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Monday, July 17, 2017

Rain Rain. Week 100 from Hong Kong!!!

Hello all,

  We had a really great week this week. Today is not our P-day which is weird because we are going to the temple on Tuesday!!! So that is awesome! I think this will be the second to last time that I get to go to the temple here, that will be strange. It is such a beautiful temple. 

   I am just going to do things in random order as they come to my memory. The Yuen Long Elders are getting a summer missionary today. Last year they got to live with us and there was two of them. This year they don't live with us and I think that they only get one. That is good for them because that means that they get a walking dictionary. I am glad they don't have to live with us. Most of our houses are too small to add 2 more bodies and last year they stank super bad! So I am glad to be avoiding that this year.

   We also get move calls next Sunday. I really, really don't want to move for my last three weeks. I don't know what I would do. I would probably just pack up to go home and then barely unpack in my new place... Let's not think about that. haha.

   So yesterday we had ward correlation meeting before church and we looked out the window before we left our apartment and we could see mainland just fine so we figured that it was no problem to not bring an umbrella. However as we were going from the Light rail stop to the church we got drenched!!!! I have not been that wet from the rain since I got caught in the typhoon last year. The bishop told us like three times to be careful not to get a cold. We were dry by the end of the correlation meeting. 

   We also had our Kung Fu activity this week. We were worried that Brother Wong was not going to show up but he did! It was a great activity and I am still a little sore. I will send my dad the videos and stuff. 

   Last Monday we went and did KBQ with my MTC companion and Elder Turner who are both leaving next week for school. That will be very strange to have them gone. I will attach a picture. 

   Love you all! I think I email like 4 more times after this!

Love,
Elder Walker


Me and my MTC companion. 


me and a member from Sha Tin (MY Old Area)



Elder Fakatou got a hair cut. 



Kung Foo Ward Activity



Monday, July 10, 2017

The Plague!!!! Week 99 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

   This was an interesting week for sure. On Tuesday we had MLC on the 4th of July. So, I wore my American flag tie and Elder Allred had an American flag pined to his tie. I stuck an American flag in my scriptures on my table and had a little flag waving. We had a good discussion about how to find new investigators. We also decided on a new way of evaluating the new missionaries language. That was pretty interesting. Then right before lunch we sang the American National Anthem. It was great. All of the Chinese and foreigners were having to use the hymn book. It was a good meeting. After that we went home and met up with a few of the missionaries in the Zone and went out and got good old American style burgers. That was a lot of fun. I miss doing those kinds of things. 

   Sorry this is going to be all over the place. Last Monday we went to the beach in Tuen Mun and played beach volleyball again. This time it was raining slightly so the sand did not burn our feet. That was a lot of fun! 

   SO the title of this weeks letter is The Plague!!!! This is because on Tuesday Elder Stober (our roommate) got sick. So he stayed in bed for a bit. The problem came when his companion got the flu on Wednesday evening! So Elder Stober hardly went out of the house for 5 days. This is making Elder Fakatou and I very nervous and we are taking Airborne and any other kind of preventative medicine we can find. We also make the Elder with the flu wear a mask in the house. I really really don't want to get sick. 

   Long story short, Elder Stober had some serious cabin fever so I took him out to do some things in his area. They got a request for a Book of Mormon from a person who lives on Palm Springs which is a very very rich part of the Yuen Long area. I will attach some pictures. So we went there thinking it was going to be some crazy old man. Turns out it was an 18 year old girl who goes to international school, so her English was perfect. We taught her a lesson in English which was super hard! haha 

   Then that night Elder Stober had some members from Shum Shui Po come up and take him and me to dinner. I got a HK$200 steak and it was amazing! The three ladies were super funny and they took us grocery shopping afterwards. It was great!

   That is all for this week! 
Love,
Elder Walker

the pictures of the cars are from inside the Palm Spring place... yeah it was that rich! 









Tuesday, July 4, 2017

7日 and JULY!!! Week 98 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

   This was a great week. I had much less administrative meetings so that was good. That just means that next week I will have a lot. I think this next MLC (Mission Leader Council) will be a good one. We are going to be re-doing the language pass offs or evaluations or whatever they are called now. I am just glad that I am in the clear and that I don't have to deal with the side effects if there are any. I will probably talk more about this next week.

   This week is also the 4th of July!!! So that will be fun. We are going to have pancakes for breakfast and steak for dinner. It should be a good day. haha I am going to wear my American tie again. Much to the displeasure of my British companion I am sure. I wore it to church yesterday and no one said anything so I was surprised by that. Usually someone will say something.

   The first of this month was a holiday in Mainland China and a dismal day here in HK. The holiday if I understand it is "founders day" and celebrates the founding of the Peoples Republic of China. It also celebrated the 20th year of Hong Kong being no longer a part of the British commonwealth and functioning as a colony and its becoming a Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. So the Hong Kong people don't really like it and it makes them sad. 

   On another note we met with our Shaolin Monk and he taught us some more stuff. I attached the videos. The stick one is what he taught me before and the hand form is what he taught us that day. He is also holding a martial arts class on the 14th so that should be fun. 

   It is very strange that it is July already!!!! The time is going by so fast!!!! I still feel like a new missionary. Sometimes I feel really old though. Life is weird haha. 

Love,
Elder Walker


Videos




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Gear and the Haka Week 97 from Hong Kong

Hello all,  

   This was a great week! We were super busy and had a lot of great things happen in our area. Which is really good because our area has been kind of dead for a while now. We played badminton with one of our investigators and he absolutely destroyed us!!! That was a lot of fun. After that we taught him a lesson and he committed to baptism but not to a date yet. Hopefully that means I will get to see him baptized before I leave. 

   We had Zone Conference This week. That was pretty good. That meant that I had a lot of meetings this week to get ready for that. I gave a short training on Companion unity, because there are a lot of new companionships in the two zones. So I thought that Rally Car would make a good metaphor. So I got approval to show and showed it in the chapel on the big projection screen the clip from top gear when James May is a co-driver in a Bentley doing rally driving. That made me a legend among the Brits here. It also made them a bit homesick haha. It went really well. I forgot how good TV is haha. I also did not get a chance to review the clip before I showed it so while it was going in my head I was saying "please don't swear please don't swear" because sometimes they do and that would have been really bad haha. President Lam told us afterwards that it was a really good training. 

Here is the video he showed in the chapel


   The rest of the week was normal. I was just getting used to how often I have meetings again. 

   On Saturday We went to Elder Fakitoa's old area for a ward activity. It was good for him and free food so we went haha. He taught a few people the Haka it was super cool. He is super Tongan haha. 



   We had a lovely dinner appointment with the Bishop and his family last night. At the end they took a picture with everyone and sent it to our parents. That is cool because we used to do that with missionaries in my house. That was a lot of fun. We haven't gotten a picture yet. 

  Sorry this is a short letter this week! Love you all!!!

Love,
Elder Walker     

Zone Conference



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Another Brit. Week 96 from Hong Kong

​Hello all,

   This was a week of many things happening. Fist off we had a massive level 8 Typhoon that kept us inside for most of the day. That was fun. Elder Fields and Elder Cox used the time to pack and Elder Stober and I went and played a puzzle game thing. It was a good relaxing evening. If I remember right it hit Monday and as p-day was winding down I felt like I did when I was banking on a snow day. We also used that time to make a video for the Missionaries that will be coming in soon, about what stuff they should and should not bother to bring. That was interesting. (I think they've been out long enough that they don't really remember everything from when they first got there)

   We had our last District meeting with elder Fields as our district leader. That was fun. For the closing song we had Sister Munday sing (she Is Amazing!!!!) and Sister Lee play the Piano (She is a concert pianist). They did "The Spirit of God". It was amazing! I think Elder Cox is going to ask Sister Munday's parents for some songs she sang. Yes, she is really that good. 

   Then Thursday rolled around and we took Elder Cox and Elder Fields to the mission office for the last time. That was weird for them I am sure. I think the next time I go to the mission office with my bags it will be my last time too. That is good. I hate packing and going to Kowloon with everything that I own.  In most places the missionaries are taken to their new area in a van but these guys have to take everything on busses and walk long distances with their luggage.

   I just realized that I forgot to take a picture with my new companion!!! He is a Huge guy from Tonga. Well he looks like he is from Tonga, he was raised in the UK. Which means that he says funny things. Which means that I laugh a lot more. We were talking in our English class meeting about what kind of stuff we are going to be teaching this move. Someone suggested that we work on pronunciation. I looked around the room and counted 3 Brits all with different accents, 1 Australian with his own accent and 2 Filipinos with their own accent. So I pointed that out and the fact that we all say the same words differently. So we decided that might not be the best thing to focus on. haha  

  That was this week. It has been raining non stop for about a week. It is so nice! I prefer the rain to 36 degrees every day of the week. 

Love,
Elder Walker



The Video...


Last picture of the 4 roomies

Windows prepared for the Level 8 typhoon



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Move Calls Week 95 from Hong Kong

​Hello all,

   Well we got move calls last night... Elder Cox is going to die (going home) and I will be with Elder Fekitoa... To be honest I have no idea how to spell his name. (We googled it so the spelling is correct now)  His dad is a famous rugby player. He is in the same group as Elder Taylor was, and he is from Bermingham. Which means that I have another British Companion!!!! I am so excited I love British people! I will also be the new Zone leader so that means I am off of my 6 week vacation. I really enjoyed it haha. Now it is back to the grind! 

   This was a pretty normal week. Elder Cox had a lot of lasts. That is a cool glimpse in to the future of what will happen to me in just a few weeks!

  Other than that I really don't have that much to report. We met with Wong Pan Pan two times this week. He taught me the rest of the Shaolin form. I will atatch the videos. I forgot the last few moves so that is why I just kind of stop in that one part. 

   Yeah.... I really don't know what else to talk about. Elder Cox had his exit interview so that is cool. We had a good chat with Sister Lam. She is super funny. 

   Sorry guys, that is all for this week. 

Love,
Elder Walker

The pictures are self explanatory. 

Videos are at the end

Gordon earned his black belt at 13 years old (he was already 6 feet tall)  so I'm sure he's loving learning the Shaolin form.










Monday, June 5, 2017

B-day cake and Temple recommend Week 94 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

  I had a lovely week this week. Last Monday we were able to go to the beach for some beach volleyball! That was a lot of fun. Problem was that the sand was HOT! I don't think that I have ever felt sand that hot. We could not walk on it with bare feet! Most of the Elder's wore their shoes because they are going home in a week but I still have a while so I just wore my socks with the ankle part warped around my foot. That was ok but if I stood still for too long it would start to burn. haha. I was also able to put my feet in the ocean! That felt supper good! I haven't done that in a very very long time. 

   The next day was Tuesday and we got to go on the ward biking activity. I think that is the first time I have ridden a proper bicycle since I learned how to ride a motorcycle. For the first 5 min. I thought I was going to die, but then it all came rushing back and it was a lot of fun. We started in Tai Wai and went north through Sha Tin to Tai Po. So I got to go back through two of my old areas! Which turned out to be useful because the people in charge were not too sure how to get where we needed to go. It was also a little annoying because anytime there was an up hill they would pedal until it got hard and then jump off and walk instead of changing gears. Which was frustrating but other than that it was good fun. 

   Then Wednesday was Elder Cox's birthday. He turned 21. So in district meeting we had some ice cream. Then we went over to the Fife family's house. That was awesome. We had fish tacos and a home made ice cream cake. It was soo good! I like going over to their house because we speak English and forget we are in HK for a bit haha. Then I bought a cake with our roommates and surprised Elder Cox in the normal way. Good Fun. 

   My temple recommend expires this month so I got an interview from President Lam. I had him do it in Chinese so it looks supper cool. There is not a single written English word on it aside from the typed stuff. 

   It was HOT this week. I think it is going to be hotter this week! :( We will see if I survive. 

Love,
Elder Walker
伍長老

Videos are at the end

some of these things are from last week and some are from this week. 


Walking through Fairview Park (the place he was "arrested" last week)

On the Bus after getting kicked out of Fairview Park

Stuck in the apartment because of Black Rain (very heavy rain)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I got arrested this week... Week 93 from Hong Kong

 Do not worry I will explain in a bit. Also I forgot my camera so can't send home any pictures/ videos. So that sucks, that was going to help me tell the story. So I guess that will happen next week. This week we were very blessed to be addressed by Elder Cook of the 12 Apostles. That was super cool! I recorded the whole thing and it was supper amazing to see him. In his traveling party there was Bishop Wadell of the Presiding Bishopric and Elder Sorez of the presidency of the 70 and the Asia Area Presidency. We got to Shake all of their hands. They all gave us great instruction. There was a Q&A part too. we only got to ask 3 questions but they were good ones so I guess that is ok. The coolest part by far was the Closing testimony by Elder Cook he talked about what it is like to be called a member of the 12 and bore a very, very special testimony of the Savior. Coolest part of the week by far. 

