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