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