How are you doing? As for me, i am living the dreams! The work in Hong Kong is progressing and we're seeing miracles everyday. Yesterday, history was made in Hong Kong because the stakes in Hong Kong split from 4 stakes to 6! I am a proud member of the new Kowloon West Stake! I'm grateful that Heavenly Father gave the opportunity to be a part of the work in Hong Kong at this time. Although the work is at times slow and NEVER easy, these is progress and there is so much joy in it.
There are some things that I learned this week that I want to share with you. I don't know if i told you all but one of the investigators that i am teaching is 96 years old. She's adorable. One thing that has surprised me the most in this process of helping Yu Pohpo prepare for baptism is that Satan doesn't quit. Even if you're 96 years old, even when you are a missionary, Satan does not quit. He is ALWAYS trying to make us miserable, no matter what situation or age we are in. We have to be stronger than the adversary. It never stops, so we can't either. We need to be building faith NOW that will last us a lifetime. Temptations, weaknesses and doubts change, so our faith needs to constantly be changing and growing as well.
I'm learning this lesson with my less-actives as well. They all have different ages, their situations vary, their conversion stories vary, their knowledge of the gospel varies but hey all have one thing in common. Their faith is insufficient. This is why we, as missionaries, focus a lot of "teaching people, not lessons". We live in a world where people are on a constant hunt to find happiness. They try to buy happiness, they try to eat their way to being happy, they try to exercise themselves happy, work themselves happy, sleep themselves happy...etc. Whatever it is, if it isn't finding happiness in Christ, it is temporary. It will never last. You cannot find a better stress reliever, a better anti-depression pill, a better bandaid than having faith in Christ. I, myself, have learned so much about happiness through trying to serve others. My challenge is that if you look at your life now and find that you are searching for happiness in places that are not in Christ, stop, and start studying Christlike attributes. Serve others, read about His miraculous life, pray hard and start focusing on Him. You'll see the difference.
This life isn't easy but God walks with us every step of the way. There's a mormon message that i really love to share here on the mission. It's called "The Hope of God's Light." In this video, the man telling his story says something like, "It is our condition as mortals to feel that we are constantly walking in darkness...God has promised us that we will not walk alone and that He will illuminate the way before us." I love you all so much. I hope you realize that there is so much hope, light, progress and love in this world, you just need to look in the right places.
I love you all so much. Have a great week!
P.S. My funny of the week is Yu Pohpo. Just as an update, yes, she was baptized this week after the special stake meeting! Yu pohpo is almost totally deaf but thinks that she is not, so when she was thanking everyone for coming to the baptism, she kept blowing kisses and saluting everyone. Sister Mendoza later described her as looking like a presidential candidate. It was so darn cute. She also kept yelling, "I can't hear you!!" at random points. It made for one of the more entertaining baptisms i've witnessed. But I do want you all to know that the love that the ward has for Grandma Yu and the love that the Savior has for Grandma Yu was very strong and i'm grateful to have been a part of that beautiful moment in Grandma Yu's life.