Sunday, December 29, 2013

24 years and 2 days until Christmas!!

This is a wee bit late being posted!!! We had a wonderful time talking to Ashley on Christmas!!! She is doing wonderful!!!Only 4 months til she's home!!! I think I just might make it!!
FAMILY!!!!!!!! SINGDAAN FAAILOHK. Merry Christmas to one and all. HOW IS IT CHRISTMAS? It is finally starting to get chilly here, the Celsius took a turn towards zero and the humidity here threatens to give my back bone scholeiosis (sp?) because I shiver BUT IT HAS BEEN A MIRACLE WEEK HERE IN BUTTERFLY. So good! The pictures from this week are with the Elder's that we serve with in our ward outside our church building, (they're too much... honestly) and then with one of my favorite ward member's Himmy. But let me take this time to talk about two of my biggest hero's-- Shelley and Eldon Palmer. Or Sheldon as their celebrity nickname so perfectly dubs them. YOU TWO. I owe you so much. I think it's appropriate to say, my life! Honestly. Thank you for being married for 24 years and here's to eternity. I love you so much. Thank you for loving each other and leading our family in righteousness. I have learned a lot about families since coming on my mission. I have seen what works and what doesn't. But you two get it. You understand that it's about covenants and loving Heavenly Father the most, and you have raised our family after that. I am so grateful. Forever grateful that I was born into your family. Happy 24 years you too!!!! LOVE YOU.

Alright are you ready for me to get selfish and talk about me?
Monday- such a busy pday. We learned how to make Red Bean Soup from a ward member ( a dessert here... it's so good, I will make it for you someday!) we did shopping, I ate a English Muffin for dinner and remembered that I actually love English muffins and am grateful that they sell them here in Hong Kong. We went less active finding because it was so cold and my heart went out to those serving in Russia-- because my fingers are still defrosting.

Tuesday- WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS. It was such a raining day, so cold, I thought about buying rainboots and a slicker jacket to match. I settled for tights instead. We had district meeting, and then taught our investigator and dream of a woman Mandy. She is honestly a walking miracle. May I indulge you all with what she said after our stop at "how to begin teaching" (reference PMG chap 10) she wants to meet with us because she wants to become clean of guilt that she feels and come closer to Christ. Yep I wanted to pass out because I felt like Alma when we talks about being overcome with joy. That was me. That day we also visited Lahm Jimuih to get her cute self to church on Sundays. We had a great lesson about the sacrament, and she committed to coming to church. We made mexican food for dinner, (MOM Don't judge my cooking!!! hahaa) and then sat next to our fireplace, the heater, and defrosted my toes.

Wednesday- We got to see everyone we scheduled. This may be like the 2nd day on my mission this has ever happened. We got stuck in a less-active's house because she wanted to rant about her son's that are in jail. I really do feel bad for her but after 40 minutes of her talking and not being able to get a word in, I prayed for more charity and listened some more. Later we saw an investigator that we had found the week before. Her name is Linda. She's 30, married and no children. The day we found her I saw her on the train platform and she was wearing a bright pink coat. I felt the Spirit step me forward and we talked to her. Before the train ride was over she was giving us her phone number before we even had to ask for it. So on Wednesday We taught her on the water front about the Restoration and she totally gets it and wants to read the Book of Mormon. Then later we taught another new investigator named Lisa who is just the cutest. She has a daughter named Dora who is 5 and they gave us Christmas Cards and Bread and we gave them a little church tour. The next day Lisa called me back and said she had talked to her husband about meeting with us. My heart started to beat so fast.. But! He said "Yeah why are people that go to church happier?" So I mean can't wait to start teaching this whole family! 

Thursday- We finished all of weekly planning in one sitting. Shout out to all missionaries out there and any returned ones who know what a miracle that is. Then we went to this park in our area that we'd never been to. The only people that wanted to talk to us was a girl with a wig, fake eyebrows, and no eyelashes, and another girl who was eating and talking to herself but then started saying her number the second we started saying hello. So I mean it was successful? Then we went to a dinner appointment with some of our members at... wait for it... Outback Steakhouse. They were the funniest family, seriously I was crying in laughter. The food was really good... but as we left the restaurant I had a frightening thought and an even more frightening realization-- i missed rice and I think my taste buds have changed.

Okay so I'm about out of time let me share some highlights
-We taught a not so less active named Jennifer. SHE IS THE BEST. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. And get this- She wants us to teach her husband. Hopefully we will start teaching him this or next week. She said, "yes I think he will accept it and then we can go to the temple to be married." FAMILIES ARE FOREVER. GAH. She's the best. Families are the best.
-Another investigator, Isis. Nothing short of another miracle. She has done some research about our church, which always makes me nervous, but nope she is solid on finding truth and she asked a million RELATED questions as we taught the restoration. She's the greatest.
-Mandy came to church yesterday............ AND SHE WORE A MODEST DRESS. AWWWWW I may or may not have had tears form in my eyes. She's basically a member. Pray for her because she is getting baptized soon.
-Mak-Mak finally got to see that little righteous chinglihn. She still wants to get baptized this Sunday... but her Mom is still ignoring her! If not this Sunday then she will soon. I know it. Christmas miracle anyone? See you there.
-We got a new mission correlator!!!!!! Listen I love our old one but our new one is a fiery ball of direction and miracles are going to keep abounding in Butterfly. Three cheers for Chan Hingdaih! HIp hip hooray x3.

AWWW I have so much more I want to say. I feel like this email just doesn't do what I'm trying to relate. But things are so great. God is too good, and I love talking to these Chinese people about Jesus Christ. As I ponder his life, and try to become more like him, I realize how much God loved us to send his very best. Jesus Christ lives and everyone needs this gospel! It is a message of peace and love and I am so happy to be here in China sharing it.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. TALK TO YOU SO SOON!!!!! How is it already this time? AWWWW LOVE YOU ALL!!!! Thank you for your love, prayers, emails, and pictures.

Love, Paak Jimuih



Monday, December 16, 2013

Changes and Christmas Songs Aplenty

Family!!!!! AWW I'm so excited to be hear (Here.. goodbye English) and emailing you. It has been a great week. Changes have come upon us and I just can't believe how blessed I am as a missionary. Thanks to a simple spot of meditation, I have decided to just give you a daily play by play of what's happening here in Butterfly. We'll see how this set up goes. Feel free to send comments/questions/complaints to my inbox--

Monday- last Pday Sister Tidwell and I went to Kwai Chung (like unto Mong Kok... great shopping!) The missionaries all call it the "Dirty Mall" there is so much stuff there. I went there last January and remember being completely overwhelmed.. good news, I did better this time and spent some of my Christmas money, SO THANK YOU to Mom & Dad, and Grandpa P, and Grandma and Grandpa G. I'm saving the stuff for...you know... later. If April ever comes... you know, it probably won't so I'll never wear the stuff. Anyways, yes Monday was good. We went finding later and then did calls to help set up our week. I talked to one of our investigators, A-Yan (20+ girl)'s Mom on the phone for a good 33-34 minutes. She thought I was her daughter's boyfriend. So.. I'm a little worried that my Chinese voice is too low? I'll share it on Christmas and everyone can take a vote....