  We also got to have interviews with President Lam. That was really cool. The problem was that it was on a Wednesday. Which just so happened to be the day that we had a huge rain storm! It got up to black rain so that meant that we had a few hours that we couldn't go outside. That meant that President Lam was 2 hours late and so was everyone that was supposed to come. So The schedule was completely messed up. But we had a good time together. Sister Lam showed us pictures of President Lam when they were newly married and that was funny to tease him for. 

  The other big thing that happened was that Elder Stober and I went on exchanges again. This time it was in the Yuen Long area. We were taking a bus to someplace when we passed a place called Fairview Garden. Elder Stober mentioned that he had always wanted to go in there. So we jumped off the bus and walked in. The little place felt a lot like McMinnville feels. We walked for a while and ended up next to some guard posts. Elder Stober said that we should probably just leave  but I said we should at least try. So we just walked right in! We were very surprised. I thought for sure they were going to tell us to leave. So we walked around inside the fence. It was a HUGE American style Neighborhood! I have not been inside one of those in forever. I have videos that help me explain that I will have to share next week. So we walked around for a long time and we saw a few guards but no one stopped us. Until a car stated following us so we tried to loose it by walking down some random back streets and eventually lost him. But as we turned a corner a car pulled up with flashing lights and we were caught! haha The guy called for backup because he saw that we were white guys and thought we could not speak Cantonese. SO we explained that we just walked in and were enjoying the scenery and not really preaching to any one. Then the head guard showed up and we shook his had and were very polite and they were to us in return. So we explained that we had thought if they stop us walking in then we shouldn't come here but they didn't so we thought it was ok. In the end they escorted us to a bus stop and we were on our way. They also took our ID numbers and we are now on their black list. I have never been on a black list before. haha it is kinda fun! 

   We also started a Korean Class. That is fun. Korean is designed to be easy and reading at least is way easier than Chinese but I am more comfortable with the Chinese.     

Love you all!
Elder Walker
伍長老

He forgot his camera AGAIN so I googled Fairview Garden in Hong Kong. 
These are the pictures I found.




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 92 from Hong Kong

Hello All,

   I had a lovely week this week. I am not sure where to begin. It almost feels like I haven't written for 2 weeks because I skyped last week. That was so much fun!!! My parents surprised me by having a lot of my friends there. My parents asked who I missed the most. I could feel that it was a loaded question so I said I missed them all. Then they all jumped into view. So I answered well haha. That was a ton of fun. I miss everyone a lot. It was super weird to hang up the call and suddenly snap out of my living room and back to the nasty internet bar place, and transition straight to writing my mission president about the area and stuff.   

   On Monday we went to Central so I could pick up my new suit. It is super nice! I took a picture with the tailor so I will attach that. Then after P-day we went to a dinner appointment with a member. He took us to go eat Dim Sum. That is always good. We got a dish called Beijing duck. It is amazing! So It was a good dinner. Afterword he took us to his house and asked us to give him a blessing. Apparently he was having some back troubles and the Doctor was not sure what to do. He works on maintaining the temple here and he needed to go to work because the AC was broken. So we gave him the blessing. We saw him a few days later and he said that he felt fine! Cool stuff.

   We also had ward council this week. Before the meeting the bishop took us out to dinner. It was really good, However ever since then Elder Cox and I have been having some stomach issues. Hopefully that goes away soon. haha. The meeting was good. Our mission leader is white and speaks no Cantonese, He is amazing, but  doesn't know Cantonese. So Elder Cox represented the missionaries in the meeting and I sat next to Brother Fife and translated the meeting for him. That was exhausting! Fun but exhausting! It was mostly hard because there is no one to one in Chinese so I kinda had to change what people were saying. 

   I went on exchanges this week with Elder Stober. He is great! We live together so the exchange was really convenient! We went to Cross Roads which is an organization that we volunteer at. This week they sent us to Admiralty (on Hong Kong Island) to pick up some goods that were being donated. So they drove us down in a mini van! I think that is the second time I have been in a mini van since I was dropped off at the MTC. So that was fun. Turns out it was the warehouse for the US Consulate (I think that is not spelled right. It is an embassy like thing) so that means I got to be on US soil!!!! 

   After that they took us back to Tuen Mun and we ate lunch and then went and played baseball with a less active. That was ok. Every time we play he nails me with a fast ball. I am not a fan of that. 

   Then we went to the church and met another less active who was a Shaolin monk for like 7 years. So he is teaching us some Shaolin Kung-fu. I forgot how much fun Martial Arts is. I might pick it up when I go back home now. I am not sure, we will see haha. SO I was very sore after that day. 
Gordon earned is Black Belt in Kuiki-do when he was 13.

   The rest of the week was pretty normal. We met with one of our Investigators who is doing great aside from not coming to church. We asked him why and he said it is because he wants to watch Netflix really late on Saturday night and is not willing to change. So we will see how that goes. 

  We are also going to hear from Elder Cook of the 12 Apostles and Bishop Wadell of the presiding Bishopric. I am really excited for that. 

Love,
Elder Walker

Once again the videos are at the end


my new suit and the Tailor

Dinner with the member. The other missionaries are Mandarin Speaking

The View of mainland China

the view out my window 

In English class we taught etiquette


Video of new apartment in Tin Sui Wai


Gordon's friends were laughing while telling him about a rumor going around about him not really being in Hong Kong.  This video is for them!

Internet Café where missionaries Skyped home on Mother's day

A sideways video of Elder Cox on the phone

Shaolin Kung Fu

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day. Week 91 from Hong Kong

Hello All,

   This was a great week! It will be short one this week with pictures.

   I had a great Skype Call with my family!!!! It was awesome! All my friends were there too!!!! It was so much fun!!!! I Love everyone today!!! We are super excited for Elder Cook next week too!

haha just kidding, no photos this week! Next week!

He forgot his media card!

Love,
Elder Walker

I'm attaching a couple photos I took during our Skype call.  We surprised Gordon by inviting a lot of his friends to join us for the call.  Sounds like he loved it!

We didn't have a great connection this time but we LOVED talking to and seeing him!

Elder Walker, his brother and the friends that joined us!

 This is when he realized all his friends were there!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

New in Tin Sui Wai. Week 90 from Hong Kong.

​Hello all,

   Last Monday was super cool! We went to a Guan Yin monastery. It is this supper cool one made by the richest person in Hong Kong. The main attraction is a huge statue of the goddess Guan Yin. It is actually just about the same size as the statue of liberty. It was just the coolest thing ever! I took a lot of pictures so you can see those. It was also near Buddha 的 birthday. So that was cool. There was a lot of people there so that was not the best but that is ok. There was also a few cool statues of baby Buddha that one could bathe. I did that. It was interesting. I got in trouble because I did not know that there was a procedure but I finally did it correctly. There was also this place where we went in the monastery to copy Buddhist scripture as a form of meditation. That was a mistake it took about an hour and a half. My hand hurt super bad afterword. 

   After that on Tuesday we had a combined district meeting as a zone to start and the 3 sisters that went home gave their "words of wisdom" (Things they learned on their mission) It was super good. I also was able to say goodbye to everyone. I was really sad to leave. 

   Here I am though in Tin Sui Wai it is the smallest proselyting area in the world right behind temple square. I Live in Yuen Long and go to church in Hung Shui Kiu. The whole place has a completely different feel to it. We all get the West rail pass and after that travel is free on the Light rail (We take that a lot) the MTR and MTR buses. I get really lost a lot but it should be fine. My companion Elder Cox and I get along great. I will kill him at the end of our 6 weeks together (He will go home) Then 9 weeks and I will go home. Super, Super weird!

   We had church yesterday and the Chapel is so nice! It is huge and feels way better than the one in Tai Po. The benches have padding too! It was actually really hard to not fall asleep. The Bishop asked me to speak so I did. I am much more comfortable  doing that in Cantonese now. 

   Next week we get to skype home!!! I am so excited! It will be my last one in the field though so that will have a strange feel to it. But yes Life is Hot! 

   Next week I will send home a video of the new house. We Live on the 28th floor but they don't count the 4, 14, or 24 floor. Chinese people are not a fan of the number 4. Good thing I am elder 5!

Love,
Elder Walker
伍長老

There are too many pictures to explain. Sorry. The people are Jeremy (Member I was friends with) Elder Harding. Elder Chen (Former Companion) 
































"Quick" video of the Tai Po Chapel. (The one he went to before his transfer)