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Elder Chris Carey 計長老
China Hong Kong Mission
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
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Friday, October 28, 2011

New P-Day for this zone is Monday. Everyone else is still Thursday.

Hey Everyone!

Boy this P-Day came fast, huh? Probably because it was only a few days ago that I was e-mailing you guys. It feels weird having this be my new P-Day though. I'm still trying to adjust. Hopefully that'll happen before these next two moves are over. Man, time really does fly when you're focused and dedicated to the work, I tell you.. International really is just a whole different world, and the people are so incredibly different. I wouldn't say one work is better than the other, it's just different. Just in these past few days, I've taught more member present lessons than I have in an entire week in Chinese work. When these sisters have their day off (their 'holiday' they call it) and they're a member, all they do is spend their time at the church and be with members and mingle, and eat, and help the missionaries go find and teach. It's just different. It amazes me that people who only have a single day off every week choose to spend it helping the missionaries to build the Kingdom. They could be out shopping, eating with friends, or doing other fun activities but they willingly choose to spend it helping us. It brings a tear to my eye everytime I even think about it. These people are so humble. They are here working, away from their children, the husbands, all their family, just so they can have a roof over their head back in the Philippines. Some are gone for years at a time, and never see their family. Luckily they are able to talk with them every week or so. The numbers are a little different here in International as well. As of now, Elder Wing and I have 12 Baptismal Dates, all of which will be baptized before the middle of November. It's amazing. Truly amazing. These people are so ready, I can't even tell you. I'm so blessed I was able to come and experience the work that goes on in International. I never realized really how many Filipinas and Indonesians there are here in Hong Kong. There's TONS! Every single day, we go to the same exact tiny 50 ft. finding strip of sidewalk, and each day we run into new people. Granted there are some that have seen us before, but most have never talked with Missionaries, or been introduced to the Gospel. Most of the people we teach are Catholic or some other Christian Denomination. It's great fun! I love it so much here! They take care of you really well too! They're always making sure we have eaten and are content. It's like there's a boat load of you here, mom! It's such a tremendous blessing, seriously. This past week, we were also able to attend the Temple with our Friday Branch to do Baptisms. It was the first time I was able to perform the actual ordinance, as well as bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the Temple. What an exerience that was! WHEW! Talk about SPIRIT OVERLOAD! We are SOOO lucky to have a House of the Lord so near and accessible. My Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesian is, well...progressing. Let's just say once you've learned one language, it makes it a whole lot easier to learn another. My brain is still functioning in Cantonese though when I want to teach a certain principle, bear my testimony, or share an experience or scripture. It's ok though. The transition is coming along. Yesterday I had a lesson with an Indonesian that didn't know any English and spoke very little Cantonese. So, luckily we had another long time investigator in the lesson, who was also Indonesian, and she helped us as we spoke Cantonese/Bahasa Indonesian. That was a fun lesson. Oh man, I can't even tell you guys how much fun it is here. The Spirit is stronger than ever, and I feel like this is exactly where I need to be. No if's and's or but's about it. Everything back home sounds like it is sure coming along quite nicely. A new Dick's Hamburger Place, a sweet Epicenter Dance, and lot's more. Man oh man! You guys are just livin aren't ya? Oh, and by the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA GROVER!!!! I'm sorry I didn't mention it last week. Please forgive me. I love you so much and I think of you often and pray for you daily. Each time I go to the Temple, I put both your's and Grandpa Grover's names in the Temple. I pray for your health and happiness each and every day. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! I love you Grandma! There are a few other companionships serving in the same Branches as us, and we love it! We get to see each other every day and support each other as well! It's awesome! Elder Wing and I cover Branches that attend from Tuesday to Saturday and then the biggest one is on Sunday. There are sooo many names to remember, but I'm trying my best. I believe as of now, there are 6 sets of Z.L.'s in the Mission, and I've served as one in 3 of the 6. Serving here in International means that I've served in every single Zone! That never happens with Missionaries! Usually when someone gets moved, it's oftentimes just in the same Zone, but every single time I've moved, it's been to a completely different Zone! I've loved it too! They're all so different and have very good things about them. I'm not sure if I have a favorite. We're only on the 6th floor in our apartment. We're RIGHT in the heart of Wan Chai though. Directly behind the chapel, so it makes it easy to get there. Our area is pretty much all of Hong Kong, and don't really have any boundaries, so that's cool. The apartment was pretty bad when I got there, and I couldn't handle it, so I forced everyone to help me clean it up. Ha! I'm weird like that I guess. It's just hard to have the Spirit with you if your apartment isn't in the best condition. Thanks for the birthday wishes guys! I love you all so much! Thanks for the package mom and dad! You guys ROCK! I love the shirts and my apartment loves everything inside! Haha! I love you all so much! Have an AWESOMELY AWESOME WEEK!!! I love you! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

1 comment:

The Careys said...

Serving here in the International Zone means I've served in every single Zone of the mission! That just rarely happens.