a snack?
The daily staples

The path of Ten Thousand Buddas

The path of Ten Thousand Buddas
Never ending gold Buddas

High 5 with the Big Budda

High 5 with the Big Budda
Enjoying P-day

Unity on the Island

Unity on the Island
The Macau Zone

Incredible Place

Incredible Place
Hong Kong Heritage

Friday, December 24, 2010

This Year For Christmas

Just Talked to our Elder in HONG KONG. To all missionary families out there. This sums it all up! We will compose a letter to share with everyone tomorrow. To All...Thanks for the support of our Elder.

THIS YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS:
This year for Christmas
I skipped the sales after Thanksgiving.
The thrill just wasn’t there.
No pictures taken with Santa Clause,
my decorating has no flair.
His presents are shoes, shirts and ties,
Two suits and socks....no fun.
I’ve bought him all white clothes because....
This year I’m giving Christ my son.

I’ve spent more time in the temple,
Felt strength come from his words.
I’ve re-read November’s Ensign,
And my testimony stirred.
Our family prays more frequently
My tears are quick to run.
Abraham seems closer because,
This year I’m giving Christ my son.

I wonder how those Lamanite mothers,
Gave their sons to war?
Or how the pioneers chose Zion,
Their sacrifice was so much more.
My loss will be his presence,
I’ll miss his smile a ton
For two years we will pray for him,
I’m giving Christ my son.

I stare at his face when he’s not looking.
I memorize his eyes, their shine.
He’s always hungered for the part of him,
That makes his soul divine.
The stories and lessons he always heard,
His choice and mine are one.
I’ll put my faith in God’s hand,
This year, I’m giving Him my son.

Past gifts have lost their glitter,
I think I finally understand
Christ’s birth should be celebrated
By giving Him a hand.
It’s because I know Christ lives and reigns
That all his packing’s done
My gift has taken years to make,
This year....I’m giving Christ my son.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I love to see the Temple, I'm going there someday

Hey Everyone!

Has it really been another week? Seriously?! Woah...Crazy! I can't believe you guys already got my package! That was so fast! I was hoping it would at least get there BY Christmas. Apparently there's something happening with shipping going into America. It takes a lot longer because they found a bomb or something in one. They have to re-open and check each one...just going into America though. Crazy,, huh? At least that's what the guy at the post office told us. I'm glad you guys liked everything inside and I hope everything fits. If you have any questions about anything just ask and I'll try my best to answer. I'm also very glad you guys like the pictures. I'm trying my best to take as many as I can and keep up with everything that goes on. Steven, or Brother Chong, is the one I confirmed in Sacrament Meeting, along with the Bishopric standing in the circle with me, he's 22. A-Sing, or Brother Chan, is the one I Baptized and he's 17. Both INCREDIBLE men and wonderful Priesthood holders. They are both great examples to their friends as well! It's so amazing how the Lord just takes care of everything like that. I can't even describe it...it's just perfect. Elder Oliver and I are having a blast serving together! He was in BYU Men's Choir before his Mission so he REALLY enjoys singing and I'm not one to sing a whole ton, so that's pretty interesting at times, but thank goodness we're Missonaries and have that promise to overcome even the slightest imperfections in a companionship. I love him so much. He's built me up more than I can say and has really shown me what personal dedication to the gospel is all about. He is the only member of the church in his family but his mother supports him and I can tell she is very proud of him for serving a Mission. He's most likely moving next transfer which is the Thursday after Christmas. So, we'll see who my new companion will be by then it he gets transferred! That's funny that so many people ask about me. Thanks them so much for their support and love. I have received Christmas Letters from the Goldings and the Boonsripisals. They were so sweet! I love those families so much and I'm so grateful for their love, support, and prayers in my behalf. It means a lot when you have your Home Ward backing you up in the building up of the Kingdom! It really does! I'm so grateful for them! I love them! I'm also very thankful that Grandma and Grandpa Grover took the time to write to me as well! I love them so much! It brought back memories from last year being at BYUI when I would take friends over and eat Sunday dinner with them. It brought a tear to my eye. I was so pleased and happy to hear of Grandpa's health is improving! That's GREAT! I will continue to pray for them and to put their names in the Temple just as I do with you guys. I'm glad Stephanie is feeling better. Sis, I love you and pray for your health and success each and every day. I love you Steph! Keep pushin along and puttin up with Dad in the office! Haha! I did receive Jim and Dori's package last week and I was so excited that they would go out of their way to do that for me! It meant so much to me and I loved hearing about Jim's success with his company! The picture they gave me of the Salt Lake Temple is on my planner now! You'll see it sometime. I also received a package from Susan and one from Grandma Carey as well! What a great surprise! You guys are the most awesome family. My companion and roomies can't wait for me to open them. I thank you and I love you very much for the time, effort and money it costs to make my life so incredible. I'm not opening them yet because our whole apartment is going to wait until Christmas morning to open our packages right before Elder Oliver and I head to our Chapel to call home. It's really starting to feel like Christmas now. The anticipation is setting in! That was a way cool letter that Brother Rawle, one of my main MTC teacher sent to you! I can't believe he still remembers me! That's so awesome! He is really an incredible teacher and has a great love for each Missionary that comes through the MTC. He changed my life in so many ways, I don't even know where to begin. I'm just so grateful for his example. I will never forget my time in the MTC and the lessons he taught, the games we played and the fun we had during gym time and back at the dorms! He knows what I'm talking about! That's so sweet he's getting married too! Give him my best and tell him I love him and I'm proud he found someone so special! I think they are both so lucky. I know his wife is getting a special individual. We did it again...we got our goal of lessons (21) last week too! It's such a good feeling accomplishing a tough goal and knowing it was all done through and for the Lord. Oh, the Ward Christmas Party...how could I forget?! What a blast is always was and of course the Christmas Program with the Primary! Elder Oliver and I are going to be doing a skit for our Ward Christmas Party which is actually on Christmas night. It's called "A Day In The Life Of Ma On Shan Elders." We're going to act out one Missionary who is BRAND NEW to the Mission field and one who is about ready to go home... Elder Oliver wants me to be the brand new one... so we'll see. It should be pretty funny. I'll try and get a Ward Member to record it so I can send it home on the next SD card. As for the call home, MY Christmas Day works just fine. I'll probably do it in the morning for me, so you guys can receive it on Christmas Eve. I'm thinking maybe from 9am to 12pm MY TIME. 6pm to 9pm Seattle time. Check to see if that's ok. You guys choose the exact time though. Just let me know by the next E-Mail, and that's when we'll confirm it for sure. Thanks! Oh, and I'll probably just end up buying another phone card. That worked out pretty well last time I called home. Well, I don't have much time left but I thought I would mention the headline of this weeks letter (I Love To See The Temple, I'm Going There Someday) Today was our Temple Day and it probably was one of the best Temple Sessions I've ever had. I felt so humbled and full of love, I honestly can't contain it. I really do love to See and Go to the Temple. I know and realize how lucky this Mission is to have a Temple and how lucky we are as Missionaries to be able go once every six weeks. What a BLESSING! Especially since it was the last one of the year and right before Christmas! Merry Christmas to the Harbour Pointe Ward. Young men of the Ward, listen to your Young Men Leaders, there are inspired, Bishop Jacobson is inspired and loves you very much. Your missions come up so quick and go by so fast. Find your testimonies now and share them often. You will be so blessed for every testimony you bear. Extra prayers went out to ALL OF YOU FROM ME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! I LOVE YOU ALL! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It Feels Awesome To Accomplish Goals

Hey Everyone!

How has the gang been this past week? Once again, I can't even believe it's been an entire week since I last E-Mailed you guys! These days are flying by now! That's so sweet to hear that you guys have got the inside of the house all decorated! I loved getting home from school, or just walking in the door and seeing all the way sweet decorations! It really takes me back. We've done that quite a bit in our apartment as well! Haha! I think we're the only ones in our entire complex that have decorated! Ha! We even have a small mini tree! YEAH! Don't worry though, when I'm home, I'll be sure to help out puttin stuff up outside for sure this time! No complaining! We can even get the Elders to come over and help us again! You remember that, Dad? Speaking of packages, I just sent a pretty sweet one last Friday (Thursday for you) that has a bunch of traditional Chinese stuff in it. You'll see when you get it. I'm taking you guys to this place when you come too, so no worries. It also has 2 full SD cards, along with a few other things.That is so crazy about the Church! It seems like they're making progress on it, but still not fast enough. Oh well, I just hope they can get it back up as soon as possible. I REALLY hope it's up by the time a bunch of the Missionaries from the Ward start getting back. That would be prime! That is so funny that you mention that you mention all those things about "The Amazing Race" being in Hong Kong! I would ride the Ding Ding ALL THE TIME when I was in Chai Wan! It costs only 2 bucks (Hong Kong) to go ANYWHERE on the Island! But, it's only on the island that the Ding Ding operates, so some Missionaries don't get to ever experience it. I'm so glad I did though. Trust me, you guys will see just how fun they are! I've only heard of the other places, but they can't be THAT far cuz it's still in Hong Kong, which isn't too big. As for my Christmas call, I can talk for about an hour or so. Somewhere in that time range. I honestly don't care when I call. Everyone in my apartment, I'm sure, is going to be calling at different times and on different days, it's just whatever fits best with people at home. So, YOU GUYS, just let me know and I'll buy a phone card and call you on whatever day you'd like. I thank you for putting my name in the Temple consistently, Mom. It means so much and I can definitely feel your prayers there and at home, even from clear on the other side of the World! I love you so much! So this past week, Elder Oliver and I had a goal to reach 20 Lessons in one week, which is pretty hard for the China, Hong Kong Mission, so it's said. So, we thought we'd try it out. I don't think I've ever worked harder to achieve a goal in my life than I did for that. A lot of earnest prayers, and a lot of faith was put into it, but WE DID IT! We ended up teaching 20 lessons exactly, and our District Leader and Zone Leaders couldn't believe it! We were so happy with our work and effort, and are pushing this week to get 21! It can be done, and it WILL be done! That's one of the greatest feelings as a Missionary...accomplishing goals is so huge and makes such a big impact on you as a Servant of the Lord, and a person in general. The Lord has truly blessed Elder Oliver and I beyond belief and description, and I won't EVER forget these feelings and the amount of love I feel from Him as my Savior and Redeemer. So, today the whole Tolo Harbour Zone booked a full size turf soccer field to play against the Hong Kong Island Zone. Our Zone is so ready for it and we're gonna dominate for sure! Ha! We'll see though. I'm pretty excited to play against the Zone I just barely came from. Oh, and I forgot to tell you guys, Elder Reeser and I were both "born" in the same area in the Mission! We are both Chai Wan babies! (OR MY FIRST AREA) We have some good laughs about it every now and then, even with Elder Feigleson there, it get's pretty fun! Well, I wish you all my best and I support and pray for you in all that you do! Keep up the good work, both in your calling and at the office, Dad. Remember to keep a spot open for me when I get back! I love you, Dad! Mom, keep holding down the fort, and going to town on your HUGE calling! You are being blessed so much from it, I just know it! Just know that I love you very much. Stephanie, from what I understand in Moms letter you had not been feeling well. Just know I'm praying for you extra hard this week and I will be thinking of you and exercising faith that you will be healed and back to normal. I am glad that you asked Dad for a blessing and that the missionaries helped before Dad went out with them for the night. Know that Jesus Christ KNOWS YOU and he KNOWS what you're going through. He has felt the worst of the worst and died so that YOU may live again with Him! Always remember that Stephanie. I love you Sis. Well everyone, I love you all and I am so grateful each and every week for your prayers and support. Until next week, Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey
計長老

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas in the Air

Hey Everyone!
I'm not really sure how these weeks are going by so fast now, but it's weird...it's kind of starting to freak me out a little. Well, how has everyone been? Can you guys believe it's already time to start getting ready for Christmas?! What an amazing time of the year to spend as a Missionary! Everyone here is making the Missionaries feel welcome and helping us know we have a family here in Hong Kong, as well, to spend the Holidays with. What a blessing everyone is here. I just don't even know where to begin or even how to start explaining it. It's just out of this world AMAZING! I got started kinda late typing, so this one's gonna be a little shorter than usual...sorry. Stephanie, you would mentioned what I would do that with my mashed potatoes and peas? (Mix them all together first thing). You better have eaten DOUBLE for me too! Ha! I'm sure it was DELICIOUS as usual and eveyone had a way fun time! I too could feel your guys' spirit here as I was eating with the Mission. The Musical "Lost Carols" you guys went to sounds pretty sweet! I can just picture you guys linking arms and not being able to sing because of the emotional impact it had. It's kinda funny, but I can honestly tell you guys I've done the same thing a time or two lately...not the linking arms thing, but getting emotional. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve a mission. I can't believe have my testimony has grown losing myself in the service of our Savior! As I look at the pictures you guys send and how much fun it looks like you're all having, really makes me grateful I was sent to such a PERFECT family that loves, cares and supports me. We played ball with the one kid I told you about in last weeks letter on Saturday. It went pretty well. We then met a few other kids at that same time. It was funny on our part but had an impact on them in a positive light even though Elder Oliver and I pretty much rolled over them. Just spending time with people, letting them feel of our spirit and what they are missing in their lives, bearing our testimonies to them, we know, will create a fire they cannot deny. They thought it was pretty cool that two white guys came to THEIR court and destroyed them. They have good potential and interest in the Gospel. Working with and baptising youth eventually creates families in the church. It is not just one youth, we know they will marry and then create families in the church. We'll continue to meet with some of them and continue to build our relationship. It one door at a time, one relationship at a time and time creates masses.
I'm not sure if we're planning on watching the First Presidency Devotional, but that would be sweet if you guys could burn a DVD and send it! Thanks! I so appreciate the packages that are sent my way, every month has a great surprise waiting for me and my companion. It helps because some of the Elder's don't ever receive anything and I am able to share where the need is greatest. Thank you so much! By the way, I'm not sure when I'll call home. It's kinda up to you guys. I can do it on Christamas Eve (for me), Christmas Day (for me), or the day after Christmas, which will be your guys' Christmas Day. It's up to you guys. Whatever works best for you all! I can do whatever! I am so excited to talk with you guys! Oh man, I have so much to tell you all! Give the Ward my best! Thank them for all the kindness they have shown to me in helping me prepare for my mission and the support they give me with letters of kindness, support and prayers while I am here. I truely did not understand how big of an impact a ward has on one person. Everytime I turn around I feel the love from the ward. Since I didn't have much time to write this time, share my love with all. I love you guys and I pray for you all CONSTANTLY! Keep up the good work!
I love you!
Love Always-

Elder Carey

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey Everyone!

Holy Cow - it's been another week! Come and gone just like that! Crazy...Well I guess to begin I can start by saying HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I honestly cannot believe it has already been a year since I drove home from school, walked in the door and remembering just how happy I was to see you guys because it had felt like FOREVER! There's no way that's already been a year...no way! We had our own little Thanksgiving feast as a Mission here today. It was so good! Probably THE MOST AMERICAN FOOD I've had since I've been in Hong Kong! We had all the basic Thanksgiving foods! It was incredible! Finally a meal without rice or noodles! Haha! This is one of the very few times we got to gather together as an entire Mission. Usually when we have big activities, we're split up with other Zones but not this time! Oh man, it was so sweet to see everyone and especially all the guys from my MTC District! They're all doing so well and we're all still as tight as ever! I can't wait to meet up with them after the Mission! It's going to be so different though! I'm excited! The only thing that was missing today was the football and the WAY long naps! But, it's all good, because Missionary Work beats it all anyways! Doesn't it, Dad? This past week has been pretty awesome! We've tried our hardest to continue to work to find new investigators and it's starting to pay off. We're already getting a few member referrals from it! One kid I stopped the other day was GOLDEN! He said he would love to learn more and that he felt like this is what he's been looking for...he's only 18! He talked to his parents about it, and they don't want him to meet with us because they are Buddhist and really don't like the Mormons, but we don't give up that easily! We're going to be playing ball with him on Saturday and try and get through to him that way. I'm pretty excited about this kid and how he'll react to this unique message we have to share with the world. The lady we contacted last week out on the promenade met with us again, brought her sister this time and at the end of the lesson, told us she is leaving for Taiwan the next day and can't continue meeting with us. She was SOO relieved when we told her she and her sister could find Missionaries there! Elder Oliver and I didn't hesitate for a second on what our purpose was for her. When the lesson was finished, we both immediately said she needed to meet us first and then meet Missionaries in Taiwan, from where her entire family is from. I'm so excited and anxious for her to receive the Gospel. It will change her life beyond description! We also have a few other investigators in the making right now, but I'll keep you all updated on them as they begin to progress and be introduced to this Restored Gospel. It is so much fun living with Elder Reeser! Oh man, Mom, I remember so clearly you telling me about him before I left and how funny it would be if I met him here!...Now I'm living with him! He is so hilarious it's crazy! We talk about BYU Idaho all the time and just good memories we each had from going there. (Don't worry Steve and Cathy and everyone else...it's not totally set in stone yet!) Being with Elder Reeser is pretty sweet but it made me realize how much I enjoyed having Elder Loong around. Seeing him today was way sweet and something I very much enjoyed. He is such an incredible Missionary it's not even funny! What an example he's been to me in Missionary work and life. You guys need to contact his family and when you go down to Utah sometime in the near future, DEFINITELY meet up with them! He actually is going home this upcoming February, so pretty soon! I'm serious, you guys really have got to get in contact with them and maybe meet Elder Loong when he comes back! Things back home are sounding pretty cold and snowy! 6.5 hours to get home from work, Dad! WHAT?! That's funny that you mention football because myself along with a few other Elders in the Mission that followed it pretty closely before we left were talking about that exact same thing this morning and this afternoon! It sure sounds like you guys are about ready to tear it up in the Mission Field there! Keep it up and just know, we're both doing the same thing and for the same cause! How cool is that! As for my camera, it's the cord that I don't have...I have the charger thing but no cord to put in the camera or wherever it goes. So yeah...I'm not too sure what to do with it. Oh and another thing I forgot to mention was maybe you guys could look around and try and send the "Work and the Glory" Series, as well as "The Other Side of Heaven" because we're able to watch those but I don't have either. Maybe you guys would be able to hunt some down.! Thanks guys! I love you! This Thanksgiving, I am SOOO INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR MY FAMILY!!! WOW!!! Dad, Mom, and Steph...I don't even know where to begin with you guys...I can tell you right now, if it wasn't for each one of you individually, I would not be here right now. Seriously! Each one of you had a special influence on me serving the Lord, and molding me into a better servant of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm not kidding, you guys have changed my life in so many ways, I can't even begin to think, yet alone describe my gratitude and thanks for you all, my heart is full! I can't believe I'm speaking CHINESE! It's insane! Definitely not me, it's all Heavenly Father, for sure. I love you and I am forever and ever grateful for you all! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Drop Everything and GO BIG!!!

Hey Everyone!

Ok, this is just insane now...I honestly just E-Mailed you guys yesterday! Man, time flies...I have loved the experiences and miracles this past week! Some are just for the journal, but I'll share a few later on. Lexie is getting married?! WOW! You HAVE to let her know how proud I am of her and how much of an influence she's been on me! Man that is so crazy! I'm sure the guy is way cool and I'm so happy for both of them. Send them my love and support! Thanks! As for your question on Stanley Market...I'm pretty sure that's what Travis Tanner was talking about, unless there's another Stanley Market I don't know about. But don't worry, I was already planning on taking you guys there! You're really not going to believe how much is actually here! It'll blow you guys away, no joke!
That's way sweet that you got to check up on the Football team! I can just picture Coach Mack giving the upcoming Varsity some big motivational speech and gettin them ready for the next season! Haha! Oh man, those were honestly the days!
Boy, you guys must really like the Missionaries in the Harbour Pointe Ward right now. I am so glad that you know how to take care of missionaries by feeding them often, going on splits and having them feel the spirit we have in our home. What an opportunity they have. We were talking with our Bishop and his wife here and they were saying that whenever we don't know what to do for a meal, just go over to their house! Ha! It was pretty sweet! That is SO AMAZING about Lindsay and James! Holy cow! First of all, that Lindsay was able to come to church is way sweet but that James might be willing to start meeting with the Missionaries is truly a miracle in itself! I have no doubt in my mind that the biggest influence of that is from Calvin and his dedication to the Lord. NO DOUBT! He's an amazing example and inspiration to me and always has been. I'm so excited to see him and the amount of growth he's gained from devoting all his time as a servant of the Lord.
I forgot to mention it last week because I ran out of time, but yes, I did receive the package from Stephanie and Bobby, and OF COURSE I LOVE IT! EVERYTHING! The pictures are my favorite for sure! I have a few of them hanging right about my study desk in our apartment! Everyone always asks me about you Steph! ALWAYS! Getting pictures is just the best thing, honestly! It lets me know how you guys are doing and that you're still living it up back home! The Seahawks jacket is so sweet! I've been wearing it around the apartment all the time. I'm just representing good old Seattle and the Seahawks! Especially since I'm one of like 3 in the Mission from Washington. The other 2 are from Eastern Washington.
Mom, I'm not sure if you remember the time when I was buying my new scriptures from the bookstore after we had gone through the Temple and talked with the lady at the counter about my mission and where I was going. She told us about a Sister Englund who went on a mission to Hong Kong.. Sister Englund is going home today! Can you believe it?! Yeah, she's already done. She was a very good Missionary. It's just amazing how fast the days go by.
A-Sing's Baptism was so perfect...I can't even describe how smooth it went and how spiritual it was. The Holy Ghost was definitely confirming to everyone there THE RIGHT decisions were being made at that time! What a comforting and peaceful feeling that is. It truly is indescribable! Elder Loong Baptized an investigator from their area at the same service, so it was a combined Baptism. You guys will see the pictures, no worries.
Speaking of Elder Loong...we had "moves calls" the other night, which just means our whole Zone gets together and finds out who is staying, who's leaving and if so, who their new companion is. Elder Loong is moving to Macau for the last two moves of his Mission! That is so crazy! This is the first time I'm not going to be living with him! I will miss him quite a bit because he's helped me more than I can even say. We also became really close as Mission buds, but I think more so as just friends. He's one of the best Missionaries I've ever seen, no joke, and I know the Lord has called him to to do a better work in Macau. I'm excited to meet up with him after I get back. I love that Elder. So,,, guess who's coming in his place to be companions with Elder Feigleson. I remember SPECIFICALLY, when you guys were talking about a certain Elder before I left, you received his E-Mails, and constantly told me to try and find him and talk to him...that's right, ELDER REESER is moving in with me in our 6 man apartment! Oh yeah! I finally have someone I can talk to about BYU IDAHO! YES! Oh, and about Rexburg and our families of course, because everyone in Rexburg knows everyone. Ha! I'm pretty excited and eager to, not only be serving so close to him, but to be living with him! It's gonna be some good times to come! Elder Oliver and I are staying in Ma On Shan. We're ready for round 3!
Our motto this move is..."DROP EVERYTHING AND GO BIG!" That's exactly what we're going to do! We had a pretty cool experience finding yesterday , before we went to our Bishop's for dinner (go figure) was we were walking along the promenade right outside our Chapel next to the water. We stopped this girl who is Taiwanese but born in South Africa. She doesn't speak Cantonese but a little Mandrin and perfect English. We taught the her the Restoration right then and there, brought her back to the church (a good 15 min. walk) and taught her even more! We'll eventually have to hand her over to the International Elders here in the Mission but what a MIRACLE that was to pull someone back taking them completely out of their way! Right before we went up to her, she said she was praying to find answers to her prayers about more being out there in the world and life in general. The next thing you know here we come. It was interesting to because we rarely go along the promenade to find because there's often not too many people there. Before we left to go to the Bishops house, I said a prayer that we'd be able to find just one person on the promenade today...sure enough, there she was. WAITING FOR US!
Brothers and Sisters, family and friends, I know this Church has been restored to its fullness. That IS what makes our Church SO DIFFERENT from every other Church. I know it is led by a Prophet of God who consistently receives revelation for us and how we can more fully follow the Savior. I know President Chan is also called by God, and has truly had an Apostle of the Lord, through Jesus Christ, lay his hands upon his head giving him Authority to lead this Mission. I love President and Sister Chan. They are the sweetest, most calm people I have ever met. I love the power (The Book of Mormon) has to CHANGE lives! It is so real and so true.. I love this Gospel... I love everything about it! I love you all and I am very grateful for your support, love, and encouragement.

Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mission Tour with President Perkins from the Seventy

Hey Everyone!

It's sure been a week FILLED with the Spirit! I'll get to all that later though. That is so sweet you got to mention Brother Chong in the Missionary updates! SO COOL! I'm sure he would LOVE to know he's being mentioned clear across the world! I've told some of the members in my Ward about the buidling back home and they send their deepest regards and sympathy to you guys and everyone else in the Ward. It just goes to show, it doesn't matter where the Church is at in the world, when something happens everyone rallies around one another because we're ALL family, no matter what. I love how comforting that has been for me here. Just knowing not only am I serving the Lord but actually my brothers and sisters as well! The beauty about it to is that this work won't, nor CAN'T, ever stop! It is sounding pretty cold back home...I can only imagine what is what like around that time when I was home during high school still. I wouuld always be so freezing going to seminary! Oh man that brings back so many memories! Just a question...did you guys follow Kamiak Football at all this year? If so, how did they do? Just wondering. Oh, and of course that sounds like Rexburg! Can't wait to go back to that!...Haha! Just kidding. I really can't. I loved it so much! I CONSTANTLY tell people here about how much I loved going to BYU Idaho and how much fun it always was! I'm so excited to go back! So many amazing experiences and memories! In this Mission, there are 6 Zones, which roughly have about 20 Missionaries in each. Tolo Harbour, the Zone I'm in, is pretty small with 16 or so. We're pretty tight though, so it's all good. There's probably about 90 or so Missionaries total in the Mission. Our Zone along with the New Territories Zone KILLED the Kowloon Zone in combined sports activities! We combined because Kowloon's Zone is pretty big. We dominated though. It was way fun! I'll be sure to thank Brother Linford for you guys, and I'm not sure where he's from. Before I send the SD cards home, I usually get prints of the ones I want. But, I figured you guys would load all the pictures from the SD cards on the computer and just keep them there until I get home or something...But, yeah Jason M. Rawle was one of my instructors' names. That would be so sweet if you guys could write to him. I wrote to him during my 2nd move, but I never got anything back from him...weird. There's nothing really too specific I need for Christmas. I'll think of things, but I don't think I need anything in particular. What about you guys?! I wanna get you guys stuff! That's way awesome Nathan is off and starting his Mission! Best decision EVER! How amazing our Ward has so many missionaries out on Missions right now! I bet that was pretty fun having Makenzie come up and chill with you guys for a bit. I'm excited to see her when I get back for my farewell! I'm sure she's really grown up a lot. I haven't really heard much about the new Leadership Training Meeting so I don't think we'll be going. The Missionaries are getting fed so well back home, it's not even funny! Ok, maybe a little. Ha! We had a dinner appointment and an FHE at our First Councelor in the Bishopric's home Sunday night. His family is probably one of the most Americanized families I've seen here! They're so funny! We even had fajitas! That's never seen in Hong Kong! They were way good! My week was so good! A-Sing passed his interview on Saturday but didn't know who he wanted to Baptize and Confirm him because he still wanted to pray about it a little more. So, on Sunday, we asked him if he knew who he wanted because we needed to announce it in Church and he wants me to Baptize him...HUH?!!! There's no way! With all my faults and shortcomings, why me? I'm still stunned to this day why! But boy was it a humbling experience once again. I specifically remember packing the Baptismal clothes in my suitcase, saying to myself, "If I can use these JUST ONCE on my Mission..." and now, here is that prayer answered. I love A-Sing and I love that he's my brother I've been looking for during this life to help him find the path and return to our Father in Heaven, just like Calvin. I think of Elder Jahng ALL THE TIME while I'm here! Whenever I'm teaching someone, I always go back in time to him and his incredibly strong desire and hunger to follow the Savior, and look where he is now. He was so prepared, just like A-Sing, Steven, and many more Hong Kong people waiting to be brought to a rememberance of what they were taught before this life. The Baptism will take place Saturday along with someone Elder Loong and Elder Feigleson also helped come unto Christ and receive into the waters of Baptism. So, we're gonna have a combined Baptism and then that way, there will be more people there! Yeah! I'll tell you how it all goes next week for sure! The Ward is LOVING having Missionaries in their Ward now because for a very long time they didn't have any because they weren't seeing success so they pulled Missionaries from Ma On Shan. But now, the Lord is blessing us and the Ward beyond description! It's a funny thing what a little patience can do. Yesterday, we had a Mission Tour with a member of the First Presidency of the Seventy, who is also over the Asia Area Presidency, President Perkins! It was Tolo Harbour and the Hong Kong Island Zones (where I served before) that got to hear from him that day. It was a way fun, spiritual and uplifting meeting! We did a lot of roleplays and heard from the President and Sister Chan, President and Sister Perkins, and some Missionaries bore their Testimonies as well. I decided I should bear mine, and talked on how humbling a Mission is and how there is no amount of humility gained like there is on a Mission. So many frustrating, disappointing, discouraging times, but still on your knees, crying and begging for the Lord to bless your investigators, COMPLETELY forgetting about yourself. COMPLETELY! I feel like I'm on my way there. You're never perfect and you can always get better and improve so much more. I strive for that each and every day I'm out here, and each and every time I open my mouth to a language I've never even heard of before I came here. What a humbling experience a Mission is and how it will affect me, my family, and my future family for time and all eternity. I love this Gospel and I love all of you! You really don't know the amount of support and love you give to me and how much it pushes me to keep going. I feel like the Energizer Bunny out here! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween in Hong kong

Hey Everyone!

Has it really already been a week since I E-Mailed you guys?...There's no way it's already been a whole week! Anyways, it was an intense week! I'll get into it a little later though. I'm going to pick up the package Steph, and Bobby, sent to me today. I haven't picked it up yet because I have to go to a special post office because it was insured. I'm so excited for it! Seriously! I love you guys to death! That is so sad about what happened in SLC...I'm glad they found who did it. I'm still praying they'll be able to find who did ours. Everyone in my apartment, as well as other Missionaries throughout the WHOLE Mission, are expressing their sympathy and love for me and all you guys back home. I told some members in my Ward here as well and they are completely FLOORED! I mean, why shouldn't they be, but still. That's so sweet there will be a brand new church building when I and a bunch of the other Elders return home! I'm so stoked for that and I'm sure I speak for them as well! That Halloween Party sounds like it was a blast! We had a pretty awesome halloween here! Elder Oliver and I dressed up...he was a nerd (basically Elder Calhoun from The Best Two Years) and I was an NBA Basketball Player. Everyone in my Ward makes fun of me because they say that I should play in the NBA when I go back. Before I introduced myself to them, they thought I had before I came out. It's pretty funny. It's more of an inside within the Ward, but it is still funny. I pretended I was bullying Elder Oliver all night and pushing him around and stuff. It was hilarious! EVERYONE thought they were the perfect costumes! We even had a costume competition and we got the most cheezy prize! So, I see you guys are back to the dances, again, huh? Ha! I find that funny since when we got released we thought it would be this huge burden lifted, and now you guys are right back in it! Sounds like you guys are sure takin care of all the dances though! I'm sure you're holdin it down like we used to back in the day! I tell people here about our dance experiences all the time! About how we would do the music, set up, show up early and play games, and stuff like that. They're all so jealous because they wish their dances could've been like that. I guess we were just that good with them, huh guys? Haha! Just Kiding. That is way sweet about Dad and his presentation! Of course he would totally kill it (in a good way) and stun everyone with the Spirit! That's just the way he is! I love ya Dad! But, yeah I want one for sure! You guys have got to send me one of dads dvd's on member missionary work! Please! Thank you so much! Steven's Baptism went so well...oh man, it was so good. I can't even describe it. Elder Oliver did a great job Baptizing him, while I witnessed. I'm sure happy for that Elder Oliver got to have that amazing opportunity of helping someone begin their new life following the Savior. Sunday was good. Oh boy, was it good. I'm not sure if I've ever felt the Spirit more on Sunday in my life, except maybe my Farewell. I confirmed Chong Kwok Wai (Steven) with the Gift of the Holy Ghost and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cantonese, along with the Bishop and his first councelor joining me in the circle. My hands were shaking so bad, I felt sorry for Steven because his head was probably shaking thanks to my hands. It was so sweet though. I can't even remember the things I said and I know the blessing didn't come from me. What an amazing privilege and blessing it was to help him, my brother, a son of our Father in Heaven, receive the guidance, direction and safety from the Gift of the Holy Ghost and what it has to offer so long as we remain worthy of its companionship. A-Sing is just about set for his Baptism on the 13th. He has his interview with our District Leader on Saturday and we'll see how it goes from there. I'll keep you posted. Thank you Mom! I got some sweaters and a cheap basketball jersey for when we go out and play, because the stuff I'm using right now is getting kindof worn. They weren't too expensive, don't worry. I'm actually wearing the jersey today because we're playing dodgeball! Oh yeah! It's us (The Tolo Harbour Zone) combined with the New Territories Zone, against the Kowloon Zone. Kowloon has the same size Zone as our zone so that's why they did it that way. We're gonna smoke some Elders from Kowloon for sure! We got face paint and everything! Haha! We're so lame. It's funny though. I'll laugh about it later, I'm sure. Well, I think that's just about all I've got for this week. Thank you for taking the time to write to me! It really does mean a lot to receive an E-Mail each week from family that really cares and supports you. I love you guys and I love all my friends (you all know who you are)! Keep hanging on and keep pushing forward! I can feel all your love each and every second of the day! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's starting to get COLD at least for Hong Kong weather

Hey Everyone!

First things first...I just want to thank EVERYONE for sending me gifts, food, money, and other great things for my Birthday! I can't even describe to you all how much it really means to me! Hastings Family, thank you guys A TON for the way sweet pillowcase! Haha! It's so funny and all the Elders in my apartment LOVE IT! I'm scared to use it to sleep on because I don't want to ruin it, so I just put it above my desk and it helps me remember you guys each and every day I wake up to do studies. Also, thank you for the new shoes They are way sweet! You guys really didn't need to go that far in getting me stuff. You did not need to get me anything for my Birthday in the first place but I'm so grateful for all your support and love. I can definitely feel it clear across the world preaching the Gospel to our Father in Heaven's children, our brothers and sisters. All the food was AMAZING too! My WHOLE apartment can testify of that as well! Steve, Cathy, Adrienne, Andrew, and Jess...wow you guys are incredible, seriously! It's nearly impossible to put into words my appreciation for you all and how much you continue to support me! The pictures of COUSIN EDDIE were amazing! Ha! I'm for sure considering turing red, don't worry Aunt Cathy! Ha! I'll definitely need the Lord's help though, because there is indeed quite a bit of oppostition in my apartment. It's tough when nearly everyone in the entire Mission is against you and Blue...I'll stand strong though, no worries! Andrew and Jessica, it was so cool to receive a letter from you guys! Oh man, Andrew, there's no way you're married! I remember just the other day, along with Adrienne and Steph, we were kickin it in your backyard up in the treehouse, using the zipline, and singing GLORIA in your basement! Oh man, good times! Well thanks guys and I wish Jess and Andrew the absolute best! Thank you so much guys for all the goodies and treats! Once again, my apartment can also DEFINITELY say the same! They feel like it was their Birthdays as well! Ha! Grandma Carey, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Your contribution, through your love and support to me serving a Mission is far more than enough! I love you and am so very blessed to have you in my life! Stay healthy Grandma and I would also like to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I know it's probably a lot better in person, but this will have to do for now. I love you Grandma Carey! Grandma and Grandpa Grover, you both are such a big influence on me and my desire to serve the Lord. Just receiving a handwritten letter from you Grandpa meant the WORLD to me! It's hanging directly above my desk, and I read it nearly every morning! I love you both so incredibly much and I am always forever grateful for your wonderful courtesy to my friends while I was at BYU Idaho and while I'm out here. It means a lot to me, it really does. I love you both so very much! Continue to stay healthy, and I'll look forward to seeing you BOTH when I return home. Steph and Bobby, you guys honestly did not need to go to the trouble of getting me anything...for real. I haven't received it yet, but just the fact that you guys sent me something is far more than I need or deserve. I love you guys and wish you the best ALWAYS! Stay strong with each other, and follow the promptings of the Spirit. I promise you both, so long as you do that EXACTLY, you will NOT be lead astray. Heavenly Father does love you guys, and wants you both to have the happiest lives possible. I know this for a fact. I asked him before I left and every night while I'm out here. It's ALWAYS the same! Just remember that. He cares about you more than you could EVER possibly imagine! You, Steph, and you, Bobby, mean so very much to me...I love you guys and want the best for you both! Mom and Dad...I don't even know where to start with you guys. All I can say is how lucky and blessed I truly am to have parents in the Gospel. I have been reading some books during my personl study lately on Church History, talking about Thomas Grover (MOM!) and Martin Harris (DAD!) It's amazing how blessed our family really is with such a great history in the Church. I thank our Father in Heaven for you both MULTIPLE times each and every day! You really have NO IDEA nor will you ever, the impact you've both made on me to come out here. I'm not gonna lie, there were times at home that I couldn't stand stand you both (haha..), but each and every single time that happened, I ALWAYS said a prayer in my heart that things would work out. The Lord has DEFINITELY answered my prayers a hundredfold! (Ha! Dad, I thought you might like that word...I'm pretty sure I spelled it wrong or something...it just doesn't look right. Oh well.) Thank you for all the amazing packages and gifts! The food is INCREDIBLE! AHH! AMERICAN FOOD! YES! Ha! The cards were very thoughtful and I enjoyed them very much, and the tie was gorgeous! I got more comments on that tie yesterday, than I've ever gotten on a tie. Every single Missionary I saw was floored at how nice it was! I love it! I also had an interview with President Chan yesterday and he also loved it! Ha! So there ya go, straight from the Mission President himself. He also sends his regards about the chapel and our Ward back home. He said you are all in his prayers as well. Anyways thank you both so VERY VERY MUCH! I LOVE YOU GUYS! Well, I think that's enough thanking for one E-Mail, wouldn't ya say?! OK,(breath) Well there's never enough, but still, you know what I mean. This past week has been INSANE! In a good way. Steven had his Baptismal Interview last Saturday, and Elder Oliver will be Baptizing him. He is so excited and I'm so humbled to give him this chance of a lifetime. Steven actually asked me if I would confirm him, if I wasn't going to Baptize him...WHAT?! I've never even done that in ENGLISH before! How can I do it in Cantonese?! It's all good though. Through the Lord's help, ANYTHING is possible. So, that was another incredibly humbling experience. It was announced in Church last Sunday and all the Ward is SO EXCITED! They haven't seen a Baptism here for over 8 months! Crazy! What a test of faith it has been. His Baptism is this Saturday, and then will be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday. I'm so nervous but so very excited! It'll be one to remember FOREVER! I talked to my Zone Leaders, Elder Loong and Elder Feigleson about it and they'd actually never really heard of Missionaries confirming before, but said it was fine. What an experience this will truly be! We also have another Baptism lined up for November 13th. It's a 16 year-old kid named A-Sing. His girlfriend introduced him to the Church and has helped fellowship for some of the lessons. So, he'll be ready to go for then. We're also finding a lot more new investigators, and helping prepare them to enter the waters of Baptism and Confirmation as well. This will be good! Elder Oliver and I are so blessed to be in such a fruitful area where the Lord is preparing people left and right. How humbling it is each day we go out finding to talk with them about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, yes, like I mentioned in my heading, it getting a little chilly...if you can believe it. I might be getting a sweater or two while I'm here to handle this bone chilling cold. It's so cold because it's so humid! It goes right through your clothes like nothing! Elder Oliver and I will be dressing up for Halloween on Saturday because our Ward's Young Men and Women are putting together an activity. I'm buyin some cheap stuff though, so don't worry. Oh, and I forgot to say, my apartment surprised me with a cake last night right before bed and right after I got out of the shower! Haha! It was hilarous! I was just in my towel and they started singing WAY LOUD! It was so funny! There's pictures, don't worry. Anyways, thank you all SO MUCH! SERIOUSLY! I love you and until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Harbour Point Building Fire 10 16 2010


What a Faith Building Experience "referring to the Harbour Pointe Ward Building Arson"

Hey Everyone!

