Oh my goodness gracious!.. SO much has happened this week! It still feels like I talked to you guys yesterday. Are you sure I didn't?...oh well. As for the Christmas call home, Elder Olson and I are thinking of doing it at 7 am (our time) on the 26th. That should be perfect because I think back home it's like 3 in the afternoon on the 25th. So, that's kinda what we're shootin for, so just plan on that. I'll have about 45 min. to an hour to talk. Don't worry, it's not like I have to wait ANOTHER 6 months to talk again...not even 6 weeks! Wow...I can't believe that. Lately, I've been getting random hits of the fact that I'm actually going home and gonna be ending my time in Hong Kong. It's really weird and kinda surreal. It's only every now and then though, so thank goodness. I haven't received your package yet, but I'm sure I will soon enough and I hope you're able to receive mine as well in the coming days. Really, it's not a lot, just some random things that I saw that might be cool.
I'm glad you received the measurements for the tux. HOPEFULLY that works, and we won't need to make any huge adjustments when I get back. We'll see though. I'm soooo very excited to see the dress on you Steph! You have no idea! I'm sure it looks absolutely stunning and everyone will be blown away! I can also testify of that. Oh yeah, the purchase was for my suit and two shirts I had specially made and fitted but I just ended up paying with cash and only half. I'm gonna pay the other half today when I go to get a second fitting. It's gonna look so good. I'm way excited for you guys to see it. It's grayish charcoal and I also had two white shirts custom made as well. I just can't believe how cheap it is here! It blows me away every time. The guy who's doing it for me is from India and he has clients all over the world and travels everywhere for their fittings. He was saying that this kind of suit in America would be more than double this price. So, it's a good thing I'm getting it here plus it's also way good quality. Much better than the one I got earlier in my mission for sure.
The Christmas Parties we had every day this week all went so well and every branch loved them! Our skit went over really well also! They were dying on the floor laughing, so that's a good thing I guess. I recorded it when we did it for the Saturday Branch because it has the most Sisters, other than Sunday but we're doing it for Sunday next week. So like I said earlier, we were able to attend the Temple and boy was it good! Whew! One of the best sessions I've attended. I've learned whatever you put into it, is the amount you'll get out of it. Just like a mission. It was my last session with my Zone but I'll get to go once more with all the Elders in from MTC District on the Thursday, I think, before we leave. So, that'll be nice for sure.
For me, I'm doing GREAT! Just kinda getting realizations every now and then that it's coming to end, but not too bad...YET! I hope it won't get that bad. I'm praying it won't. I want to be crawling out of the field because I'm so tired and completely worked! Kinda along those same lines, I feel this week was probably the best week I've had on my mission if you were just looking at our numbers and key indicators. Heavenly Father blessed us so much this past week with tons of investigators at Church, willing to be taught, and come back to the Church to learn more. It was truly incredible. Definitely one of the greatest Christmas presents I could've asked for. Seeing other people partake of the blessings of the Gospel just gets me every time. It's often too good to be true...but the fact of the matter is...THAT IT IS TRUE!
Our Zone, however, isn't doing too well as a whole but still trying their hardest and finding those things that they can sacrifice to come closer to the Lord, to show Him how bad we want this and how much it means to us. I think another contribution to all of these investigators coming to Church was the fact that Elder Gong, from the Seventy, and his wife both spoke everyday in the Sacrament meeting. Wow! Was that a neat experience! I was shocked every single day at how powerful the Spirit was in that room and to see all of the Sisters' eyes locked on him and his wife throughout the entire meeting. No talking. No texting. No getting up to leave. Nothing. Complete silence, and a perfect atmosphere for the Holy Ghost to work on these wonderful Sisters and their testimonies. Each day, they both talked about something different, which was incredible in itself, considering that every day was a spiritual overload! Both of their talks were related to Christmas and the true celebration of it.
This week, in the Branches, we'll be watching the First Presidency's message and then going to the Temple to perform baptisms for the dead. We're pretty excited , and tomorrow night, we're going carolling in Causeway Bay at one of the busiest intersections in the WORLD! How cool is that?! Elder Olson and I have put it together and we'll be doing it along with the Island Zone, so there will be about 36 missionaries in the choir. We have it pretty well planned out, and hopefully everything goes to plan and the people there will be able to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This Thursday, we have our Christmas Activity with the Mission, where we have skits, a gift exchange, a big lunch and each of us gets a slideshow DVD just like last year. The office Elders are in our Zone and they're the ones who put it together. It looks AWESOME! That's all I'm gonna say. WAY better than last years! You'll see it when I get back. So, that'll be fun. Just a lot of stuff preparing for Christmas for this next week.
Next Monday and Tuesday are also Statutory Holidays which means almost every single domestic helper in Hong Kong will have that day off, so we'll be EXTREMELY busy that day and we get to invite one Chinese working companionship to help us and go on splits since there will be so many Sisters able and willing to come back to the Church.
Elder Olson and I are still calling on Monday but we we have to do it early, so we can immediately head out and find once we're finished. So, since Monday and Tuesday are going to be jam packed and we have other meetings in Kowloon Tong the rest of that week, we are told to take P-Day on that Friday the 30th. So, that's when I'll e-mail again. But, I'll talk to you guys on Monday anyway but this time we'll actually be able to hear each other!
Thank you so much! I love you guys! I really really do! I can't say it enough. I say it every single e-mail but it's so true. You'd be surprised how often I talk about you guys to members, investigators, and missionaries. AT LEAST a dozen times a day!
I love you! Have a great week! If there's anything else, just let me know...even though it won't be till next Monday...ON THE PHONE! YEAH! Until next week...Do what you do!