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Elder Chris Carey 計長老
China Hong Kong Mission
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Kowloon, Hong Kong







Famous statue in Hong Kong

Famous statue in Hong Kong
Great Art where ever you look

Need a snack?

Need a snack?
The daily staples

The path of Ten Thousand Buddas

The path of Ten Thousand Buddas
Never ending gold Buddas

High 5 with the Big Budda

High 5 with the Big Budda
Enjoying P-day

Unity on the Island

Unity on the Island
The Macau Zone

Incredible Place

Incredible Place
Hong Kong Heritage

Friday, October 28, 2011

New P-Day for this zone is Monday. Everyone else is still Thursday.

Hey Everyone!

Boy this P-Day came fast, huh? Probably because it was only a few days ago that I was e-mailing you guys. It feels weird having this be my new P-Day though. I'm still trying to adjust. Hopefully that'll happen before these next two moves are over. Man, time really does fly when you're focused and dedicated to the work, I tell you.. International really is just a whole different world, and the people are so incredibly different. I wouldn't say one work is better than the other, it's just different. Just in these past few days, I've taught more member present lessons than I have in an entire week in Chinese work. When these sisters have their day off (their 'holiday' they call it) and they're a member, all they do is spend their time at the church and be with members and mingle, and eat, and help the missionaries go find and teach. It's just different. It amazes me that people who only have a single day off every week choose to spend it helping the missionaries to build the Kingdom. They could be out shopping, eating with friends, or doing other fun activities but they willingly choose to spend it helping us. It brings a tear to my eye everytime I even think about it. These people are so humble. They are here working, away from their children, the husbands, all their family, just so they can have a roof over their head back in the Philippines. Some are gone for years at a time, and never see their family. Luckily they are able to talk with them every week or so. The numbers are a little different here in International as well. As of now, Elder Wing and I have 12 Baptismal Dates, all of which will be baptized before the middle of November. It's amazing. Truly amazing. These people are so ready, I can't even tell you. I'm so blessed I was able to come and experience the work that goes on in International. I never realized really how many Filipinas and Indonesians there are here in Hong Kong. There's TONS! Every single day, we go to the same exact tiny 50 ft. finding strip of sidewalk, and each day we run into new people. Granted there are some that have seen us before, but most have never talked with Missionaries, or been introduced to the Gospel. Most of the people we teach are Catholic or some other Christian Denomination. It's great fun! I love it so much here! They take care of you really well too! They're always making sure we have eaten and are content. It's like there's a boat load of you here, mom! It's such a tremendous blessing, seriously. This past week, we were also able to attend the Temple with our Friday Branch to do Baptisms. It was the first time I was able to perform the actual ordinance, as well as bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the Temple. What an exerience that was! WHEW! Talk about SPIRIT OVERLOAD! We are SOOO lucky to have a House of the Lord so near and accessible. My Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesian is, well...progressing. Let's just say once you've learned one language, it makes it a whole lot easier to learn another. My brain is still functioning in Cantonese though when I want to teach a certain principle, bear my testimony, or share an experience or scripture. It's ok though. The transition is coming along. Yesterday I had a lesson with an Indonesian that didn't know any English and spoke very little Cantonese. So, luckily we had another long time investigator in the lesson, who was also Indonesian, and she helped us as we spoke Cantonese/Bahasa Indonesian. That was a fun lesson. Oh man, I can't even tell you guys how much fun it is here. The Spirit is stronger than ever, and I feel like this is exactly where I need to be. No if's and's or but's about it. Everything back home sounds like it is sure coming along quite nicely. A new Dick's Hamburger Place, a sweet Epicenter Dance, and lot's more. Man oh man! You guys are just livin aren't ya? Oh, and by the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA GROVER!!!! I'm sorry I didn't mention it last week. Please forgive me. I love you so much and I think of you often and pray for you daily. Each time I go to the Temple, I put both your's and Grandpa Grover's names in the Temple. I pray for your health and happiness each and every day. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! I love you Grandma! There are a few other companionships serving in the same Branches as us, and we love it! We get to see each other every day and support each other as well! It's awesome! Elder Wing and I cover Branches that attend from Tuesday to Saturday and then the biggest one is on Sunday. There are sooo many names to remember, but I'm trying my best. I believe as of now, there are 6 sets of Z.L.'s in the Mission, and I've served as one in 3 of the 6. Serving here in International means that I've served in every single Zone! That never happens with Missionaries! Usually when someone gets moved, it's oftentimes just in the same Zone, but every single time I've moved, it's been to a completely different Zone! I've loved it too! They're all so different and have very good things about them. I'm not sure if I have a favorite. We're only on the 6th floor in our apartment. We're RIGHT in the heart of Wan Chai though. Directly behind the chapel, so it makes it easy to get there. Our area is pretty much all of Hong Kong, and don't really have any boundaries, so that's cool. The apartment was pretty bad when I got there, and I couldn't handle it, so I forced everyone to help me clean it up. Ha! I'm weird like that I guess. It's just hard to have the Spirit with you if your apartment isn't in the best condition. Thanks for the birthday wishes guys! I love you all so much! Thanks for the package mom and dad! You guys ROCK! I love the shirts and my apartment loves everything inside! Haha! I love you all so much! Have an AWESOMELY AWESOME WEEK!!! I love you! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Thursday, October 27, 2011

International Zone move day

Hey Everyone!

