Monday, May 1, 2017

The One Where Mindy Is Almost Done With Her Mission!!!

Hello!

Our wonderful missionary didn't write an email this week, but I still haven't posted last week's email yet, so there is still going to be a blog post! I have no idea if i'll be posting anymore because Mindy gets home from her mission in 8 DAYS!! We are all so excited to see her again! So this is my goodbye email. Next post will be from our cute missionary herself! :)

Here is Mindy's April 23rd email!


"If you hadn't told me me, I never would have known".

Hello Everyone!
I cannot believe how fast time is flying. It's already been 18 months of "go! go! go! go!" and I'm still loving it. How blessed I am to be able to serve the Lord for almost an extra month more than most sisters get! I was really grateful to be able to go to the temple this last week. I didn't go with specific questions this time but I did study quite a bit before I went this time and I think that truly made a difference. I got some answers to questions that I forgot that I had or noticed things during the session that I didn't notice before. It was enlightening. Not only to my understanding but also to my soul. I'm grateful we have a temple in our mission and that I have been able to partake of that blessing.

Aside form the temple, we were also able to meet with a couple of investigators this week. Our new investigator this week is a man name Marco. I think that I mentioned him last week. He's a members friend that has been coming to English class forever. He seems pretty sincere. He doesn't have very many questions yet and we aren't sure where or how his faith is. We shared about the nature of God, the need for a Savior, and a little bit about the pre-earth life. He didn't pray last week so we're hoping that he does tit this week. We also had the opportunity to meet with Jamie on Sunday. Amy was feeling sick so she didn't come but we had a great lesson with Jamie. We shared about the Plan of Salvation and she seemed to really soak it in. She asked questions when she needed clarification but otherwise she just took it in. At the end of it all she said, "This is really different. Thank you for sharing it with me. If you hadn't shared this, I never would have known!" It was awesome. It's moments like that where I remember why I'm here. If i wasn't here to share this, they would never know. Anyway, Jamie is awesome. She even did the reading assignment that we gave her. SOOO proud of her!

I LOVED Stake Conference yesterday. Those kinds of meetings are so much better when you understand 98% of what is going on. I especially love when the Area 70 made our Stake promise that if they just TRIED to share the gospel with their families, our stake would double in the next 6 months. WHAT? I thought that was powerful. I REALLY hope that our members heard it too. Sister Knapp and I immediately turned to each other with mouths open in awe. We've been pondering ways that we can get members on that ever since. I'm sensing a lot of prayer and fasting coming up in the next few months for the missionaries. I didn't actually understand the Elders name that spoke. I could hear it but it just wasn't computing in my brain. So, hopefully I can figure that one out soon. He's from Thailand if anyone knows. 

I LOVE being a missionary. It's glorious. It's wonderful. It's hard. But it's eternally worth it. YOU all can be missionaries now too. You don't need the badge. If you don't share it, how can they know? Don't be afraid to open your mouth. 

I love you all. 
Have a fantastic week!

Sister Adams

Sister Adams and her district at the temple. TUNG CHUNG DISTRICT!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The One Where Sister Adams Tells Us About Her Music Filled FHE Activity

Hello Hello!

Probably only going to receive one more email from our amazing missionary and then it'll be HER updating her own blog and not me! We are all so excited to see this cutie again!

Here is her April 16th email:


Happy Easter and the Prince of Peace

This weeks was so fun! We did a lot of less-active finding and member visits in the first part of the week and then the week picked right up after that. We got two new investigators this week, Jamie and Amy. We should be getting another one next week! Super good week! God is blessing us and giving us miracles!

We had a primary activity this Friday in the morning and since our investigator, Amy, is ten years old, she was able to go. her big sister, Jamie, brought her. Amy was a little frustrated because our primary is 99% nursery but Jamie helped a lot with keeping Amy happy. We taught them the Restoration and they received it really well. Surprisingly, Amy had the most questions. She would ask questions about what would happen if someone who had the priesthood did bad things with it and similar questions to that. Super good. It's really fun to teach them because they think things through really well and ask a lot of questions but they receive it really well. They weren't able to go to church this week but they seem to have a lot of sincere interest. They came for our activity on Saturday night as well. 
The activity on Saturday night was a Music Family Home Evening. It was an awesome example of missionaries and the ward mission leader working together to make things happen. I was really happy with the way it turned out. We were able to get 5 investigators there that night and it was really fun! Sister Knapp and I presented the idea to our ward mission leader about a month ago. It was originally supposed to be a bigger deal than an FHE but because of time constraints, our ward mission leader proposed that we make it an FHE. We missionaries were in charge of making pizza, the game, and getting investigators to come. WE had some members and investigators  play hymns and it was super fun. All the members that came that night were raving about it yesterday at church. We also had a member bring a friend named Joyce to the activity. I was really grateful to our ward mission leader for making our idea come to life. It was so good that the Bishop and the ward mission leader have talked about trying to have something similar to that every month. They're really getting more excited about missionary work. Now we just need to get everyone else just as proactive! 

We should be getting a new investigator in the next week. His name is Marco. We taught him on Friday after English class because he had a question about why we were called the "latter-day saints". We took the long route to answering his question by teaching him the Restoration. He seemed to understand what we were saying really well and felt the spirit too. He is not quite certain that God exists and doesn't know much about Jesus Christ, but I think he's going to catch on really fast once the knowledge comes. He seems really sincere in his questions.

I'm really happy with the way that things are going here in Tsing Yi and I hope to be able to keep building before I have to leave it. God gives me miracles every single day and i'm grateful for them.

