Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Magical Sunday (Oct. 23, 2011)

     It was pretty magical how the Asian Area Conference was conducted on this special Sunday, October 23, 2011.  All the saints in Hong Kong gathered in various stake buildings to hear the leaders of the Church speak via satellite transmission.  The whole Wan Chai Church Building was divided into different sessions to accommodate different languages, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and English.  There were signs posted everywhere so everyone knew where to go.
     Bishop Burton of the Presiding Bishopric  conducted the Conference.  The first speaker was Russell T. Osguthorpe of the Sunday School General President.  The second speaker was Ann M. Dibb, the second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.  Then Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to us.  It was just like listening to General Church Conference.  After Elder Scott, our Asian Area President, Elder Perkins spoke to us.  It seemed as if he were in Salt Lake with the others, and yet we just saw him in the building in Hong Kong.  It was prerecorded making it a very smooth transition from one speaker to the next.  How technology has helped advanced the preaching of the gospel.  I wonder if King Mosiah from the Book of Mormon time would be astonished to see what we are doing today.

     After the Conference, our own Victoria III Mandarin Branch had a baptism for 2 young women, 胡騫予, 李夢夏 .  The missionaries have been working with them and it was so good to see them commit to the waters of baptism.  The missionaries are doing a fantastic job here.  The meetings are always full of investigators, who are referrals from members, or people from the mainland China interested in hearing more about the gospel.  It's a young branch as we see many young people, many are college students.
Sister Hu, Sister Li, Bro. Chow, Elder Chung
Sister Hu, Sister Li and the missionaries
    There were also 2 young missionaries who came from Hainan and Zhuhai to be ordained as missionaries.  They will be going to Provo for the Missionary Training for 9 weeks before going to Sidney, Australia for their mission.  Elder Hu's dad came with him which was very special as we are seeing member families from China now.  The scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 65:2 came to mind.
"The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth."
Elder Hu, Sister Wong, Brother Hu, S/E Davis

      The week at the temple was very interesting as we welcomed 15 members from Thailand.  As you may have heard from the news, Thailand was flooded by the run off from tropical depressions (former typhoons) in the northern mountains which have culminated in one of the worst flooding in Thailand history.  75% of the country's provinces have been impacted with more than 2 million displaced from their homes.  As of today, (Oct. 24), Thai floods threaten larger areas of Bangkok as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
"The government has switched to a crisis mode as a massive run-off will arrive in the capital on October 26, coinciding with a high tide on October 28," the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) said in a statement.

       We are expecting 50 members from Thailand in the coming week, but we are not sure if they will come now because of the floods.  Our prayers go to the people of Thailand.  We know the Church is right there along with the other charitable organizations to render help.
       Saturday, Oct. 22 was also a happy day for Sister Chung from Victoria III Branch who came to the temple for the first time.  It was a joyous occasion as many members came to support her and help her celebrate.

Sister Chung and some members of Victoria III BranchAdd caption

    It's been a busy, but fulfilling week, indeed!

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