My amazing friends and family,
This week has been a complete roller coaster. Let me start with Tuesday. We were talking to the zone leaders receiving their report so we could give it to President Hawks, when out of nowhere, we get a rapid knock on our office door. We open it up and the mission secretary is there and says, "somebody just passed out on the sidewalk outside, you need to help him." So we hung up on the zone leaders, and took off running outside. By the time we got there he was coming to his senses. His face was scratched up a little, and his glasses were broken, but he wasn’t too injured. We brought him into the church, and by that time they had one of the senior missionaries who is an ex-RM was there to help us. I am getting pretty lucky with these pass outs!
That night, we went to help the housing elders close down an apartment. There was lots of furniture that was very old and trashed, so once we got everything out of the apartment, we all wielded ourselves with hammers and went to town at breaking down large bookcases, wardrobes, desks, and other furniture down to little pieces. Talk about a good way to get rid of stress. It didn’t take 4 elders a long time to break everything down though. I also learned that if there is every a zombie apocalypse and we only have hammers, I know who I want on my side.
Thursday morning, Sister Hawks taught us how to make a turkey, because we were in charge of making it for our zone’s activity. President Hawks let each zone take a couple of hours on Thanksgiving to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. It was a lot of fun, and it was cool to watch all the companionships work together to create a nice dinner. Everyone was so full by the time it was over, an we even had food left over. It was a great way to spend Thanksgiving.
After the Thanksgiving party, we found out that one of our recent converts had a tragedy in his family. His grandpa passed away. His whole family is taking it very hard. It is interesting, to watch a family who isn’t part of this church when a tragedy like this comes around. They are all filled with such sorrow, because they don’t believe they will see him again. What an awful thought. To never see your loved family members again. I love the hope this gospel brings, and it has been a blessing to help our recent convert gain a stronger testimony about the resurrection. It feels good to promise him that as he remains faithful, he will see his grandpa again. I love that thought, if we are all faithful, we can have eternal families. It gives me motivation to stay faithful until the end, because I love my family and I am willing to do anything to stay with them for eternity.
The sister missionaries in our ward started meeting with a less active member. Every time they met with her though, she would just say, "I will repent later, I just want to have fun right now." About a month ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. She was put on heavy doses of Chemo, but it was too much for her body, she couldn’t take the treatment. So she asked to stop treatments, and die with as little pain as possible. Whenever members or the missionaries would visit her while she was on her death bed, she would just say, "please pray with me. I want a chance to repent. I want to change now." She passed away last week, leaving behind a husband and a couple of kids. It is such a sad story, but really helps me to know the importance of being worthy at all times. We can’t put of repentance until tomorrow, because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
Yesterday we had a very successful day at church. We had a couple of people come, and the ward was very excited. I love watching people get excited about the work. I also love it when the ward leaders become active in missionary work. When they act and not wait to be acted upon. I have seen that if a quorum really wants to have success in brining investigators, or less actives to church, they need to be active. Some leaders go out and spend a lot of time working with less actives, and they are seeing the fruits of their labors. Some leaders wait for us missionaries to bring people to them, they see MUCH smaller results. So, to all of you church leaders (or just members in general) act, and don’t wait to be acted upon, and you will see blessings.
It is getting pretty cold here in Hong Kong. It is a weird cold though. Not a bite at your nose kind of cold, but a cold that starts on the inside and works it’s way out. I don’t really like the whole "humid cold", but it makes drinking a cup of hot chocolate so much more rewarding. plus, the cold weather makes it feel more like Christmas time. I am excited for the holidays!
Love, Elder Brown
the pictures are of us at the Y– family house (from last week)
The other one is of us preparing Thanksgiving dinner (how many people can you fit in one kitchen?)