The message that I want to leave today is actually the video for the new Easter initiative. It's titled Prince of Peace https://www.mormon.org/.  I just want to testify of the peace and light that Christ brings to my life. I cannot even tell you how many times hope in Christ and in the gospel has saved my happiness. I truly KNOW that Christ is the "light and life of the world". He IS the source to all happiness and peace in this world. We live in a hard world where we are attacked on every side BUT there is hope, peace, light, and protection to be found in the gospel. I have literally seen it change lives here in Hong Kong. Light will fill peoples eyes and countenances as they put their trust in Him. He lived for us. He died for us. He lives again so that we can live again and have eternal life and love. We CAN see our lost loved ones again. We CAN find peace and answers NOW. I know this to be true.

I love you all so much. Have a great week! 

Sister Adams

Sister Adams and Sister Knapp. On a hike!

Making pizza for the FHE activity with Amy and Jamie

Cute Easter food for the primary activity. Sister Knapp & Sister Adams helped make it.



The One Where Anything Can Be Made Out Of Bamboo

I only have 2 WEEKS to get all her emails on this blog! AHHHHH!!!

Here is her April 9th email:


General Conference and English Class miracle


Hello Everyone!

I feel like there's a ball of sunshine in my chest and I just can't contain it. THE GOSPEL IS TRUE!!!! Also, I loved General Conference this year. It was exactly the messages I needed to hear. If there is anybody who knows me, you know that the hymn "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today" is one of my FAVORITE hymns and when Elder Holland broke it apart and talked about it, I was feeling some "hallelujahs" and "preach it!"s in my soul. The gospel is good and Jesus Christ is our Savior. He knows the songs that you cannot sing.

This week was a little bit of a struggle to get people to meet with us, so Sister Knapp and I ended up doing some finding. Less-active and street. Honestly not much success there, but then on Friday we had an awesome thing happen. We have this little girl that's been coming to our English class named, Amy. This Friday she decided to bring her older sister, Jamie. We had a chat with them after English class and Jamie expressed a lot of interest and was asking a lot of questions so we decided to invite them to come to General Conference on Sunday. They didn't show up and we were a bit bummed. Then, we got the prompting to call them and ask them to meet with us that night and they agreed! So, we hurried and called a member, then we taught them yesterday night. Jamie is super interested! It turns out that she remembers and member that used to go to her school but graduated about two years ago (this member just returned home from a mission). She remembers him getting awesome grades and her teachers talking about how he's going to serve a mission. She's always wondered about whether his grades and stuff had anything to do with his religion. She has lots of really great questions. I'm excited to see how she progresses. At the end of the lesson we asked her if she had any questions and she said, "I have so many! But i need to think about the things you have taught me already." So, we made an appointment to see her again soon.

I don't know if I have told you all this yet or not but in Hong Kong they can literally build ANYTHING out of bamboo. A couple of weeks ago they started setting up some bamboo in the field next to our building. To mine and Sister Knapp's amazement, they built a Chinese opera house entirely out of bamboo and tin in about 3 weeks. We now get lulled to sleep by the sweet screeches of Chinese opera and off-beat drums. It's pretty hilarious. I'll attach some pictures.

Honestly, it's hard fro me to pick just one conference talk that I loved more than the others. A really prevalent theme that stuck out for me was on focusing on the good, the hope, and the Light of the World in the "mists of darkness". When we focus on light instead of dark, our lives get brighter, better, and more full of hope. This world is still good. Especially for those that remember who they are (children of God) and remember who can help them out of any sticky spot that they have gotten themselves into (Jesus can help you!). 

I love you all and I hope you have a light filled week! 

Love, Sister Adams 

Bamboo Opera House

View from Sister Adams' house window


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The One Where Sister Mindy Makes A Lot Of Banana Bread

Hello! Hello!
I only have 3 more weeks to get caught up on these emails! 3 WEEKS!!!!! :)

Here is Mindy's April 2nd email:


Banana Bread, Women's Conference and April Fools

Hello Everybody!

Did you have a great Conference weekend? I haven't watched it yet, just the general women's session, but i'm super excited to watch it this weekend and hear what God has to tell me from the mouths of His living prophet and apostles. I'm missing my family's Conference Sunday nacho tradition but Sister Knapp and I have been making a lot of banana bread recently so it's making up for it. (sort of...)

I'm super excited for General Conference this weekend! I really enjoyed watching the Women's conference yesterday because it was pretty consistent with what I've been studying recently in personal study. I don't know why but I've been studying the temple a lot recently and the covenants that we make there. It's been fascinating to realize how everything in the gospel fits together and really is "one eternal round". Everything is one in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it's been really fun to learn that. I'm excited to see where more study will take me. I love President Erying's talk, especially the part where he goes to pick up his son in frustration and the spirit whispers to him, "be careful, you are holding a great man" and President Eyring was reminded to look at his son through God's eyes. This is something that I pray for often. The ability to see others through God's eyes. To see their potential rather than their mistakes and faults. 

We weren't able to meet with very many investigators this week but we finally got Miki to come back to church! She hasn't been to church since she was baptized and I just about screamed of excitement when I saw her walking up to the chapel yesterday morning. It was good to have her there. Sister Knapp and I also had the opportunity to take Holden to Tsim Sha Tsui to see the "Light the World" art exhibit that our church put on down there. It was actually a pretty spiritual environment and we were able to bear testimony and share the gospel in a casual way. They had one painting of Lehi's vision and quite a few of the temple to we were able to share a lot about those things. We also had a member there with us, which was super helpful!

Sister Knapp and I have also started visiting more members and less-actives in their homes. When we met with the Bishop last week he gave us some names of people he needed us to visit and uplift. Sister Knapp and I also asked him for some information on some less-actives and we were able to get the names of some less-active young women. Sister Knapp and I made some banana bread (inspiration from Sister Curtis) and we've been visiting them. It turned out really good. We didn't try to force ourselves in, we just introduced ourselves and gave them the banana bread and asked when they would be free to see us again. We're taking it one step at a time and trying to become their friends and have them trust us first. They seemed really happy to see us though. 