Tuesday-- Moves calls. There's nothing like the silent energy of a moves calls district meeting. I really felt/knew I was staying, but it was announced that I would have a new companion. Her name is Sister Aldana. She is so wonderful. She was in Sister Olsen's group so she has been in Hong Kong 8 months. President Hawks had texted me a few weeks ago and told me I would be a Sister Trainer Leader and so Sister Aldana and I have this great little assignment together. The rest of Tuesday Sister Tidwell and I had a language pass off, (they're the best... actually I'm trying to have a good attitude about them.. critiquing of language and teaching skills is a humbling thing---but I have a goal to seek correction and not compliments so the Zone Leaders keep me humble and help me to work on that goal.) We also went finding and saw my favorite returning LA- Lam Jimuih.

Wednesday- Last day for Sister Tidwell in Butterfly. We saw some of our favorite people for lessons and small farewells, and one of our Less-Actives gave us these crazy bags, and said "I found these and thought of you." They were borderline hideous, so I chose to thank her profusely and then re-gift them later. Hopefully she doesn't ask for them back??? Then we had more finding, met a crazy man, and then had caroling that night with investigators and Less-Actives. One of our less-actives Jennifer came, I love her, (we're hopefully teaching her husband this week!!!!!) and then she walked Sister Tidwell and I home. She's the sweetest. Can't wait for you all to meet her someday.

Thursday- Moves Day. Sister Cutler, who I"ve lived with for the past 4 months went home, it was weird and I made a promise to myself that I would stay in HK forever. Thoughts? Also while I was at the mission office I GOT A CHRISTMAS PACKAGE FROM THE WORLD'S MOST THOUGHTFUL FAMILY EVER and the sweetest letter from my main girl-Heather P. Farr! Thank you so much for the package. I definitely already scarffed down (China has taught me many things, one is to eat food fast) one bag of cadbury eggs! I love those things! I forgot. Thank you so much! I want to open my presents and the rest of the package, but don't worry I'm resisting and hating the waiting. I didn't even open the stocking yet. It's hung on the wall and looking very festive. Christmas is coming.. I can't even believe it! So yes back to Thursday Sister Aldana is the best!  Actually, I can't believe it's already December and how fast time is going. It feels like last month I got off the plane and was sent to my first area of Tai Wai. I still have so many things I want to become, and I just want to be the best missionary I can be. I want to be completely obedient. As I take an honest look at myself, I realize that there are so many little things that I can continue to improve on. I'm trying to implement Sister Hawks teaching from a couple Zone Conferences ago, "keeping things clean before they get dirty." To me also meaning, looking out for laziness before it arrives. Sometimes that overwhelms me, but as I make little achievable goals everyday, I see that Heavenly Father is helping shape me into the missionary and person he wants me to be. We found one of our investigators that night and found her member friend there too, and taught them in the park. It was so great. MIRACLE.

Friday- listen i'm getting low on time and I am sorry i am so long winded. Friday was great. We had lots of finding time and we laughed and invited all to come unto Christ. We actually got some great contacts. It was our turn to teach English class. This little boy named Tony came (not our across the street diagonal neighbor Tony) and he kept whispering/shouting Mandarin children's songs in my ear. I was dying! I'm so mad I didn't get a picture with him. He was too precious for words in any language.

Saturday- taught and went finding. One miracle was we were supposed to meet our investigator A-Yan but then she pulled a little thing I like to call "no-show" but really it means SEE YA SOON ha and so we did some finding in the area. Well we go to our next destination-- Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and we are waiting for the train on the thing. (sorry I honestly can't remember what that word is in English) Anyways, we start talking to the lady next to us. Her name is Linda and she was super interested in our message, and she pulls a piece of paper out of her bag and is like "let me give you her phone number! Yes that never happens in China. We're seeing her again this week. Heavenly Father is sooooo good. Always putting people in our path. We ate at a pizza place that night.. the pizza was very Chinese, and then we had been invited to a Stake Priesthood Leadership meeting with our zone leaders and President Hawks. It was a great meeting, and I learned so much. My respect grew even more for the leadership of the church here in Hong Kong. They don't have it easy but their faith is big. I was hit right to the very heart with gratitude as I realized that I had gotten to Hong Kong exactly a year ago this past week, and how much I had grown. Not only could I understand what was going on in that meeting, I could speak and share my insights on what I"ve learned. Missionary work is nothing but miracle work.

Sunday- yikes i'm really long winded and out of time. Sundays are the best but they are physically. mentally, and spiritually draining. Mandy (Sister Olsen's turn over from last week) was smuggled in love by the ward and she loved church!! We taught some lessons, went caroling with the young men and young women for a few minutes and then had a cheng out with the cute Kwong Family... (pictures attached!) I love this cute family! 

Alright listen I"m sorry this is honestly as long as the old testament or at least the war chapters in Alma but I want you to know that this church is true. Heavenly Father loves these children so much. Thank you for your prayers and caring about Mak-Mak, her mom still hasn't given permission, but I know that miracles haven't ceased. I love you all... I know this church is true and Jesus Christ leads it. He is the reason for the season. I love Christmas time. I love you all.

Have a wonderful week, thank you for everything. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU.
Love, Paak Jimuih

Monday, December 9, 2013

Chasing basic strangers, Weirder things have happened



Family!

Greetings from Butterfly. I say it all the time, but the weeks are so short. HOW ARE THEY SO SHORT? I HATE IT. We had a lot of miracles this week! We have had a hard time finding new investigators the whole time we've been here. We avoided discouragement, but sometimes it was hard. But of course, Heavenly Father has blessed us so much this past week and I am so grateful. Heavenly Father truly blesses me more than I deserve!!!!! Thank you for your prayers! They are being heard and answered.

We have been really blessed in Butterfly with a ward that understands the importance of Less Active members and we are trying to work together to bring them back. We spent a lot of time with some members in the ward trying to go and visit some of these members. The lessons were powerful and strengthened my testimony so much of how the members really don't know how powerful they are! They can get into the places we can't and they know who these people are way better than we do. 

