1 week with the Elder Freeland and Wimmer Duo. Tuesday….. Hong Kong Elder Comes In!!!
It’s true!! The Hong Kong Elder is coming in strong!! He’ll be coming in tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. Elder Freeland won’t be alone anymore!!
This week was pretty tough. Pretty much all our investigators are out of town/ in China, or we just can’t find them and they are off the map. Then a few of them just dropped us but we have a few that are holding on. They are progressing slowly but surely. It’s kinda strange now not to have Elder Peterson but at the same time it feels the same.
This week Elder Freeland and I went a bunch of parks that normally have a bunch of people at them, hoping to run into Chinese people. We figured out something, Chinese people don’t go to the park!! We met a few but none were interested. Most of them were Vietnamese.
*** told us that he knew where the Chinese people go so we told him to lead the way. We pretty much worked with him everyday this week, gotta work with members! He took us to the “Galleria Park”, not existent. But we did go next to the Galleria and there was this water wall that had a ton of people when we drove by it so we parked and found our way there and… there were no Chinese people there, they’re hiding from us! We also got lost outside the Galleria and we couldn’t find where we parked. Haha
We went contacting in Chinatown and we talked to quite a few people but we just couldn’t run into any interested people. This week we’re going to get out there and find a ton if new investigators. It’s gonna be great!
We got 3 referrals this week which is a crazy amount. We’re going to keep trying to contact them and turn them into investigators.
Miracle of the week!!
So we went to dinner with *** at the Hong Kong market. That was the first time that I’ve been there. There are pretty much only Vietnamese people that go there. Anyways, we were looking for some place to eat and then we ran into Sister ***!! She was baptized before I got here and she hasn’t come to church while I have been here. She also doesn’t open her door. She was super nice and surprised that I was still here. We met her brother and found out that she still has work on Saturday and Sunday so she can’t come to church. The rest of the week she doesn’t work!! It’s so annoying but what can we do?! She told me that she still reads the scriptures sometimes and prays which is actually some progress since the last time I saw her.
We had a great opportunity on Saturday to do some more service for Operation Blessings. We finished this house and completely restored the inside of their house and made the outside look nice. It was pretty cool, the owners have been gone since the flood so it was a nice surprise when they came back home and we revealed the house to them. We had 60 missionaries there to welcome them home, plus some other volunteers. It was pretty cool.
Update on ***. We got him to come to church but just because he promised us he’d come. We need him to promise to the Lord that he’ll come. He is super busy with work and came to church right from work.
We have this new english class student named ***. She and her husband just got here from China and then came to our class. They were coming to our church yesterday but then last minute cancelled on us. We’ll get them this week!
Some things I learned/liked from this week and some things that I heard.
Teaching children is like throwing spaghetti at a wall. If you throw enough, some of it will stick. Most of it will be left on the ground. SO true!
Sacred covenants are not negotiations. They are always bargains weighted in our favor.
I admonish you to plan your life with purpose – Thomas S. Monson
Don’t let the mission be the highlight of your life, want more.
Keep becoming something!
From “Tenacity” By David F. Evans
Here’s his invitation at the end
Make righteous goals. Always pray and seek the Lord’s guidance. Be worthy and avoid those things that will distract or hinder your progress. Have and use your personal temple recommend. Keep your covenants, especially when life is hard. Seek the blessings of eternal marriage and family. Then hold on. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Keep walking and keep trying. There is happiness and help ahead. “Trust God and believe in good things to come.” Be tenacious in every righteous thing. You will see your faith strengthened and you will see your strengths and talents that God has given you deepened and magnified as your faith increases. In all of this, remember, “Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. ” Of this I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I invite everyone out there to read this talk. It’s also in the Ensign for last month I think.
“So much in life depends on our attitude. . . . We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.” – President Thomas S. Monson