Letter from Hong Kong Nov 25 2012

{sent Nov. 25, 2012}

Hello my amazingly wonderful family and friends!

I hope you all had such an amazing week/thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving over here in China was just wonderful! We all got to be together with our zone and we had a huge meal! We also got to tell stories and just chat. It was kind of nice to have a couple of hours for a break, then get back out to the work. I have been thinking a lot of what I am grateful for this year. Obviously family is pretty high up on the list (maybe even number one?) It was weird not being with my family on Thanksgiving, but my Hong Kong family did a pretty good job at making it up. We didn’t have any turker, but we had some really good chicken, potatoes, yams, fresh fruit, vegetables, apple crisp, and of course… Gravy! Someone else was in charge of making the gravy, and it just was not going very well. We didn’t have any extra pans at the church, so he was trying to make it in a rice cooker. Finally, he let me step in and try to recover it. It wasn’t completely awful by the time I was done, definitely not mom standard. but I think she would have been proud of my effort. haha It was a great thanksgving, and the old mission presidents wife even made a bunch of us missionaries some pumpkin muffins to make up for the no pumpkin pie! haha It is nice serving in the same church building as her!

I love the christmas tree. How did you all get such a big tree with only the three of you? how tall is it this year? I need to buy an ornament and send it home in the christmas package. I am loving all the Christmas decorations coming out and the lights. It is weird, not to have snow, but there has been plenty of rain to make up for it. I took a picture today looking out our apartment window. It is the middle of the day, but the clouds and the rain are making it so dark, that they have to turn on all the street lights. It looks pretty cool. I will attatch the picture. I also am attatching a picture from the Terracotta museum, and also of my confused australian companion who doesn’t know what thanksgiving is!

Today we are going to hike to 10,000 buddahs. I am excited. It will be pretty fun! I will send some pictures next week.

This week was an interesting week. One of our investigators, M–, is finally ready to be baptized. This coming sunday will be her baptism. She has waited so long for this and now it is here! Also, we have started teaching her husband. He is a little stubborn, but if we keep working with him, they will eventually be able to go through the temple as a family! It just makes me so happy, because this is the reason I decided to serve a mission. This is it!

This week, our biggest problem we have had with investigators, is their parents! We have multiple investigators who want to be baptized, but their parents wont let them. It is really sad. I have always been able to rely on my parents for strength and comfort, but these people don’t have that. It really makes me sad. I have thought a lot about the eternal perspective for these people. They will be able to accept this gospel eventually, but it is hard to not allow them to have these amazing blessings now! It really is frustrating at points. We just have to keep working with them, making sure their faith is strong, and keep praying for their parents!

We have really started increasing our teaching pool. It feels nice to see so many people coming closer to Christ. Even though it isn’t very big steps all the time, the little things really do add up. As these people slowly change, they will eventually realize how close to the savior they are, and that last little leap of faith, really wont seem as far. This work is amazing, and I am so glad I get to be a part of it! It is really hard, that part I really can’t deny, but it is so worth it. There are times where the only thing left to do is kneel and pray to God, but then it always comes through and you get stronger and better than before. It is really one of the best experiences a person will ever have the opportunity to have!

I love you all, and hope you have an amazing week. enjoy all the thanksgiving left overs and keep smiling!

Love, Elder Bubba

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