We even had some great finding this past week and met some great potentials. I can testify that some of the greatest miracles of my mission are during finding. One day we're out finding because our investigator was busy that we scheduled, and we see this LA member named Mathias or Rufious or something like that (I can never remember his name! ha) and we have been trying to visit his Mom (also LA) but by the time we saw him he was jay-walking in the street and so we did the only thing a sane missionary does, we started chasing him. (Yes, I chase men on my mission.. it's fine.) Well we would only run when we couldn't see him and then walk when there was the chance that he would turn around and see us. As we're getting up close to him there's a man that stops us and says, "Hey aren't you missionaries? Why aren't you talking to me? Well my feet became immediately planted and taught this already  60+ man that was too cute for words! Hopefully we will get to see him again this week. Heavenly Father truly does lead us in mysterious ways.

On Saturday we're just out and about as we we're out finding and we tried to call some people who lived in the area and we wanted to try and visit. Well no luck but as we were sitting there I saw this girl that reminded me of my first ever investigator, Lulu back in Tai Wai. So naturally I just HAD TO talk to her. As we are walking over we run into another LA member that we saw weeks ago but have had a hard time scheduling. There are no coincidences. After we talked to her I still felt impressed that we should sit next to this girl and talk to her. As we sat there and talked she was painfully, and I mean painfully, shy. But as we talked about the gospel I saw light appear there and her eyes soften. We are going to see her again this week and I am so excited! A-Yan is her name. I feel like she has  a hard family situation, but we'll find out more about it when we see her again. 

Yesterday we also met two other new investigators. One was a turn over from the West Point sisters. My best companion ever, Sister Olsen came out with her trainee, Sister Lam who is actually from Butterfly ward. Crazy right? I can't even imagine going to our home chapel. She made me promise not to tell anyone she was coming... especially her parents. It was such a special lesson because it was Sister Lam that found her over in West Point area but then she found out she lives in her ward boundaries. We had a simple but very spiritual lesson with the investigator, Mandy. She's really excited to introduce the gospel to her 14 year old daughter. She is so prepared. Pray for cute Mandy! 

Then later we met and taught one of our street contacts named Fei Fei.  She is so prepared and excited about the Book of Mormon! Which is really just the happiest news. We will be seeing them both (Mandy and Fei Fei) again this week. I LOVE THEM ALREADY. 

Mak-Mak is getting all geared up for her baptism and we are still working with the families in the area... well trying to schedule them. Hong Kong People! Too busy. Oh I almost forgot to mention, we taught another family this week. The Leung family. The Mom is a long time member, and we visited and I invited her husband to hear the message and he said yes! AWWW such big miracles here.

It really is such an exciting time to be a missionary here in Hong Kong. I am so happy! I love it all. The ups and downs the finding hours and bearing my testimony during lessons. I am blessed far more than I deserve, and I am so grateful for  this Christmas season. There were missionaries in Sha Tin last week that got 64 referrals!!!! The people of Hong Kong are truly starting to get missionary work here and we're learning how we can help them help their friends and family. This church is so true!!! I know it. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I'm so happy Heather got to visit. I thought about you all. Praying for McKay and his investigators. I hope Spencer had fun on his trip! Mom, thank you so much for the BEST PACKAGE EVER. YOU'RE PERFECT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I think it took a while to get here because it had a stamp on it that said, "missent to taipei" ...........umm how does that even happen? But everything was perfect. I love the countdown and the Conference journal. You're the best. I loved everyone's notes too.

LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR THE EMAILS. 
YOU'RE THE BEST FAMILY EVER!!!!!!
Love, Paak Jimuih


Monday, December 2, 2013

Belated Thanksgiving Tidings and Early Christmas Writings



Family!!!!!

Your thanksgiving pictures are so cute! I thought about you all this week and while you were sleeping and I was eating turkey, I thought about how very grateful I am for each and every one of you. I'm so grateful that McKay and I are serving missions here at this time! We are the most blessed family ever. I love reading McKay's emails-He is such a good missionary! I am proud (but not the prideful type.. or maybe I am?) to be his sister! Thanksgiving really was an unforgettable one here in the China Hong Kong. 

On Thursday we had our zone feast. Sister Tidwell and I were on self appointed brownie duty. I love brownies. I'm a sicko. But I don't know if they have this brand in America. I mean yes they do. That's a dumb thing to say because it's imported from America. It's called Ginger Evans. Anyways, it's a straight up dream and they were a wild hit. Just like Mom was saying, yes President and Sister Hawks came and visited all the zones, how cute and all-around too kind are they? President was just being the funniest and sneaking more and more brownies and giving us all sorts of thumbs up. I should have gotten a picture. The credit has to go to my good pal Ginger. Look her up. It's the Chocolate chunk ones! President and Sister Hawks brought the mail, and I got a letter from Fritz so it really felt like having a piece of home with me on Thanksgiving. I am one blessed missionary! Also, we got to play minute to win it games. Then on Friday our ward had their little thanksgiving feast. A catered Duck instead of Turkey was served and then they passed around bowls and all Chinese dishes were on that potluck table. I felt pretty sick after... So typical Thanksgiving. 

So this week! One day I woke up and had an impression. I felt strongly that we needed to go and visit a woman named Sister Lam, William's Mom. Well I told Sister Tidwell and she was all for it. I had spent the past week and then some trying to call them but there was never an answer. So, we went to her house. After a slight debacle with the guards, (love them regardless) they had someone escort us up to her house. I was nervously and anxiously excited. She opened the door and was nothing but kind. She was making dinner but still invited us in. After a silent prayer and a million instantaneous thoughts in my head I asked if we could come back on Friday.. I didn't want to inconvenience her and sitting on her couch while trying to get to know her is not the ideal situation. She said that we could!!! We came back at the appointed time and we had such a wonderful lesson with her! We taught her about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. Previously, she had read up to 3rd Nephi all by herself! The Spirit filled the room. I asked her if we could come back and also teach her younger son with her, and she indicated that we could. It was such a miracle. Unfortunately we found out yesterday from our leaders that she most likely lives in Tuen Mun ward (it's right on the boundaries and no members live there so they have to make some calls to confirm it) so we may need to turn her over to the Tuen Mun sisters, but I am so happy to have been able to find her and remind her of the happy message of the gospel. 

Another miracle was a Less-active lesson that we had. We were finally able to visit Tang Jimuih, this sister in the ward who we had scheduled a couple of times but kept cancelling. We shared about the Restoration with her as well. We sang "I am a Child of God" with her and she had tears in her eyes. After we discussed the restoration and an excerpt from Conference was shared, she told us that she had been wanting to come back to church, but didn't know how. She hasn't come for many years, but the Spirit spoke to her in the lesson about new starts. We invited her to start that night to pray daily and read the Book of Mormon and she committed to do so. She became less active because of work but she said she would be move her schedule around and be able to make it to church twice during December. I wish I could have bottled the Spirit that was so strong in that room! We are going to see her again tomorrow with a member that she requested we bring! That lesson was such a testimony to me that there are those who are ready and just waiting to rekindle their testimonies. Also, her less-active son also came to church yesterday! Miracles I tell you. Sometimes, they just need someone to reach out and tell them that they're loved and missed. I am so blessed to be able to be the one that the Lord trusts to do that in Butterfly.

Mak-Mak continues to be doing well. She has such faith and is committed to being baptized on December 29th. Keep praying for her! Her mom has yet to give her Chinese character John Hancock to the baptismal form, but I have faith that it is going to happen! Christmas baptism? I think yes! I still am unsure who the other baptism will be in Butterfly this year, and I've done a lot of praying about it. The Lord has told me to keep working and he's got it all under control. I also felt impressed to remember all the less-actives who have come back to church consistently this year, even just since we got here. But I keep my eye forward with faith and know that there are prepared people in Butterfly!

One of those prepared people is Amy. She was crying when we met her, (yes I seem to be a magnet for those kinds of people) and we were able to teach her right then and there on the street. It was such a spiritual lesson! After when we asked if we could see her again, what was her response? Yat dihng!.... meaning... DEFINITELY. She's great. I love her already.

 After that lesson we're walking around on Spiritual cloud 9 and a series of unfortunate events happened. We continued to find, and one of my prized jelly/water sparkly shoes broke and so I'm hobbling around looking like a homeless wreck..with an hour of finding time left.  Then this middle-eastern man wearing a turban comes up to us and says in broken English, "I believe in Jesus, I need you to come teach my wife." Now we are not allowed to teach wuihgaau.. Muslim people but he's telling us to come with him in broken English. We can't teach Muslims because they could be killed so we're thinking, maybe he's Hindu? He takes us to his house just steps away and who is inside? A good ten Muslim children! Turns out his wife is an Islamic teacher. He has us sit down on the couch and then just leaves. We're looking at each other with wide eyes, and panicking on the inside hearts. Long story short, no we didn't teach them but they did try to give us a copy of the Koran in Chinese characters. We talked to the children for about 10 minutes and then said we needed to go. The man that originally found us came back out and said that he believes that Jesus was a prophet and about Mohammed as we are trying to kindly get out. He really was so nice and told us to come back anytime for food! I HONESTLY am still bewildered by the whole thing but I mean Hey! I'm looking for those cute kids in the Spirit world. 

Family! I love you all so much. Can you believe it's December? I honestly can't. It's getting relatively colder here... and I'm already bundling up and using the heater. Sister Tidwell is always making fun of me but I'm seriously so cold! But I'm happy and warm on the inside. I know that Jesus Christ lives! I love him and all that he has done for me. I love telling the Chinese people about him.I really wish I had forever to do this. I have been having a mental break down this week worrying about things like "time". There's just so much I want to become and I feel like my time is running so short! But President Hawks wrote me and told me to remember that we aren't enough on our own, but that the Lord magnifies our contribution! So true. I love you all so much. Give Heather 10000 hugs and kisses for me! I'm so jealous you all are being reunited. Keep praying for the people here in Butterfly. We had dinner with the family I told you about last week last night. Hopefully we will start meeting with Ally this week. Thank you for your love, prayers and support. Love you forever!!!!

Love, Paak Jimuih

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Ashley hasn't had any luck yet contacting William's family that she wrote about last week. I hope she is able to contact them soon!!!!

Family!!!!! Oh my goodness. Favorite part of my preparation day is emailing all you cuties. I wish I had longer than an hour so I could give you more of the 411 from China Hong Kong, but I loved all your emails, everyone looks so good and so happy! Wade's Eagle Project is looking very professional.. and I like a week of fun. I'm not surprised that McKay got a 5, but I don't think anyone told me that minor (HUGE) detail. Good job McKay, no wonder your the District Leader.. you're too good to be true. Also Heather is home and looking as fly and pretty as ever! I thought about her before my head hit the pillow last night and realized she was giving her homecoming address. I said a little extra prayer from my apartment on the top bunk on the 34th floor. I bet it was so good! Love her and I love that you've all been communicating. It does my heart good. 

It's been another great week in Butterfly. We've spent lots of time finding, but have had most of our success come from the LA finding. We had two sisters that less us in without question, (this is not normal!!!! Normal consists of lying to us, door slammings, opening the door and then walking away while we just testify to all we can see are their Buddhist shrines, or telling us to come back...never!) and we were able to teach them both! One even had her daughter-in-law there that we were able to teach, she might not be ready yet but we are hoping to get some member involvement to speed things along. Their last name is Choi and the daughter in law had the most cute little daughter that was too precious for words. My dream is now to hold a Chinese baby one day. I'm obsessed! 

Anyways-- Rescues are just as important as baptisms, and it was such a miracle to be let in to teach them. Another LA sister that let us in, also with the last name of Choi, (it was the name of the week apparently ) just quit her job a couple of weeks before that. She hasn't been to church in over 20 years because she had to work on Sundaybut we taught her and after one of her biggest concerns is that she won't have friends. So, we're hoping to revisit this week with some Relief Society fellowshippers! Both were such great lessons and definite tender mercies of the Lord. 

Mak-Mak is still doing well. She told us that this week she tried talking to her mom again, but once again she was ignored. We told her to keep praying and promised her blessings of healing in her family relationships as she follows God's commandments.  She is going to be baptized in December. I know it. I have faith it can happen! Faith brings miracles and obedience to God's commandments brings those promised blessings and miracles. We aren't sure who the other baptism this month will be in Butterfly, but we are working hard and I know that while we don't know who it is, God does! I'm excited to meet them. 

We spent a lot of finding this week, but again with little immediate success. We have been trying to schedule part member families and we got to visit a great one this past week. The husband is a member, the wife isn't. His name is Brother Lau. His English name is Jack Smiley which might be the greatest thing I've ever heard. (I always love praying for him saying "please bless" in Chinese and then inserting "Jack Smiley" just makes me almost bubble over with laughter, but I don't because I love him and his wife needs to be baptized!) You'd all love him. I'm so mad I didn't get a picture but He looks like he could own a car dealership... so let your imagination go wherever it takes you. He is probably the sweetest man with the best conversion story. He is probably 60+ and just got baptized 4-5 years ago.