I'm not even sure how to begin this one...as I read the headline of Dad's E-Mail, I had no idea what to expect! How grateful and blessed we truly are though that no one was actually inside the building at the time. I can't even express to you my sadness for this...I'm sitting here in my chair, at the computer right now...just staring...not knowing what to say. What puzzles me is who in their right mind who ever even think of doing such a thing. As I was looking at the pictures Dad sent, I can't help but shed some tears for the building I've attended since I was 8 years old. I know, however, without a doubt in my mind that we WILL get through this. We ARE on the Lord's side, and He loves us more than we can ever even imagine! There is nothing He will put in front of us that He knows we cannot handle. This is only a small minor setback. People can take away our building, but they can NEVER take away our faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! How lucky we are to be members of His only true Church. "Shall we not go forth in so great a cause?" That has always been one of my favorite quotes since I've been out here and it has gotten me through so many trials, hardships, and discrimination. We CAN and we WILL get through this! That's pretty sweet you guys were on the news though! I started cracking up when I was reading Dad's part on the reporters and he mentioned Jesse Jones from King 5 news! Haha! Oh man, those were the days! I was also able to pull up the pictures and show all the Elders around me, and they couldn't believe it! They were almost as floored as I was! My stomach is just in knots right now, but I know I'll eventually get over it. So, where does that mean Seminary is now? Are all the other Ward events at the Everett building too? Man, so much stuff is gonna have to change! When are they thinking of being done building the new one?! That's the real question! Oh boy, the things that happen while all the previous Young Men are on Missions! It's interesting to think that every other Missionary from our Ward is gonna be hearing about the same exact thing this week! Don't worry, we'll rally together as well. Us -- Missionaries in the field, will hold it down in the countries/states we're representing and serving! Anyways, on a lighter note...my week has been great! We've met with Steven a lot this past week, finished all the commandments with him, his Baptismal Interview is on Saturday, his Baptism will be announced in Church on Sunday, and his Baptism is next Saturday, with his confirmation the day after in Sacrament Meeting. We're sacrificing our P-Day today to go see the Temple with him, teach him a lesson, and give him a tour of the things he can see in the Temple, as well as the new chapel across the street. This will only build his faith and help him progress that much more. We sadly had one of our longest investigators call us this past week, and cancel her Baptismal date because her mom doesn't want her to get Baptized...she's 26 by the way...it's kinda ridiculous to see how someone that age can't make her own decisions. She's definitely fearing man more than God. Maybe she's just not yet prepared . We still have another with his date for the 13th of November. We teach him with his girlfriend a couple times a week. He's 16, and I don't think I mentioned it earlier, but Steven is 22. I'm happy for all of our investigators because I know Heavenly Father has prepared them in one way or another to receive the Gospel, whether that's all right now, or over time. It doesn't matter, because EVERYTHING is up to our Father in Heaven! ALWAYS! So, anyways, yes, I was able to get a new razor and I love it. I used the money I pulled out to buy it, so that's what that's from. I'm WAY stoked to get a new camera from Stephanie and Bobby since my has some major problems! THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS! I LOVE YOU BOTH! Also, THANK YOU Grandma Carey for the money you sent! I want you to know it will be put to good use for sure! Thank you so much for helping me out with my Mission as well. I can't express how grateful I am for you and your support for me being out here. I love you Grandma! Of course I remember Elder John Pierce! I can't believe he had to come home! That's really a bummer, but it's ok because he can carry on the work there in other ways. Those were fun times working out with him at the gym at BYUI and hanging out outside of class! Oh, and of course the dances! I know he remembers those! You should let him know I'll be ready to go again once I get back! Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes! I love you guys so very much and I appreciate what you do each and every day of my service here in Hong Kong, China! You all mean so much to me and I can't express my love and gratitude enough! FAMILY IS MOST IMPORTANT! THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS I'VE LEARNED BEING OUT HERE! I LOVE YOU ALL! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How Many Baptisms this move?

Hey Everyone!

Mom, I'm so glad you feel so relieved from your calling, and way excited for you to start this new journey that hopefully won't be as difficult or time consuming! Oh, and I can't wait to get the package you sent to me! I'll keep my eye out for it for sure! Speaking of packages, I got the HUGE ONE from the Carey Clan! Holy cow! I haven't even opened it and my apartment is already begging me for what's inside! I'll be sure to share...but not too much...Haha! Just kidding. I'm sure Andrew ALWAYS shared his packages, right?! Ha! This means so much to me, seriously. Thank you so much! I love you guys! That's so nice of Barbara to bring that package for me! She is so awesome and I'm so grateful for her! The Young Women's In Excellence Program sounds pretty intense too! I'm so glad you're already finding so much joy in your new Stake calling! What a blessing it is to be serving in the capacity you are right now, Mom. You're a Ward Missionary, Dad?! What?! That's way sweet! Ward Missionaries are our best friends in the Ward and there's honestly no way the work could get done as smoothly if it weren't for them, that's for sure! What a major responsibility and privilege! I'm so happy for you, Pops! You'll have to keep me updated on how it goes! Be sure the Missionaries don't take you for granted though. Help them out as much as you can, but know that they have just as much ability to teach as you do. What another great blessing it is to have you as a Ward Missionary, honestly! You're gonna kill it...in a good way of course! Wow, gee, thanks for making me want some of that famous homemade COCONUT ice cream that I can't get here... You'll have to whip up another batch when I get back. I've actually been craving some of that homemade ice cream pretty bad lately. Weird. Well, that's no real surprise about Peyton. I show the Elders I live with pictures of him all the time, because they're all from Utah, except Elder Oliver and just brag about how pro he is NONSTOP! It's pretty ridiculous how good he actually is. I know he works hard at it everyday. I'm so stoked to see him play when I get back! There's no doubt I'm going to some of his tournaments! I'm so happy and proud of him. Just tell him not to forget the important stuff like Duty To God! He's such an awesome cousin and definitely one whom I'm extatic about to call family. What a boss he is! Ok...TIM TAMS are chocolate biscuit cookies, you bite of each end of one just a little, put one part in hot chocolate, the other in your mouth, and use it like a straw to suck the hot chocolate through. You don't really get too much hot chocolate, but it melts the TIM TAMS cuz they're frozen when you start, and then they just melt even more in your mouth. Oh trust me, I've had that planned to do when you guys come, ever since I got here. It is CHOCOLATE HEAVEN! Especially if President and Sister Chan do it, you know it's gonna be good! You're right though, she is way cool. She brings out the loudness, and funniness in them both. They're such an INCREDIBLE Mission President and Wife! BY FAR THE BEST EVER! I LOVED General Conference! I most enjoyed the Priesthood Session above all! I'm sure Dad, Steve, Andrew, Brett and Peyton and everyone else can relate! It was AMAZING! I just barely picked up my new suit and think I might have found my Christmas present. The suit fits great and I love it. But I NEEDED a new razor incredibly bad because the one I had...well the part that covers the blades had a couple pieces chip off and it was cutting my face pretty badly. I think I might have a few scars from it actually cuz I had to go a whole week with it until I could get a new one. This one I just got was like 800 Hong Kong dollars and I needed to take like 500 Hong Kong dollars so it's not THAT much, but it's something I needed tremendously bad. Boy, look at Stephanie being a Missionary too! You go Steph! Ha! I'm glad Delshad and Goldie liked it! It sounds like it was a blast! Keep up the good work Sis! I love ya! I don't really have anything specific you can but have them keep their Missions in Life in mind ALWAYS! NO MATTER WHAT! Then, they'll never stray from the path! Oh, and go to Church and Seminary and truly LISTEN! Anyways, my time is almost up. Here is the update on Steven: He is INCREDIBLY GOLDEN! Along with two of our other way good Investigators. Their names are Ashley and A-Sing! They all have dates within this move and they'll DEFINITELY make them! I'm so excited for all of them! They all came to Conference and loved it! I guess all I needed was some patience and a little test of faith before I could start seeing some success and immense blessings from the Lord! I don't have that much time to discuss each of them, but just know that they're all GOLDEN, and that they all CAN'T WAIT to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ! Talk about every Missionaries' dream! I love you all and I'm so grateful...I am so grateful. You really have no idea. I love this...ALL OF IT! Thank you for all you do! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What a Golden Investigator we have found

Hey Everyone!

Man that's so sweet to hear that Conference is way good this year! I can't wait! For one, just for me, but also for all the investigators here in Hong Kong, as well as around the World! It's such a cool time for Missionaries and investigators to sit and listen to a Prophet of God speak to us. What an experience! I'm glad you mentioned it's focused towards faith and enduring to the end becuase that's exactly what our investigators need to hear, especially from the Brethren of the Church! It truly is faith that sets EVERYTHING in the Gospel off. Hey, I guess that's why it's the very first principle and ordinance of the Gospel. Oh, and of course, what's faith without enduring to the end? Nothing! Man, I'm way stoked! Luckily us Missionaries get to watch all the Sessions in English, and we just send our investigators with our Ward members, who watch it in a different room in Cantonese. It should be one never to forget! Oh boy Mom, I'm so ready for some of that salsa! The rest of my apartment is too! I told them about it, and they went nuts! Ha! They have no idea! The Young Womens Activity the other night sounds like it went over so well! That's so sweet you got to talk to Priscilla about Hong Kong a bit. I'm telling you guys, you really have no idea what it's like until you're here. Trust me! It's completely different from what you think it's gonna be like. I tried to imagine what it would be like before I left, thought I had a good idea, then I got to the MTC, and thought I had a good idea, but then I actually got here, and it was completely different from what I thought! You'll just have to see for yourself. Pictures don't say it enough. It's an incredible place. That's all I can say. The moon cakes we had were just the TRADITIONAL kind with a preserved duck egg in the middle. They make all different kinds. A few weeks ago, I had one that was way good becuase it was a Haagen Dazs ice cream! So, of course they're gonna taste different, but only the TRADITIONAL ones have the duck egg in the center, and it's NOT GOOD! Oh my goodness I can't believe you guys met Danielle from Tacoma EFY 3 years ago! Ha! That is seriously so funny! I so REMEMBER her! I remember how much she loved it and was just cracking up during our tryout! Oh man it was sooo hilarious! She made me laugh so much during it! She'll be a great Young Women's President for the Beverly Park ward for sure! I'm excited to meet her when I get back. Mom, that's so sweet you got set apart! I bet you are counting down the days to get released from your calling. I somewhat have a feeling of how hard it was for you. I'm glad the Lord is able to see your full potential and put you in a leadership position that is even bigger than what you were just in. I know you'll do an incredible job there, I just know it! As for me, this past week has been something pretty special. I'll start with the less important stuff first...Tuesday we all went to the Mission Office for flu shots, so I'm good for the next little while and no sickness...hopefully. I've also been able to keep playin ball the past few weeks and keep in shape. I think I'm toning up again, so no worries on getting fat anymore. That is out the window! Elder Oliver and I dominate pretty well together, along with all the other Elders in the apartment. We beat anyone who wants to play us. We're not going easy, just becuase we're Missionaries. They're not too bad either here, so I don't feel bad when we win. Ha! We've also been able to play with some of our investigators as well, which works out pretty sweet becuase then we get to have some fun while building that trust with them. I think that's one of the most important things Missionaries should do with their investigators. Building trust with them lets them know that we're also human, not robots out here sharing something about Christ, and we like to have fun as well. It helps them understand that the Church isn't just about going to Church and being serious all the time. If there's one thing I've found that helps a lot, is just being a friend to your investigator and loving them as a child of God who's thirsting for the Gospel at the same time. That leads into what I really wanted to tell you all... We contacted a guy about a week and a half ago just on the street, and we thought he might just be another person giving us a fake number and then would eventually be a lost cause, boy were we wrong! We've now met with him five different times which is very rare, considering most people here are extremely busy and say they "don't have time for Jesus." His name is Steven, he's 22 years old, and is a very mature guy. His family doesn't really have any religious beliefs, but he said they're not interested right now, which is ok becuase we'll just let the Gospel work through him clear to his family over time. Tuesday night, we met with him and talked about Tithing. He said he didn't know if he could keep that commandment becuase he is just like most Chinese people and cares too much about money. So we told him to pray about it becuase we obviously can't force him to keep the commandments. Anyways, we saw him again last night, and right when we opened the lesson, he said he had received an answer ALREADY and he knows, without a doubt, he must obey the Law of Tithing! WHAT?! That was truly a miracle! Right after the lesson, we went with Elder Loong and Elder Feigleson and played basketball with some other potentials, just building that trust even more! That was a quick summary of what happened, but I don't have time to tell it all as it happened. I can't really explain it through E-Mail becuase it's too amazing to describe! I love this work! AHHH! I LOVE IT! I love you all and I strongly appreciate all your support and love for me and my desire to serve the Lord. Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Staying for another transfer... It am so glad!