I'm really enjoying my time here ins Tsing Yi. I know that this church is true. I had a funny story from April Fools that I was going to share (the elders that we serve with tried to prank us but we found out and ended up pranking them hardcore instead) but i'm out of time. I love you all so much! 

Have a great week! 

Sister Adams


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The One Where Sister Adams Talks About Her Newest Convert

hello readers!
thank you for reading her emails, i love Mindy's need to share her experiences and testimony with anyone who is willing to read.

I've got two emails for you today because one is itty bitty.

Here is her March 19th email:

Short one!

Sorry, this one is going to be short because we're off to play and the time snuck up on me!

I received my last transfer call this morning and I will be staying in Tsing Yi with Sister Knapp as my companion. I have the wonderful privilege of going to Junior companion before I fade out and get forced into the real world again.

We still have lots of plans for Tsing Yi and I'm really excited to be able to keep running around with Sister Knapp. God's hand is in the work and He's super into details so we're excited for all the surprise that come our way.

Thank you for being patient with me as I struggle to write these emails. I know that Jesus Christ lives and I know that Hong Kong is a special place. God loves His children all around the world but I love watching Him strive to bless these people. 

Have a fantastic week!

Sister Adams


A Groupie with their super cute recent convert, Yunice!!

Here is Sister Adams' March 26th email:


The best part of the summer is the sunshine

Hello Everybody!

Is everyone as excited about summer and spring as I am?! I love how much light there is. The sun is up earlier here and goes to bed later so I get to enjoy the sunshine longer (even thought it's been a little rainy and cold the last few days). I love the sunshine!

This week was a good one! We got to visit with a member named Kathy and she had two dogs. One of the Elders that we were with is terrified of dogs so it made for an interesting dinner experience. I, on the other hand, love dogs so i was happy to try to take the dogs attention off of him! ;) I love being able to visit my members and get to know them better. You members actually help us missionaries a lot. When we get the chance to sit down and spend time with her, it helps us better know what our focus should be in messages that we share, what we pray for, what activities to plan, etc. We just enjoy being a part of your lives. The saddest thing that I can think of is pouring my soul into an area and not having any relationships left behind when I leave that area. It's literally one of my biggest fears as a missionary. So, let us love you!!

On another note, Yunice is doing great! We are actually teaching her younger twin sister, Yvette, more now and she has a baptismal date for April 29th! i'm really hoping it all goes well! We've been really blessed here in Tsing Yi this year. Heavenly Father has made it so that we've had a baptism every month thus far and so we missionaries are praying for miracles and working our butts off to keep the streak alive. God is good and He's blessing us with miracles every day. 

My spiritual though today is an old quote that I found in my scriptures. It's by Sister Julie B. Beck from general conference 2010. It reads, "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." I just want to testify that that is true. Yunice received the gift of the Holy Ghost yesterday and one thing that Sister Knapp and I emphasize over and over again with her is how she needs to learn how the Holy Ghost speaks to HER. Everyone needs to do the same. It's crucial for our salvation. WE need to know how to follow the guidance that God gives us.

i love you all. Have a great week!

Sister Adams

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The One Where Sister Adams Tells Us About Her Love For The Commandments

hello everyone!

Now that it's finally April, i'm posting Mindy's March emails! LOL!


here is her March 6th email


"When you're the teacher but you're being taught..."

Hello Everybody! Happy March!

Today was a week of learning for me. We taught Yunice the rest of the commandments (she has incredible faith!) and all the while that we are preparing to teach her these commandments, I am the one that is being taught. And it was awesome!

One thing that you should know about Hong Kongers (or at the majority of the ones that I have run into) is that they don't think very far into the future. If you ask them what their goals are in life they'll say things like, "get rich." or  "I want to pass the DSE (which is like Hong Kong's ACT)." When we missionaries give spiritual thoughts about food storage or emergency preparedness they are always amazed that we think like this! They think it's a great idea, but unnecessary for them. I don't ask them if they've thought about life after death because they probably haven't and don't think it's necessary. It blows my mind a little bit, but then I think about it and I realize that sometimes (more often than I'd like to admit). I forget to think of the future too.

I love the reminder that we get in Alma 34:22 "For behold, this life is the time to prepare to meet God, yea, behold the day of this life is the day for man to perform their labors." In the grand scheme of forever, this life (about 90 years give or take) is actually NOT that long. So, we don't actually have any time to waste when it comes to performing the labors we need to perform and preparing the way that we need to perform. This is why having an "eternal perspective" is important. 

As Sister Knapp and I prepared to teach and taught Yunice the commandments, I was constantly filled with a sense of gratitude and love for my Heavenly Father for giving us the commandments that He gave us. Those commandments are the things that are going to prepare us to meet God. Mosiah 2:22 reads,"...all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments.. and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and proper you. How cool is that?! ALL we have to do is keep His commandments and we make it back to live with Him and get tons of blessings now and in heaven later. We really get the best end of this deal!

Let's take the Word of Wisdom for example. God has commanded us through a living prophet to eat more fruit, eat more vegetables, drink water, exercise, and avoid eating too much meat. He has also commanded us to avoid drinking tea, coffee, alcohol, doing drugs, and smoking cigarettes. Why would an all-powerful being care about what we eat or drink?! Why would he give us so many "rules" for our bodies? It's because He loves us a lot!
Our bodies and our spirits are connected. When our bodies are healthy, our spirits are healthier too. So, let's say that someone at the age of 50 or even 30 decides not to worry about taking care of their body anymore. They've lived the Word of Wisdom their whole lives but "i'm old now. I shouldn't have to work so hard." What happens? they've lost their eternal perspective. Heavenly Father could need you to serve on earth for 50 more years! WE decide on how hard and physically exhausting those years will be for us! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father gave us the Word of Wisdom because through this commandment, I know better how to take care of myself and other around me. I've learned how important my health is to my spiritual growth and hopefully God will be able to use my talents and gifts for as as he needs me to be here on this world. 

