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

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