"I love this cute grandma."

"I love this cute grandma."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

100% Humidity here in HOng Kong!!

From: Jeffrey Romney Wright
Subject: happy easter!
To: "Jolene Wright"
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 10:54 PM

Hello everyone, sorry about last week just not enough in the day to get out my usual email. Well as for Hong Kong right now, it is 100% humid and about 85 degrees, so we are just loving it. Summer is here. Who would have guessed it would be here so fast. It's crazy, our apartment is like a sauna ( spell check ) and we are just dripping by the time we step out the door. As for our white shirts and how they are suppose to be white, well, lets just say in the summer time bleach is our best friends! Elder Ng and I are doing great, we have had so many miracles each and every day! We have met a lot of amazing individuals and we are making so many new friends. Each day we have a lot of time on the streets trying to talk to them and get to know them. Share this message with them and give them an opportunity to accept this beautiful plan Heavenly Father has given to us. haha It's amazing how many people do not want it right now! I'm shocked hahaahaha Oh man, our area is pretty small, so we run into a lot of the same people as we are walking around. Man oh man, I've never had to run so fast before! I had a man chasing me the other night, yelling profound language at me. Telling me that I was satans son, because the week before I told him he was a child of God and God loves him and wants him to return with him one day. Guess he wasn't to fond of that message. Well besides the chasings, we have found a lot of amazing people. The other night as I was going through records from 2004, I had a feeling to call this grandma whos about 70-80 years old, who met with missionaries when she was younger but hasn't had a chance to see them since. So I called and talked to her and her husband about who I was, what I was doing in Hong Kong, and why we needed to visit her. At the time she didn't remember who missionaries were, and actually had no idea who Jesus Christ was. Finally after 30 minutes of talking to her I finally scheduled her for the next morning at 10, asked her for her addresss and she gives it to me. I was thinking it would be one of the high rises near by, welp........ was I wrong. We ended up hiking for 2 hours in the hills finally coming to the old, old village with farms and all sorts beat up houses and wooden fences. ( needless to say my white shirt was so wet you could see through it. iiiyaaa. ) We finally got to their cute little shack, where they had dogs, cats, turtles, fish, you name it, they had it running all around the house. The night before she said I can only give you 20 minutes to talk to me tomorrow because I know the message you have to share with me, won't change my life and my husband doesn't believe in God, so you have 20 minutes to say what you want to say. We get there and share the message of the plan of salvation with them, they both heard the message, listened very intently and accepted it all. No questions, just tears in their eyes saying how greatful they are that they to can live with each other after this life. They have already set a date to get sealed in the temple. Yeah it's a little fast but you know, they are prepared. Heavenly Father has prepared them for this time, in Hong Kong, the older generation had a horrible experience with the church, because when missionaries first got here, 50-70 years ago the translation of the name of the church and the Book of Mormon was that of devil worshipping churches, so many got wrong interpetations of what our church stands for and believes in. So usually when we hit the streets, the first people to anti us are the older people. We know that Heavenly Father prepared the Cheuih Ga Tihny couple for Elder Ng and I couldn't make us any happier! Following the lesson, Sister Cheiuh ( the old lady ) made us a huge lunch and then we took a tour of their farm, its so beautiful i'll send pictures next week. Just way up in these chinese landscapped mountains, ahh man so tight. We are actually about to go visit them again right now. I just want to leave my testimony with you all that I know this church is true and that our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. He's aware of you and me, He knows what we need to do and how we can accomplish all of our lives ambitions and goals. I promise you, that if you rely on Him He will guide you. Hey remember the communication problems between Elder Ng and me? It's so much better. I've been really working hard on learning more and more and pushing myself to learn more cantonese, and my hand, face, and body gestures are amazing, hahaha so that helps a lot. I love you all and hope you are all doing your best to serve everyone!
love elder wright.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Guess who is 20? Woot Woot!

rom: Jeffrey Romney Wright
Subject: hey family and friends! Guess whos 20 woot woot! haha
To: "Jolene Wright"
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 11:01 PM

Hey everyone, thank you so much for all the kind birthday wishes and emails. You are the best. I had an amazing birthday here in Hong Kong, my first one and last one. So would you look at that. So let me tell you about the big day haha, It started out normal, no one remembered or knew it was my birthday until like 2:00. haha no big, its all good, then we had a district meeting and they sang to me and we had some delicious cake. Following district meeting, we continued on with the day, finding, visiting, and teaching. Then a suprise happened. Would you look at that. At 6 ish I got a call saying I needed to come to the mtr station ( train station) and so I did, I get there and guess who is there? Vincent! He came all the way up here for my birthday to take me out to dinner, he just had the biggest smile on his face, so excited to see me and not only did he come but, as did Mary, Lambert, Tyron, and Richard. It really made my birthday the best one I have ever had. Some of my recent converts came 2 hours out of their way to visit me. Made me feel like I had some real great friends. I love them all so much. Vincent is the best. Mary too funny, Lambert is a goof, and Tyron is just too tight. Man do I miss them. It was so good to see all of them. We went out to a really fun chinese resturant and then went back to the church, ate some cake and than Vincent got up and shared his testimony with everyone as did Lambert, Mary, and Tyron. It just about killed me. They have all come so far. I remember the first time meeting each of them and being able to see them now, it's as if they are completly new people. They are incredible. They have the strongest testimonies and the best desires. Vincent is preparing to serve a mission, how cool is that? oh man, sorry about last weeks email, I can't even remember what I said, all I know is at that time, I had a raging head ache haha, sorry la. Well by this time next week last year, was my first day in the beloved mtc. What a day that was. One that I will never forget. Just so cultured shocked. I felt as if I was thrown into prison, I was scared to death to even speak a word. Who are we kidding, but as I look back on it now, the mtc was just a magnificent place, so much great food, my teachers and the enviorment were all so amazing and I'm so grateful for the 3 months I got to spend there. It was just a growing experience, lets be honest though, the only area in which I grew there was that of my testimony, which is the best way. I can promise you that, they did not teach us the language of Cantonese. ha I don't know what language they taught us, but im tellin ya, it wasn't Cantonese. haha, but I have been able to experience 3 areas and 4 companions in the last year. It has been the most amazing year of my life. I have learned and grown so much. This last year is a time in my life that I will never forget. I have been able to serve in a place in which I call home now, amongst my brothers and sisters, I love them all so much and never want to leave them. We as missionaries will always have trials and times when it feels like Heavenly Father just tackles us to the ground and beats us just to humble us, those aren't my favortie lets be honest, rather scary time in life. But through those times, its then that I have grown the most. My testimony was nothing when I got into the mtc. I didn't even know if this church was true, nor did I ever read the Book of Mormon, I relied on my mothers testimony more than anything. But as I have got beaten with humility and gone through trials, it has been at that time, that I have found out, that my Father in Heaven loves me, that with Him I can do and accomplish anything, that this is the only true church on the earth today and if we live by its standards and principles ( the commanments and guidance from our prophets and scriptures ) it is then that He will bless us and answer our prayers. When we are doing the best to keep the commandments and follow in our Saviors footsteps. He sent his beloved son to the earth to give us an example to what we need to do as we come to earth. We need to follow in His footsteps and be like unto him. We need to serve and strive to do the best, to love everyone for who they are. We all make mistakes get over it, I am constantly making mistakes, in my brian whether it be a mean thought or an action that I do, as are you, no one is perfect, but as long at we are doing our best it's then that Heavenly Father will realize that and strive to help us perfect our selves and bless us and our families. As families we need to strive to work together, to serve together and to spend as much time as possible together. The family is the best blessing heavenly father has given to us today. We are to learn and grow together. Yes, we will have fights sometimes, but its through those times that we can stregthen our relationships even stronger. Are you having fhe every monday night? If not why? The prophet has commaned it, and right now the prophet is speaking the words of god, he represents our Father in Heaven right now, through Him we can know what our Father wants us to know. He wants us to have fhe every monday night wether you like it or not, whether you are 89 and single or 22 with 5 kids, you need to have it. It's one thing that we have focused here in Hong Kong, is the power of fhe, because a lot of the time in this culture its not normal to spend time with your family. Except for a few holidays out of the year, usually they work long hours and the only time anyone is home is to sleep, but the miracles that have come from those families that have started holding fhe every monday night are those in which words can't describe. They have been blessed more than anyone. One thing that I have learned recently and through out my whole mission and which was brought up a lot in this last weeks conference, was the power of prayer and revelation. So important. There are so many different ways that He can answer you. You need to watch and listen to every small detail. It's usually when you least expect it, that He will answer you. Just remember, we are on his time table. this isn't our time this is His time. Recently Elder Ng and I have been doing a lot of finding and its been great, I love hitting the streets and talking with everyone, it's hard sometimes to talk to the elderly because their dialect of Chinese is not of that in which I can understand, nor can they understand me. So thats so hard because its them that need to hear this message since they are about to croke any day now. So one thing I have been trying to do is learn some simple phrases that I can talk to them and say to them, its tough. But I have been able to put a smile on their faces and thats all that matters to me. We hit the streets and don't stop for 6 hours at a time, sometimes we have tons of success and at other times we have little to none, it really is a testimony builder, i love it so much. Because I know that as long as I'm doing my best and have the spirit with me and my companion, then it is then that they will come to find out that we represent the Lord right now and he has called us two to talk to them, to help them feel of his love. How amazing is it, everyday I get to talk to so many people and share this message with them, yeah at times I get drinks and stuff thrown at me and then we have times when people feel of the spirit and want to know everything. so yesterday ( got a story no prob ) we had exchanges and I got put with an elder paticulary because he wants to go home and hates it here, Pres Chan thought I could help him, he has not had a baptism or any success his whole mission and he's ready to give up, so we got together prayed and hit the streets, talked to a lot of people and got a few bites, but it was then that I had a feeling that we needed to go to a paticular spot and find some one named Leih siu je, I got this name through prayer the night before, but had no idea where I was going to find it. It was my first time recieving a female name, but as I got this feeling I knew this was going to help that elder, we were walking and the cutest little girl in a stroller just yelled, waih jeung louh leih hou ma, which translates to Elder Wright how are you, I have never seen this family before in my whole life, it was a little girl and her mom, they just went grocery shopping and were headed home. I waved and said hey little sister how are you? ( she was like 4. cutest thing ever ) and we got to a huge stair case and she started asking people to help her get down the stairs. No one would help her, so I thought, hey I'll catch back up to them and I will help her, so I did, and we got to the bottom of the stairs and she asked me, " last night did you recieve my name in a prayer like I did yours, I was so scared when I first saw you, I didn't understand why I dreamt about you last night, but why are you here and what are you doing? Why do you speak chinese and can you help me strengthen my relationship with my family and Father in Heaven?" Well we met this lady and my comp for the day was in tears, he saw that the Lord is here with us day in and out, he wants us to have success and love the work. It really is amazing how much He loves us and all the different ways he shows us. Our new area is going great, there has been a lot of trials and difficulties, but at the same time the Lord has poured out the blessings upon us. I'm so grateful to serve with Elder Ng right now hes amazing and I love my area. We have met a lot of new friends that have a lot of potential. I love it so much. I've really never been happier. I hope we can all follow the guidance that we have just recieved from our prophets and apostles, because they know what we need to hear and do. If you follow them, you will know how to live your life in a way that your Father wants you to. And how to accomplish anything and everything! love you all and hope the best for all you. I do pray for you all to. love e wright

Thursday, April 7, 2011

One year anniversary and turning "20."

On Thu, 4/7/11, Jeffrey Romney Wright wrote:

From: Jeffrey Romney Wright
Subject: hey gang! haha probably dont send this one. i have a huge head ache. sorry. i cant think.
To: "Jolene Wright"
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:08 AM

Hello everyone!
It's been another week here in Tai Po and it has just flown by! I can't believe how fast time is going. I have been on my mission for a year now and it feels like I just left the mtc. It's been the most amazing year of my life. I have learned and grown so much. I have had trials from health to investigators and miracles from being able to recieve names to find, to giving families the opportunity to be together for eternities and its all a part of the road that the lord has given to me. I'm so grateful for this past year and all that He has given me, it hasn't been easy, farthest thing from it, but you know I have loved every second of it! Because I know that the lord is with me twenty four hours, seven days a week, he won't leave me ( he won't leave you) because I am his son ( you too are his son or his daughter ) and I know as long as I'm doing my best, He is with me and with Him I can do ANYTHING! The past year started out rocky in the mtc, not knowing if I had a testimony, if i had enough faith to go on a mission, not knowing what in the world was going on with my health, not knowing anything pretty much, except for the fact that I was a lost sheep. As I endured those hard times of not knowing what to do, how to do it, and where to go, I learned that sometimes it's the trials that He gives us that He is showing his love and concern for us. Because I know if I didn't have those trials I wouldn't be the missionary I am today. I'm not saying I'm an amazing missionary in anyway, I have a lot to learn and a lot of areas I need to improve in, but I know that because of the trials that He has given me, He has showed to me at that time, He was concerned for me, that He loved me, He wanted me to learn from them, and make it so that I can be who I am today. He gives us trials because he wants us to learn, prepare to return to him, and to share that with others to help them prepare themselves. So from the mtc and my wavering testimony at that time, I can say that I have overcome that trial because I relied on my Father in Heaven. I promise to all of you that He listens to every single prayer, He is waiting for you to pray more to Him, He loves you and wants to help you, you need to talk to Him constantly and rely on Him so He can help you. My testimony of prayer is so strong because if I couldn't pray I don't know where I would be today. haha I can't think at all right now, sorry everyone but, you a;; know I'm trying to say is that He loves you. He is aware of you, He wants the best for you. For the first 8 weeks of my mission I will honestly tell you I didn't want to go. I had no testimony, had no desire to gain one either, it was the hardest thing ever for me, it sucked, but as time went on, and is still going on, I have come to find my savior my brother, my father, and their divine love for every single one of us. They are aware of you, they want to help you, you need to make sure you are doing your best so that you can recieve all his blessings! I can tell you today that my testimony is probably stronger than any of yours hahaha jk, but really it is. I know with Him anything is possible. I love Him so much and am so grateful for Him and all of you. Thank you for all the birthday wishes and letters. You are all amazing. Keep up the good spirits and rely on Him. Well my brain is about to explode right now, so I love you all and promise a better email next week. Sorry I can't finish this one. Raging head ache haha, need to get out of this computer center before I kill someone or punch the computer. sorry la. love you. Not to mention how incredibly gross the keyboard is that I'm having to type on! Half the keys are sticking and it's hard to type.

Elder Wright