We have incredible opportunities to help build up God's kingdom, to be His hands while lifting up those around us. I know that Heavenly Father gas us commandments because he loves us and wants to best for us. D&C 33:17 says, "Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom (meaning Christ)." I really hope and pray that we can all remember to have an "eternal perspective". "Remember who you are and where you came from!" Christ is coming soon and I know that through being prepared and living the commandments, we will be prepared to better serve Him and we'll be a blessing and a help to others along the road. 

I love you all so much!
Have a fantastic week!

Sister Adams

Sister Knapp & Sister Adams wen to the Peak!


Sister Mindy Mint on her first ferry.


Friday, March 31, 2017

The One Where Sister Mindy Tells Us About God's Hand In Her Life

Hello!

I promise to have all her emails on her blog BEFORE she gets home. Might be the DAY before, but it'll be before she's back home :P

here is Sister Adams' February 26th email :)


I'm going to teach you the meaning of "Fong Fei Gei"

Hello Everybody!

How was your week? Mine was cold but still wonderful!

We had a crazy week this week! At the beginning of the week we had about 5-7 lessons planned (which is lower than normal but still pretty average) but by the end of the week we only had taught 2 lessons and turned over another of our mandarin investigators to the mandarin Elders. That means that Sister Knapp and I spent a lot of time making calls, street finding, and less-active finding. The greatest part in all of this is that although we had a ton of people cancel or just not show up for lessons, I could still see God's hand guiding this work.

Let's take Sunday for instance. We were supposed to have two investigators come to church and then we were going to teach on of them and her sister right after church, but neither of them showed up. This was actually a blessing in disguise because we had the monthly ward birthday party after church that day and there was only one room in the whole chapel that would usually be available for lessons after church and that room was now occupied by the birthday party. The birthday party was a blessing as well because it gives us missionaries the opportunity to better know our members. After the birthday party, Sister Knapp and I returned home. We'd been home for all of 5 minutes when we received a phone call from our Ward Mission Leader telling us that there is a man looking for us whose last name was Lam. We'd totally met a man with the last name of Lam on the street on Saturday and had invited him to church! He was 4 hours late but he was there nonetheless! So we rushed over to the church. When we got to the church, our Ward Mission Leader told us that the man had left but said that he would be back in a little while. So we waited for him. 

Mr. Lam never returned that day but while at the church we had a mini meeting with our Relief Society president, gave a chapel tour to a surprise walk in that lives in our area, and I got to see an old mission friend. God's hand is in the work. It's small details but He's there. I will never understand why we missionaries have to face so much rejection BUT I love it anyway because it makes things sweeter when miracles happen. Sister Knapp and I love serving in Tsing Yi and we also love the fact that we know our area SO MUCH better because we had to learn it to go finding. 

I also found this in the October 2016 edition of General Conference. It's from Elder Carl B. Cook's talk "Serve." He says, "As we serve, we draw closer to God, we come to know Him in way that we otherwise might not. Our faith in Him increases. Our problems are put into perspective. Life becomes more satisfying. Our love for others increases, as well as our desire to serve. Through this blessed process, we become more like God and we are better prepared to return to Him." I LOVED this. Because i've been trying for months to figure out how to perfectly describe what a blessing service is and how it refines us and changes us. THIS is what service does. It helps turn us into something celestial. It makes us into what we really are and helps us stay better in tune with Heavenly Father because it helps our thoughts become more like His and we truly are better prepared to return to Him.

I hope you all know how much God loves you and how much i love you! I also hope that you have a fantastic week and that you find some opportunities to serve someone this week! 

Love you all!

Sister Adams
P.S. Fong fei gei means, to not show up or to stand someone up.




The One Where Sister Adams Explains Her Meaning Of JOY

I only have a little over a month to catch up, everyone! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE I CAN'T!! SOMEONE PINCH ME!
sorry, i will settle down. i'm just REALLY excited for Sister Mindy Mint to come home :) emails just aren't the same..

Here is her February 12th email and then she just sent a little picture and message on February 19th, so i will be adding that to this post as well.



I don't know why we got set loose in Tsing Yi

Hello Everybody!

How was your week?
We love Tsing Yi! Sister Knapp (my new companion) has arrived and we're having a blast. She's from Orem, Utah. She's been here Hong Kong for 7 months and she's hilarious. Because i'm still fairly new to the area, I don't really have a great handle on everything so we are learning together. It's a little bit of a mess in a dress but we're having a good time anyway. HAHA.

We're still struggling to get a few of our investigators to schedule after all the New Years craziness but we were able to give our investigator, Yunice, a solid baptismal date this week! she's really worried about her parents and family being okay with her baptism, but she really wants to be  baptized so we are working through that. Apparently her parents have been asking her a lot of questions about tithing and callings and other things in the church. She hasn't really been taught the commandments yet so she doesn't know how to answer them but she has great faith. When we shared about obedience in relation to baptism, she bore her own testimony about how important she thought it was and seemed really willing to expect it. She'll be getting baptized on March 19th. She set her own date because she wants her boyfriend to be in tow for it. He's a member and the one that introduced her to the church. She didn't come to church this week because she needed to be with her family but if she can get to church every other week, she'll be good to go. I'm praying super hard about teaching her the commandments, that her heart will be prepared for them because I think that tithing might be a hard one for her just because of her families questions. We'll see though. I have faith that it'll be okay!

