Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015: Hangfuk (blessed)

Well, not much has happened since my report from last week. Wednesday night after P-day, we went out finding and tried to find a full lesson, which resulted in us scheduling Brother Chan. He ended up taking us to dinner (which we had already eaten...) so it was pretty awkward. But after we got over that and could share our message, it was good. We did a really simple follow up lesson about the temple. He was a little confused about when he could go to the temple, but after we explained that he can go do baptisms and confirmations for the dead he was really excited. He wants to meet with the bishop to get a recommend. We plan to help him get started on his family history soon. The best part is that Brother Chan received the Aaronic priesthood yesterday! So cool. He is really excited and said it's an honor to have the priesthood. I am sure the ward will continue to support him in fulfilling his priesthood duties.

Thursday we had scheduled to see Kelvin, our progressing investigator from last week but he needed to cancel. He didn't come to church this week and hasn't answered his phone for a couple of days. We are just going to keep praying that we can get a hold of him soon. He really is so prepared to hear the gospel, but he's also studying at City-U in Kowloon (so he travels forever to go to and from school) and he works, so he is super busy. We hope that he will have the time to continue to meet with us.

We had the opportunity to see Vicky this week (RC/LA). I personally think she's doing okay, but she really needs an antidote for LAZY. She readily admits that it's nothing but her laziness that keeps her from coming to church- she just wants to sleep all day. We have been watching the Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration movie with her for the last two times and it is really helping her to better understand Joseph Smith and his experiences. We really had a pretty good discussion this week with her about how if we don't keep our baptismal covenants, all of the things he experienced are in vain. And not just him, but our Savior's suffering as well. I think she is starting to understand that concept, but I don't know that it's truly sunk in just yet.

Sumi (I) is doing well too. She's still really interested in being baptized. We got the permission form to her to give to her mom and hope to have it back when we see her again later this week. She asked us a lot of questions about how baptism is performed. For being only 13 years old, she sure thinks a lot about things. She has some really deep questions that I never thought of before. For example, this week she asked us "If me and a group of friends are all praying at the same time, how does God hear all of our prayers? I believe he does, but I just don't understand how He does it." It's pretty amazing. I think teaching her will be a slower process as she still hasn't come to church yet, but I think she'll be baptized someday. Actually, take that back. I know she will.

We visited Sister Chu (LA) again this week and though it wasn't the best lesson with her, it was alright. We just picked up reading scriptures where she's been reading, 2 Nephi. we read a chapter about pride and how we need to humble ourselves to be able to return to God's presence. It was good to help her better understand the scriptures. I think the biggest problem with her is that she really, really loves her cell phone. And her kids are that way too. So even during church or lessons she keeps her phone out and is always texting or WhatsApp-ing people. I'm just not really sure how to address the fact that she needs to pay attention in our lessons without offending her. She didn't come to church this Sunday, but we're not really sure why. There's a possibility that her husband didn't let her out again, but it's more likely that she was just lazy.

Visited Sister Chan (LA) with he bishop. Since she's pretty new to the ward, it was good to have the bishop there. He's awesome, and has already arranged for some people to start helping her get to church since she's 80 and walks super slow and her memory is not the best. She still remembers a lot about Joseph Smith though, which was really good. That was our focus this week- to get a feel for how much she really remembers from when she was  baptized. Poor thing can't even remember when she was baptized- just that it happened in Canada.

This week we are feeling really blessed (hangfuk, hence the subject) as we've met with our members. Though they were already amazing before I even got here to West Point a few months ago, they are really starting to warm up to us. A family invited us over for dinner last night which was SO GOOD. They made one of my favorite Chinese dishes- fried spic garlic eggplant with minced pork. So so so so good. I literally ate like...half the plate. And it was a HUGE plate. Another family gave us a huge bag of fruit (which I proceeded to freeze and turn into a breakfast smoothie today) and they're more willing to let us visit and share messages with them. It's definitely the start of a solid ward/missionary relationship.

Also, fun moment of this week. My recent convert Cherry from my first area just happens to work right down the street from where we live!!!!! So crazy. She's been here for like 2 months and I had no idea. so we scheduled time to go to lunch with her and it was so fun! it was so good to see that she's still super active and is doing so well. Love her so much!

Thank you all for the wonderful support and love and prayers you send this way. I truly appreciate it! love you! (:

-Sister Kuk

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