Gamyanjit Faailohk! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

HEYYY! Guess what?! This last week was THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE! BEST WEEK OF MY MISSION!!!!

oh my goodness I don't even think I could type everything fast enough!! Seriously though, I've never been happier in my entire life. I said that in the MTC. I said it in Macau. But now here in Cheung Sha Wan, I really mean it :) LIFE COULDN'T GET BETTER!!!

F: is a literal fantasy. And yeah, that's her name :) isn't it great?! People here just give themselves English names. And then if they don't like them, they change them. Right now we're working on naming Sister Yeung :) anyway, F. She is AMAZING. She went to mainland all week for work and so we couldn't contact her at all, which was a bummer. But then she showed up for church! On time! And brought her BOM! And LOVED it! She joined the ward choir afterwards! haha! How amazing is that?! And in our lesson, she started crying and said, "i don't know why I feel so good right now!" THAT'S THE SPIRIT! i wanted to shout it because i was grinning from ear to ear. AND she accepted a baptismal date :) December 29! WHOOOO!

C JM, C C, and Y Y: GREAT. So great :) I'm pretty sure she's a single mom... but they are awesome! They love church. They came again yesterday and loved it. C JM says such great prayers and I can really tell she wants to keep learning more. She's a miracle. She just fell right into our laps. Ahh I love them.

J JM: ALSO a complete MIRACLE. Last week's FHE at our member C's house with her COULD NOT HAVE GONE BETTER! C and J JM became best friends right off the bat, and later in the week C invited J JM over so their daughters could do homework together. BEST FELLOWSHIPPER AWARD! It makes me so happy when that happens. Those are the kinds of investigators that get baptized and stay active. :)

W: Did I write about W? She calls herself W but spells her name "W" it's great :) She was going to get baptized in Jehovah's Witness church but then we snagged her :) she's awesome! Also so prepared. Also has a baptismal date for January 26. Also has been to church twice. Also cried her eyes out when we watched The Testaments at our ward party :)

......Do you understand what this is? This, my friends and family, is INVESTIGATORS. Real ones. Progressing ones, in fact. Real, progressing, wonderfully prepared INVESTIGATORS. I don't think you can possibly understand how happy we are. Sister Aldana and I have worked through WEEKS of trying to help people progress, trying to help them come to church, trying to help them have interest, and NOW.... the blessings are coming in faster than we can count. We don't have room enough to receive them all :)


Complete happiness :) The work is moving! The Lord is blessing us SO much! I am so humbled by the many, many things we've been given this week. Heavenly Father truly is mindful of us. This work is HIS. There's no way we could do it on our own. Ahh, I love it SO much!

Also, Sister Y in our ward (the one that gives us fruit every week!) had us over for Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday night. BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE. It was so delicious. She made the most beautiful delicious turkey I've ever seen/eaten. It was on a big platter surrounded by roasted pineapple, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes. I should've taken a picture. But my camera died :( there were mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin choc chip bread, that broccoli/onion/bacon salad that's MY FAVORITE!!! (Mom, isn't that great?! i thought of you! :)), corn, carrots, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Plus she made us our own loaves of pumpkin choc chip bread. She's an angel. She's so American. We LOVE it :) I don't realize how much I miss American food till I eat it.

Annnnd... our ward also had our ward Thanksgiving party last night! BEST WARD ACTIVITY. There were so many referrals there, so many investigators there, and basically the whole time we felt like chickens with our heads cut off. We ate food, watched The Testaments, had a great testimony meeting, took our investigators to the MTR, waved goodbye with big smiles, and then when they were gone, we took a deep breath and both said at the same time, "Oh my gosh that was so stressful." But the BEST kind of stress! The kind of stress that means we had TOO MANY PEOPLE THERE!

Ahh. I LOVE this work. I'm so THANKful to be here as a missionary. I'm so THANKful to be in Cheung Sha Wan with Sister Aldana. We're scared that the 2nd week in December, one of us will move. Things can't be this good for this long ;) LIfe is wonderful. I have never been happier. The work is hard, but worth it. We'll "carry on, carry on, carry on!" You too! Have the best Thanksgiving ever! And eat a LOT of American food for me!