Oh my goodness gracious I don't even know where to start! This week has been one of the most intense weeks of my mission! I'm not sure if I've ever been so tired in my entire life! Dad, is this really what a mission does to ya? It seems like no matter what I do, each day I get more tired and more tired! It's crazy! Well, before I get into my week, I'll just make a few comments on what you guys are up to and have had to say. That is a HUGE MULTI STAKE DANCE! 10 STAKES! Elder Morgan leaned over to me and was like, "man! that's like half of Washington!" And I was like, "yeah basically!" Oh man, he's so funny. No worries though. I will definitely be watching for those packages. Thank you so much guys! It means so much to me, it really does. I can't believe you even sent some in the first place! I love you guys! Oh, and yes I did get Steve and Cathy's package last week. It was great! I love the pics they sent! I put them up in the office and everyone in the apartment loved them! We got a couple from the U so it works out great! Elder Morgan about died when he saw them!
Oh man, that's GREAT news about the church! How sweet would that be if I was able to give my talk in the new building! Oh man, that would seriously be SOO COOL! I'll pray for that as well. It's a funny thing you brought up President Chan writing letters of recommendation for me, because he actually called me a week or so ago, and asked if I needed any for when I go back to school and I told him I didn't think I needed any thus far. But, I will definitely talk to him as soon as possible and have him go online or call that number. I'm sure he'll know what I need him to do. He's done a lot of these before, so he'll have it under control. It sounds like a pretty sweet scholarship though! I'm totally down for going to school then! It's just enough time to get home and unwind for a tiny bit, and then get right into school. I would love that! Those classes sound great that you thought about enrolling me in. Just make sure they're not night classes. Thank you so much! I really do appreciate all you guys are doing to help me out with school and stuff and to help me get back on my feet. Thank you TONS! Really any classes would be fine. I just wanna start getting those generals out of the way, so I can start on my major as soon as possible. Thanks for all you guys are doing and have done for me in the past! You have no idea the impact it has on me out here. Yeah, I'm a missionary and I'm doing other things, but knowing that there's people caring about you and loving you makes a WORLD of difference! Thank you so much! I love you all! So...today is moves day...before we found out if I was leaving or staying, I was leaning more and more to the fact that I would stay with Elder Morgan for one more. Well, that goes to show how much of a sense of humor Heavenly Father has! He knows that I now need to serve the people in Wan Chai, as a Zone Leader over the INTERNATIONAL ZONE! I'm going back with ELDER WING! We're both gonna be Zone Leaders together AGAIN, but this time in International! So, we will be covering the Island 2nd Branch in Wan Chai. It consists of mainly Filipina and Indonesian women, who work here as domestic helpers for those families who need them and pay them to do it. There is really no men in the branch, except for the Branch Presidency and the missionaries. So, it will be QUITE different from what I'm used to in many ways! First of all, I don't speak Chinese anymore...I find, teach, and baptize now in a mix of English/Tagalog. Pretty sweet, huh? So, I will be living in Wan Chai right behind the Wan Chai chapel, which is still pretty close to the apartment I was born in when I served Chai Wan. International is much different from Chinese work in so many ways, I don't even know where to start! Elder Morgan served there for 6 MONTHS of his mission this exact time last year, and loved it to death! I'm so excited! Especially since I get to go back with Elder Wing! That never happens to missionaries! To be able to serve with someone you've served with in the past! How awesome is that! Something else that's different is my P-Day. It's now on Monday. I'm e-mailing you today, mainly just to let you know of the change, so I will be e-mailing again this coming Monday, so like in a few days. So, that means you'll have to start e-mailing like Sunday night from now on I guess. Sorry if that screws up a schedule you have or anything, but the reason International's P-Day is different from the entire Missions' is because EVERY SINGLE DAY there is Church! The only day they don't have Church is Monday. The reason for that is because the domestic helpers' employers give them one day off a week. Most of the time it's Sunday, but there are those that have Tuesday-Saturday as well. Those days, the branches aren't as big, but there are still people who come. So, I will attend Sacrament every single day, except Monday for the rest of my Mission! Ha! Pretty sweet, huh? No one ever really has Monday as their day off, so that's why it's our P-Day. So, just be aware that I'll be e-mailing again starting this coming Monday. So, reply to this before Sunday night! International is just a different world. There are so many miracles that happen and so many people getting baptized. I'm so excited and so ready to partake of such wonderful blessings Heavenly Father has in store for me and these people. It's gonna be incredible being a part of this. Elder Wing and I have talked and we're both in shock that we're going back together and we're so ready to get out there and show them what's up! I love you guys. I love all you do for me. Thank you so much for the prayers and support. They NEVER go unnoticed! Until MONDAY...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey