Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Greatest Experience of the Week!

Dear Friends and Family,

Here is the greatest experience I had from last week.  This past Sunday, there was a fireside here on Hong Kong Island.  The BYU dance squad came out to Hong Kong to perform, but on Sunday night they held a devotional where certain people bore their testimonies.  Sister Chan, Mr.Wong, and Mr Yip all came. They are all deaf, so I got to translate.  The good thing was that the BYU dancers all spoke English, so there was a translator there who translated from English to Cantonese.  The Chinese translation gave me time to translate into sign language.  Luckily all the speakers spoke English because it is far easier for me to translate from my native tongue because I understand everything that is being said 100 %, and I also understand where they are going with their words.  Because I am not a native Speaker of Chinese, it is just naturally harder to understand and afterwards translate.  Anyways. they all had a great experience.  Sister Chan especially loved it.  So it was really fun.

Out investigators: John Lam is a former investigator. He is 15 right now. He brought his friend Cheng Chi Lam to meet with us. He said Cheng Chi Lam had some genuine interest. John Lam really likes Elder Martinez who taught him before. He said he wasn't sure about baptism because his parents are Buddhist and he also believes in it. We haven't been able to meet him yet this week. Ms Lam is a former investigator. She asked us to meet at McDonalds in Wa Fu. We did, but it was pretty noisy. We did our best to make the lesson personal and engaging, but it was hard. She came to trust us and see us as good people, despite what other churches say about us. We really hope she can come to church and see how great it is. Mr.Wong is not doing so well. We met him yesterday and he said he wanted to stop coming to church and stop coming to english class. When we asked when to meet again, he said he will decide himself when. However, today we got a text from Sister Chan saying John wanted to meet this coming Tuesday. In the lesson, Sister Chan bore an extremely powerful testimony. We exhorted John to pray because he had not been doing so. Hopefully he has had a bit of a change of heart. We will find out when we see him again. Mr Yip is doing well. He had some problems understanding some of the parts of the plan of salvation. The spirit world part seemed to confuse him a little bit, so we spent another lessons explaining and reviewing. We are confident that he understands very clearly now. We are excited to keep teaching the rest of the lessons to help him be baptized on June 22! Last we have Christy. We will meet her on Saturday. She was a turnover from the sisters. She loves reading scriptures. She has met with missionaries in the past. She is a single mother right now, but she seems much younger! We will teach her Restoration this Saturday.

Our Bishop is a great guy.  He's given us a lot to do, so we are very happy. He really loves missionary work. He says he does not want to rely on us to do finding. He wants the members to do it. He has not asked us to stop finding, but he wants us to take time to visit the members and give them specific assignments to invite a number of friends to a church activity. He wants to build up the church's image in the Pok Fu Lam Community by doing activities such as this and other various service activities. We are just trying to do everything he says and help his plans come to fruition. 

Love you all,
彼長老 (my Chinese title)
彼永斌 (my full name in Chinese) It is pronounced: Bei (rising) Wing (Low Rising) Ban (High tone).

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