 We had a family home evening with them. As we got to know them we realized that the wife's native language is Mandarin, so after we left we were a little bit selfishly sad for ourselves, (Mandarin people are so prepared!!!!) but we talked about next week when we saw them to make sure to call the Mandarin Sisters. Then yesterday, a miracle happened. One of our members brought a family to church. The husband is a member, but the wife isn't. The husband hasn't been to church for years! They seemed to have a great experience at church (they have two families in the ward that they are friends with!) and when we asked for the wife's phone number to explain more she said "of course!" We are so very blessed in Butterfly! Just another example of exact obedience bringing miracles. Before we even turn over one family, God gave us another opportunity to teach another. Are you still all breathing? Yeah me neither. I'll get a picture of them this next week. Pray so hard for Royce (the Dad) and Ally (the Mom). They are seriously the most precious people alive! Their little boys I was just drooling (carefully) over them! 

Good news, I've rounded up my Cornicopia because there is so much to be grateful for! Not the least of which is the fact that Thanksgiving is this week. Us missionaries have permission to make ourselves dinner on Thursday, and I'm in charge of brownies, naturally! Best day ever. Then our ward is having a "Potluck" Thanksgiving dinner. If that makes you nervous, it has good reason to... Chinese people and potlucks-- recipe for chaos and disaster. Attached are pictures of some nice Christmas decorations, Chinese style! (they are confused here. They think Christmas colors are pink, purple, and blue) hahaha. I love these people too much.

Family- I know the church is true. I love this gospel and Jesus Christ. I'm thankful for the happy times and the sad times because through all these experiences I come closer to Jesus Christ. He lives, and He Loves us. I pray for you all every day. I hope you can feel how much I love you and how much Heavenly Father loves you. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Thank you for your prayers and all you do for me. 

Love you for forever!
Love, Paak Jimuih


Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Lord helped me find him!!

Family!
Happy Monday to you! You are all sounding so great! Thank you for all your prayers, kind thoughts and delicious emails. I can't believe my AZ Spanish tongue twin gets home THIS WEEK from Argentina!!!! Give Heather all my love that little cutie! I hope you are all doing well. I love reading Mckay's emails and seeing what he is about. His faith and growth inspires me!

Here's a story that I just can't wait to share with you! (I added a little background that I'm sure Mom and Dad will remember but I put in some extra so the story will make sense!) 
We had a really interesting week. Since last week, I kept having the thought of "former investigators" come to my mind. With starting an area here, we didn't have any. I kept having the thought (which now I can look back and realize that it was a prompting) that we needed to ask the Elders if there were any former's who were women that we could try and intact. I finally called them and they brought some records to us. As I was looking at the records, I stumbled across someone and I almost went into cardiac arrest. Last year when I spoke in church before leaving on my mission, one of my friends from High School brought his roommate from Hong Kong named William who is also a member. I talked with him after and he gave me great advice-- one thing he said to me before I left, I've never quite forgotten. He said, "find my brother. You're the kind of person my brother needs to hear the gospel from. He's 11. When you get to Hong Kong, find him and teach him." Well I never got the name or phone number of his brother and then only when I got to Hong Kong did I realize how valuable referrals were and I have been kicking myself ever since. However, in the pile of former's that the elder's gave us was William's brother and mom! I recognized the pictures and descriptions of this boy and his family that I had met over a year ago in Utah!!! I almost passed out. I have been calling them daily, and haven't been able to get a hold of them yet, but I know I will! It is such a tender mercy of the Lord that I was sent here to Butterfly. I can't wait to meet and teach William's family! I'm praying really hard for it. I'm also going to email William today and ask him more about it, so send prayers their way. I just can't believe it. I mean yes I can, I'm on the Lord's errand but I've been sent to their ward!!!!! pinch me thrice.

While we're on the subject of former's: This past week we have also ran across two former investigators in finding who have interest to come back! The Lord really is blessing Sister Tidwell and I. One of the former's named Yip Jimuih, we were certain was "golden" and we taught her twice, she introduced a friend for us and said she wanted to read the Book of Mormon. But she came back on Saturday and demanded that we take the Book of Mormon back that we had given her and had a long list of excuses why she refused to take it. We took the "5 why's" approach (meaning not taking no for an answer and trying to figure out what her real concern is) and promising her blessings but it just came down to she doesn't want to change or believe in God. My heart broke for her. I was so happy to have found her again and then to have her reject everything about our message and all the blessings just left me feeling like I had been punched. But I am trying to not get down about that and move forward. She will get it one day. We're praying for her.

Mak-Mak is doing really well. Sister Tidwell taught her with a member yesterday after church (while I taught another investigators with another member) and Sister Tidwell had nothing but great things to report! Mak-Mak had already tried talking to her mom about baptism but apparently her mom pretended she couldn't hear her. It sounded like she really opened up though and really bore a great testimony. Mak-Mak is so wonderful. I really have faith that she will be baptized in December. The Lord will, just like President Hawks promised, soften her mother's heart.

We had multi-zone conference this past week. It was wonderful. Sister Hawks talked about being more grateful (which is something I really need to work on!) and President Hawks shared about how we as missionaries are on the Lord's errand so we can promise them specific blessings! Which was perfect because that was something I had been focusing on the week prior. With our call as missionaries we can promise people specific things that they will receive as they exercise faith. What an honor. Sometimes in the crazy world of rejection I'm selfish and lose focus of what I'm doing here. But as I just love these people and love them regardless of my fears, the Lord will bring about miracles. I've seen that time after time here and it's humbling how the Lord will keep teaching us the same lessons over and over and not lose patience with us. I love the Lord and am so grateful for the love he freely gives me.

Among other highlights of the week:
-I ate real pizza! not the kind with seafood of thousand island dressing on it. Real hawaiian (mahalo McKay) delicious pizza!!!! It was soooo good. 
-Lam Jimuih made us (among other things) pig ears last night. I might still be picking the hairs out of my teeth............. yummy yumster.
-We had a missionary talent show. We with the other sister's in our apartment did this cup song (hitting a cup together to a beat) while singing "called to serve." Our district also did a book of mormon skit. Like most talent shows i've been to in HK (they love a good talent show here!) it went waaaay too long but I China's got talent! 
-We got to teach half-pakistan Ann-Ann and her mom again this week. She participated the whole time and is just the cutest thing ever. I wish you all could come here and give them both a hug. They need the gospel so much! 
-Some members invited us to play ping ping (called bing bong in Cantonese) with them and a less active member. Sister Tidwell and I kept trying to get out and let them play but instead they made us play the whole time and would pick up the balls for us. They kept asking us if we were "having fun". Hahahaha. I wish Dad or Spencer could have been there. They kept telling me how good I was and I just kept thinking "you have got to be kidding!" seriously.. among my many not-talents ping-pong bing-bong is right up there.
-The chinese primary program was yesterday. BEST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. Am I right? so good.

Alright family! I love you all so much. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know God lives and loves each of us individually and perfectly. I love you all so much!!!!! Thank you for your love and emails. miss you everyday. I know that Jesus is the Christ, and that through his Atonement we are never alone.