I LOVE YOU ALL WITH ALL MY HEART! I'm so thankful to know all of you! I'm so thankful for all the love and support!

Happy, happy, happy Thanksgiving!

Love always,
Gwok Jimuih :)


I Believe in Miracles!!!


First things first: Dad! Happy birthday on Wednesday! I'll be thinking of you! You're getting so old!! ;) jk... you're still the youngest dad out of everyone i meet. So no worries :) Spence, happy birthday on Sunday!

Okay, this week was AMAZING. Absolutely amazing. Miracles are real. Prayer and inspiration... they're real! Sister Aldana and I said several times, "Oh my goodness! PRAYER WORKS!!!" Who woulda thought!? ;)

MONDAY: We had FHE over at a member's house with us and the elders. It was fun! They have a baby and a 3 year old son named L so it was a great time. We had Elder Allen be the "tree of life" and had him hold a bunch of Chips Ahoy cookies as the fruit. Then we had some floss (we couldn't find any regular string) as the Iron Rod. It was fun :) I played the piano for the opening song and oh wow... my piano skills are sooooooooooooooooo rusty. It's so sad! I can't play anything anymore because I NEVER ever have time to play the piano. I hope that skill comes back to me fast after my mission. I'm trying to find all the opportunities to play that i can... but they are few. I played at zone conference though. So that was good.

TUESDAY: We taught our investigator J JM at her house. HER HOUSE IS SO NICE. Oh man. It was beautiful and it had the BEST view of HK! I love this city!!! We went with our bishop's wife and she helped out so much! Love good lessons!

WEDNESDAY: The miracles! So we went finding... for like a really long time.... and we were not having any success. We go to the park. We see this mom. She rejects us. We move onto the next mom. And she's really nice! Her name was C JM. So we invited her to English class that night. She said yes she would for sure come! Yay! So we brought her to English class with her two daughters, C C and Y Y. It was great! Afterwards we gave them a tour of the church and then we sat in the chapel and taught them how to pray. It was AMAZING! THEN... we invited them to church. And they said yes right off the bat! 9 am? No problem. 3 hours long? Also no problem. WHEN DOES THAT HAPPEN??!! never, i tell you. It was great :)

THURSDAY: Zone conference. Best one yet. Nah, idk. They're all absolutely phenomenal. I absolutely LOVE my mission president and his wife. They are wonderful. Have you seen that new mormon message with Elder Holland talking? about taking the right road? It's SO GOOD. Go watch it. President Hawks showed us that and said really powerfully, "Elders and Sisters, you're on the right road." I felt the Spirit testify that it is true. I am on the right road. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be right now. Hong Kong, China. It's wonderful. I love being a missionary here.

President Hawks emphasized a lot in zone conf that we need to learn how to be better missionaries, but more importantly, we need to learn how to be better people. He talked a lot about when we go home and what we will have changed, what we will have accomplished, who we will BE. He talked about finding a future spouse that is as good as Sister Hawks :) He talked about the things we were learning and how we will apply them in the near future as mothers and fathers and teachers. It was powerful. I thought a lot about the ways i'm learning. I thought a little bit about when I come home. Before, when I used to think about home, I thought of it as the same. Home is familiar. You are all familiar to me. But I realized this week..... it's not going to be the same. Because I am not the same. I am different. I see things differently, I view things differently, I have a different, stronger, better relationship with my Father in Heaven and my Savior, and I will have had so many life changing experiences. I love it. I love this mission. I love the ways I'm changing. I love who I am becoming through Jesus Christ.

SATURDAY: Okay. So a few weeks ago Sis Aldana and I had this inspiration that we needed to go visit C, a member in our ward. Did i tell you about C? She is AMAZING. Anyway, she had no referrals that night to give us but then on Friday night she called us and invited us to her son L-L's birthday birthday. {PS: I'm in LOVE with L-L. And he's 4. He's the cutest little kid EVERRRRRRR!} anyway, her friend was there with her two little girls! REFERRAL!!!!!!!! We never get referrals. It was the most happy exciting thing ever. This lady is super nice too! We thought it was so cool that we were prompted to go see C and then she gave us a referral. :) So then after the birthday party we went out finding. It was soooo hot. I was so pooped. We both were. And we were having noooo success. But then the office elders called us. They were like, "Get back to the church right now! We have a member referral for you!" So we go back to the church. And this member from mainland is there with her friend! Her name is F :) I know, right? It's like a f :) And she was AMAZING!!!!! Seriously. so, so prepared. Referrals are always so much more prepared. SO SO exciting!

SUNDAY: I'm running out of time... arrrghhhh.... but C JM and her two daughters came to church! And they LOVED it! :) Yay yay yay! :)

Ah poop. I wish I could write everything down. This is like little glimpses of the many, many miracles we were given this week. I'm so happy to be here and to witness so many tender mercies of the Lord. I LOVE WHAT I'M DOING!!!!! It's the best thing in the world :)

I love you all so much! Have a great week! :) I know I will!!

Love love love love love,
Sister Gwok


a MIRACLE and 2 drunks...

Hey hou, leih hou! :) Family and friends, how are you?! I hope you know how much you mean to me and how much I love you all. Thank you so much for the wonderful support and love. I feel it so much out here! :) You're the greatest!

So, here are some highlights from the past 4 days since I last emailed!

SATURDAY: The COOLEST thing happened! Ahh, it was so, so neat! It's kind of a long story.... so a few weeks ago during weekly planning, Sis Aldana and I went through our book of former investigators and prayerfully picked a few we would focus on this past week. So there's one named F. She was investigating like 7 years ago. Her mom is a LA, who actually used to be in a different ward but moved here to CSW. anyway... that's not even the story (i hope this makes sense!) So. This record has: a wrong cell number, a bad address, a home number that no one picks up, and a Brother S that used to help them fellowship. So Saturday night I'm totally DETERMINED to find out more information. So I call Brother S. He was no help at all and was actually pretty rude to me. He kept saying, "I don't know her! She's not in this ward! I live in Causeway Bay, you're in Cheung Sha Wan!" I kept trying to explain and he would have none of it. So I got off the phone pretty discouraged, told Sister Aldana about it, and then we both just shrugged our shoulders and said, "oh well, what do you do." And then I was like..... wait. Where's our FAITH?! So I called the home number again. A guy answered and when I asked for F or W JM (her LA mom), he was like "Wrong number!" and hung up. Again, I was like, okay oh well. And then I thought again... NO. Where's my faith?! So I said a quick prayer and called the home number again. It rang and rang and rang.... and then a girl picked it up. IT WAS F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was probably the coolest thing that's happened to me on my misison. Well, idk, i've seen a lot of miracles. But it was so amazing! I was able to talk to her and get some correct information for her record. At first she was super skeptical, but I kept chatting with her and little by little she warmed up! At the end of the conversation, she gave me her cell phone number and said, "Keep in contact, Gwok JM!" :D i WAS STOKED!!!!!!!! New investigator/LA/part member family right there! I'm so excited! Straight up miracle :)

In other news....
-We had 2 investigators at church yesterday! Yay! But.... not yay. Because they were both COMPLETELY drunk. It was so bizarre.... I felt so bad for them and so stressed the whole time they were at church. Babysitting drunks is now part of missionary life...

-Zone Conference is this week.... yay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE zone conference and hearing from our leaders.

-We visited a LA yesterday and she gave us some salad.... apples, corn, and cucumbers drenched in mayo. Weirdest thing. Sis Aldana and I couldn't decide if it was delicious or if it was the grossest thing we've ever tasted.

-Anyway, I've got to be going now. Sorry so short. Next week will be better! I love you all SO much! Have the best week ever! :)

All my love,
Sista Shay


Cheng Outs!!

Helloooo there all of my favorite people in the world! (If you're reading this, you count! :))

How was this week for you?! Actually, this past week and a half? I hope it was awesome. I loved seeing Halloween pictures and hearing all about it. And I LOVED getting mail! Mom, your card was the cutest. Michelle, I LOVED all your pictures and your letter made my day! Gigi, thank you so much! Whit, your letters were THE best. I read parts of them out loud and we all died laughing :) Ah, I just have the best fam/friends EVER! I love you all!

So oh my goodness this week was crazy. First off, YJ! We happened to RUN INTO HER when we were finding! ( i don't even remember what day it was... i forgot my planner today and my planner is my brain...) But it was crazy. We were talking to someone else and then all of a sudden Sister Aldana just screams, "YJ!!!!" And I turn around and there she is! It was the craziest thing EVER! We met with her the next day and she is so insanely busy. It's definitely our biggest struggle right now. Everyone is so busy with school, work, school, work, school, work...... AHHH JUST LISTEN TO THE GOSPEL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! Yeah. But we're working on helping YJ come to church. This Sunday, we're crossing our fingers! Cross yours too!

We've been teaching LJ, she's our referral from our recent convert. She's great! We're going REALLY slow because she has no previous knowledge about religion at all. But she has a really special place in my heart. She just seems like a lost soul, and I know the gospel can really bless her life. We're actually eating dinner over at our recent convert's house with her tonight! so stoked!!!

Who else.... we started teaching a JJ (does everyone know that JM means ji muih which means sister? so like sister j in english). She's also GOLDEN. We got an awesome fellowshipper for her that really helps out a lot with our crappy chinese. She's also being a real friend for her. Sometimes it feels like fellowshippers come because they feel like they have to, but GJ (our fellowshipper) is really being a great friend. I love it when that happens :)

We're full up on cheng outs this week! (people inviting us over to their house to eat dinner) which NEVER NEVER NEVER happens. especially with investigators. But this week we're having one tonight with L JM, one tomorrow with a ward member that will give us so many referrals!!, and one on Sunday with J JM! We're so excited! Cheng outs are a big deal. If people trust you enough to invite you over to their house, they're golden :)


-Mom, trash day? I have no idea haha. When our trash can gets full, we take it out to the landing on the stairs where there is a bigger trash can.

-We don't know our neighbors.... A) because one of the apartments next to ours is being renovated right now, and B) because we don't live in our area. We live in Kwai Fong. We have to go over 2 MTR stops to even get into our area!

-Next holiday? No clue.... no clue at all. Thanksgiving? Y JM in our ward, the one who gives us fruit every week, is having us over for Thanksgiving dinner on the 17th! So excited! And our ward is having a Thanksgiving party on the 23rd. But regular non-members don't even know what Thanksgiving is. We tried to explain it to someone. They didn't really get it. "So you just eat food? And do what?" us: "um....give thanks! and eat! a lot!"

-The weather is soooo bipolar. One day I can wear a sweater and be comfortable, and the next day I'm hot again and getting a little bit sweaty. It's the weirdest thing to hear about snow and cold weather. Like whit, your date in the snow? Yeah. Can't imagine it.

-We have started doing finding with this display... basically like this big poster... idk how to describe it. But we set it up in Sham Shui Po, which is like CRAZY busy with people, and it was great! We got some numbers and emails to work with, which is always good!

-Today in the temple was absolutely amazing. I've been struggling lately, feeling like I'm not good enough and I'm not doing enough to further the work. But today in the temple was so needed. I sat in the Celestial Room and just felt Heavenly Father's approval so tangibly. I know He is pleased with me. Yes, I am so far from perfect. I mess up every day! But that's why we have the Atonement. That's why we have the Savior. With Him, all things are possible. We can wake up every day and try a little harder to be a little better. I know that Heavenly Father is so merciful. He is our perfect, loving, endlessly patient Father. I'm so grateful to have felt His love and presence today in the temple. It was a special, sacred time. I'm so thankful for the temple!

FAM. The house is BEAUTIFUL. I'm so excited to see it :) Keep sending pics! I LOVE seeing them. You guys are awesome! I miss and love you so much! Thanks for the incredible love and support. I love, love, love, love, love you ALL!

Love always and forever,
Sister Shay