We are having a heat wave!!!!!

{Sent Jan 27, 2013}

Hello my friends and very supportive family!

 

How is everything going over in bi-polar Utah? Hopefully you are all staying safe with the weird weather going on. There have been LOTS of changes over here in Hong Kong this past week. First, I am moved back onto the island. So I am now in the big city again. When you look at all the “typical” pictures of Hong Kong, and you see the big buildings (including the one that looks like it is made up of lots of triangles) that is my new area! It is fun to be back in the city. There is a certain energy that goes on around here. The area is called West Point. This area has its challenges, like every other area, and it has a lot of work to do, but we are going to do our best. I am also “step training” a missionary. I am only his second companion, he has been out about 3 months. He is from Hong Kong, and speaks very little english. When I had my last native companion, we would speak mostly english, but now we speak almost always in cantonese, I kind of like it more! Sometimes he will try to say something in english and I just don’t understand, so he tries again. I still don’t understand. So then he says it in chinese, I translate, he repeats. So pretty much we say certain sentences about 4-5 times each. It is pretty fun! His name is Elder Au. It is kind of funny, because his family is from the same area where I was just serving, so he keeps asking me about all his friends and family. He reminds me a lot of Murphy Nadauld. My apartment has 2 Hong Kong people and two springville people. The other springville person agrees with me that he acts and kind of looks like an asian Murphy. Its pretty fun.

This week has just been a lot of time adjusting to the changes. It has been fun to walk the streets of the city and talk to the people (even though they don’t really like talking to me). It is different how the mood of people change in only moving such a short distance. It is interesting, and we will have to see how it goes!

 

It is weird being senior companion now. There were times before where if I didn’t really know what to say, I could just be silent and the senior companion would kind of take over. There have been a couple times these past few days that I go quiet, then realize I have to be the one to speak. We are both learning and laughing together. I have laughed more these past couple of days than I have in a long time. It reminds me of mom’s dream she had last week.

 

This week, I have been reading from the bible. It is interesting how much I really don’t know. It seems like the more I study the bible and cantonese, the more I realize that I don’t really know that much! haha The Bible is just like Cantonese, full of secrets, complicated, and never master-able! haha But I just keep working on it and doing the best I can.

 

Well, I don’t really have any investigators right now to have you pray for…. So just pray for the area and that it will pick up here! haha President Hawks made a “mission presidents” promise to all of us yesterday at zone conference, it involves us doing certain things, then in turn he promises we will have success in finding this week. I am grabbing that promise and running as fast as I can with it. We will need all the prayers and support, but it isn’t impossible. It is interesting, when the hard times come, that is when you really understand the Lord and how much you really can rely on him.

 

Well, I hope you all have a great week and really enjoy the “warmer weather”. I love you all and think of you all the time. You are truly in my prayers. I love you!!!!

 

Elder Bubba Brown

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Letter from Hong Kong

{sent Jan 20, 2013}
Dear friends, family, and worried moms:

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable week. P-day seems to come by really fast when it was only a few days ago! This week has been good. (yes mom, I am feeling better)

I can’t believe our stake has that many missionaries. What is even more crazy, is that at least 4 of them are here in Hong Kong. Every month the stakes send letters to the missionaries. We all have a joke that they just need to submit it to the china hong kong mission office and put it in our newsletter!

I am so sorry to hear about Brother Bates… I knew Ty. He has been over to our house a couple of times. If you see their family, tell them sorry for me. Is Ty going to stay on his mission? It is amazing how fast things like that happen. Really shows the importance of keeping good health and doing everything you can to prevent accidents like that. I know you can’t always prevent it, but you can really lower the chances.

Mom, your dream sounds nice (except for the part about me coming home early…). It is coming faster than you think. I am really enjoying myself over here. Yes there are trying and discouraging times, but a smile takes you a long ways through those trials! Plus, when you see a bunch of little chinese kids running around, how can you stay sad/mad at anything?

This week I went on 24 hour exchanges with another missionary. I went and stayed at their apartment. It is an amazing apartment. It is on the 34th floor. and the big living room windows look out over the ocean. I could literally pee from their window into the ocean (but I didn’t do that ok… :)) haha. While I was on these exchanges, we realized how to make finding more fun. It is called the "crazy laugh". You run into a lot of crazy old people when you are walking around thestreet. We decided that instead of being weirded out by them, we will just laugh with them! (not at them). Just the idea of 2 white people and a crazy old chinese person laughing at the top of their lungs makes me laugh even harder. We get the weirdest looks, but we have fun! haha and then we always move on and help the other people too!

Well, not a whole lot of extra has happened since I last wrote a couple of days ago. I will leave you all with my love and prayers. You are all amazing and I pray for you all daily. Stay amazing, stay strong, and love life!

Elder Bubba Brown

Pictures:
[1]Missionaries from our stake
[2]Missionaries from Springville
[3]View from Chris’s apartment