Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015: Tortillas and Mooncake

It's been a pretty busy week, just as usual.

Monday evening we visited with Kenson (LA) and he's doing okay. He hasn't come to church in a few weeks though, because he's "mhdakhahn" which I think is not 100% true. I think he's just getting too excited to go to America next week. We're hoping to get some members to keep track of him while he's in America and encourage him to find the nearest wards and attend church there. Once he leaves, there isn't much we can do to help him for the next two months or so, so we hope we can get the ward on top of that.

Pon Ka Man (LA) is also doing alright. We FINALLY got to see her, but she only came to Family Home Evening. She has been coming to church pretty regularly for the last two or so months. We think she's on track for a reactivation, but according to the ward she is unwilling to accept a calling, so we're not really sure how to go about helping her to progress.

We had the opportunity to meet with Kacey this week as well (LA) and start sharing with her the video "Mountain of the Lord". The last few times we've seen her we've been focusing on the blessings of enduring to the end, and wanted to show her that video to help put into perspective the people who sacrificed so we could have the blessings on the gospel in our lives. We only watched about 25 or so minutes, but she enjoyed it a lot and had some really good, spiritual insights on how to relate what we watched to our lives. She didn't come to church this week do to an art exhibition but she plans to come next week.

Wednesday we saw Lee Wing Yan (RC/LA) at the chapel and baked some cookies with her (the ones we gave to you!) and she loved it. She really enjoys one on one activities and opens up a lot more. We were with our Relief Society President which was good, because Yan just turned 18 and needs some ward support on going into relief society. We saw her again by herself later in the week and she opened up and said that she feels really uncomfortable around lots of people that she doesn't know, which could be a factor in why she won't come to church after having been less active for so long. It's okay. She still meets regularly with her home teachers, so that's good.

We saw Brother Chan (RC) this week and reviewed the Law of Chastity and eternal marriage. He's really excited to be able to be sealed to his family some day. We hope to help keep preparing him to go to the temple. he had some confusion on the auxiliaries, so we reviewed those as well and I think it was really good.

Chu Iu Mau Tan (LA) is still doing well. We had a really long discussion about her family situation. Her husband hits her kids sometimes and she just is so sad. She doesn't know what to do. He keeps them from coming to church. The other problem they have is that they all are pretty addicted to their phones. Even during the lessons they all have their phones out. We've come up with a plan with the ward members and some of the leaders to have a special lesson with Sister Chu about her responsibility as a mother in the church and hope to help her to better understand how to help her family.

We made muffins with a member and Ding Mei Kwan (RC) and Kacey (LA) and then brought them with us to scripture class. It was really good and I am so grateful the members thought to organize an activity like that right before scripture class- I think they both enjoyed it and learned a lot.

So this week is the week of the Mid Autumn Festival. It actually happened yesterday but the public holiday is today. So Happy Mid Autumn Festival, everyone! Tis the season of people giving us mooncakes again. I have a theory about the mooncakes. Nobody here *really* likes them. They will eat them, but nobody really wants to. My theory is that they all just do it because it's tradition and feel bad about themselves not liking mooncake because they think they're the only one that doesn't like it....but in reality everybody thinks they're gross.

Okay, but really, they're not THAT gross. Just... really rich. So. News. I have some mooncake sitting at my house that we're probably not going to eat because we have SO MANY. I'm thinking of sending some home to the states. If anyone is interested in receiving a mooncake, please tell and I'll be happy to send it to you. (Mom: I'm sending you a mooncake. you all MUST try it.)

So tortillas. Not much to do with the mooncakes... but tonight for the mid autumn festival we have a ward party and I am in charge of making mexican food. (it doesn't make sense, I know. ut a member LOVES mexican food and doesn't know how to make it so I promised I would teach her.) so sister Tu'avao and I literally have been spending hours and hours making 30 hand-made flour tortillas. SUCH a pain. But hey. they're really good. hopefully our tiny tacos that we make tonight will be equally as good.

Last p day we went out to Hong Kong's first baptismal site and some big buddhist temple. Took some pretty pictures and got tons of free buddhist prayer books in Chinese. so that's cool. It was fun. if we can find it, we're going up to Monkey Mountain today!

Well, it's still hotter than heck out here but supposedly should be cooling down in the next month or so. So keep praying that we don't melt. Love you all!

-Kuk Jimuih

PS Funniest story EVER. So Sister Adams and I were on exchanges (we're roommates so even though we exchanged we all were still in the same apartment). We got back before the other sisters and she had the brilliant idea to jump up on the bunk bed and scare Sisters Tu'avao and Escher. SUCH a good idea. we literally crouched down on the top bunk and hid behind some blankets and planned in the dark. The other sisters came home, had a 3 minute conversation about the lesson they just finished, and then prayed.... and then we jumped out at them from on top of the bunk bed and scared the CRAP out of them. SO funny. Sister Tu'avao literally fell over backwards onto a chair and screamed SO loud. and then apparently Sister Escher had a great look on her face, but I missed it. But DANG it was funny. and then we scared Sister Tu'avao again the other day and videoed it. SO funny. When life gets hot, you know what you gotta do? Just keep scaring, just keep scaring... bwuahahaha.

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