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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, December 1, 2011

My new and last Companion

Hey Eveyone!

What a blessing it is to be e-mailing you guys right now! My new companion is sending a quick little notice to his family, so I figured I should let you guys know what's up as well. It was tough to say farewell to my good friend Elder Wing but the Lord has better things in store for him right now and he's excited to see where these plans will take him. So, I dropped him off today at Kowloon Tong and was able to pick up my new companion. I found out on Tuesday night who it was going to be and it was a complete SHOCK! His name is Elder Olson and he really is an INCREDIBLE missionary.
He really knows how to represent the Lord 24 hours a day, not just out on the streets, he is here to serve and not just the people of Hong Kong. He's probably one of the most humble, selfless missionaries I've met since I've been here. It truly a prayer that's been answered! I love this Elder and I hardly know him! He even got to serve with Elder Poon before he came here with me! Pretty cool, huh? So, now it's Elder Olson and myself for the next 6 weeks...unfortunately my last 6 weeks.
I know I won't be too trunky this move, because he REALLY likes to work and I'm more than ready for it! Those are the times when you have the most success and of course are most happy! I just wanted to quickly update you all and let you know a little about him. I'll give you his info next time cuz he's pretty busy typing away over here.
Something kinda sad that happened this, every single morning we get up and play soccer at one of the nearby courts with other Elders from the Island Zone. Well, when we were playing this morning, I did something pretty bad to my ankle. It's not broken, don't worry but I do think I may have sprained it pretty bad. The doctor for the missionaries is out of town in Thailand right now but I talked to him and he said I just need to ice it, keep it elevated and start putting weight on it and stretching it bit by bit. I'll be taking some advil and stuff too so that should help. It's all good though. Just another stumbling block Satan's trying to throw.
I feel bad that it had to happen right when Elder Olson got here but oh well. Not much I can do about it now. I'm trying my best and know that Heavenly Father will continue to bless me and our companionship. Don't you just LOVE trials?!
Well, not much has happened since Monday. We had a very very good Zone Leader Council on Tuesday and discussed a lot of things that will further help our Zones become better and help our investigators progress quicker. Yesterday was probably one of the busiest but BEST days I've had thus far in International! We were teaching so much and for every one we taught we gave a baptismal date to.
Yesterday we were so lovingly blessed with 4 new investigators! Quite a miracle, huh? Tomorrow should be Jeaneth's baptism. We'll pray that she makes it. She hasn't been able to answer or respond to our texts lately but we're hoping it was just because her employer won't let her. She is so so so ready for this, it's insane. Wow, it really does seem like yesterday I just got here to International Zone and now to train this new Zone Leader and Elder in the ways of how the International Zone works! I'm so pumped! It's gonna be way sweet! The miracles, blessings, and trials will just keep coming! Thank goodness for Jesus Christ and His infinite and Atoning Sacrifice for us individually as well as collectively.
Last night we had one of the most spiritual Zone Meetings I think I've ever had on my entire mission. We had a giant Testimony meeting and every missionary in the Zone was able to bear a strong, powerful Testimony of the Restored Gospel and this past move. It had many of us in tears. I'm telling you right now, I DON'T CRY and I was having some trouble! It's moments like this we can really uplift and truly support one another. We draw closer and realize the true importance of being on the Earth today. I'm so grateful for my knowledge and Testimony of this Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement and the Restoration.
How lucky we are as members of the Church to be blessed with this kind of knowledge. Heavenly Father loves us. Boy, does he love us! I feel as though I'm just beginning to understand what that love is like. Of course I felt it before I left but nothing even close to this.
Studying the scriptures, prayer and going to Church are some of the most important things we can ever do in this life. These 3 simple things multiply our Testimony by outrageous ammounts if only we are willing to let it happen. Heavenly Father wants to mold us, refine us and shape us into an individual He knows we are capable of becoming. It's only through living the Gospel and trusting in it's teachings this can occur. I know this to be true.
I want to thank you all once again for all you do. You really have no idea what your prayers and encouragement have actually done for me and my companions and this Mission.
Thank you again! Your love never goes unnoticed. Never ever ever forget that.
I love all you guys so much! Thank you! Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What a sad week for Elder Wing

Hey Everyone!

This week has been pretty intense! For many reasons actually but I'll just mention a few today. For each day of Church this past week, they rebroadcasted the Saturday Sessions of General Conference for all the Sisters and that was Church everyday. It was so sweet! If we had invetigators there, we were able to sit in and watch with them. For most of the days, we had people there and it was so cool to be able to get recharged each and every day from the Prophets and Apostles! Oh man, it was awesome! We really are so lucky to be able to attend Church every single day and feel of that Spirit we always feel on the Sabbath. It really is too difficult to describe. So, last P-Day I was fitted for a suit and I'll be able to get a couple fittings for it before it's all said and done, so I'm pretty excited about that. Also, I'm planning to do some Christmas shopping today for you guys, so be ready for a package coming in the near future. Hopefully you guys don't mind what I send and I'll just kind of going by what I think you'd like. Don't worry, no shirts this year. Well, maybe for Dad. You've slimmed down, right? You'll probly be able to fit in a medium Hong Kong size, right? Cool, sounds good. Haha! Just kidding.
Well, on a more spiritual note, Sister Heni from Indonesia was Baptized on Wednesday and she was SO full of smiles and happy! I've never seen her this happy about something before! The Gospel really does change people's countenances. I know this is true. It's changed mine since I've been out here and I don't know how I would have made it if it weren't for this Mission. This has changed my life in so many ways. I don't even know where to begin. Many of our recent converts are saying how badly they want their children to go on Missions. They say that as soon as they go back to the Philippines or Indonesia they will start preparing their children for Missions. They've continued bearing their testimonies and being the example the Savior would have them be. We always promise them these two basic things even though they're not with their families that their families can still partake of the blessings of the Gospel. Whether clear across the world, or just south a few hours, our example and our Testimony makes a difference in people's lives. We had some unforgettable lessons this past week. Some of these Sisters just CAN'T WAIT to get out of the house and get to the Church so they can feel at peace and worship their Savior. It's sad to hear some of their stories; how they are treated and the things they have to go through with some of these employers. It really is a sad thing, but once they get to the Church, everything outside is forgotten. Everything is dropped, and they just have this BIG smile on their face and love in their hearts for the Gospel. When we have lessons with them it's often the same as well. Testifying to them of the divinity of this work and that they are indeed a beloved, precious daughter of our Father in Heaven makes it all worth it. Some of them have to travel a great distance each week just to come to the Church in Wan Chai but always express how happy they are to be there and how blessed they are to have the Gospel in their lives. The faith of these Sisters amazes me each day. It has truly taken my faith and increased it by immense amounts!
This next week we have another Baptism. Her name is Jeaneth, and she's probly one of my favorite Sisters we've taught here in International. She really is just so down to earth, loves God and knows exactly why she needs to be baptized. Everything that happens here is all almost too good to be true! I'm telling you right now, I've never been more tired in my life but it's definitely worth seeing the outcome of your hard work.
Baptisms ARE NEVER easy! NEVER!
I hate it when missionaries say they had an easy baptism. There is always opposition. There is always temptations that face each person before they make that sacred covenant with Heavenly Father but through Christ, ANYTHING is possible.
Temptations?! PSH! Nothing.
You have to WORK in missionary work. It's not an easy thing to do. It's taken me a long time to realize but I'm grateful I finally did. Each person is different. Some just may be more prepared than others but no one is "easy." Thanksgiving Day was pretty fun here. We had a pretty big Turkey Bowl with a bunch of Elders and then had a Mission wide capture the flag game! They put the Zone Leaders in charge of each team. There were five and we were assigned the people that were on our team. Yeah...we won. Ha! It was so much fun though! We played on this GIANT field and really just had a blast! Then, we went back to Kowloon Tong and had a feast with everyone. Sister Chan and the office Missionaries made a nice Thanksgiving meal for everyone. It was outta this world good! Still not as good as yours mom, so don't get jealous. At least I think it wasn't...I can't really remember anymore. Sorry...ha!
So, this is the week that Elder Wing has had to say goodbye to everyone...and he's not been enjoying it too much. I don't blame him. I can't even think about that time for me. It makes me sick to my stomach. He REALLY did not want to say goodbye to these people and I don't want to either but it has to come eventually. It's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Last night was the fireside for all the Missionaries going home and it was pretty intense. It had a lot of people in tears, me included and just seeing everyone who you've been serving with the past two years finally end is just, unbelievable. I can't even think about it anymore. It makes me sad.
So, on that note, maybe I'll comment a bit on what you guys have been up to. We get around 1600 HK per month for food, traveling, personal needs, etc. It's never enough but that's ok. I've learned how to buy only the necessities out here so maybe I can apply that when I get home...maybe. Ha! Just kidding. Don't worry, you know I will.
I can't believe the Open House will be on the 14th! How perfect! But that's also pretty sad about Stake Conference...I am pretty bummed about it to be honest. But, if you'd like me to speak in Stake Conference, I can do that but I'll be nervous up the YING YANG! It's all good though.
Heavenly Father will provide. So, that's about all I have got for this week.
Just know and NEVER FORGET, I am always thinking of you guys. Even when you think I'm not....I am. I promise. I love you guys. I really do. You're all the best and I hope and pray you all have a great week!
Stay strong and until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey