Hello to my amazing friends and family,
How is everyone over on the other side of the world? Things over here in Hong Kong aren’t slowing down. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a city! This week has been crazy, and it feels like so much has happened. I love those weeks that we are super busy and everything is happening, and it feels like it was just yesterday that I sent an email to you. These weeks are also the ones where you come home at night and just crash on your bed because you are exhausted. They are great days!
So today, I did one of the coolest things ever. I WENT AND PLAYED WITH MONKEYS!!!! It was so cool. We went to this place called Monkey Mountain. You get off the bus, and then there are like a hundred monkeys just running around everywhere. We hiked a little ways, then there were even more monkeys. They were just jumping from tree to tree, and running around our feet. It was pretty sweet. My favorite part is when the little baby monkeys grab onto their mom’s and just hang under their bellies as they run. I am attaching some pictures so you can see. It was an awesome little adventure that we got to go on today.
This week, we have continued the EEFY (English Especially for Youth). This week has been way fun, and has strengthened my testimony so much. Monday we had an Iron rod activity. We set up a bunch of different activities throughout the entire church. Then the missionaries would be the Holy Ghost and take the blindfolded kids to the different floors and do the activities. Then at the end, there was a giant obstacle course that the kids had to do by themselves blindfolded. After they finished the course, they were led into a room by a rope. At the end of the rope, was a giant tree with a light on it, and fruit all around for them to eat. It was an awesome activity. We have had a lot of different activities throughout the week. Today I got to teach a bunch of people how to sing, others learned how to play the piano, some learned to play the guitar, and then at the end. We all got back together and performed. We all learned the Hymn “Nearer My God to Thee”. It was an awesome experience and we were able to share an awesome message about how music can invite the spirit and how it can affect your life. It was a very awesome experience.
At the beginning of the week, we only had about 7 youth show up. It was very discouraging, because last week we spent hours trying to invite people. Tuesday, also was lacking a lot of people. Finally, we decided to have a district fast. So we all fasted and prayed our guts out for God to help us have more people come. Then on Wednesday, we had so many people show up, and today we have had even more. It was such a testimony builder of how the lord answers prayers, and gives miracles in times of need.
Another miracle we have had this week, comes in the form of an awesome investigator. Our investigators have been slightly struggling this last week, and then we found this awesome man. His name is mister Yuhn. We found him walking through a park one day. He was born in Hong Kong, then moved to mainland china and grew up there. He has now moved back to Hong Kong and is living in our area. We taught him a simple message about the Book of Mormon and prayer. He asked if he could come to church and if we would call him the next day to talk about the book. So we did that, and he read it and he loved it. So we gave him more to read and he loved it, then he came to church and it was awesome. He loved church and was so proud to tell everyone that he was reading the book of Mormon. Then, on Monday we called and talked to him, and he agreed to be baptized in September! I am so happy for him. He is so prepared and loves the gospel, even though we still haven’t officially taught him the first lesson. God really helped give us the motivation booster in our time of need.
This week, I haven’t really tried any weird food, but I did try this awesome crab pasta that was amazing. All the missionaries here have this weird craving. We all crave Mexican food. There is no Mexican food in Hong Kong that fits a missionary budget. And Hong Kong has a serious lack of dairy products. Maybe in a future date, you could send a little pack of taco seasoning mix? (wink wink) haha.
I don’t think I have a funny story for this week, so it is a little boring in that department. But I am so glad that I am here serving a mission. It is so hard, funny, life-changing, faith-building, and every other adjective you can think of, but it is so worth it. I know that God puts us where we need to be for other people, and for ourselves. Even though we are out serving other people, we are still being blessed and grow ourselves every day. It kind of hard to “forget yourself” when God keeps sending blessings and growing experiences to us every day, but I think he knows what he is doing… I love you all and I am so grateful that you are all so supportive of me. The letters, emails, prayers and everything else seriously mean so much to me. I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!
With lots of Chinese Love,
Elder Bubba Brown