Have a wonderful week. Love you!!!!
Love, Paak Jimuih

Monday, November 11, 2013

From Cocoon to Butterfly





Family!!!!! Things are looking like the cocoon (is that how you spell it?) is about  to spring forth into a beautiful butterfly! I mean it already is a very lovely cocoon but these past few days have just been too good!

Let me comment first: Temple walk. So amazing! Mom you little athlete! You never cease to amaze. That is too good. And Dad finding a parking spot so close... clearly a blessing. Rachel- so glad you are enjoying your late nights and being a party animal. And a new friend across the street. Some things really are just meant to be. Can't wait to meet your new friend. Spencer- 17:34. You are a straight up beast. I mean that in the most admirable way! Wade I hope John the Peacock answers.. can't wait to see pictures of those Calculus posters! Dad- all those pictures you sent-- your captions were too priceless to be real. I'm still laughing. Mckay- can't wait to hear your update next week! miss you!

Okay so this week- we've seen some great little tender mercies and miracles these past few days that I just need to share.
-Friday I was on exchanges with one of the other sisters. It was a busy day, we had studies, zone conference and then barely had time to finish studies and then do a little finding before English class and then we had to run to the Light rail station to make it for a less active lesson that we had scheduled at 8:30

We got there and the LA Chan Jimuih let us in. (which is a miracle in and of itself...sometimes/frequently people change their minds here) Anyways, her daughter Ann-Ann (she is half Pakistan) was there (which is what I had prayed for) and we had plan to teach the Plan of Salvation. We get there and we invited her daughter (10 years old) to join in the lesson and she said no, insisting she wanted to watch her Chinese soap opera. All we can do is invite, it's the Spirit's job to convince. Well we start teaching Chan Jimuih and sometimes the records we have are incorrect, but for once the records we had about her were correct. She is really sick. She has some handicaps, (for example she couldn't stop moving during the lesson) but she asked lots of questions and you can tell she's frustrated that her body is that way. We talked about forever families and I talked about Rachel because she is 10 and so is her daughter. Ann-Ann came over to look at my family picture and she stayed as we testified about the Plan of Happiness and it was just the cutest thing. The spirit is way more powerful than all worldly entertainment... you know what I'm saying? She prayed and we scheduled a time to come back this week. The lesson was so powerful. I think Ann-Ann is really scared and probably feels alone. They both need the gospel so much, pray for them!

We went on splits yesterday and I taught one of our new investigators also named Chan Jimuih. It was her second time at church yesterday and she hasn't ever been to church before but she loves it and she even prayed for the first time yesterday! She is too cute. Her husband died 5+ years ago so you better believe I'm excited beyond all reason to teach her the Plan of Salvation. I gave her the pamphlet yesterday and told her to read it.. .Send a little prayer her way. She is super busy, shy, but makes time for church and I love her a lot.

Yesterday the most unexpected miracle happened. We scheduled one of our investigators, A-Gyun for last night. Well we got to the park and realized we didn't have our planner with her phone number in it. Well we said a little prayer in our hearts and decided to do a little finding and have faith that she would come. Well we see one of our members who we had talked to at church named Mak Jimuih. We told her we were finding while waiting for one of our investigators. She said, "what's her name?" and turns out she has been friends with our investigator for years!!!! Mak Jimuih gives her a little call and then we were able to teach A-Gyun with our member right then and there! The lesson was perfect and Mak Jimuih shared a beautiful testimony of her path to know the Book of Mormon is true. A-Gyun has heard some serious anti but Heavenly Father wants her to have this gospel and so this little miracle in the park means that we are teaching the both of them on Tuesday. AWWW My mouth was just wide open in wonderful shock the whole time.

OKay loads more to share but not enough time. I hope you all know how much I love you! This move has been a hard one. I"m looking for the prepared people in Butterfly. We haven't had a ton of new investigators but God is blessing us in many other wonderful ways. I'm humbling myself and doing my best. The area is tiny but it's crawling with families and I try to contact as many of them as I can see! I love our cute little ward, they are great fellowshippers and teach me so much. The picture is with Shek Jimuih one of our less-actives that made us these delicious Kneader-like cupcakes on her day off! How sweet is she? I know this church is true. I know God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I love reading it. 

Love you all so much! Remember that. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, notes, and all the other sacrifices you make for me.
Love,
Paak Jimuih

Friday, November 8, 2013

TempleTime

Family!!!!! GREETINGS IT'S ME. We have temple P-day this week so that's why I didn't email until today. It feels like forever since I've been able to go to the temple (people in Macau don't get to go) so my time is here and I'm been righteously giddy about it all week. How was Halloween? I loved all your updates and emails. Spencer I love your baking pictures and Wade reading you Harry Potter. Too good! Halloween Pizza... so jealous! Pizza in Hong Kong is really expensive.. I think I've only bought it once and then I've had it at a few dinner appointments here in Hong Kong... but it's been so long. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGE. I LOVED IT ALL. YOU'RE ALL TOO SWEET. MOM, YOU OUT-DO YOURSELF EVERY TIME. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

It has been another great few days in Butterfly. We have spent a lot of time out on the streets finding and then trying to get into chuyns and find those less active members!

One of our less active members that we found a couple of weeks ago, and brought her daughter in law and grandson is still doing great! We got to teach her daughter in law Ma Jimuih about a week ago. The lesson was great and spiritual and as we are trying to reschedule her she shares the dreaded sentence-- "I'm going to mainland for the next month and a half." I hate that. I'm sure my face fell at least 15 stories. So, we're going to exercise some patience, but the ward is really excited about her, she is so prepared. The Elders should be teaching her son (the less active's grandson) he is also very prepared to hear more about the gospel. Miracles of less active work is real!

Our investigators are still doing pretty good. We are a little concerned about our investigator Erica. She is almost refusing to keep the Sabbath Day Holy and so we are really trying to pray hard how to help her see that it's a blessing from our loving Heavenly Father, not a curse or something random...which is basically what she thinks. We read with her 1 Nephi 8 and we are really trying to emphasize the blessings and power of the Book of Mormon. CAN YOU SAY HOLD TO THE ROD?!?!? YEAH.. that's what i'm telling her too. She will know that it is a commandment from God when she knows the Book of Mormon is true. She's 20 and just as sweet as can be. After leaving her house we got on the Hing Tit (light rail) with her and she asks me, "So is being a missionary like going on a vacation?" HA. I just wanted to laugh but I told her and testified that it is the most important thing I can do with my life BECAUSE THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE. (shout out to the quote from Jeffrey R. Holland in PMG) I think she thinks I'm slightly eccentric. So send a happy thought and prayer Erica's way.... she's going to get it.

Mak-Mak is also preparing to talk to her Mom (they do NOT have a good relationship) about getting permission to be baptized. The ward is really excited about her. She has been investigating the church for over 6 months, one of her friends in the ward referred her. We had a cheng out with our Bishop this past week and he told us that he interviews Mak-Mak on a regular basis, which is great-I didn't know he was doing that. We had a lesson this past week with her and the young women's president in the ward and she says she wants to be baptized and she is excited to have the Holy Ghost. She is so sweet and her testimony is so refreshing. I just want to hug her tight and tell her everything is going to be alight. You know what I'm saying? President Hawks and the New Territories Stake President have made a goal this past week or so ago to have 2 baptisms before the end of the year... and I don't know how, but it's going to happen. The future is as bright as our faith!

Our last investigator that I'd like to shout out about  is Wan Jimuih. She is divorced and has 2 children. Her son lives with her and her daughter lives with her dad. We've also had the opportunity to meet both of her children and have a lesson with her daughter this past week. She is really sweet and has a great desire to learn, but is having a little bit of a hard time retaining the things we teach her. 

Let me share something that I'm not really sure how to explain... but I think you will enjoy. We teach her outside her chuyn on this random bench... slightly ghetto but we're working on teaching her at the church.. anyways I think one of the first times we taught her, one of her creepy neighbor's walks past. Surprisingly he was really excited that she was learning about Jesus and as he is walking away his shoes catch my eyes. HE IS STRAIGHT UP WEARING BEJEWELED WOMAN'S clunky clunky sandals. Now keep in mind the jewels have probably 40 years of Hong Kong dust on them but as he clomps away my open mouth and wide eyes must have given me away because Wan Jimuih is like "that's my neighbor. I'm not friends with him but I"m nice to him. He likes to wear and do woman things." hahahahaha I had to pray so hard to not burst out laughing.

Well the story doesn't end there. We have seen him several times since then. I really could write an email dedicated to our encounters with him but let me just share my favorite time. So we're sitting outside of Wan Jimuih's building waiting for her and who comes out? Mr. jeweled sandals and he has two woman with him. He's wearing a too short for anyone black dress complete with a fuzzy christmas green blazer and pushing what seems to be an elderly woman in a wheel chair and  a woman walking next to her in an equally scary black dress. They tell us they're going to Mong Kok to go karaoking and that we're invited. After no thank-yous and lot's of "we're not allowed's" he/she and his brigade all clomp away. Wan Jimuih comes (she had been buying groceries so was a little late) but she tells us that the woman in the wheelchair was that man's wife and the other woman was his girlfriend from Mainland. Seriously so funny/sad and disturbing for words in any language. I mean everyone needs the gospel.... but some maybe now is just not their time!

We've spent a lot of time finding and Sister Tidwell and I are trying to be faithful, obedient and unified teachers. Finding has been hard this past month and I'm not sure why. I know those people that are prepared are out there, we just haven't found them yet. I'm doing my best to not get discouraged and remain faithful for several consecutive weeks. I was praying really hard the other night. I was selfishly sad because I couldn't really feel anything and I wasn't really receiving any direction. But as I thought over my past month in Butterfly (how has it already been a month?!?!?!?!) I realized that I've learned a lot of things this past month. The biggest being patience and charity. Sometimes I just want to cry because no one wants to listen.. and their eyes are full of darkness and I know that they could be full of light with the gospel but they still say no. Which is so hard. But I've really tried to spend the past week involving God more in my finding. When someone rejects us or is outright rude instead of getting frustrated or mad I think of something I'm grateful for or ask Heavenly Father to change their heart. That simple thing has really made a difference. I know God has a plan for the people of Butterfly, bigger than I understand or could imagine, I'm just not sure what it is yet. We're going to keep praying and working hard! 


Thanks so much for all you do! I LOVE ALL YOUR EMAILS AND ALL YOUR NOTES... AND LOVE. I don't deserve such a family as you... and we have eternity. Thank you for your prayers. I can feel them and sometimes when I get down they keep me going. Never forget how much I love you!!!!! Talk to you again soon! I WISH I HAD MORE TIME. Email time is so short. Shout out to McKay aka Paak Jeunglouh. Best missionary ever.. so proud of you. 

xoxo LOVE YOU.

Love, Paak Sihn Yih Jimuih

Monday, October 28, 2013

Falling For Fall and Butterfly

FAMILY!!!!!!!

THANK YOU so much for all your emails. I love, love reading them. Wade's 10 commandments collage... priceless. Sister Tidwell and I will be using that pronto. Could you print that out and send it to me? You're the best. Your week looks like so much fun! I can't believe it's Monday again and then Halloween is this week. Are you all doing anything fun for it? What is Rachel dressing up as? I recently related the story of the year where Wade was Vector and Rachel was the little girl (can't remember her name.. Hello memory loss) from Despicable Me and no one knew who or what they were. 

Well the weather has taken a dip for the cooler here and we couldn't be happier. We were finding a few night's ago in Tuen Mun Park and I thought to myself, "I wish I had a cardigan... "words I never thought I would ever utter to myself or to others ever again.. but it's happening and it is just too weird. Sometimes in my scripture journal I write down July and then want to throw up when I realize it's not! So what's everyone being for halloween this year?

So let me tell you a few of the happenings of my week. Yesterday, Sunday, was by far my favorite part, so I will touch on that first. This past week we tried to visit several less actives with little success in being let in to the different chuyns. (sometimes the guards are just as crazy as all get out and won't let us in and act like we are jail breaking criminals... it's fine) The reason we try and visit them rather than just call them is because President Hawks says too and the success rate is higher of actually getting to talk to and then teach them :) 

Anyways, later that night during calling time I felt impressed to call one of the less actives that was in the sector that we didn't have a chance to get to. My MTC teacher had taught her when she was in this area, and so she was in a picture with her. Well I called her and to my surprise, she actually answered and then to my utter shock she actually wanted to talk to me! She said that yes, she would love to come to church on Sunday and that I could meet her then. 

So yesterday rolls around and she came, and she wasn't alone! She brought her daughter and grandson! She walks in and I hear her yell my name and she straight up spanks me on the bottom (first time a Chinese person has done that... YOLO) and says so loudly, "Paak Jimuih you called me and I"m here." The daughter and grandson were just like members, and Butterfly ward just welcomed them in and were so excited that Sister Lam (the less active) had come back! We talked to some members that are friends with the family to learn more about them and hopefully will begin teaching her daughter and grandson soon, such a miracle! I got her phone number and so pray that we can teach cute Ma Jimuih and her 11 year old son, Harry. I love them already. She also has a one month old baby that is just too precious for words. Heavenly Father really does answer and hear our prayers, and gives us miracles after all we can do.

