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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, June 2, 2011

WOW..Macau, China

Hey Everyone!
Boy has it been a busy, fun, interesting, exciting, and unexplainable week ALL IN ONE! I love it here in Macau! It's definitely a much more laid back, relaxed place than Hong Kong, which makes it easier to stop and talk to people but not necessarily easier to help people come unto Christ. That is all up to the will of our Father in Heaven. Everyone here rides scooters and there are actually very few cars driven because of how small of a place it is. It's so much fun though! It's like I'm partly in Europe mixed with Asia! IT'S AWESOME! Nowhere in the entire world is like this Mission, I tell ya! You know what that means now don't you?...We're definitely taking a trip out here when you guys come! We're living right next to the resevoir on Macau. There's another island, which is called Tai Pa, and that's also part of our area. It's still fairly small though compared to other Missionaries' areas in Hong Kong. I don't know what the apartment complex is called where we live, but it's HUGE! I think it's the biggest, nicest apartment I've lived in yet! The apartments here are a lot bigger, but don't have nearly as many floors as Hong Kong. So, the buildings aren't the tallest, but the rooms are a lot bigger. There's actually quite a few Portuguese that live here, so all of the road signs, and everything else is either in Chinese or Portuguese. Very. very little English. I did take a ferry to get to Macau, actually. It felt like I was just headin on over to Whidbey! Haha! I took what's called Macau First Ferry and The Turbo Jet. I think there's a few others too, but I don't really know. Elder Merrill and I had to go back to Hong Kong on Tuesday because we had what is called Zone Leader Council, which is where we discuss our goals for the upcoming month and how our Zone is doing, and what we can do to help them and improve the work. It was a lot of fun and we got a lot accomplished! It was kind of weird going back to Hong Kong though because it really is just so different from Macau! It's hard to describe...you guys just have to see it. The Star Ferry just goes from the island to the T.S.T. side of Hong Kong all day long, right across the harbour. So that's a really short, 10 minute ferry. The ferry to Macau takes about an hour, sometimes an hour and ten min. Just depends, I guess. So, I've already taken it a few times, and it's pretty fun. Gives me a nice rememberance of home, but not in a trunky way of course! There are two Branches in Macau. The first one is a Chinese branch, and the second is an English branch. The Chinese one has Cantonese and Mandarins in it, but the meetings are all in Cantonese, and every now and then members will help translate if someone needs it. The English branch is composed mostly of Filipinas, with like two or three white people. They're fairly good size with maybe like 60 active  members in each, but just not a ton of Priesthood Brethren, which ultimately determines whether it's a Branch or Ward. There's really no other difference though from serving in a Branch, rather than a Ward. We do the same things here that I did in Hong Kong. Teach, find, and Baptize! Both branches had a Baptism last week and they were both amazing! The work really is moving forward here! That's why all the Missionaries call it "The Promised Land!" The main difference with the people is that they're just not in as much of a hurry, and are maybe a little more willing to stop and talk with you. My companion's first name is Tyler, but he never really went by that back home. All his friends just called him Jaak Ming. Sorry, I can't really type Chinese, but it doesn't really sound how you think it does. Like I said last week, his name is Elder Lau and is from Tai Wo Ward in the Tolo Harbor Zone/Stake. That's the same Zone/Stake as Ma On Shan. I never really saw him though, because he's the reason I left Chai Wan and went to Ma On Shan. Elder Feigleson trained him. So he's been out about 10 or 11 months I think. Natives can stay a lot longer in Macau, but foreigners, like me and Elder Merrill, have to leave frequently and come back in because we're not Macau citizens and our Visas only let us stay a certain amount of time. It's usually like this...You stay for 30 days, you leave for 1 and come back, then you stay for 20 days, you leave for 1 and come back, and then you stay for 10 days, and go back to Hong Kong for good. So, most foreign Missionaries usually only stay about 60 days total. But some do get called back again to Macau a little later in their Mission. Oh man, I love being a Zone Leader again with Elder Merrill! He really is an INCREDIBLE example to me of how Missionary Work should be done and I'm so very grateful for him and his diligence towards the work. Yes, we live together. There's only one apartment for Elders and it houses 6 of us. Then, there's an apartment for one companionship of Sisters, and another apartment for the Senior Missionaries that serve here. So, that's a total of 10 missionaries. I think it's the smallest Zone in the Mission, but we do GREAT things in the sight of the Lord! We may be small, but we're powerful! These Elders I'm serving here with, really truly are THE BEST OF THE BEST! I'm so lucky to be serving here with them and be learning so much in such a short amount of time. We have our own District and Zone Meetings here in Macau since we are our own Zone/District. We don't really get to go to the Temple as much, but that's ok. It's a blessing in itself to even be here in the first place! Like I said earlier, our Apartment is huge and nice! With holding 6 Elders it's gotta be huge! It reminds of living back in Sha Tin when I was serving in Ma On Shan, but this one is still bigger and nicer. Elder Merrill and I keep a hold on things here and make sure it's clean ALWAYS! A clean apartment really does make a huge difference in how the work goes forth! I'm not sure how many people live here, but I do know that it really is like a second Las Vegas!...BUT BETTER! The casinos here bring in 5 TIMES AS MUCH MONEY as Vegas does! 5 TIMES! Isn't that ridiculous! Even with how small Macau is, it's still able to do that! Last week, we went to the Venetian just to walk around and we ended up eating at a pretty cheap buffet and playing miniature golf on the roof of the Venetian! How sweet is that! It wasn't expensive at all either! Today, we're going back to the Venetian to see what is called "Ice World." You guys should look up Macau online and see what I'm talking about! There's some pretty sweet stuff here! Oh, and they have 2 Dairy Queens here as well! HOW AMAZING! I haven't seen a Dairy Queen in forever! We do E-Mails just at a library near our apartment. I'm telling you, Macau is a pretty convenient place, in that everything is so close and much cheaper than Hong Kong. Some groceries are little more expensive, but for the most part a lot of things are cheaper. They have a different money system here as well that are called Patacas. Haha! Doesn't that sound funny? I thought it did when I first heard of them. So that's a little about Macau. You guys should just look it up online. Then you can see what I'm talking about. They just built a brand new hotel/casino called the Galaxy that's absolutely MASSIVE! Just look it up, I'm tellin ya! Well, it sounds like Memorial Day was pretty fun! I guess Dad and I are both trying to keep up our game before we play again together, huh pops? That also sounds like some pretty amazing food! I'm excited for the parties we always throw at the Carey Home! That's awesome that Susan is going to send me some shirts! I'm totally fine with that, in fact I'd rather have that instead! Thank you so much Sus! I already received an announcement for Sarah's grauation. I guess the Jacobsens already sent me one. Thanks though. Oh boy, that brought me back to grad night as I was reading hers. That was honestly one of the most fun nights I think I've ever had! You really don't need to send too much paperwork and stuff Mom. Really, I'm not in absolute need of it. Just a few little things here and there are plenty. I LOVED the little poems and sayings you sent! Those were way cool! Just more of stuff like that should be good. Thank you so much Mom! That's so nice of you. Maybe just some more cotton pads, cleanser, toner, and a little more deoderant. I'm really scared to run out, so I wanna be absolutely sure I have enough. The summer's coming on hard and I wanna be prepared. It's super hot and super humid today by the way. Just throwin that out there. You guys really couldn't be coming at a more perfect time for weather. Thank you TONS! Elder Lau and I are doing great together and are seeing more and more success each week! When I first barely got here, there really wasn't anything happening. But now, we're seeing new investigators coming into the works and setting new goals with the Lord on what we feel we can accomplish. It's pretty sweet, because half the time I'm with him teaching and finding, and then half the time I'm with Elder Merrill planning things for the Zone and discussing what we can do to continuously become better and more unified as a Zone. That's one of the biggest things our Zone is focusing on right now. Since we're so small, we feel that if we become one, we will become of the Lord. just like it says in Doctrine and Covenants. Well, this is kind of a longer one, but I thnk it's about time to end. Thank you guys. I don't know how else to put it. My gratitude is beyond description. My heart is full of love for all of you. Serving a Mission changes lives, not just for others, but for oneself as well. I love what I'm doing. I know I can become better, but only through our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love this work with all my heart. The Church is true. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't. Thank you all so very very much. Your prayers are heard clear over here in little Macau. Now, let's get to work! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey