Sunday, May 8, 2016

The One Where Mindy Got Her First Transfer

Sorry i haven't posted this yet! it's almost time for this next week's email. i know, i'm a slacker. but hey, i'm on vacation, so cut me some slack.
anyway, here is this last week's email from our beautiful missionary! enjoy :)

Surprises, surprises.... but never coincidences.

Hello everybody!

To start out, I got moved areas in the last transfer call. I'm now serving in Tsim Sha Tsui with Sister Mendoza, who will be going home after this transfer. I don't know how I got so lucky to be companions with two people going home but I'm not even being sarcastic when I say that I love them with my whole heart and it's HARD to send a companion home.

So, Tsim Sha Tsui. Sister Mendoza and I are actually opening the area for sister missionaries, which means that we will be re-establishing sister missionary work here in the ward and area. The elders that have been serving here are absolutely amazing. If I were their mom, I would be so proud of them. They were taking REALLY good care of the area and all the investigators, members and less-actives. The ward is VERY excited to have sisters back in the area and is already setting up plans and actions to feed us and help us meet their friends. Sister Mendoza and I are stressed but blessed (which I think is going to be the statement that describes this next transfer, or better yet, my whole mission).

Tsim Sha Tsui is where the true heart of Hong Kong is. There are A LOT of people here, a lot of apartment buildings, a lot of businesses, a lot of museums and just a lot of everything. Sister Mendoza and I are having fun trying to get everything organized and trying to figure out the layout of our area and the Elders have been a huge help.

I'll be honest, when I found out I was moving areas or in reality, when I found that my previous area, Sham Shui Po, was being shut down for sister missionaries, I cried HARD. Sham Shui Po is a unique area because the missionaries that take care if it are also the Office Elders and the Assistants to the President (aka: VERY busy Elders). Those elders already have SO much to do during the day that I really didn't understand how they were going to be able to take on our work as well as their own work. I honestly didn't think I would ever cry while I was on my mission but when that love and worry for your area and the people in it hits you like a wall, there's no holding back.

I have full trust in Heavenly Father. He wouldn't ask Sister Mendoza and I to open an area if he didn't trust us and he wouldn't ask the elders to take on the entire Sham Shui Po area if he didn't think they could manage it all. I also know that Sister Mendoza and I cannot open this area on our own. We are relying heavily on the Lord's help and on the help from the ward. I'm grateful that Heavenly Father has put so many wonderful people in my life to help lift me and

My week has been full of looking at files, goodbyes, meetings, greetings, exhaustion and a new witness that God knows His children perfectly and He knows how to help us progress, even if it's through hard things.

Funny of the week: While explaining to the Elders in Sham Shui Po about one of my investigators, I said "You can be bold with her when asking her the repent" and one of the Elders thought I said " You can be bold with her when asking her to WEAR PANTS" and he said, "Wear pants??!? What kind of situations are you getting us into?" It was really funny. I think being bold with both situations is the best thing to do ;). We were all a little over-tired this week.

There have been other funny moments because my new companion, Sister Mendoza, is just as awkward and silly as I am. She's from the Phillipines and is VERY loving. I'm incredibly blessed to have her with me. I can already tell we're gonna have some fun together. She used to serve in Kowloon City which is right next door to Tsim Sha Tsui, so she already knows most of the members really well and they have been asking her to come serve in their ward for months. I truly know that the Lord answers prayers because one of the most said phrases by our members is "We've been praying for sister missionaries to serve here for months!" God answers prayers on HIS time, never doubt that He's got it all figured out for you.

I love you all so much. Here's a picture of my cute Pohpo investigator.

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