|the 12-year-old boy from China and his friend with us|
- bedroom: made sure a comfortable bed was brought with a nice padding, 2 sets of sheets, 4 or 5 comforters/blankets, a couple of chest of drawers, a heater, a fan
- office/bedroom: desk, 2 office chairs, a clothes rack, a rod to hang clothes over the window ledge (about 30" wide), a fan, a heater.
- living room: a nice couch, a rattan easy chair, TV w/stand, 2 bookcases
- dining area: a dining room table that folds with 4 chairs, 2 extra chairs, a toaster oven with a nice stand, water dispenser
- bathroom: 4 sets of towels, extra wash cloths, bath mat, floor mats, cleaning supplies
- kitchen: 6 place-settings of ceramic dishes, 8 place-settings of melamine dishes (left by the Bishops), plenty of glasses and mugs, a set of pots and pans, a microwave, a refrigerator, a toaster, a shelf unit, lots of plastic containers, kitchen rug, dish cloths, dish towels, 2 aprons, cleaning supplies
- foods: the Wilson's and us split the bill and supplied some basic food items, such as spaghetti and sauce, some spices, ham, bread, butter, eggs, juice, milk, cereal, and a basket of fruits
During the week we had some of the people attending the temple who came from diverse places in China. They also came to the Victoria III Mandarin Speaking Branch for church services. We were so happy to see them. We are all brothers and sisters, and yet we live in two worlds apart. Their tenacity to stay true to the gospel touches me greatly.
After church Sunday, we had all 8 missionaries in the Victoria Third branch home to our apartment for Sunday dinner. We had spaghetti, garlic bread, salads, mixed vegetables for dinner. Thanks to Cami and Alice for sending spaghetti spices, mixes, garlic bread topping, Parmesan cheese...the spaghetti was delicious. For dessert, I made a batch of brownies and a batch and a half of carrot cake with caramel frosting, topped with ice-cream. Visiting with the missionaries is always the highlight of our dinner. One Elder shared the story from the July Ensign on "Start Moving", about a couple of storm jumpers: "Relaxing on the ridge may seem a safe way to avoid making mistakes, but it’s also a way to avoid making progress". It was a good article to remind us of our roles as children of God. President Packer made the following remarks:
President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has taught us:
“We are expected to use the light and knowledge we already possess to work out our lives. We should not need a revelation to instruct us to be up and about our duty, for we have been told to do that already in the scriptures; nor should we expect revelation to replace the spiritual or temporal intelligence which we have already received—only to extend it. We must go about our life in an ordinary, workaday way, following the routines and rules and regulations that govern life.
“Rules and regulations and commandments are valuable protection. If we need revealed instruction to alter our course, it will be waiting along the way as we arrive at the point of need.”1
The full article can be found at: http://lds.org/ensign/2011/07/start-moving?lang=eng
Our 8 month mark is approaching. It's hard to think that we've been here that long. I hope we heed the counsel of President Packer to be doers of the work and not wait around for things to happen.
Update: A brethren from Tianjing, China was baptized after church today. Brother Tang 湯杰 was a pleasant man in his early 40's (I think). He was curious about the Church when he walked by the Church Building in Wan Chai. The Church does have a beautiful 12-story building in one of the most expensive, prosperous financial districts of Hong Kong. The Church has a kiosk outside with a 52" screen. People can touch the screen and see whichever topic they may be interested in. It's usually very loud outside, so people would walk in to take a look. Inside of the building, there is a large lobby with beautifully arranged fresh orchid arrangement, several church paintings. It's like another world from outside. Anyhow, missionaries gather around there to take a break from their proselyting or appointments. This guy walked in and had some interesting conversation with the Mandarin speaking missionaries. They talked for a while and he realized he just missed the plane leaving Shenzhen which was almost an hour away. In any case, he left and hurried to the Shenzhen airport. To his amazement, the plane was delayed. The passengers were all angry for the long delay, but he was so happy as he had ample time to catch the flight to go back. When he came back to Hong Kong again on business, he met up with the missionaries again and again. Today, he was baptized. The room was full and everyone lingered to congratulate him. He said his life has been calm and happy. He loves the feeling. We know he will be an instrument in God's hand to bring many souls into the Church. We were all so happy for him.
|at the front lobby of the Wan Chai Church Building|