We were also able to meet with two of our other investigators, Erica and Mak-Mak. Erica is now learning the commandments and we thought she was going to have the hardest time keeping the Sabbath Day so we taught that first. She didn't really want to commit to keep it.... yet, so we have been praying really hard for her and talked to her fellowshipper yesterday as to how we can help her. We are going to help her to build testimony. Our other investigator Mak-Mak that is progressing is doing well. She's not reading the Book of Mormon everyday so we talked about the importance of doing that. She's not very close with her mom and her mom doesn't want her to be baptized. But we are praying for her and God can change hearts and work miracles. The ward really loves her a lot and is super supportive so we will continue to work with her and help her prepare for baptism-- hopefully we will be able to meet her family soon!

Sister Tidwell and I spent a lot of time finding this past week. We found a lot of people that didn't want to listen and found a few that did, and a few that might be a few good potentials. There is just a lot of anti material here and it just makes me so sad, because it's so true! I just love these people too much. They need the gospel to light up their lives and take away the darkness and sadness from their eyes. We are working hard to be more bold testifying missionaries so that Heavenly Father's children here in Butterfly can recognize us as servants of the Lord. We are striving to be exactly obedient and enjoying our time together. Sister Tidwell is great.

Family, I love you all so much! We are the luckiest people alive to have the complete gospel and know what our life's purpose is! I know that this church is true. I know the Book of Mormon changes lives. It helps me so much when I feel sad or even just a tad lonely. As we do the little things, read, pray and go to church, they make a huge difference and will give us real peace. I know that God lives. I know that the Holy Ghost guides us. I know that there are prepared people here in Hong Kong. I'm looking for them and striving to be worthy to teach them everyday. They're here. I think I'm just experiencing a little faith test... so I'm grateful.

I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Halloween!!!!! xoxo times infinity.. and back.
Love, Paak Jimuih

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Butterflies and Rejections and Miracles

Family!!!! HELLO. May I take this moment to share that my favorite part of P-day is having the opportunity and blessing to communicate with you all. I'm serious. Best part. I love you all so much. I love reading your emails and hearing what you're up to in the 84062 and what Elder Palmer (Paak Jeunglouh) is up to in the Hawaii. (I still can't believe he is there!) I don't know if you read each other's emails but literal tears were falling out of my left eye as I read his email. Wade please share with the fam what you wrote me. I honestly don't know how you got to be so funny. See you on your own talk show. Also speaking of Wade, can you please send me an email and/or pictures of how to do the 10 commandments with your hands. I can't remember what you do for commandment 7 & 9 and I need your creativity. Also to all you read this--please send me your object lesson ideas. I need to spice up my teaching and I lack enough brain cells to think past the ones I usually use. Thank you in advance. :)

Well, it's so weird that it is mid-October. I mean what? I still sweat all the time here... so I think my sweat glands are sending messages to my brain that it's still mid-July here, and so naturally I am confused.... but I love being here in the HK. 

I don't know why my area is so small. I don't really understand the ward boundaries, but I mean it's small but I think I made it sound like it's the size of a pin head or the block on which we live... Neither of which are true but it's still pretty small. Sister Tidwell and I walk most everywhere to a- save money, and b-to get to know our area better and c- to stay healthy and d-to talk to all the people and make sure that no one is perishing on either side of us in unbelief. Everyone here basically lives in the chuyns here still... the picture attached is from our apartment window but lots/most of the buildings you can see are in our area. The transportation... haahahaha it is something else here in the New Territories. It's called the Hing Tit (light rail) and it is just quite the bone rattling experience. I almost always almost (does that make sense) fall on someone everytime we get on it. But it's a good conversation starter....

 Erica is still doing wonderful. Her testimony and receptiveness inspires me. I've thought about and pondered the council we received at the mission tour and how getting investigators in the Book of Mormon is the key to conversion. We have a member of the ward that is preparing her papers to serve (she's the family that we ate dinner with last week, her name is Himmy) and as I was walking yesterday I think I received a little inspiration that this member needs to be Erica's Book of Mormon reading buddy. We're going to set up a little book club for the two of them and I'm really excited to see how this goes. When I talked to Elder Wilson he made it a point to tell me that this will help bring people lasting conversion. I have faith that this can help her. Erica hasn't told her mom that she's continuing to meet with us, so pray so hard that her Mom will be okay with it... and miracles haven't ceased so maybe we can teach her mom too! :) We've also found some cute new investigators this past week named--Vivian, A-Ming, and Wan Jimuih. I love them all so much! 

I'm going to be a little honest at this point-This week we spent a lot of time finding. This week we really tried to do more than find, we tried searching. There are so many people in Hong KOng and  a lot of them aren't ready for this message right now. We prayed hard to be able to find prepared people to teach. I don't want to say we didn't find any, because we found a lot of potentials, but no one super prepared... yet. It's interesting, this week was full of lots of rejection. I'm used to rejection but I feel like this week had more. Or maybe it was my attitude. Actually it definitely was. I'm working on building my faith and trying to exercise the mental work necessary to really believe that Heavenly Father will help me find those prepared people, but I lack so much! But I'm learning every day to humble myself and to develop more charity. I just want to help people and to not let Heavenly Father down!!! But this just isn't about what I want and I'm learning that God has a big plan for me and an even bigger plan for the people of Hong Kong. I just haven't found my place, quite yet. Heavenly Father is testing me and I can't wait to find his prepared children. Listen-- I really am okay! I think I'm just letting Satan get the better of me. I'm focused and just really trying to give everything to the Lord. Please pray that we can find prepared investigators that will accept this message! They're here. I just haven't found them yet.

We've seen some great miracles with the less-active rescue effort here in Butterfly. One of the cute Less-actives that we've been working with, Sehk Jimuih, called this morning and told me that her day-off is on Sunday this week so she's coming to church! During less-active finding this past week we found some less actives (seriously it sounds like I"m joking but it seriously is a miracle) and we even scheduled one for tonight (a family!) and were able to get a less-active's little sister's phone number that we can hopefully schedule. 

Yesterday was Stake Conference and the Church made this video especially for the Asia area and it was so good! Elder Holland spoke and so did some of the other general authorities. They are so focused here in China, (basically every church meeting is about missionary work!) we're just trying to help the members do this work. It all has such incredible potential here, we're just trying to see how the Lord wants us to help Him do his will in China. Last night we got to eat with the Chan Family. (picture attached) Aren't they the cutest? 

I love you all so much. I know this church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God! I know that Heavenly Father loves us all so much. I know he is there. I know the Holy Ghost is the real teacher and I know that Jesus is the Christ. I hope you all have such a good week! I pray for, miss and love you all every single day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo
LOVE, Paak Jimuih