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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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Incredible Place

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Hong Kong Heritage

Thursday, March 10, 2011

If there's ever anyone who thinks Missions go by slow, THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!

Hey Everyone!
Oh man, oh man, oh man...this week has gone by SOO INCREDIBLY FAST! I thought with having a new companion and trying to teach him the ropes of Missionary Work that it would go by a little slower...BOY WAS I WRONG! If there's ever anyone who thinks Missions go by slow, THEY'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG! This time has flown by faster than any other moment of time in my life. Elder Poon keeps me working, that's for sure! So, maybe that's why time has gone by even FASTER this week. Things have been going so well here and I'm loving having him as a companion! FOR REAL! It kind of stinks sometimes when we both are confused on what the heck each other are saying, but it's pretty dang funny at the same time! I only speak to him in Cantonese and he very very rarely speaks English, so it's pretty funny when we both have no idea what's going on, or what the other is trying to say! Haha! I think this week has been one of my most successful weeks as a Missionary. I felt so much was accomplished, not because of our numbers or anything like that, but just because. Now that I've learned what it's like to be with a Native Companion and not knowing what they're saying sometimes, I felt I just had to lose myself in the Scriptures even more. My Personal Study is THE HIGHLIGHT of my day now because it really does set the rest of the day off, and really affects how your attitude will be that day. Attitude reflects character! I know that language isn't everything, and we are told in the Scriptures that we must first seek to obtain His word. I felt this past week, I have really done that more than ever. Elder Poon has taught me more about the Language, Culture, food and the people in this past single week, than any other entire month (AT LEAST)I've been on my Mission. There really no description the love I have for these people. They really are an inspiration to me and have taught me the importance of having the Gospel in my life. Even those who scold us on the streets, swear at us, throw things at us as they drive by, and refuse service to us when we go places to eat, I can still look them straight in the eye and say that I love them and care for them. I don't think I would've been able to do that a year ago. My love for the Savior, His Church, my Brothers and Sisters is truly beyond one's own comprehension. I am so grateful for the people here and their attitudes and examples towards me, be it good or bad. I feel I've learned from both sides so very very much. Elder Poon and I have gotten so many new investigators this week, we can't wait to continue leading them along the Savior's path. Anyways, it sounds like home is...well...not cheap. Gas is so expensive! That's crazy! I received the package from Steve and Cathy and boy was I blown away at what was inside! You guys really didn't need to do all that! Seriously! That's so much! I'm honestly giving like 3/4 of it to my apartment because they end up snagging it before I can even get to it in the firstplace. Besides, they need it a lot more than I do. They surely appreciate my families thoughtfulness for sure. I am so grateful for you guys and your prayers and support for me being out here. I loved reading your letters you sent! It sure made me reminisce about when I would often come to your place to hang out, go to UTE games and just be with family. Those were the days! Thank you guys so much! I love you! That's so good to hear that they're going to get started on the new Harbour Pointe Chapel soon! I was actually just going to ask about that today anyway. Do you think it'll be done before I get home? I'm not sure how much rent and utilities are for our apartment. It's all sent to the Mission Office I'm sure. I believe we get about (1700 Hong Kong) per month or so, which is not too much, considering we end up using like a third of it for travel. (242.00 US per month)We end up with about 40.00 per week or 5.00 per day for food. When we teach, it's mostly at the Chapel, which is pretty much in the city. That's how it's always been my whole Mission too. Sometimes it'll be at a park if we just met them on the street and are going to teach them. Those are always fun, especially opening and closing with a prayer and having everyone around look at you way funny and even sometimes laugh. You just smile and wave, they become scared and run off. Haha! Thank you so much for getting ready to send ANOTHER package! You're crazy Mom, you always are one thought and step ahead of me! I love you! Thank you so much! I know it's still early, but I just wanted to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I went back on the E-Mails in my inbox and read the one of your birthday last year and what Mom did for you! That's so funny! We'll see what happens this year! Anyways, I love you Dad and hope you have a great birthday! I'm thinking of you and praying for the business and your success in it each and every day. That's awesome about Stephanie! I love how you sent me a picture of it too, Sis! I'm so happy for you and your accomplishments working with Dad! Keep up the good work and stay focused! I love you Sis! Well, I think that about covers it this week. I hope and pray that everyone has a great upcoming week and is able to learn and grow a lot! I love you all so much and I am extremely thankful for all you do. Until next week...
Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Twice In One Week Again! (I Bet You're Happy, Mom! Haha!)