My message this week is simply about JOY. I'm sure that I've shared this before but I just love it so much and it really hits me every time that I study joy and also every time that I hear this. JOY stands for Jesus, Others, and You. I love this message because by putting Jesus and then other first, you will always have the MOST joy in your life. Really, truly, honestly. I promise you. I hope that you all have a fantastic week this week and that you get some JOY in your life!

Love you!
Sister Adams



I love Tsing Yi and I love Sister Knapp, I also love Jesus Christ. I know that the message that I share is true and that it DOES bless lives. Miracles happen and great things are coming. I hope you all have a fantastic week and that you remember to PLEASE read your scriptures and say your prayers. 


The only good picture of Sister Adams and Sister Knapp (according to Sister Adams) ;)





Thursday, March 16, 2017

The One Where Sister Adams Talks About Her Eventful Week

Sounds like our missionary had a great week!

Here is Mindy's February 5th email:


Another week in the life of Sister Adams

Hello Everyone!

Things are going great here in Tsing Yi! I'm super grateful that New Years is over so that our investigators will be back and the work can pick up pace again. We didn't really have very much happen as far as teaching and finding until about Friday and then people were back in Hong Kong and it was good. 

I finally got to meet one of our investigators on Friday named Sister Lo. We've been trying to schedule her since I got here but she keeps cancelling or was too busy. So, we were really excited to meet her. She's had a hard life and trusts basically no one. She also likes to talk A LOT but that's okay because I have a lot of experience with those kind of people from my days in TST. I truly think that once she starts to feel God's love for her, her whole perspective on life is going to change. So, we focused a lot of prayer and the Godhead last week. We also were able to give her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read the introduction. I'm excited to see how this works out. 

We were supposed to have a lesson with our recent convert, Miki, but she had to cancel on us and so we were down a lesson. But, then by some small miracle, our new investigator, Mr. Wan, called us and asked if we had gotten to the church yet. We were confused but said "YES!" and ran downstairs to meet him. We ended up teaching him a really powerful Restoration of the gospel lesson. It's actually really lucky that i've been studying a little bit of mandarin as well. He took the lesson really well and said that he believed it and would pray about it. So much fun to teach! He really has a strong desire to know truth. We'll have to turn him over to the Mandarin Elders, though. 

Our last lesson this week was with Yunice and Yvette. The twin sisters that used to be Ngau Tau Kok's investigators. They're really good about reading their scriptures and saying their prayers. Especially Yunice. But, we're struggling to get them to church and get them a baptismal date. I'm really hoping in the next few lessons that we can get things settled and start chipping away at their concerns. It should be good. I have a good feeling about them both. Just can't wait to see them progress!

We got to go bike riding in the Sha Tin on Saturday with some members, less-actives, and investigators! It was super fun and the perfect day for bike riding. It's finally warming up for short sleeves. My skin was NOT prepared though so i walked away with some lobster arms. HAHA! it was good to have the casual day with these investigators and especially our less-active. She is 14 and in need of whatever love and happiness that we can give her. I love serving here in Hong Kong. Even though I might not be baptizing every single week, I love being a part of other people's adventures and help them come unto Christ. 

Some interesting revelation that I received in Relief Society yesterday as we were talking about peach makers is the sentence that, a loud voice is not always the best way to be heard. I liked this thought a lot because growing up in a big family. I felt that if I wanted to be heard, I needed to be loud. Through my mission and other experiences, i've learned that that is not always the case. There's a lot to be said for the people that keep their cool and speak with kindness always, no matter the situation and I really truly hope that I can become that person. 

I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Adams


The biking crew

Sister Adams and her sunburn

Sister Adams and Sister Vasseur.
 Apparently Sister Vasseur got transferred to Tin Sau and Mindy will be with a Sister named, Sister Knapp. She's excited but misses Sister Vasseur. 


The One Where Sister Mindy Talks About Her Celebration Of The Chinese New Year!

Another blogpost about another email of our dear missionary.
She comes home in 7 weeks, people. I REPEAT, 7 WEEKS!!!!!!!


Here is her January 29th email:


HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR #2


Well, Everyone! I have officially survived another Chinese New Year (actually I am still surviving it. Libraries are closed during the holidays so i'm emailing in a sketchy 24 hour internet cafe, but don't worry it's super safe)!

It was a ghost town in the mornings again but still super fun! You can always tell when it's New Year because everybody and their dog goes to mainland China and/or is super busy with their families. It's like Christmas in America. Because we had so much time and we quickly found out that calling people would be pointless, we put most of our efforts on less-active finding, street finding, organizing our records, and making something for our members for Chinese New Year. Sister Vasseur had these really great coupons that let us get 60 really pretty Red Pocket packets for free and we could get a picture with them, so we took a picture of us found missionaries and we made them. Then we put some candy in it and New Year cards and gave them to our members at New Years. It turned out pretty good. They really, really liked them. I also had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Sister Curtis (and MTC buddy that I haven't had the opportunity of seeing in a while...) and it was so fun! We went singing in the park with the Elders and got to pass out a TON of cards and got some good contacts. Caroling in January is still okay! :)

One thing that I love about Chinese New Year is all the greetings and blessings that people send to each other. They are constantly wishing each other healthy bodies, energy, success in life/business, beauty, and money. Haha! It's fun to experience. It reminds me of where all our blessings truly come from though. I love being a missionary because we have a special calling and authority to act in the Savior's name. I love being able to visit people and pray with them because I know that the blessing that I ask Heavenly Father for on their home will actually come to pass. I know that the source of all the wonderful blessings that we have are from Heavenly Father. He loves us and He looks for any excuse to bless us. 

I hope that you have a safe and blessed week. I love you all. Don't forget to pray and remember to look for opportunities to share your glorious blessings. 

Love you!
Sister Adams


Sister Adams and Sister Curtis :)

The One Where Sister Mindy Had A Very Spiritual Week

hello all!
I must admit, i have actually completely forgotten about this blog for a while. i really do apologize! i'm about to make that up to you by posting all kinds of Mindy's emails. WAHOOOOO!!!


Here is Sister Mindy's January 22, 2017 email.



It feels a bit like flying.


Hello!!

Welcome to another week of possibly lame updates from Sister Adams! :) I hope all had a great week because I know that I did.

This week was a spiritual one for me and i'm so grateful for that. I got to attend the temple on Tuesday (so blessed!!!) and i had some really incredible lessons this weeks and I also had the privilege of attending a baptism this week as well. Spiritual highs are wonderful and I wish that everyday could be like that because it truly feels like flying. I think that someone once described it as "celestial moments". I really like that. It's those moments where you get a tiny taste of what heaven must feel like it's awesome. I really truly hope that each of you have the opportunity to feel them.

We had a really spiritual lesson with our investigator, Candy, after the baptism. She asked a lot of really good questions about baptism (because she was there to see it) and we got to know a little bit more of her concerns. She's really good though. She prays and read the Book of Mormon. She's been praying about baptism since we last taught it to her and during this lesson, she accepted a baptismal date for April 1st. She hasn't been to church yet, so that's our biggest trial. That's why we put it so far out but we're excited. I really hope this goal gives her something to progress towards and that she will learn and grow. It was a fun lesson for me as well because it was in Mandarin. I can understand a lot of the gospel terms in Mandarin but here are some things that I just can't get yet. Anyway, in the lesson there was a point where I felt prompted to share a scripture but because I didn't know what was going on in the lesson (flashbacks to my first months in Hong Kong) I didn't want to share it and mess up the power of the lesson. I finally worked up the nerve to share it and it ended up being a scripture that she needed to read. I just love having those kind of situations and moments come up in the work where you know that Heavenly Father has your back and that if you trust the promptings of the Holy Ghost, things are all going to work out. So cool!

I also had a cool opportunity to sing in sacrament meeting yesterday. We sang, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and it's still one of my favorite hymns of all time. I love the verse that says, "O to grace, how great a debtor daily i'm constrained to be! Let they goodness, as a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love; Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for They courts above." I like this verse because it's one of those things that just echoes in your soul. It hits a string. I truly know that every single day, I am in debt to my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. If it wasn't for their miraculous love, mercy, and grace, I would not be where i am nor would I be who I am today. Everyday I hope that I can give my heart a little bit more so that someday I can have a place in His courts. 

Anyway, cheesy email today but these kinds of weeks only happen every once in a while. I don't have much more to say. I love Tsing Yi. I love my companions, investigators, and members. I'm learning a lot. Heavenly Father's plans and ways are always greater than my ways...so here I am, still learning how to trust Him and follow Him and enjoy the ride.

Have a fantastic week!

Sister Adams


Here is a picture of Sister Mindy, her companions, and their recent convert, Miki and her mom. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

The One Where Sister Mindy Talks About Answers To Prayers

I love LOVE love Sister Adams.
She strengthens my testimony every. single. week. 
This is such a good email from our missionary. i hope you read it and i hope that these posts of her emails are inspiring you to love the Lord and those around you more. (at least that is what they do for me) 

also, i'm all caught up!!!! :) 
here is her January 15th email:

Feet High Fives


Hello everyone!

We had some interesting things go down in Tsing Yi this week! Haha, just kidding. It's been a pretty average week but still a good one. We went to church, taught some lessons, taught some Cantonese, taught some English, ate some delicious food (perks of having a native companion, she's incredible), and laughed A LOT.

We have a couple of really solid investigators that we are working with here in Tsing Yi. One is name Miki, she's an adorable 17 year old who is seriously one of the most prepared investigators that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is seriously so great. She's been meeting with the missionaries for about two years. A few months back, she dropped the missionaries and decided that she didn't want to meet with them or be a part of the church. It was really sad. Then, randomly in November, she calls the missionaries and needed help figuring out her life. She shared about how life has been incredibly hard since she stopped meeting with them, praying, reading, and going to church. She needed help figuring out what the missing piece was. She's been incredibly solid ever since! It reminds me of that talk, I think it's Elder Nielson from this last general conference, that talks about how people are ready to be taught when they are ready to be taught, not when we are ready to teach them. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer for it to sink in and for their heart to be ready to receive it. 

There's an Indian woman that we meet with, to help her learn Cantonese. It took a long time for her to start having interest in hearing about our message (about two months) but it's really interesting to meet with her because she's super open about her beliefs and it really encourages met o get back to the basics and figure out how to explain things simply and in ENGLISH (that's the hardest part. how am i supposed to TEACH in ENGLISH??). We're her first time learning about Christianity, she's tried a lot of other things but can't seem to find something that sticks and answers to all her questions. The Spirit is always super strong in our lessons with her and although she hasn't progressed too much YET, i've enjoyed meeting wit her because I get the opportunity to have my testimony strengthened by sharing with her the things that are so dear to me.

One question that has been brought a lot recently in the mission, by my investigators, by friends at home, and all over is about receiving answers from God. "I pray and ask Him all the time, but he hasn't answered my questions." "I can't come back to church, there's too many loose ends and too many unanswered questions." "God doesn't love me, He never answers me." "Why can't you just tell me the answer?". I hear these all the time. There's a talk that I really like from last October's General Conference called, "To Whom Shall We Go?" by Elder Ballard. I LOVE this talk! As i was studying on the subject of find answers i came across this line, "Sometimes we can learn, study and know and sometimes we have to believe, trust, and hope." I believe that God does not always give us ALL the answers right away because sometimes he needs to test our faith. Sometimes we need to learn to TRUST Him before He can reveal to us when we want to know. The other answer I found is from Bishop Dean M. Davies' talk from the same conference. He said, "...Spiritual experiences have less to do with what is happening around us and EVERYTHING to do with what is happening in our hearts.: So, my reply if people are not receiving answers is to figure out if you are really willing to act on the answer you are given and if you are really asking it with righteous intent. Everyone can have spiritual experiences, everyone can receive answers. It depends on you. Your faith, your heart, and your desire.

"Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you." I know that God answers prayers. Be patient and Trust Him. He's made His promises and He won't let you down.

I love you all! I hope you have a fantastic week!



Sister Adams and her companions

"this is a picture of everything i've ever wanted out of life. An egg, bubble waffle with ice cream inside. Life doesn't get much better than that! ;)


The One Where Sister Mindy Mint Talks About Her Transfer

Hello!
I love hearing from our amazing missionary. She seriously is doing so well in Hong Kong and i love hearing about her week and talking to her every Sunday. I'm such a proud sister when she talks about how much she loves the people of Hong Kong and her love for Jesus Christ. She is seriously such an inspiration and example to me!

Here is her January 8th email:

Oops. I lied.


Hello Everyone!

What an eventful week it was! I accidentally lied to you all when I told you that I was moving to Kwai Chung. On Monday night, I got a phone call saying that I will actually be moving to Tsuin Yi with two companions! So i am now in a Tri-panionship with Sister Vasseur (from Alberta, Canada, she's been here for 8 months) and Sister Tse (pronounced "Je". She's a native Hong Konger and is currently waiting for her visa to America. She'll be serving in Temple Square! She leaves in two weeks!!). I already love them dearly and really enjoy serving here in Tsing Yi. When i got to the area on Thursday, we hit the ground running. WE have had so many lessons! We teach in Mandarin as well, so i've been try to learn that (WAY different from Cantonese and I feel like it's day one in the MTC again). But i'm having a good time!

We have a couple of investigators that are doing really good! They seem pretty excited to learn. I'll let you know more about them once I learn more and can understand more Mandarin (LOL!). I think i'm going to like it here and hopefully be here until the end of my mission. In other news, our mission is changing it's transfers to 6 weeks like the rest of the world and I can't believe how fast that is!!

Scripture of the day is 2 Nephi 9:41 - "O then my beloved brothren, come unto the Lord, The Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous, Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be decieved, for the Lord God is his name." The way is straight. It's easy to know what the right path is to go down, because Jesus is the gate keeper. If you're searching for Jesus, you will definitely find the right gate. But don't forget about the evil of becoming complacent with what you already found. It's a path not a treadmill. We can't stay in one place. Keep walking! Keep praying!

I love you all. I hope you have a lovely week! 



The One Where It's The Holiday Edition!

Hello all!

honestly not sure why this is so hard to just copy and paste an email from this cute missionary, but it is!

I'm doing two in this blog post because they're both holiday emails!

Happy Holidays from Sister Mindy Mint :)



Here is her December 25th email:

"Oh, Come all ye faithful." and pigs feet.

Merry Christmas America!

I hope it's been incredible! i know that mine was. We had church for one hour. The speakers talked about the talk by Elder Bednar "If ye had known me" or something like that. SUPER good. I really enjoyed it. He mentioned the need to ask ourselves, "Do i really know Him?" and encouraged us to get to know Him better. It's hard to explain it but it was a powerful message. It sort of reminds me of a song that we missionaries had to sing last Christmas. We sang a song called, "Do you have room for the Savior?" It's really magical to be a missionary at Christmas time. You don't really experience the commercial side of Christmas. It is pretty much entirely about the Savior. I LOVED it. I love my Savior. I LOVED sharing His light with Hong Kong. 

Now, What did Sister Adams do for Christmas?? Sister Adams went caroling again! Lots of caroling. She also ate some pigs feet soaked in ginger! :P I can honestly tell you it was one of the most memorable Christmas experiences that i've ever had. It was fun to be able to bring the spirit of Christmas into some less-active, non-member, and member houses. 

I'm sorry this is so short! Thank you all for your prayers and love!

i love you all!

Sister Adams



Here is her January 1st email:



"AND A HAPPY NEW YEEEEAAAAARRRRRRR!!!!"


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

I hope you had a wonderful New Years and enjoyed your fireworks. I wen tot bed early. :) And i congratulated some people on getting rich this year and for having a successful job (chinese traditions). 

I have some crazy news....SISTER ADAMS IS ACTUALLY LEAVING TSIM SHA TSUI. Yes, friends, I am being kick out. But that's okay because I know that Sister Christensen and Sister Fullmer are going to take REALLY good care of it. I will be moving to Kwai Chung with my MTC buddy, Sister Kessen. It's gonna be so weird serving with someone from my group and also being a junior companion again, but i'm getting ready for the change and i'm excited to serve with her.

Tsim Sha Tsui will always have a special place in my heart. It was here that I learned patience and trust in the Lord. It was here that I learned Cantonese. LOL! It was here that I learned about Hong Kong culture and it was in Tsim Sha Tsui that I gained an even greater understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what that means for my life now and in the future. 

One thing that I am sharing about in our Zone Training this month is about testimonies and how we can have true testimonies. There's an article in this month's Liahona that talks about what a testimony is and I loved it. It talks about how testimonies are something that we can't neglect. We have to CONSTANTLY be strengthening it. It's not a one and done deal. Something that i've noticed as a missionary is that I have to always be tapping into my heart or past experiences when I bear my testimony in order for it to really have the power and feeling that I need it to have. This requires me to constantly be strengthening my testimony and finding new experiences to what I know to be true. Sometimes I find that because I bear my testimony of the same things over and over again as a missionary, it loses the genuine feeling and starts to become rote. Our testimonies are precious. They are special witnesses to us that God is real, that Jesus lives and that this church is true. I really, truly hope that every single one of us is taking the time this New Year to strengthen our testimonies and find new experiences to back them up.

