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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 23, 2011

I love this work SOO much

Hey Everyone!
Oh my goodness, what an amazing week it's been! I love this work SOO much! I don't think there's any other actual work on the Earth that brings one more joy than this!...and what's even better is it's a volunteer job! Ha! Each day, even though you're sticking to your purpose and doing pretty much the same thing, still brings new experiences never had before! It really is indescribable! I feel bad you guys HAD to go to Ruth Chris and suffer through that. Just so ya know, if you'd like of course, I'd be more than happy to take your place for you when I get back. No, no, no, don't thank me. No need. Just tell me when and I'll be there. Haha! Boy, you guys really are quite good to the Missionaries in the Ward. I'm POSITIVE they just love you to death! There's no reason not to! That's pretty neat you got to attend Robbie's Wedding Mom and Dad! I've attended a few weddings here and they're pretty different in many ways. The clothes especially. I don't know how to describe it...it's just different. I love going to weddings though. They're so much fun and it's so awesome to see two people who really love each other and are willing to make that sacred trust and bond. I'm SUPER stoked to see you get married Steph! You have no idea! I tell EVERYONE here about you and Bobby and how awesome you guys are! Honestly, you have no idea how much I brag about you guys. I love doing it. I couldn't be more proud of my only sibling, my older sister, and her fiancee. What a happy time in your guys' life.
Seriously, I can't believe the progress the Church has made! It's gone up so fast! So does it look bigger than the other one or is it the same layout and floorplan, or what? Let me know! I'm pretty stoked I'll be one of the first ones to HOPEFULLY give my homecoming talk in it.
"OK LA" just means ok. When people speak Cantonese, they always put a "la" at the end of each phrase or sentence. Not always. Depending on the context of the sentence and how you want the sentence to sound. But a lot of the time "la" is used. Dallin's getting home! That's so amazing! Oh man, I'm so happy for him! I'm sure he just completely tore it up!...in a good way obviously. Man, he's been such a good friend to me. I'm excited to see him again. I've often thought about him out here and tell other Missionaries about him and how good of friends we are. Lans Drake is heading out too?! SWEET! That is seriously so cool that he's set that goal, and I know through the power of faith and the will of the Lord, he WILL accomplish it! I can testify that goals really do turn into success and growing opportunities. If there's anywhere that I've learned that, it's out here FOR SURE! CLAYTON'S GOING OUT TOO! YEAH! What a blessing he will be to his family and those he serves for doing this work. I promise that he will never know the amount of positive influence he will have on those in the areas he serves. He is such a great example and leader. I'm so happy and proud for him. He really will bring others to a rememberance of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, I'm actually gonna be leaving for Hong Kong again today because my 30 days are up, so I have to leave and come back, which then I'll HOPEFULLY get at least another 20. It always differs. I'll let you guys know though. I'm gonna be staying in Patron Housing again tonight with another Elder who's going back with me because his 20 days are up. I'm pretty excited because Patron Housing has a pretty intense shower that just falls from the ceiling, instead of a dinky little hose thing we have to use every day in the bath tub. It's quite a treat! So, while I'm there, I'll also check on the packages to see if they're there because they weren't last time I went, so hopefully they'll be there today. Oh, I actually saw that object lesson at the EFY I went to in Provo. An instructor did it during a lesson. I had a lot of people come up to me afterward and say how funny it was. I was right after we had lunch, so everyone was kinda sleepy and out of it but then they certainly woke right up when I did that. I think that got them to pay attention during my sharing as well at least a little more than if I wouldn't have done it. That's why I love object lessons. That's so cool that you guys are starting the summer reading challenge again for the Ward! I so remember doing the reading challenge and then going to Bishop's Lake House and just having a blast ALL DAY for the reward! It was honestly so much fun and I am really grateful for the lessons I learned from the Book Of Mormon at a younger age that helped prepare me for this mission in life. This week was also the first week of the move, so I was in charge of Zone Meeting on Monday and we went over our goals we set as a Zone for the month, talked about what we can do to improve on this next move, and I also gave a little sharing on the importance of power and authority. That was one thing Elder Holland said that all Missionaries need to work on. So, we talked about ways we as a Zone can really show those we teach, contact, and meet that we really have power and authority to preach this Gospel. That includes being bold ALL THE TIME, remembering the sacred nature of our calling, and teaching as if Christ was sitting right next to us. I KNOW if we focus on these things as we go into this next move, we will see MAJOR impovements and TONS of success! That's a promise from a General Authority and Apostle of the Lord, who loves each and every one of us so much. Elder Lau and I were able to contact this FAMILY across the way from our apartment and schedule them for last night. It was really such a good lesson! They have two little girls, one who's 11 and one who's 7. They are SOO adorable! While we were there, we did a lot of introducing and getting to know each other. I told them all about you guys and how grateful I was for my own family. I could see it in their eyes that they know how important families are and that the connection with the Gospel and families was starting to click. They were all Buddhist and didn't really know anything about Christ or Heavenly Father. We talked about the importance of having a Father in Heaven and how we, as families, can pray to Him ALWAYS! Not just thorugh certain prayers that are recited or at certain times of the day, like they had heard before. What a tremendous blessing it was to meet them and see this glow in their eyes beginning to develop. You could tell that they were very interested and yearned for more. We hope to give it to them.
Brothers and Sisters, I know that the Gospel doesn't only change perceptions, it changes lives. We just have to be humble enough to let it happen. Heavenly Father is just WAITING so earnestly to shower limitless blessings upon us, but it is our job to be worhty of those so needed blessings. I know that this Church is much more than a Church. It really is a lifestyle that one obtains not only in this life but in the life to come as well. I love this Mission, I love this Work, and I love every single person I've come in contact with here. Despite all the random persecution, it makes my love for them grow even more. I love each and every one of you as well. My heart is full and I can't wait to see what the future brings. Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Hey Everyone!
What a hectic week of planning and giving sharing (in a good way of course)! I'll tell more about all that a little later. That sure sounds like fun, having Dad's flight being delayed 5 times! I bet you guys were just crawling around the next day for sure! At least you made it home safe, right Stevedale?! Haha! I dunno why, but that just popped into my head. I love you Grandma Carey! That's awesome that you got to attend the graduation! I'm planning on writing Sarah back today. I have a lot of letters to write today, so that's pretty much our whole P-Day. You need those every now and then though. Just nice and relaxed. I'm way stoked to see these pictures from Stephanie and Bobby's little photoshoot! I'm sure they look amazing! Hurry up and send them to me Steph! E-Mail is fine too. Just try a few different ways in case one doesn't work. That reminds me of the picture we took as a family down at the beach together before I left. You know I've had that laminated and have showed it to pretty much everyone I talk to on the street and in lessons since like my first move? So, I'm pretty sure a large majority of Hong Kong and Macau have now seen you guys and know my family well enough to recognize everyone all the way back to me! Haha! I haven't received Susan's package yet because it wasn't there when I was in Hong Kong on Monday and Tuesday. I probably won't be getting it for another week and a half or so because that's when I go back again. I'm sure, along with the rest of my apartment, will love everything inside for sure! That goes for the one you sent to me as well, Mom! Thank you so much for doing that by the way! I really truly do appreciate it so very very much. I honestly can't tell you enough, how grateful I am for such loving family members who care about me like you guys do. It means everything. Truly. Boy, the chapel rebuild sure sounds like it's making progress! They're already starting on the framing?! That's crazy fast! Well, I guess if they're wanting it to be finished by Christmas it's ok la. That's so good that Dallin is looking great and ready to continue on his life! I'm so happy for him! He better be there when I get back...that's all I have to say. You guys really are TOO GOOD to the Missionaries! I'm sure they love you guys to death! I can guarantee one thing...they talk about you and the meals you prepare for them ALL THE TIME! I'm not kidding. I've witnessed that being here, even with how little we get fed by members. I'm excited to take the Missionaries out to lunch or help them teach or whatever! Just being around them would be awesome! That's funny that you said that they would've have PB&J or Top Ramen because that's pretty much what we have every Sunday! I just thought that was funny. I'm not sure how many more PB&J's or Top Ramen I'm gonna be able to eat when I get back...How exciting that Clayton has received his call! I'm so so happy for him that he's now able to get out and serve the Lord! What a tremendous indescribable opportunity of a lifetime! He will LOVE IT! He really is one of my best friends as well. He helped me through so much at school. I'm forever grateful and idebted to him. He really is a great guy and I love him so much. I also heard that last week another one of my former investigators from TST was baptized as well. All those two investigators needed were baptismal interviews and they were set to go. Elder Poon and I worked forever with them and it's so incredible to see them taking that next step to prepare to return to our Father in Heaven. I'm so happy for both of them! The first one was named Albert and he was in his 40's, and the second was named Thomas and he was a 16 year-old shcoolboy. They both have come so far and I honestly couldn't be happier for them! Maybe I'll get to see them again and congratulate them in person. If not, that's ok. I'll sure be able to while we're continuing the work in the Spirit World. The new investigators Elder Lau and I found are doing ok la. There's some that are slowly coming out of the works, and then others that were antied (rebelled) right after we met with them, either by friends or family. It really sad to see things like that happen...the thing is, everyone here knows who we are, but they don't know what we're about. They just guess, along with a lot of other people that we're not good. Satan really does have power but it truly is nothing compared to the power of God and the Holy Ghost in Conversion. It was interesting because Elder Merrill's companion, Elder Lee, along with the Sisters were the only ones to get new companions. That's the other interesting thing...I'm the only Zone Leader in Macau! There's only me and then a District Leader. I'm not sure why it's like that, but if President Chan says so, then I guess that's the way it should be. I'm a little nervous, but ready to take the responsibility on full speed! This is where my Mission Scripture really comes into play. Oh man, that scripture has really done wonders for me since I've been out! I can't even describe to you the peace and comfort it's brought to me. Our little party at the beach was WAY FUN! It was probably up there with some of the most fun P-Days I've had on my Mission for sure! We had a giant water fight, as well as a giant sand fight! It was pretty insane! You'll see in the pictures! So...planning was pretty much what a lot of my week consisted of. I needed to plan for Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, Zone Meeting on Monday afternoon and then President Chan wanted me to give a 25 min sharing at the Leadership Training on Tuesday. The Branch Presidency wanted the Missionaries to talk for all of Sacrament Meeting, so we did. We spoke on love and charity, service, and of course Member Missionary Work. We expressed our gratitude for the Branch by talking about how much we love them and how much charity means to us as Missionaries, then we talked about selfless service to all, and then where Members come into the picture for all of this. It was very good and we had pretty much every Member of the Branch come up to us afterward and tell us how well it was put together and how much they want to help us now. Let's just hope they're serious about and stick to what they say. For the Zone Meeting, I based it off of President Uchtdorfs talk at Priesthood Meeting on "Your Potential, Your Privilege." I highly suggest reading it, and then reading it again! It was perfect and I decided to liken it unto Missionaries, instead of just Priesthood holders, since there are Sisters in our Zone. Then for the Leadership Training, President Chan assigned me to speak on Revelation through the Book Of Mormon. We got into Hong Kong Monday night and ended up staying in Patron Housing at the Kowloon Tong chapel. it was pretty sweet because there was also a couple from India getting married in the Temple the next day staying there as well. It's such a blessing to have a Temple in the Mission. I just can't get over that. People travel clear from INDIA to have an eternal Marriage. That's a long ways to travel but never too long for those eternal blessings to be received. Anyway, the sharing I gave on Tuesday went very well. Just a funny part I'd like to share with you.. Elder Morgan was there and volunteered when I asked someone that I needed some help for a quick object lesson. I'm not sure if you guys have heard of this before, but I took a cookie pan, which is a few inches deep, and filled it 2/3 with water. I put a strand of hair in it and handed him chopsticks to find something I had put in the water. I never told him what it was but it was there. Right as he was pulling the hair out, I threw my hand down as fast as I could in the pan, and completely splashed him with water! He was pretty soaked but just started cracking up right along with everyone else in the gym! Let me mind you that President Chan and his wife are sitting right behind me right next to the A.P.'s, so I was pretty nervous about this... There was probably 30 to 40 people in attendance. I thought it was a pretty bold thing to do, considering we were all in suits and everything but I looked back and President Chan was laughing too! Afterwards, he came up and said he loved my sharing and the object lesson I used. So, the hair represented the Book Of Mormon. A lot of investigators don't know what they're looking for until they find it. Then, suddenly, they get SPLASHED WITH THE SPIRIT once finding and reading the Book Of Mormon! I've always loved the Book Of Mormon and have had a special feeling about it but ever since being a Missionary, sharing it's truthfulness each and every day, I have come to gain a love for it that I truly can't explain. That book is so true. There's no way it can't be. Everything about it, points to it's truthfulness and authenticity of the gospel. I truly do have a love for it that is beyond description. I'm so grateful that we, as members of the Church, have this great opportunity, to share it's truth and divinity with all we come in contact with. We have literal evidence, that we can hold in our hand, that the true Church of Jesus Christ HAS been Restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. This Gospel IS EVERYTHING! There's not one thing in this life that can't be resolved through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I bear witness that this is the one and only true Church on the face of the earth. Thomas S. Monson leads us today. His guidance is what we need most in this life. I know that he sent me here to Hong Kong and Macau for a purpose. I have met so many people already that have said they've been waiting for someone to tell them something like this. I know that's true for every Missionary in every Mission. But, only those people assigned to that Mission can tell those prepared children of God that the Gospel has been Restored. Missionary Work really is the lifeblood of the Church. There is no other way for the amount of growth we see today than through bringing the Gospel to those who have not yet received it. I'm so grateful. I'm so grateful.. I'M SO GRATEFUL! Everything in my life has changed for the better and I know through continual repentance and enduring to the end these blessings will only increase. It's the same for every other child of our Heavenly Father. It is our job to fulfill that and make it possible, because IT IS POSSIBLE! I love all of you so much! I really do. Your prayers are heard clear across the world! I want to thank each and every one of you who reads these E-Mails. It means so much that you take the time to do so. Thank you for continued support for me and for this work in which we are engaged! Oh, and one more thing...HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD! Sorry I can't be there for ya, but I am there in heart for sure. I hope you have a great day on Sunday and continue to work hard and play even harder! I love you all! Until next week...Do what you do!
Love Always-
Elder Carey