Hey Everyone!
I have him now! I have my Native Companion! This is so sweet! He is so cool. We're not at all alike, but it's all good. He reminds me a lot of Elder Harding. He is actually like a year older than me and really likes to read comics and play computer games! This should be fun! I'm so excited! I've already learned so much from him and his great example to this amazing service we are both engaged in. His English really isn't good at all, so we're are doing nothing but speaking Chinese to each other! I LOVE IT! And I thought that English fast I had during my 2nd Move was a lot of Chinese! Psh! I can't even imagine what's ahead of me for the next few months+! What a blessing it is to train a new Missionary straight from the MTC! Seeing him walk into the Mission Office reminded me so much of when I first got here. Everything I'm doing right now with him just takes me back to my first days here in Hong Kong! It's such a privilege to be entrusted by President Chan and the Lord with one of His new and most willing servants! I can't even describe to you all the excitement I have right now! It's INSANE! His name is Elder Poon and he is actually from an area I served around when I first came to Hong Kong in Chai Wan. He is from Tseung Kwan O Ward, which is the same Ward as one of the Sisters that cover Tsim Sha Tsui area as well. They are really excited to be serving around each other too! It's pretty funny. I've gone on exchanges to that area before and it's a pretty nice area. A lot more green than most of the Island and where I was born, or started in, so that's pretty cool. We are both learning so much from each other, it's almost too good to be true! I'm so excited for this precious time I have with him to learn more and increase my knowledge of the language, the culture, and the overall lifestyle of a Hong Kong person. I'm serious, this is BEYOND DESCRIPTION! He is so excited to get to work and won't stop for anything! Good thing, because that makes two of us! There were two other Elders there last night and before it was announced who was going with who, I got to know all of them really well. The other two really like to play sports and go out and have fun. I can honestly say, even though that sounds a lot like me but I am so glad I was chosen to be with Elder Poon. He is such a caring guy and is always asking me if I need anything or if there is anything he can help me with. Yes, I've already noticed this in just this short amount of time I've been with him! He is THAT amazing! What a tremendous blessing he is to me and the people of Hong Kong. His parents aren't members and they DON'T support him being on a Mission...I can't believe it. That must be so hard. He has such a strong Testimony of this Gospel and it radiates whenever he opens his mouth. I can easily feel it, as well as everyone else around. His younger 15 year-old brother is the only other member in the family, as well as, his only sibling. He is so strong to be out here participating in the Lord's work, without the support of a loving family. It's something I admire in him so very much. A new companionship moved into the apartment I've been living in for the past five weeks since the old Elders moved back to the one I just came from (so now there's 6 Elders there again), and one of them is also a Hong Kong Native. It's pretty fun seeing them just chat it up while Elder Hawkins and I (the other caucasion Elder) just sit back and laugh and joke with them. This Gospel is true. I know it is without a shadow of a doubt. Support system or not, I would still be out here as well. But, boy does it sure help to have it. I thank the Lord constantly throughout the day for sending me Elder Poon and for sending me my family and for sending me my friends and Ward Members. I feel I can do anything with the army I have on my side, no matter the climb. I'm so grateful for my Savior. He truly is our Master, our King, and our intercessor with the Father. My love for Him has grown more than I ever thought a love for someone can. That's why I'm out here. That's why I'm serving a Mission for two years. That's why I'm not sacrificing my time, but rather, accepting this as one of the best growing experiences of my life as well as one of the best opportunities of a lifetime. It's because I love Him and I want to keep the Commandments of the Father and follow the councel of a Living Prophet who guides and directs the Church. It's that simple. Well, come next week I'll definitely have some interesting things to add in the E-Mail I'm sure. Just waiting for them to happen now. I love you all. You all should know that by now. I'm so grateful for your support and care. I helps a TON! Well, time for work...Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

On my way to pick up my new companion

Hey Everyone!
How are you guys doing?! From what it sounds like, pretty well! That's so good to hear. Honestly, hearing that everyone and everything back home is going smoothly makes me feel so much more at peace out here. It takes a fraction of the stress I have out here off, which is much needed. Haha! The Fireside and everything that went along with it sounded INCREDIBLE! I can't believe you guys were able to pull it off...well actually I can, but I'm just way happy for you and your dedicated selfless service to the youth in the Stake. You really have no idea how much it means to them. Maybe they won't appreciate it as much right now, but when they're older they sure will. I can already say how immensely appreciative I am for those who helped me along the way in my youth days. Especially Young Mens, Scouting, and TREK! All of those, plus tons of others, are truly what shapes people in becoming what the Lord wants them to become. I know this is true, and really does make a difference if those principles and teachings learned during that time are applied properly and righteously. There is just no explanation to how much one can grow from following the example of those excellent leaders, like you guys. I truly mean that. I'm sure I speak for everyone else at this time as well that grew up alongside with me in the Ward and Stake. I'm so excited to start doing stuff like that too! It sounds so much fun! How neat is it that you got to talk to my companion's Father! I was telling Elder Lee, when I gave you guys the information to call him, that my parents just like doing this with my companion's families. He couldn't believe it! He just knew his dad was going to appreciate it a ton and would love nothing more than to be able to talk with his sons' companions' family! It sure sounds like it turned out that way too. Elder Lee is BY FAR the funniest companions I've ever been with and is so generous! We do get along very well and I'm so blessed for that and for his kindness towards me. Sadly though, we will be parting today....He was called to serve in the Zone I just came from to an area that is closer to Mainland than any other area in Hong Kong (You can easily see it from where he lives). The reason for him getting called to serve there was because I'm actually going to be training a Hong Kong Native! How sweet is that?! I'm so excited and so humbled to be able to help an actually Native get acquainted with the Missionary lifestyle, while he corrects my Chinese left and right! Haha! I'm so excited for this! Seriously! I'll probably speak nothing but Chinese for however long I'm with him, so it's a good time to hopefully improve my language and understanding. I can also come to know the Culture a billion times better and not get made fun of as much...well, hopefully. I'm picking him up at the Mission office tonight at 5, but I'm excited to get to work with him and get lost in the Lord's service together. There are two other Elders (Zone Leaders) that start training native Missionaries as well today. It's in the middle of the move because Hong Kong people that serve in Hong Kong go to the Philippines MTC and are only there for two weeks, so they end up coming in the middle of the transfer, where as all the rest from the Provo MTC come in three weeks. I will truly miss Elder Lee something fierce (haha that reminds of mom!). He is such an example to me in Missionary Work and as a child of our Heavenly Father, who holds His Holy Priesthood. I love him and I'm so proud to have served with him. I hope someday we can serve around each other again. He is and always will hold a special place in my heart. A-Hong's Baptism went so very well! It was so smooth and had no interruptions or problems whatsoever. I have never seen more people at a single Baptismal Service in my life! Even in America! It was right after Church, so maybe that's why, but still! There had to have been 50+ people there! He had so much support and love from the Ward, it was amazing! His fiance is probably in her late 20's. They are planning to get married in the Temple now! YEAH! ETERNAL MARRIAGE! ETERNAL FAMILIES! Well, my time is just about up but thank you for taking the time you do each week to write to me. It means a lot. It really really does. Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS STEPH! I knew you could do it! Keep up the good work sis! I love you all and am so eternally grateful for your support and your prayers in my behalf. Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey