Monday, February 20, 2017

Down with the sickness. Week 79 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

   Well this week was a bit rough. I was really sick the first part of this week. It was mostly just a terrible cold. I felt awful. So Tuesday I wore a mask to District Meeting which was fun but I think it made the other people nervous. It was sad too because this was the first time that the people who moved into the zone would see us and we were sick and no fun at all. So we will have to try again this week. But yeah after that Elder Darrington and I went home and slept for the rest of the day. He was feeling just as bad as I was so we sent our companions out on exchanges. Not a great Valentine's day. 

   Through this experience I learned that Chinese cough medicine does not even try to taste good. They actually have a saying that the more bitter the medicine the more powerful it is. So yeah that was one of the more vile things I have ever put into my body. So after struggling through for a few days I am feeling much better. 

   That was a major theme of the week which was sad. We were also supper busy we had 15 lessons this week. Which is a TON! usually a companionship will get around 5. So that was great. We now have the problem of trying to re-schedule them for this week and not having enough time for them in the week. which is a lovely problem to have. 

   On Friday after English class we had the Ma on Shan Elders over for dinner. Elder Taylor and Elder Smith made British chips and fried chicken. That was really good. I like having a companionship over for dinner now and then to change it up. 

   We are going to sing in sacrament meeting next week and we were going to sing a really complicated song but sister Clark decided that she didn't want to play that one. So as a joke I suggested that we sing "If You Could Hie to Kolob" (you can google it and listen to it on Youtube and long story short we are singing that next week. It does not exist in the Chinese hymn book so it should be fun. 

   We also had our interviews with President Lam. That was fun. I love having interviews with him. He always has good things to say. 

   I was also privileged to do a baptismal interview for a young man. His name is Jackie Chan - not the famous one haha. I did it in the bishops office since there were lots of people at the church. He was really cool. He will be getting baptized this coming week. 

   We also had elder Smiths birthday. He turned 20 this Saturday. So we went out and bought him a cake and the re-lighting candles. that was fun I will attach a video. 

   We had a really good week this week. Hopefully next week is better.

Elder Walker

Last p-day riding bikes in Tai Mei Tuk

  Me and President Lam

Me and Jackie Chan

This is a note we got from one of our investigators in a bag of chocolate for Valentine's day.
She is 15 and super cool 

British chips and fried chicken.

Elder Smith's birthday 

I had pop tarts for breakfast this morning and they are still amazing!
I had to go really far to get them  but it was worth it.

There has been a thing about shaving legs in my apartment. I have not taken part.
Elder Taylor did last night and shall we say made a bit of a mistake.

The video is Elder Smith's cake. We surprised him on the way to get tin the​ shower.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Chuffing Pipes. Week 78 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

   This has been yet another week lived in Hong Kong. The weather was actually a bit chilly this week so that was really great. 

   Well the subject line is a quote from my companion Elder Taylor. We had yet another water based emergency in the Tai Po apartment. This time we discovered a large amount of water coming out from a cupboard under the sink. Turns out the pipe that accepted the drainage from the washing machine came off. So we made a few attempts to fix it  but with no success. So we are yet again out a washing machine until the office elders can help us out. So we can stay tuned for that next week. 

   We had a lovely Zone training meeting. All of the trainings went really well. I gave one and used an awesome analogy to formula one, about starting your relationships with Investigators properly so that everything just goes much smoother. I think it was cool. I showed a couple videos of F1 starts and pace laps. It was fun. I forgot how cool Formula One is.

   Nothing else too out of the ordinary happened.  We were less active finding and accidentally knocked on a members door who was completely active. So we just shared a quick message and had a nice little chat and got out of her hair. I think it was nice. 

   Sister Chen left and so we had a ward party for her. I will put some pictures up from that. 

   Also the sisters form my group left this week. That is supper weird!!!!!! That means that the clock is really ticking now and I am really conflicted about going home.  The sisters that were trained in the MTC with him are the ones that went home. 

Elder Walker

some of these will be of people, but most will be of things. 

Tony one of our Inv. who moved to England this week. super sad to see him go.

Tolo Harbor Zone and a third of the hosts of heaven who were cast out.

sister training leaders and Zone leaders 

the Missionaries and Sister Chen who left.

us and Dennis. One of the members who is supper funny

Monday, February 6, 2017

MOVE CALLS Week 77 from Hong Kong

Hello all,

   Well as the title suggests we got move calls last night. That was fun. None of the Elders in the Zone are changing so that is good I like all of them. Some of the sisters are changing and they are opening Tai Wo sisters. Which means that we will get sisters in the district. That will be weird again. One of the sister training leaders is going so we are getting a new one. We are all really sad about that. However there are no mistakes in the mission field so we just press on.

   Speaking of which, this Thursday we got to watch a world wide broadcast from Salt Lake. That was really good of course. They changed the schedule which is interesting. The major change is that planning is now the first thing in the morning, lunch is half an hour, and we only do planning and 30min of personal study on p-day. The changes take some time to get used to but are nice. The thing I like most is the half hour of journal writing time at the end of the day. The thing I like the least is the 30  min of lunch, only because that is less time than it takes just to make rice never mind eat it and be out the door. And you can forget about washing the dishes. There is just not a way to do it. So we end up having to have a crappy second half of language study so that we can actually eat.

   So every month the Zone leaders and Sister training leaders put on a 3 hour training meeting. We learned earlier that that would not be happening anymore so we were not ready when President Lam announced the fact that we will be teaching one this Tuesday!!! By the end of tonight we will have put in about 6 hours of planning. Then add the study time that has suddenly been filled with preparing for this meeting. I am really excited for it though. I am making a really cool analogy to Formula 1. Specifically the importance of the start. That will be really cool.

Gordon would set his alarm and get up in he middle of the night to watch Formula 1 races!

   We have almost come out of the Chinese New year celebrations so that is great. We saw a really cool dragon dance that I will try and send. The drums are supper loud!!!
He didn't attach a video.

That is all for this week!

Elder Walker