Those pictures you sent look great! It's so good to see new updated pics of you guys as often as I do! I'm really grateful you guys do it so often. Oh and of course the yard looks WAY GOOD! It looks nicer than before! Or maybe I've just been away and don't really remember how nice it was before. I don't know.. That does sure sound like quite a party at the house though. I can only imagine how good the food was! I have to say, I was thinking of you guys and imagining you throwing some kinda party on the 4th. We didn't really do much to celebrate, but did have an amazing District meeting and quite an experience leaving Macau. My time spent there was some of the best moments I've had on my Mission and I won't ever forget them but it's a new day, a new place, and new miracles. That's pretty aweseome that Grandma and Grandpa were able to run into Elder Reeser and his family. It really was so much fun living with him and serving around him. He's a great person and an excellent example of love and charity. I can't believe TREK is already this close! You guys are seriously gonna have a blast and make some unforgettable memories for sure! I'm so excited for you and proud for your desire to help the youth as much as you do. Trust me, they need it, even though they may not show it. They need it a whole lot more than they think, and you guys are doing exactly what the Lord wants you to do. I know that's true and I know they will be so very grateful for you and your desire to help them. It's true though, not many Elders get packages and stuff, and I think sharing with them brings me more joy to me than me enjoying what's inside for myself. I know they're so very grateful for you guys and how much you support them. There is never "too much support." So...I have officially moved out of Macau...kindof sad and down because I was just getting to know everyone there, but it's all ok. If the Lord doesn't see it fit for me to stay, then I won't. He did see it fit for me to come to a legit awesome Zone...NEW T's! The New Territories is such an awesome place and I'm so blessed to be serving here at this time. I, along with ANOTHER native companion Elder Lee, are covering 3 Wards and it definitely keeps us busy, that's for sure! We're covering Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, and Butterfly. We live in Tin Shui Wai, and Tuen Mun actually encompasses a couple estates called Butterfly estates. So there's not really a place called Butterfly, just a bunch of apartments. Pretty much because Tuen Mun is already HUGE in itself. Tin Shui Wai is pretty small but there's a lot of members. I asked Elder Lee about many active members in all 3 Wards and he said between 4 and 5 hundred! Holy cow! That's a lot of members to meet and know! However, it's nothing the Lord can't assist in. I'm not really nervous to serve in such a big area or to worry about 3 Wards but I am hoping that I can learn a lot from serving here. The New T's is a small Zone, in terms of Missionaries. It's actually the biggest Zone in the Mission but a lot of it is just GREEEEN! I love it! Brings back good memories from Tolo Harbour. I know that the New T's has it's own good memories waiting to be had and I'm so excited to get started! I don't really know a whole lot about the area or members because I haven't been here that long but I am learning pretty fast. So, Elder Lee is actually from the same home Ward as Elder Lau and they knew each other pretty well before the Mission. That was pretty funny to find out. I do miss Elder Lau but I'll see him again for sure. He's been in Macau for a while, so it might be time for him to come out soon...maybe. I'm living with Elder Dastrup again and boy is it fun! We are actually a lot alike and get along real well which makes it good because we're both serving as Zone Leaders as well. So, it's like Macau, (how the Zone Leader Companionship is split). He also has a native companion, also named Elder Lee. We all get along so well in our apartment together and have a blast just being guys! There's two sister companionships and a Mandarin Companionship as well in the Zone. An Elder in the Mandarin Companionship is also named Elder Lee...we have 3 Elder Lee's in our Zone of 10! Haha! I thought that was kindof funny. There's quite a few in the Mission. I really do love my companion. He helps me so much and is one of the most humble people I think I've ever met. He is a convert to the Church. Only he, his mom, and his little sister are members. His dad still has yet to join. He will though in due time. Elder Dastrup and I have got some great ideas for the Zone and we are so so excited to get started and help these Missionaries more fully fulfill their purpose and magnify their sacred calling as a representative of Jesus Christ. Thank you for what you do and thank you for how much you care about me and more importantly, about the work. Seeing people partake of the blessings from the Gospel has honestly got to be one of the most rewarding things ever. I love it so much and it has already brought me so much joy and satisfaction. I love you all so much. Keep doing what it is that makes you who you are. Until next week...do what you do!
Love, Elder Carey