Hey Everyone!

How are you guys doing?! I can't BELIEVE another week has already passed! So, I found out I'm staying here for at least another move! This next move is kinda special because it's 7 weeks long instead of 6. The reason is because this Mission is the only one in the Asia area that's off when transfers come around. So, they're extending this next move an extra week so we can be caught up with everyone else. Elder Oliver and I are staying together as well...the only companionship in our 6 man apartment that stayed together. Someone from my younger MTC group is coming in to be companions with the District Leader, Elder Froerer. Also, Elder Loong is getting a new companion to be Zone Leaders together...ELDER FEIGLESON! Ha! I thought that was pretty funny. Elder Feigleson is gonna be an excellent Zone Leader, along with Elder Loong! It just seems like my apartment I was in before is just following me around now! We'll have some good times the next move and possibly some following as well. Mom, that is AMAZING that you were called to be 2nd Counselor in the Stake Young Womens Presidency! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! That is true evidence right there that the Lord is blessing us cuz we're both going forth in the greatest work to ever come about! I love you so much momma! That is an incredible responsibility, but yet at the same time, I think you really will have some weight lifted off your shoulders. Oh man, that is so EXCITING! That will be so neat if you also get to go on TREK as well! Oh man, I remember those days so vividly! We actually get to watch General Conference, not this weekend, but next weekend because they need time to translate the talks and make sure everything was said correctly. So, everyone in Hong Kong just has normal Church this week, but next week we'll get to watch it, and boy am I ready for it! I'm so excited to watch it! I honestly thought I would never be this excited to watch CONFERENCE! I remember Stephanie and I just passing out as soon as it started...and Dad too. Haha! You know it's true Dad! You were not resting your eyes, so don't even try to deny it! That activity you guys are having sounds like a blast! Man, it's gonna be so cool to come back and be able to speak with Brother and Sister Thong, as well as Brother and Sister Jahng, and everyone else in the Ward that speaks Cantonese! What a blessing it is to have so many people in the Ward that know it, and can help correct me! I love it! I'll be sure to save you some moon cakes by the way when you guys come, so no need to worry! Dad will even eat some as well!...and love it! I'm sure your Chinese accent is making progress though Mom. Mine still needs tremendous work, so don't worry. It's extremely hard to get to native status. I just barely picked up the packages from the Mission Office. I opened the one from you guys, and I love everything that's in it!...and so does the apartment! I haven't opened Susan's package yet cuz my apartment's telling me to wait for my actual Birthday to open it, so I guess I will. I'm so grateful for you guys though, and the time and money you put in to sending me things here! You really truly have no idea how much it lifts me and makes me want to work EVEN HARDER! Thank you so much Susan and Hastings Family for all you guys do, all your prayers, and all your loving, kind support. It DEFINITELY doesn't go unnoticed! I would LOVE IT if you were able to send some salsa! Oh man, just the thought of be able to partake in such a scrumptious feast is making me drool! Ha! That sounds so good right now, you don't even know! I got my suit last week. It cost 550 Hong Kong, so probably about 70 bucks American. Not bad for a personlized, tailored suit. It will be ready next week, so I'm pretty excited for it. Of course that can be your guys' birthday present to me! I don't need anything for my birthday in the first place, besides that new suit. It's a Mission rule to wear a suit from fall clear to spring, which is KILLER! It's even hot during those seasons and ESPECIALLY humid! This should be fun! Ha! Thank you guys! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can't say it enough! I'm so grateful for all of you and for this opportunity to be serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What an immensely great opportunity to learn, grow, and draw closer to our Father in Heaven. I love this work. I love it so much. I love you all and until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival

Hey Everyone!

It was so nice to hear from you this past week! I love getting your guys' E-Mails! This past week has been pretty intense for Hong Kong! It was one of the biggest holidays Hong Kong ever has each year! It's called Mid-Autumn Festival...lots of people stay up late, go outside with lighted see-through laterns of paper animals and designs, get together as families, and eat a TON of food! That also includes eating what are called "moon cakes." I'm not sure if you guys know what those are...but you either love them or you hate them...I wasn't one to be too fond of them...it's a chewy layer of who knows what on the outside and then a thousand year-old preserved duck egg on the inside. They're very traditional for Mid-Autumn Festival and EVERYONE eats them! So, of course I had to take a stab at it and try it...never again. THAT was probably one of the grossest things I've had since I've been out. It's comparable in disgustingness to that fish stomach I had my first move. EWWW! But it was so much fun to try and see what it's actually like, since I've always heard so much about it too! It was given to me at our last Ward F.H.E., and they even let me keep the box! I'll probably end up puting my character flash cards in there as a holder and reminder of just how special they are! Ha! That is so neat you guys got to go to the Temple and participate with the whole Stake! I can't wait to start going with you guys! It'll be the best! TREK sure sounds like it's starting to come along ALREADY! Holy cow, I can't believe it's already been that long since I went! It seems like just yesterday we took that LONG bus ride and had a blast doing it! Definitely an experience never to forget! Everything in the package sounds GREAT MOM! Thank you so much for sending all that stuff! It is much needed and I'm very very grateful for it! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'll be sure to use those Halloween decorations to good use and dec out our apartment for sure! Everyone around us will KNOW we're American cuz we're celebrating such a weird Holiday that very few people know about here! Ha! Wow Grandpa! I can't believe you're turning 81! It seems like just yesterday we all met at Brick Oven and celebrated as a family! It's so weird how quickly time flys! I hope you have a wonderful birthday Grandpa and I hope you know YOU AS WELL AS GRANDMA ARE ALWATS IN MY PRAYERS DAILY, AS WELL AS PRAYED FOR HERE IN THE HONG KONG TEMPLE! I love you Grandpa and I'm so blessed and grateful to be able to call you MY GRANDPA! I LOVE getting packages from you guys, letters/pictures from her, and other letters from the Ward (The Browns, etc.) because it ALWAYS lifts my spirit and is honestly what keeps me waking up each and every morning. If I know my investigators are wanting me to teach them or meet with them, at least I know my friends and family back home are. Now that you mention General Conference, I'm also getting WAY excited as well! I remember you guys telling me..."You'll never love General Conference more than on your Mission..." I didn't think that would be true because you remember at home what it was like sometimes...hit the couch and I was out! Ha! I love it out here though! IT'S THE BEST! Especially when you have investigators to take to it and show them all the different General Authorities that speak, and let them listen to a living Prophet's voice! WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! Every time I receive something from my Ward here in Hong Kong, I always think of what you said about giving the Missionaries food because I know without a doubt that you're doing the same exact thing back home and that not a single Missionary in the World has to worry cuz he has the help of his family, the Ward, and most importantly, our Father in Heaven. I can't believe today is the LAST P-Day of the MOVE! WHAT?! It's crazy to think that I've been with Elder Oliver as Senior Companion for an entire move now! We'll find out if we both stay next Tuesday, so I'll let you guys know in the next E-Mail because that will be the start of the next move. Oh, and the reason I'm E-Mailing today is yesterday and mainly the night before, was the actual Mid-Autumn Festival and a bunch of people were gonna be out together as families or just out on the streets, so we decided to switch our P-Day to a less busy day. Don't freak out Mom! Haha! Don't worry, I'll remember who I am and I won't take any wooden nickels! (That one was for you Susan and Mom...still don't quite get it...) Ha! I love you all so very much and I thank you for your prayers! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Each week goes by faster than the week before

Hey Everyone!

You're RIGHT! Where HAS the time gone?! It feels like each week goes by faster and faster, and the work progressively gets better and better! I love it! Oh man, that's way sweet you guys were able to go to a Sounders game! I've become quite a soccer fan myself being out here. It's EVERYWHERE! If the people here aren't playing badminton, ping pong, and RARELY basketball, it's ALWAYS soccer! So, I've come to enjoy it quite a bit. The World Cup was pretty big here as well too! I'm excited to check out this new office of Dad's! Soon enough, Steph and I will be working side by side, and we'll be getting the whole family in the business! Ha! I always tell everyone out here what I want to do in my life as a career, and they TRULY cannot believe I already know what I want to do! Especially other Missionaries! But, surprisingly, members and investigators as well. I'm way excited for it because it will mean I might possibly get to come back here in the near future for business maybe! I'm not even close to being finished and I'm ALREADY missing Hong Kong...it's ok, just gotta keep living every single day to its absolute fullest! What an incredible thing you guys did with that food drive! That is truly unbelievable how much food was collected! I AM SHOCKED! What an incredible way to perform service for our Father in Heaven. My apartment and I also recognized September 11th and played some very patriotic music that night, as well as eating some very AMERICAN food that was sent by someone's family in the apartment! It was pretty cool and a great way to remember those who have died for our country, and continue to fight for it! How blessed we are to live somewhere so safe and free, even though at times it may not seem like it. We just need to remember that the Lord loves all of His children and blesses them all in different ways. We just have to be able to recognize His hand in our lives. I haven't been able to wear my glasses much for that exact reason. It's too hot and they fog up whenever I go outside. So, I'll probably wear them a lot more towards the winter time and when it cools down. It's still WAY HOT AND HUMID! Oh, and then pouring rain on top of that is pretty fun sometimes. It's way fun though, I love it! I'm building memories here that could never happen anywhere else in the world, and how grateful I am each and every day to wake up and GO TO WORK! My week has gone pretty well. We've scheduled a LOT of people, but many of them stood us up and just didn't show, without call or further notice. That's pretty common...at least here. I'm sure it possibly is in all other places for Missionary Work as well. Elder Oliver and I are continuing to build our relationship with this incredible Ward and its members! They set up amazing activities, like one we had last Saturday...it was a giant cooking competition, and there were different ingredients set out while we were assigned to make a certain dish. So, Elder Oliver and I hooked up with one of our investigators who just so happens to be a chef (OH YEAH!) and we got first place out of our entire Ward! Haha! It was pretty fun! But, just random activities like that, and us bringing our investigators to them helps build our relationship with the Ward so much and we begin to build that trust as well, which is so very crucial, especially here in Hong Kong! I look back on some of the Missionaries that came through our Ward and am just in awe at how different they were from the way things are done here. I mean, the Ward is seriously our best friends, next to our investigators! We work through them so much and it is always so effective! They love helping out the Missionaries too, so it all works for everyone! But other than that, it was way good! This morning, for P-Day, we got up at 3am to go hike a mountain in Kowloon to see the sunrise as a Zone! IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I'm pretty tired, but it was so worth it! I got some AMAZING pictures! This card is already full so I'll be sending it home soon as well! This is how I'm going to remember this experience of a lifetime more than anything...through the pictures. There is so much behind each and every one, it's incredible! I thought that was pretty funny what you said about President Tanner. He is hilarious! I love him! I'm excited to get this announcement he made too, especially since I'm studying Characters right now! Well, I should probably go, but I just want you all to know I love and care about you all so very much! I think of you and pray for you daily. May you all continue to feel of the Savior's love throughout this week in one way or another. Thank you for time and love in writing to me and thinking of me! I'm sorry if I haven't written some of you back! This work is SOO BUSY! I love you all though, and just know I'm thinking of you! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Youngest Missionaries "time in the mission field" Tearing it up

I can't believe you guys already got my package! Holy cow that got there way faster than I thought! I just barely sent it! That's way cool though. I'm glad you guys enjoy everything in it though! I have the same tie and tie tack here that I wear pretty often, and don't worry mom, the scarf says the same thing as the tie so you're not left out. That's totally fine if you send me cheaper shoes! I'd love that! Cuz really when it comes down to it, I do a lot more walking here than I thought, so they will wear out a lot earlier. My slip ons you sent are already starting to go downhill a bit, but that's ok. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Oh, and maybe some more black socks too! I really truly do appreciate it! As for the pictures...the one with President Uchtdorf was taken at Wan Chai in one of the many chapels the Church has in that building, where he spoke (which was where I still lived at that point), and the one with Elder Oaks was also taken at Wan Chai in the gym. That's so cool you're working on my scrapbook mom! I just know I'm gonna LOVE IT! Oh, and the fact that you guys got to talk to Elder Oliver's mom was way sweet! He loved reading that part in the E-Mail you guys sent! It almost made him tear up! Our companionship is doing incredible! We're lighting everything on fire in this area, and are prouder than ever (in a humbling way of course) to be the youngest companionship in the Mission. It's pretty cool that I'm able to be step-training him, and showing HIM around Hong Kong! Haha! Also, that's pretty neat to hear about the Jacobsens and what they've been up to! I love that family so much! So many memories and so many good times! I'm excited to return home and see them, along with everyone else and how different everyone looks! I couldn't believe how different you guys look, mom and dad! You may not think so, but I can see a pretty big change! Don't worry it's not bad! Ha! That's awesome you guys had the opportunity to go to the Ogle's as well and talk with Annie! It's true, she would make a wonderful Missionary and a great servant of the Lord. As you see in the pictures, I've eaten things here in Hong Kong that are still alive as you're chewing them. It's all part of embracing the culture and becoming one of them. I'm still doing that and loving every minute of it! NO REGRETS! That blows me away about Peyton! Are you kidding me?! I only see those numbers on TV, not from my nearly 16 year-old cousin! INSANE! I look at the pictures the Hastings sent me ALL THE TIME! I LOVE THEM, and so do all my roomates! Trust me, I brag about all of you PLENTY! Don't worry, I'll get Hastings Hacienda back in business when I get back for sure! As for me this week, things have gone very well and very fast! It takes about 20 min or so to get from our apartment to my area, and the library is directly across from the Church in my area, so that's way convenient. I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday mom! I truly am sorry I wasn't able to be there, but I know I was there in spirit and I promise I'll be there when you turn 51! Lately, we've gone on a few decently good basketball finds. Elder Oliver and I are starting to get in sync when we pound on punk Chinese kids, but then love them afterwards and share a message with them about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! Haha! Just Kidding! As for P-Day today, we're going to the Temple in a bit to help in the greatest service ever! Afterwards, we might go bowling. Oh, and just so you know, I bought a few things that I've needed like a pair of new basketball shorts and a new basketball shirt, cuz the ones I've been using have gotten pretty worn, even right after the MTC just cuz I wore them every single day. I also had to buy some new pants from a decently cheap, but decent quality store cuz I'm getting a little rounder around the waist...but not TOO MUCH! DON'T WORRY! And the pants that I have right now are starting to get a lot more holes in them in random spots, and it would just be better to get new ones now than have to wait. So that's what I've used my card on, if you were wondering at all. Well it's just about time for me to go, but before I do, I just wanted to express my love and care for you all, and your support for me being out here. I love you all so very very much and pray for you ALL THE TIME! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom

Hey Everyone!

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I'm really sorry I wasn't able to be there for it, but I sure hope you could feel my spirit there! Oh, and I also hoped you liked the coach shoes! I picked them out myself...k maybe not, but still. I sent a decent size package home with stuff in their for you and dad and Steph. I hope you enjoy it all on YOUR SPECIAL DAY! My Mephistoes are also in there, and like I said before, just the same size, but new pair cuz the toe is completely thrashed. THANKS! I can definitely relate to school starting cuz it's doing the same exact thing here in Hong Kong! All the boys are girls are headed off each and every morning in their uniforms, which basically EVERY school has you wear, and it's pretty funny to think that the same thing is happening back home! Oh man, do I ever remember those football cards! Haha! I remember when Dad would just buy them all and then I'd have to sell them later! Haha! Oh boy, those were the days. That's so neat you were able to see Luke and Joyce! I'm glad you're still able to keep in contact with them cuz Nick is always going to be my best friend as well as my brother, and what better way than to stay in contact with his family, so I thank you for that, Mom! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Holy cow that expansion from your office sounds HUGE, Dad! I can't wait to see it when I get back! It seems like everything big is happening while I'm gone! Ha! It's all good though. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else than spreading this true, fulfilling Gospel. I write my E-Mails from the library right across the street from the Church in Ma On Shan. It's pretty convenient. The only problem is that we don't live in our area, kinda like my last area, so we have to travel every single day no matter what it is we wanna do cuz we have to stay in our area. It's not that bad though. Out of the three companionships in the apartment, mine and Elder Oliver's area is by far the best. They all use our Church and things in our area. It's kinda funny. That's pretty cool you guys received a letter from President Chan! Being Senior Companion really is a stretch for me, and my faith, especially considering how long I've been here, but I know with the Lord, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! What a comforting phrase that really truly is! That's so funny that you mentioned what had occured in Mainland, cuz right before I read that, all the other Elders around me shouted out the same exact thing! Haha! How cool is that! CHINA'S GONNA BE OPENING UP REAL SOON! The dinner at Ivars does indeed sound pretty good, but I'm not sure if the fish there is much more fresh than the fish here. Maybe the same...I dunno...you'll just have to see for yourself when you guys come. I already got some WAY good places in mind to take you. Ha! You'll see... This past week for me has been pretty busy actually. Elder Oliver and I had the most member present lessons Ma On Shan Ward has ever seen! So that's quite an accomplishment! Like I said in my last E-Mail, this Ward is incredible! There have been so many miracles this week, I can't even describe to you. Some are only for the journal, but I can definitely share some. One day, we had a recent convert come visit us at the Church while we were doing studies, and he continued to tell us that he had just relapsed last night with smoking. He was in tears and couldn't control himself. After sharing multiple scriptures, one of which was in Alma 7:11 (one of my favorites), bearing powerful Testimony, and building him back up, he himself dumped them down the toilet, and when we got back in the Church, he nearly fell down at the picture of the Savior in tears again. The power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is THE MOST POWERFUL act performed on this Earth! Without it, we are nothing, our families are nothing, the purpose of life is nothing...I'm sure we can all do a little better at REMEMBERING HIM...He suffered for each and every one of us...loves us equally...knows EXACTLY what we're going through...and pleads for US to the Father when we sin. I love this Gospel you guys. I really truly do. I know it is true through prayer, scripture study, and obvious reasons...I mean look around...how did all of this come about? Only in and through the Priesthood Power of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.There is NO OTHER explanation. I promise you all that! If there is one thing I can give you for your Birthday, Mom, it's my love, my constant prayers for you, and my Testimony of this Gospel and ETERNAL FAMILIES! I love you all so deeply and pray for you more than I ever thought possible! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This ward is so awesome

Hey Everyone!

What an incredibly fast, fun, humbling week this has been! Yes, VERY HUMBLING! First of all, YOU SOLD THE TAHOE?! That's way sweet! I'm a little down, but from what it sounds like, the family you guys sold it to sounds way awesome and like people that will really take care of it! At least, I hope so. Oh, and the fact that you guys got to have a little mini Missionary opportunity was EVEN COOLER! Maybe something will spark there, you NEVER know! They'll probably just feel the Spirit when they drive it bcause it was owned by members. Just kiddin. Stake Conference sounds like it went pretty well! I can't believe Jon Lau is ALREADY home! I'm sure he was a remarkable Elder, an excellent servant of the Lord. Of course I remember the Ward Beach Party! I always remember going to it during 2-A-Days for football...that's how I remember it so well! Speaking of which, you guys should send more football pictures if that's alright. I LOVE the ones I already have, but I love reminising about the good ol days from football. The Missionaries in our Ward, and probably in most state side Missions, have NO IDEA how good they have it, when it comes to eating at member's homes for meals! What a privilege that is here with as rare as it happens! I'll be sure to have the Missionaries over as much as possible when I'm older. The respect I have for Missionaries now and how hard they work doesn't even compare to what it was before! That's good that you're keeping in contact with Grandma and Grandpa that much these days. I'm sure EXTREMELY grateful for them and their love, support, encouragement, and hospitality. There's no way I could ever thank them enough for everything they've done for me and all my friends at college. I LOVE THEM SO VERY MUCH! That's so cool to hear about Bryce! How amazing is it that we have 10Missionaries from our Ward out right now?! INCREDIBLE! I'd love to have TJ's address, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to write to him in time before he leaves the MTC. It would be best to have his Mission address. That's good you guys found where I'm serving on the map! I would'nt laugh at you guys, come on. I probably would've said it the same exact way before my Mission. No worries! Priscilla is right! It is gorgeous up here! When you guys come, we'll have to stop through, and I'll take you to some good view spots and stuff. Ya know, be your own personal tour guide. Haha! That's funny that you bring up Priscilla though cuz I was thinking that same exact thing about her and Roy ever since I've been here! I'm so excited to get back and do it! Oh, and also with Calvin's parents as well! WAY COOL! I have such a deep respect for the wonderful people of Hong Kong that is truly indescribable and unmatchable. It's always so weird to see caucasion people on the streets because I now feel like I'm one of the locals walking my own streets forgetting that I am caucasion/american! It is pretty cool being back with Elder Loong! We have a blast together and same with all the other Elders in the apartment! The other Elders are Elder Preece (Elder Loong's companion), Elder Froerer and Elder Creamer (the one from my MTC group).We're all pretty tight and get along really well. Yeah that would be totally fine if you guys called Elder Oliver's mom and talked with her. I'm sure she would love that. I'm actually sending the package home probably tomorrow, because we're getting the picture the Mission took with President Uchtdorf tomorrow at Zone Conference and I needed to send home my Mephistos. That would be way sweet if you guys could just send them in and they send a new pair back. The front part of them are just totally worn and torn. I still need the same size, just a new pair. Ones that tie should be ok. So, tomorrow I'll be awarded my Giant Pass-Off at Zone Conference in front off most of the Mission and continue studying Characters! They're so much fun! I'll be able to read too!...hopefully. That's funny you bring up Elder Reeser cuz today me, Elder Oliver, and the Zone Leaders had to help the Sister Misionaries move all their big furniture out of their apartment because they're moving. Elder Reeser and his companion were there to help as well! It was a blast, and we just talked more for like 3 hours about school and how sweet it'll be! We're pretty excited about it! We've talked that we kinda wanna live in the Ridge, right by Grandma and Grandpa. We'll see though. Everything for me this week has just gone by insanely fast but way fun at the same time! The ward is so great that we still have yet to have a lesson without a member present! We're still working towards getting 20 lessons a week, which is the goal President Chan wants us to shoot for. It rarely happens in the Mission, but is still quite possible. This Ward is the BOMB when it comes to helping out the Missionaries in teaching lessons, and feeding us! It's still not very much when it comes to feeding us, compared to the states but boy are we grateful for it! I feel like Edler Oliver and I have developed a SWEET relationship with the Ward, which is only going to strengthen their desire to help us invite others to come unto Christ and taste of His Everlasting Gospel. We have 3 newly returned Missionaries too that are just kinda hanging out waiting for school to start in the Winter, find a job, or whatever, so they've also been a HUGE help! Oh, and last night, there was a Relief Society Family Home Evening at the Church where all the Relief Society pretty much just ended up bringing their husbands and some brought their kids, so it was kinda just like a big a Ward Activity. Elder Oliver and I were in charge of the game and they had a ball! We all laughed and had an incredibly fun unity building time! One thing that happened this past week that wasn't too thrilling was the big Bus Tragedy in the Philippines. I'm sure you've maybe heard a little about it, but it traveled pretty fast throughout Hong Kong and today they had a moment of silence for everyone that died for 30 minutes. It was sad, but during those 30 minutes, it made me realize and think of how grateful I am to live in such a safe country here now, and when I return back to the states. I know Heavenly Father watches over His children, and sometimes it's hard to deal with the fact of why so many bad things happen to such good people, but that is one concept that is out of our hands. Heavenly Father wants what is best for EVERYONE, despite what happens in this life. We always have to remember that it's for the best. I know that He loves each and every person unconditionally on this Earth, and that's why I'm here. I want to please Him, and do as His Son did. I know this Gospel is undeniably true, despite how much Anti is out there, or how much adversity there is. Satan is extremely good at what he does, but Heavenly Father promises us that there is no temptation that exists that is beyond our control to resist. I love you all so very very much and I am so grateful for each week that I have to write to you all. You are all my support, my foundation, and just another reason why I am here. You all mean so much to me and I'm so deeply grateful and blessed to have you all as a part of my life here in Hong Kong! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I don't know if I remember what a Costco store is?

Hey Everyone!
Wow.. The wedding sounds like it went INCREDIBLY WELL! I'm so excited to see the pictures you guys took there, you have no idea! I got the package of pictures and photo album, you sent, on Sunday. I was there for a fireside we have after each move where a few recent converts get up give a talk and bear their Testimony, as well as President Chan. I also saw the Sister Missionary you guys saw at the Vancouver Open House again. She was there last time too! Anyways, the pictures are AMAZING! I love the pictures of Calvin and I, and all the other homies from back home! Man, how blessed I was to have such incredible friends like that. I truly will never know how lucky I was. Oh, and then I just got the other big package today with my shoes in it. I had to go to a completely different post office to pick it up, since it was insured. That's why it took so much longer to actually get it. We're not really ever to go out of area, unless it's on P-Day, or have special permission from the Mission President. I haven't yet opened it, but I'm so excited to finally have some shoes without holes in them that fit me! Ha! Thank you guys so very very much! SERIOUSLY! I really do appreciate it so very much! That's way cool that Steve was able to mention me in his speech at the Reception! I wish I could've been there to witness it, but it's ok. No worries. Everything I mentioned though about Andrew, Jessica, and their families is SO TRUE! They are all such incredible people, and truly are excellent followers of Christ. I'm excited to see them when I get back FOR SURE! I'm sorry I put you and dad in tears, mom. It's ok though cuz I'm sure it was all tears of joy. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Oh, and I think I remember COSTCO....I THINK! Not completely sure though....considering the biggest grocery store here is like the size of the Harbour Point Church building! Ha! Everything else is sold out on the streets...FRESH!!! That's pretty sweet dad that you're coordinating with President Latimer on buses for TREK! I LOVE the picture you sent of me and the other rescuers from it! That's one of my most cherished memories NO DOUBT! What an UNBELIEVABLE experience! Tell President Latimer that I would LOVE to hear from him! I think we have a special connection as well, considering I was one of the last ones he set apart as a Missionary. Remember how we were at his house FOREVER, and he was just waiting at the Church for us along with Bishop Jacobsen?! Ha!ha!ha! Good times! I honestly won't be TOO sad if you guys end up selling the Tahoe, so no worries. I'll just trust it'll be in good hands with whoever it goes to. Holy cow, Nathan's going to North Carolina! That's way awesome! Give him my best and tell him NOT TO WORRY! The Lord takes care of EVERYTHING, trust me! I'm glad you found where Sha Tin is. I live there, but it's not my area. My area is Ma On Shan. It's a bit of a travel each day, just to get to our area, but it's ok. It's DEFINITELY NOT in Mainland! There are absolutely no Missionaries allowed in Mainland, whether living there, or preaching the Gospel. Some day though, for sure! But Sha Tin and my area is very close to the border. Much closer than the Island was for sure. So, I live in an apartment with 6 Elders, one of which is now Elder Loong again! I can't believe it. He just moved to Sha Tin's area and is going to be a Zone Leader here along with his companion. So, this will definitely be a blast! The apartment is much bigger. The last one I was in was I believe the smallest in the Mission, so any apartment after that one would've been nice. I think we have the only one in the Mission with 6 Elders though. It's so much fun! So, it's settled, Elder Oliver is my new companion. He left the MTC 6 weeks early cuz he's in fact half Chinese, and his Cantonese is already way good. So, the MTC decided to let him go way early. With today being the start of the new move, I'm now Senior Companion...I'm actually Step-Training too cuz his trainer of only 6 weeks just left to Kowloon to be a Zone Leader there (Elder Bodily). So we've been in a threesome the past two weeks, but now it's just me and Elder Oliver. I really REALLY hope I'm ready for this kind of responsibility. How blessed I am to have the Lord on my side, guiding me step-by-step, telling me what I should do, where I should go, and what I should say. Elder Oliver is from Turlock, California (Central area). He is the only member in his family and was baptized only two and half years ago. His mom loves that he's doing what makes him happy. I've run into Elder Reeser a TON! He's been in the office for the past few moves, so every time I go to the Mission Office I see him. There's a picture of he and I on one of the last cards I sent. I also took another picture or two of he and I since I've been here. We've decided that when I get back, we're gonna live together at BYU Idaho! YEEAAHH! He's so awesome! I'm sending a big package home today of stuff I thought you guys might want and a couple SD cards. GET READY! This one's good! I have received the pictures from Susan and Grandma Grover! I love them ALL! I'm so grateful they were able to think of me and send me pictures and letters! Ahhh! It's just such an incredible blessing to have such an amazing support system back home of family and friends! I go to the Mission Office maybe a couple times a move. (A move is 6 weeks by the way.) I really don't need anything for my birthday, honestly. But knowing Susan, she's not gonna take that for an answer, so I guess maybe a tie or something. I honestly don't care, and really don't NEED anything. This past week has been pretty crazy! When they told me I was going to be a Senior Companion, Elder Bodily was helping get ready and everything. I also FINALLY Passed Off my GIANT! Now, I can start working on CHARACTERS! It's just the first 1,000 of basic Cantonese that I'll be learning, and then I'll get my MASTER! After that, is LEGEND! That's when you have to learn 3,000 characters and translate a talk from President Monson PERFECTLY! It's rather intense! Haha! Not too many people get LEGEND or MASTER, even. Anyways, I'm WAY STOKED for this Ward! They are way awesome with helping out in Missionary Work and love being present at Lessons with Investigators! PERFECT! It's so sweet! So, hopefully there won't be a language barrier there between Elder Oliver, myself, and the Investigator because we'll have a member present every time...HOPEFULLY! That's always the goal at least! So far, we've done nothing but that and we've had quite a few lessons, some with baptismal dates already. I'll keep you guys posted on those who start progressing quickly. I love you all so VERY MUCH! You have no idea how much a positive influence you've all been and continue to be! You are all such a tremendous blessing in my life, and I am forever grateful for you! I love you! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey