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







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Thursday, August 5, 2010

What A SURPRISE Out Of The Middle Of Nowhere!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so grateful I have this opportunity to be E-Mailing you all from a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT area in the Mission! I'll get to all that later though, so no worries. That's so funny that you showed my picture to the lady at the post office and she said that! Haha! People here say the SAME EXACT THING! Whenever I see someone on the street and talk about families, or when I'm in lessons talking about Eternal Families, I whip out our family picture that we took at the beach and everyone says I look exactly like my mom and Stephanie looks exactly like dad! It's pretty funny! I'm kinda sad I'm not gonna be seeing my Tahoe when I get back, but it was bound to happen sometime, right? Oh well...That's way cool about your new car though mom! I can't wait to see pictures of it! Speaking of pictures, YES I want older pictures and football pictures! LOTS!...and lots of family too! Just anything, really! No need for the pictures on the SD cards I sent home. I actually just filled another one, so I'll probably send that soon as well. I just get print off's here of ones I want from the SD cards. Becki Cook was still here in Hong Kong, cuz like I said before she had to come back for her father's funeral, which we weren't even able to go to...I was so bummed. We ended up needing to teach English Class, cuz no other Elders were available. It's ok though, cuz we saw them a few nights later and she made us FAJITAS! Haha! It was hilarious eating Mexican food! Wasn't too bad either. I told her you guys were going to DEFINITELY see her! She is WAY COOL and a ton of fun! She was such a tremendous help to us for teaching. As for the language lessons, there are 5 total, and I just passed my last one off, Lesson 5, YESTERDAY! I almost have my Giant now! I just need to do a spelling quiz and a vocab test to pass. I'm pretty nervous about the vocab, but it'll all work out. I'm trying to finish it before this next move is over, which is in two weeks from today. We'll see! The drive to SLC sounds way fun! I love roadtrips! That's not too good of news about Grandpa though. I'll keep him in my prayers, for sure. So, no need to worry. I love him so much and I will always remember those blocks he made for me when I was younger, and how he used to play with me when we lived in Idaho.
That is so cool you guys get to go to the Wedding Ceremony! I got the announcement in the mail, and my entire Zone saw it! They thought Andrew and Jess look PERFECT together! They LOVE Andrew's FRO! Haha! Priceless! I explained to them that he was basically an older brother to me, and an incredible example of achieving my Eagle, Duty to God, and Serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, HONORABLY, for two full years! He is and always will be like that to me. I'm excited to see him when I get back, ask for help, advice, and someone to look to for a great role model. He and Jessica are so right for each other, and I'm so happy for their desire to be sealed for time and eternity. Their picture is also next to Grandma and Grandpa's, and is a huge reason for me to continue out here, serving diligently.
Ok...now for my week. Last Saturday was PACKED! We saw three GREAT investigators, gave three of them baptismal dates, but only one accepted. That's totally fine though, cuz the others are continuing to prepare themselves to make that sort of a commitment and promise to our Heavenly Father. We also had an incredible basketball find that night. Little did I know it was going to be my last one for quite a while...I'll get to that a bit later. Sunday, we saw the Chan family, where we saw Becky Cook, her mom, and her sister in-law. It was such a spiritual lesson, and full of trust-building conversations. Monday, we had a huge Zone Find in an area called Gun Tong. We didn't see much success, but did just talk to a lot of people sorta. So, I guess that's good. Just as long as they recognize us as representatives of Jesus Christ, and that we're kind, loving, and way friendly! Yeah! That night was when we found out that Elder Feigleson is going to be training a new Missionary, a Native actually, and all the Natives come in two weeks before the move is even over. I'm not sure why, but that's just the way they do it. So...that means I needed to move somewhere...So I'm now in an area called Ma On Shan with two other Missionaries. That means we're in a threesome. I'm with one Elder, who already got a call that he's going to be Zone Leader next move, and right now he's training. So, if I stay here, which is most likely, that means I'll be Senior Companion, and step-training this new Missionary...I'm pretty scared about it, but also pretty excited! But most of all, incredibly humbled. What an opportunity this is to be a Senior Companion so early in my Mission. I'm so grateful for the Lord, Jesus Christ, and our Father in Heaven for giving me this wonderful privilege. This new Missionary is actually pretty special though. Elder Merrill and I taught him for one of our Tasks in the MTC! He's half Chinese, and speaks incredible Cantonese...probably better than mine. He's way cool though. I'll tell you all his info next week, along with my other companion, cuz I forgot to get it before we started and we don't have much more time. I'm way happy for Elder Feigleson's opportunity to be training, as well as how much he's helped prepare me to possibly serve as a Senior Companion. At Ward Council on Tuesday Night, I told the Chai Wan Ward Leaders that I was leaving and they were all so sad...I'm pretty sad I had to leave with such short notice, not being able to say goodbye to too many members, but it's ok. We luckily got in contact with a few more of our investigators, and they wanted to take us out to eat, so every meal from Monday night on, we ate with investigators. Haha! It was pretty cool. I'm so excited for this new area though! I've heard so many good things about it! It's gonna be so good, and full of incredible miracles! So, we met at the Mission Office (The New Building) in Kowloon Tong, Elder Feigleson and I parted, and now I'm with my new companions. In two weeks, when the move is actually over, it'll just be down to two in this area though. The Elder that is going to be a Zone Leader is Elder Bodily (pretty funny since we had one in our ward back home) and the other, who is new, is Elder Oliver. I'll tell you all more about them next week for sure. It was tough, no doubt, to leave all the investigators the Lord has prepared back in Chai Wan, but I know He has more people prepared for me here as well, and I CAN'T WAIT to meet them, bearing my Testimony of this Glorious Gospel and it's TRUTHFULNESS! I'm so grateful for it, and for this opportunity I have to share it with these wonderful people all over Hong Kong! What a blessing and wonderful opportunity to be on the Earth at this time, building the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven, helping those come to know of Christ, our Savior, come unto Him, and be counted among HIS TRUE CHURCH! I love you all so very much and I'm so blessed to have had this opportunity to speak with you! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
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