Subject: A week of.....
To: "Jolene Wright"
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 6:41 PM
Hey hey hey,
It's elder wright reporting from the front lines of the china hong kong mission. Todays weather is 2 degrees celcius and its freezing. My mom has asked for more details of my daily life. SO i will give you more details right now. We wake up ( the worst part of the whole freakin day, all of you that were missionaries know that you are constantly tired and deprived of sleep, but how great are the blessings that come from it, so its well worth it!) we do studies in our office for 3 hours, barely cohearant to know what we are reading or saying. Then we shower and get out of the appartment to grab a bite to eat. Food is dirt cheap here and so delicious. As you can see, I weigh about close to 5 tons now, so no worries of anorexia here. Ha. Than we start our lessons for the day, if we don't have lessons we go finding or less active visiting and that usually lasts until 1000pm and bed at 1100pm. On fridays we have basketball at 800pm with dennis and friends. On Saturdays we have soccer at 1030am with vincent and friends. On monday we hold a family home evening at 730 for everyone because most members here are the only ones in their families. On wendesday at 700pm we hold a english class because every one loves learning english. Thurs is always our pday and its just the best. Today we will be going to the temple. My favorite p-day of the move. SO stoked. This week has been fantastic. On tuesday we got a random call from President Chan and he asked us to come to the church asap, we were in a lesson about 30 minutes away. So we ran pretty fast, got on a "syu ba" and raced to the church. Him and sister chan were waiting for us to have interviews. It was the best interview I have had yet. Because I can somewhat speak cantonese, we could actually talk to each other. It was so DANG GOOD> and after I interviewed with him I talked to sister chan for awhile, she is probably the funniest person out there. Pres Chan never went on a mission and is a convert to the church, he served as a bishop for 10 years and a stake pres for 10 years and temple president as well, wow! So tight, he is the most intuned person I have ever met. It was my first real interview since the first day I got here and it was spectacular. I loved it. Wish we could have more. Haha. This last sunday we had a baptism. His name is ernest! He is 16 years old and he is brilliant. So dang smart. As well as, a born genius, he is so dang funny. This coming sunday he will recieve the holy ghost. Congrats Man! ( His english is perfect that probably helped a little more haha ) Elder fogt and I are doing great, better than ever. Kwun tong is amazing. This ward is huge and so helpful. They are all so amazing. One of my favorite things to do as a missionary is to go finding, I love hitting the streets and trying to find prepared souls. Ahh i get so excited every time. Ha. The chinese people are amazing. Pretty positive I will not be returning to the u.s. So chinese new year starts pretty soon, its the biggest holiday for the whole year. Its going to be so much fun I cant wait. Everyone has work off for 3 weeks most people go back to their hometowns in mainland and visit family and celebrate up there, but its just as big down here in hong kong. The pictures will be great just you wait. Yeah I really don't know what I just typed little tired. Haha. Hopefully you can understand. If you get anything from it, just know the I love being a missionary, I love hong kong, love the people, and that I encourage everyone to go on a mission. Our mission is the only place in the world that church is held every day of the week except on monday. That we have people from every corner of the world. I read an article in an old ensign this week, it said the first missionaries came to hong kong in 1850 they tried to learn the language and couldnt do after 4 months they left not returning for another 100 years. Think of what hong kong was like in 1850 crazy. Can't even imagine how hard that must of been. It took 6 months to get here and than to just turn around. The people here had probably never seen a white person nor have heard the english language. But yet these missionaries came and tried their best, but the language barrier was to much for them, now since then we have had around 5000 missionaries come to china with about 25000 baptisms. Crazy. The work is great and growing at a fast rate. We have another baptism this week, his name is jason, this will be my first mainlander expierence. We will teach him everything and than on the 23 he will return to mainland china. In mainland you have to be a baptized member to attend church. Crazy, no walk in, no trial runs nothing you have to be baptized and confirmed and the only way to do that is to come down to hong kong. Out of the 18 mission presidents hong kong has had 12 of them served missions here previous to their calls. ( haha just some random facts about the mission ) Our mission also covers an island called Macua like the vegas of the china. Most missionaries don't get a chance to go their because of visa problems so usually just buhndaih missionaries will serve there ( missionaries that are orginally from h.k. ) but I hear its quite a cool place. Mom dad well check it out when you come get me in 2018 haha. Woohoo. Yeah thats just a few facts for you, i'll test you when i get back.
Something that you need to remember:
"Well the danger may be hard to see but it is real, both for them and for us. For instance, at some moment in the world to come, everyone you met in this life will know what you know. They will know that only way to live forever in association with our families and in the presence of our Heanvenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, is to choose to enter in to the gate by baptism at the hands of those with authority from god. They will know that the only way families can be together forever is to accept and keep savred covenants offered in the temples of god on this earth. They will know that YOU KNEW. And they will remember wheter you offered them what someone had offered YOU."
Love you all and hope that you are making the best of this new year!