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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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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Conference was Incredible

Hey Everyone!

How's the gang holdin up this week? From the sounds of it, I can tell you're loving life and staying strong! That's what I'm talking about! That's so neat you got to fellowship with the Missionaries Mom! I am so grateful for loving members that care enough about the work to make time to help Missionaries out with lessons and teaching. We are just the guides. The members are the ones who should help with most of the conversion process, other than the spirit, of course! I know for a fact, it would be absolutely impossible to teach here without the help of caring members wanting to help the work move forward! For this Mission specifically, they know the language perfectly, the know the culture, and they can relate much better than a Missionary from America can, most of the time. I am so grateful for the members in each of the Wards I've served in. THEY are the ones who can develop friendships with the investigators/less actives, and help them continue to come unto Christ. That's funny you guys watched the DVD and the videos again. I thought they were pretty funny too. I'll keep taking more pics and movies when I can. Compared to most other Missionaries here, I take A TON of pictures! I hope that's not a bad thing. I do it at appropriate times of course, but maybe it's just because that's the first thing I think of when I see something funny, or want to remember something later...."Oh man, my family and friends would get a kick outta this!" The other fireside sounds pretty sweet. I'm glad you guys are engaged in such a fun, memorable activity! I will always always remember TREK and the experiences I had on it. Speaking of having that been a year later (you know about me shedding my coat), guess what today is? My 1 Year in Hong Kong! I'm emailing next to Elder Morgan, from my MTC District, right now because a bunch of us in the Kowloon Zone just got done with a sweet bike riding activity in Tung Chung very close to the airport. It was fun being with him for even a little bit. He's definitely someone I would've hung out with before my Mission. We're gonna keep these friendships long after it's over. It'll be perfect since he goes to the U, right Steve and Cathy? Haha! I guess you can say he's a good influence on me, huh? In 2 weeks we're gonna be celebrating our Year Mark with our whole MTC District and are probably gonna go to a driving range and hit some balls! How sweet is that? It's pretty cheap and you get unlimited balls and a buffet! LIMITLESS THINGS?! Count us in! That is absolutely INSANE about Peyton! I cannot believe how blessed he is with such an amazing talent to play the game! What a prodigy! I've gotta see him play sometime when I get back! Promise me that, Susan! I don't think I'm able to skype. There's nowhere really to skype. Sorry...I guess we'll just have to suffer another conversation without seeing each other. What a blessing it is! Did I like Conference? Psh! It was outta this world AMAZING! The speakers spoke so eloquently and I know they were in tune with spirit 100% as they put those talks together, because it was exactly what I, myself, needed to hear, and I'm sure everyone else can agree with me. You guys watched some in Cantonese? You guys are too funny. I remember that one time we were looking online for phrases to learn and it was SOO fast and we couldn't pick up anything that was going on! Do you remember that? Oh, good times. We do play a wide variety of sports. Speaking of that, next week we're actually having a Zone Activity for P-Day and getting the Tolo Harbor Zone (my previous zone) and the New Territories Zone involved. We're doing a little mini Olympics. Basketball, soccer, relays, volleyball, and who knows what else! It should be pretty fun. Elder Poon doesn't really play any sports, but he likes to try. Today, when we were riding bikes, he was having a pretty tough time because he has never ridden a bike before and doesn't know how. Luckily someone rented a tandom and he just hopped on the back, so it worked out fine. Yes, I did find some shoes last week, surprisingly in my size! EXTREMELY RARE IN HONG KONG! I'd be more than happy to receive some shoes from her. They wear out pretty quick here, and it's always nice to wear something a little nicer to Church each week. You're right though. It is most definitely a blessing and privilege to have a Temple here. Tomorrow there is a special meeting that the whole Mission needs to go to at the Wan Chai Chapel. There are some Church Historians that are going to speak to us for a couple of hours. So that'll be interesting. I'll tell you how it goes. I assume they're from Salt Lake. The work here is slowly but surely moving forward. Elder Poon and I are basically starting back at square 1, and are now visiting every member in TST, which will take quite a long time, and building a strong relationship with them. We hope this will rekindle the fire they have for Missionary work. It's there, I know it is. We just have to help them realize it's there. There is no better way to do Missionary work than through members and the Ward and Stake Leaders. So that's what we're doing! Thank you so much for all you guys have done and continue to do for me and all other Missionaries. Your sacrifices and work NEVER goes unnoticed! I love you all and love how much you support and encourage me to push even harder each and every week. Thank you so much! P.S. Keep the long E-Mails coming! I like reading longer E-Mails!
Love Always-
Elder Carey