Greetings. Oh my goodness. Good news, everyone said that the Typhoon was going to be the worst HK and Macau had seen in 30 years & then we woke up this morning to our typical forehead sticky humidity so while you're off in dream land, I'm here in the Macau computer lab here to reply to your wonderful emails and give you the 411 of this past week. THIS PAST WEEK WAS SO FAST. Does time go this fast in America? I'm confused. And a little sick about it. Some rumors are going around that I have been a missionary for a year this week..... I like to say I've been one for a month. That's about what I feel like. I'm so glad you all had dinner with Klayton and it was such a wild success. Also I failed to mention last week but I'm so sorry to hear about Warren. I also loved him and Aunt Jo. Are Grandpa and Grandma still there? If so give them a hug for me! McKay, I love reading your emails! They make my life. Spencer, sorry to hear about BYU. I may or may not have read your play by play report. Wade. Happy to hear you're still you. And can't wait to watch Les Mis with you too. Rachel, you little cutie cutester. You are looking so much older! Actually all of the kids are. It's weird. In a good but still very weird way. I looked at a picture of us at Disneyland from almost 2 years ago and everyone looks like a little bouncing baby. Mom. You're the woman. Glad to hear you're getting your corner shelf. You love those. Ps remember last year when we went to 4 Targets for yellow cardigans? I thought about explaining that story to Sister Yeung but then decided against it because she already thinks I'm crazy... and she just wouldn't understand. hahahaha. Dad, New calling! Woh. So great! You little scout master. So Proud of you. I told Sister Yeung about my 21st Birthday via the language of Chi-English (I don't know how to say scout in Chinese) and how it was my brother's court of honor and how I hate scouts... and she just thought it was the funniest. But my right arm is raised and sustaining you! Way to be! How's Grandpa Palmer doing? Tell him I say hello and make him a root beer float for me.
This week was wonderful! Some of the miracles include:
-We have been working with a less active named Lahm Jimuih. She called and scheduled us (that never happens!) and invited us over for dinner in lieu of Mid-Autumn festival. (Mid-Autumn festival is like their Thanksgiving.... minus the turkey and they eat weird nuts and moon cakes instead of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.) Anyways... The miracle part, her husband was there! Usually Chinese men are so scary but he is the world's nicest! Another family miracle is upon us! He has to work crazy hours at one of the casino's here in Macau but we did get to meet him and hopefully we will get to see and teach him again soon. I know Heavenly Father is really looking out for us here in Macau and He has plenty for us to do.
-A few weeks ago, some one walked into the church and apparently gave Elder Welling (a Senior Missionary) a piece of paper with a phone number on it. We called the girl and were finally able to see her this past week. Her name is Rita, and is a less active who was baptized in the US but has been less-active since returning to Macau about a year ago. She didn't think anyone in the branch knew who she was or that she was here. I'm still perplexed and in awe as to who gave Elder Welling her phone number but I am forever grateful we were able to find her! We were able to see her this past week and promise her that Heavenly Father has not forgotten about her. It was a powerful lesson. She wants to feel the Spirit and Sister Yeung and I are hoping to be able to help her. Also- WE WENT TO SNOW COLL AT THE SAME TIME! This world is as small as a Chinese girl's waistline. I'll get a picture with her soon!
-Our investigator A-Si came to church for the first time yesterday and had a delightful time! I prayed so hard the night before that the storm would hold out and that we could have church. Heavenly Father heard and answered my prayer! After church A-Si asked me if I liked drinking coffee. I told her right then and there about the Word of Wisdom and then we had the opportunity to teach her after church and she is already going to try and live it. She has a college student, and is smart, and understands what she needs to do to gain a testimony. It is truly a privilege to teach her.
-Our other investigator named Tina who came to church yesterday is also doing relatively well. She really loves her Buddhist beliefs but says she is looking for "the right path." Sister Yeung and I are going to challenge her this week that as long as she studies her Buddhist books for, we want to invite her to read the Book of Mormon for that long too. So if she studies Buddha for 3 hours, we are going to commit her to read The Book of Mormon for that long too. I know that if she will really commit herself, she will find the answer she is looking for. The Book of Mormon is so powerful!
-Our other miracle of the week, a less-active we have been working with gave up some of her sleep time and finally came to church yesterday! Her name is Chan Jimuih. It is so exciting because a lot of her family (older sister's family, her own daughter) are less-active as well and so we are praying that as we strengthen her, we will be able to help her strengthen her own family. We visited her this past week on Friday Morn and she gave us SO MUCH FOOD. Honestly she was killing me I kept saying the Chinese equivalent of "No" and she kept stuffing all sorts of odd assorted Mid-Autumn Festival pieces in this bag. I'm pictured with some of the stuff. These orange/melon fruits the size of my head, (so naturally Yoga at lunchtime with it on my head is necessary) and then check out these nuts that look like mustaches that grow in the ground. When we were at Chan Jimuih's house she kept telling me to eat it and I thought she had to be joking. Shoot the joke's on the ignorant American girl because you just give it a huge almost teeth crunching bite and what do you know, there's a chestnut like white substance on the inside. They basically have no taste but they are probably the weirdest looking things I have ever seen.
-This past week was the mission tour. We in Macau were the luckiest because the rest of the mission had groups of 40-50 missionaries we had only 11 of us! It was so wonderful. President and Sister Hawks, and Elder Wilson of the seventy and his wife came. The conference lasted from 9-5 on Saturday and was a rich, spiritual feast. I loved it. We learned about the importance of teaching investigators about the Fall in the relation to the Atonement. We were masterfully taught. In Preach My Gospel it says to teach simply about Adam and Eve and to not teach all you know. I have made the mistake of then just sort of quickly teaching it. I learned how this is a crucial thing for investigators to know!!!! So yesterday when we taught A-Si I made sure she got it. haha. Also, we learned about the power of the Book of Ｍormon. We learned about how to answer the questions of the soul. We also had a sister's meeting with just Sister Hawks and Sister Wilson. Both of the Wilson's are masterful teachers and my notes just don't do it justice. I was also chosen to have a special one on one interview with Elder Wilson and he is just the sweetest man. He gave me advice on how to be a better missionary in finding and using the Book of Mormon that I will never forget. I am the luckiest missionary in the world.
Family, I know this church is true. I have been reading my "one line a day" journal and reading about my first week in the MTC and I know I'm still me, but I'm not. Heavenly Father through sending me on a mission to Hong Kong, China changing my eternity. I'm sure it will make you smile to know that my journal entry from September 27th, 2012 simply states: "Today I was overwhelmed by Chinese. I need to work harder at this Cantonese." hahahahaha Day 2 in the MTC. Yikes. I need help. But that's just it. I testify that Heavenly Father has helped me and has loved me so much to cut me down so that he could change, mold, and cut out the person that He envisions me to be. I love my mission. I love the Chinese people. I know that this church is true. Every person I tell every day I pray that even if they choose to reject to meet with us missionaries the Spirit will touch them and they will be able to remember it and accept it some day. I love you all so much. Thank you for all you do for me. Your prayers, emails, letters, and care towards me mean more than you know.
LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH.
Love, Paak Jimuih