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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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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Well... This is it... Huh.. Not ready for this to happen

Hey Everyone!

I'm not gonna lie, I have a LOT of mixed emotions right now...of course I'm excited to see you guys and see everybody back home, family and friends and all...but man, oh man, it's going be hard to leave this...I never thought for one moment it was going be THIS hard. Oh well, I'll just let you know how my week went and try and not dwell on that one other thing; me going home, or whatever you call it.
This past week was absolutely incredible! BY FAR, one of the best weeks I've had on my mission! I was able to attend the career workshop which was kind of (ok la). Nothing too special, except they did call me by my first name the whole time which I was NOT used to. Too weird but I really did learn a lot. I'll have to show you everything they gave us when I see you. It was definitely worth it, and apparently not every mission does it. That surprises me. It seems it should almost be required. It seriously helped so much! We also had two incredible baptismal services for Elder Olson and myself. Sister Bea and Sister Grace were able to more fully come unto Christ and follow Him in the waters of baptism. It was honestly one of the greatest things to see. Both of them have come so very far, and I couldn't be happier. I really couldn't. The Sisters also had a couple baptisms, which was also a tremendous blessing! Another Elder companionship had one as well, so that makes a total of 5 in one week for the Zone. That's pretty sweet.
It's been so hard to say goodbye to all of our recent converts, members, the Branch Presidencies and their wives. Each and every single one of them has changed my mission in one way or another. I thought I knew all about it before I came here to International.
No sir-eee!
Yesterday, I had the privilege of bearing my Testimony in Fast and Testimony meeting and could barely keep it together. Just looking out at all these wonderful Brothers and Sisters, MY Brothers and Sisters, I couldn't help bare to become emotional. It was tough but it's all good. Most of them I'll be seeing on facebook or e-mailing or writing to or whatever. Some way I'll keep in contact with them, so no worries. To be quite honest with you guys, I kind of forgot what life back home is like. These past two years have been all I have focused on and it's all I know anymore. So for real, I'm not sure how easy the transition is going be but I'm praying it won't be too difficult. Oh, I just BARELY read your e-mail you sent. I was a bit worried you weren't going to send one in time, just sayin mom! Ha!
All of that is GREAT news!
Oh man, I was super happy you got the package. I hope you like the pictures. It covers a lot of time but it's still good. Everything else in there was just kind of random but oh well.
I'm just tearin up as I'm typing this....this isn't good. So, yesterday was pretty intense. Like I said, I was able to bear my Testimony and then we had that fireside for all the dying (going home) missionaries and I chose Sister Ivy to speak for me. Her conversion story is SWEET! I'll have to tell you all about it when I get back! Everyone thought her's was the best. It was also pretty tough to say bye to some of the missionaries last night and a few other members from other Wards I had previously served in. It was super nice of them to come and I was way stoked to see them.
Well, the rest of this week is going to be interesting for sure. I haven't even BEGAN packing. Don't know when I'm going do that. Just too busy (la)! Today we're going out to a traditional Chinese tea time with the whole Zone and then bowling afterwards. It should be fun.
Tomorrow night we have moves calls, so we'll find out where everyone else is going and who's coming to replace me.
Wednesday night we have our last Zone Meeting.
Thursday I go to the Mission office and have a final interview with President Chan, do any last minute check out things, have a Temple Session with my group, lunch and dinner with the Chans and that night stay in Patron Housing there at the Mission office right across the street from the Temple.
Friday morning...early morning...EARLY MORNING leave. That's all I got.
The experiences and lessons I've learned on my mission will NEVER be forgotten! THIS TRULY HAS BEEN THE BEST TWO YEARS OF MY ENTIRE LIFE! I WON'T EVER FORGET IT! Thank you, to each and every one of you. You have made my time out here seem like I'm not even away. You are such a blessing in my life. There's no way I can ever repay you for all you've done.

Love Always-
Elder Carey

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What? 3 whole days since the last p-day... Time needs to stop...

Hey Everyone!'s almost an entire 3 WHOLE DAYS since my last p-day! Actually, lots has happened since then if you can believe it. This has been the most successful week on my Mission if you're looking at the key indicators, which is what we as missionaries are instructed to focus on, this week we had 21 new investigators, 26 member present lessons, 14 people at Church, and A BAPTISM! This has been definitely a week to remember and learn from. A lot of these came on Monday when we had the Statutory holiday and yesterday as well. These numbers may not sound too high to some but for Hong Kong, they're pretty good and we are very VERY blessed to have received such great rewards. I'm dead now though, so, I guess that's what it takes. You have to be dead if you want the success.
Yesterday was an intense day, mainly because of the AWESOME baptism that took place but also the people that came to church and new friends we taught added to that excitement as well.
Ivy's baptism was probably the best baptismal service I've ever participated in or have seen. A member from the Branch Presidency got up and spoke at the end and said the same thing and he's a senior missionary in his 60's. It was just so spiritual and quite honestly, I've never seen anyone so excited and happy to receive baptism. Ivy gave such an incredibly strong Testimony at the end and mentioned how I found her at Worldwide (the place where we go finding every single day). She's too legit. This Sunday is the fireside for those missionaries who are going home the next transfer and each missionary gets to choose one recent convert to speak, share their conversion story and testimony. I've chosen Ivy. She really is such a great example to me and I have seriously learned so much from her. I've never met anyone who has a stronger testimony of the power of prayer. She KNOWS she is communicating with our Heavenly Father. Every single time we see her, she has this GIANT smile on her face. It's still sad to know she's away from her own husband and son in the Philippines. As soon as her contract ends here, she's going back to teach them about the Gospel and they will be sealed in the Temple. What a blessing it's been to witness her conversion process and the change that occurs when people truly soften their hearts and come unto the King of Kings, even our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This week and the next are going to be pretty busy. Tomorrow and Wednesday, for all those who are dying we have what's called, The Career Workshop. Two senior missionaries teach this class about 3 to 4 hours long. They talk about how we can start to prepare for things back home such as school, work and living on our own. Stuff like that. I'm not too excited for it because I hear they call you by your first name and that's just weird. I'm not sure I can take that. For two years, my name has been Elder Carey and I don't how that transition back to reality post mission is going to be. We'll see. When Elder Wing was going through this special transition class, he said they had you just talk about yourself and the achievements you've had in your life. I don't think I can do that either. I've spent two years not thinking about myself and it's gonna be super hard to just sit and talk about myself and say "me, me, me, I, I, I. I don't like it. So that'll be loads of fun. Psh.
This week is the "My Conversion Story Fireside". That will be fun to attend. I've gone to every one except when I was in Macau. Missionaries can only go if they have an investigator or recent convert with them. They have always been great! Yesterday, a lot of people said they really wanted to come, so that made me feel pretty happy and people do care, even if I don't know them. Members of the Church are TOO AWESOME!
We then have our last Temple session with our group and the Chans, a talk with the Temple President, lunches and dinners with the Chans and a few other random things. It's gonna feel so weird and NO I'm not going be ready for it nor am I excited for it, so don't even ask. Good thing we have a few baptisms this week for the weekday branches. These Sisters are so tight with each other and their faith is out of this world! Elder Olson and I really are very blessed to be together and to be here in the International zone. We love being here being together. I've made so many lifelong friends and will definitely keep in touch with all of them.
I'm glad to hear all is going well with you guys. Don't even worry about me,
not even for a second. I'm healthy and doing fine. I'm praying for you each and every day, especially you, Steph. Just take it easy and seriously, don't stress too much because it will just make it worse. I've learned that out here as well.
My next P-Day will be next Monday, as usual, so I'll talk with you then. Sound good? SWEET! Have a fabulous week! Stay strong and never give up! Keep the fight and we'll talk with you in a week, or a few hours. However you wanna look at it. Until next week...Do what you do!

Love Always-
Elder Carey (always...)