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

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