I love you all. Have a great week!

Sister Adams


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The One Where Mindy Tells Us About Her Apartment Problems

Hello!
Still behind. Hoping to catch up today.
Shorter email today. At least she sends pictures on short email days!

Here is Sister Mindy's December 18th email:
enjoy :)



#Houseprobs


Hello Everyone!!

Are you excited for Christmas or what?!?!??! I feel like a dog with my face out the window of a car on the freeway. That is how fast time is flying for me! Everyday is an adventure though.

So, in order to explain how this last week has been, I also need to explain a bit about today's email title. As you all know, I moved apartments recently and I love it! But, it has problems... LOL! I think we finally got them all settled though. Being apartment leader is a little bit harder than you expect the calling to be. :P I'm starting to feel like moving into a new house is like getting a new companion. It takes a little time to planning, prayer, and practice before you REALLY start working together with power and unity. There's always an adjustment period. We had some shower knobs that didn't really feel like being shower knobs anymore so they stopped turning off and on the water, we had a huge "dragon" (it was actually a gecko but has been described by housemates as a dragon) attack our house, a window that likes to wave hello to the people driving past by opening itself and a couple other crazy things. BUT the bright side of all these crazy house problems is that we missionaries discovered how incredible our members are. Our apartment's landlord is actually a member and I have never seen a landlord respond so quickly and so WELL to our apartment needs. They don't just put duct tape over the problem, they fix it!

It's just been a wonderful week of proving to me how blessed I am to live in Hong Kong. The members here are faithful and loving. They (of course) have their weaknesses but they have a lot of strong suits as well and I am so grateful for their love and hard work. They truly love the missionaries and I just hope that I can help them feel a sliver of the love that I feel for them. 

I'm sorry, I'm out of time but I want you all to know that "the peace we seek is only in and through Jesus Christ." I got to watch the Christmas Devotional at church yesterday and it was incredible. I truly know that peace and joy are found in Jesus Christ. Find Him. Hold on to Him. We can't rely on the world. It's too tumultuous. It's unstable. It changes too fast. God and Jesus Christ never change. Hold fast. 

I love you all!
Sister Adams


P.S. I got new glasses. #foureyes



The One Where Sister Adams Tells Us About The #Lighttheworld Initiative

hello all!
Ready to get all caught up again.
Had to move recently and got the gross flu going around so i haven't had much time to Blog her emails.


Here is her December 11, 2016 email! :)


#Light Up The World 

Hello Everyone!!

I'm so sorry I've been so late and lazy the past couple of weeks! Lots to do and lots to think about an i'm done making excuses, i promise!

I'm sure that you all have already hear about the Christmas initiative for this year but I LOVE IT!!! If any of yo know me at all, you know that I have a fascination and deep love for light. There's something about it that makes me happy, no matter the situation. So this year's initiative is about spreading "the light of Christ"! Could it get any better than that?!?! The video can be found on mormon.org and it's incredible. I'm so excited to spread "light" this Christmas season and light up the hearts of people here in Hong Kong. The initiative focuses around a 25 day calendar that helps us live as the Savior does and spread His light by serving like Him. So, in honor of that, today asked me to share something that I've learned in the scriptures recently. I recently restarted the Book of Mormon again and IT JUST GETS BETTER every time I read it. This time around i have been noticing just how important having the gift of the Holy Ghost is. The Book of Mormon would be an entirely different thing if God had not allowed the Holy Ghost to guide these people. In fact, The Book of Mormon wouldn't exist at all because Nephi would not have been led or directed in retrieving them from Laban. Another thing that has stuck out to me this far is how exactly obedient Nephi is and the incredible blessings that came from that. He changed nations with his obedience and we too can leave a legacy of obedience that can change generations. The Book of Mormon is true. Read it again. Over and over and it will never cease to amaze you how merciful and wonderful God and His perfect plan is!

The work in Tsim Sha Tsui is going good. Still no baptismal dates but Sister Christensen and I are going to find those elect people, wherever they may be. LOL! We had a stake Christmas music concert on Saurday night and somehow Sister Adam got roped into singing in it. I think the person who chose me to sing in it was having some serious regrets. I'm not going to post the video of the song but i'll post a picture of the killer balloon ginger bread house and snowman that they had there. It was so stinkin' cute!  We sang a mix of "O come, O come Emmanuel" and "What Child is This?" with a guitar. I serve with some incredibly talented people! I cannot believe that i get to spend another Christmas here in Hong Kong, and let's be honest it's truly a blessing from God because the first time around, as a fresh off the plane missionary, was a mess in a dress. HAHA. it's going to be a blast though and i'm already seeing miracles flying in from all sides of my Zone.

I'm sorry that this email is such a mess. It's harder to think full sentences in English these days (not that i'm the best SYLer on the planet, i just speak a lot of chinglish). I know that God and Jesus Christ live. I truly know that we have a LOVING Heavenly Father who truly wants to bless us and see us again. He wants to lead us to a perfect happiness, but He won't force us. I love the Plan of Salvation. I know that it's true. I know that when we follow God's plan and His timing, miracles happen and we become something greater than we ever thought was possible. For those of you that are searching, lost or unhappy, I really, sincerely encourage you to search for Him. you will find the happiness that you want but it's not in this world of changing values, it's in a plan created by a being that is perfect and UNCHANGING. He knows you. He loves you and He wants you back! I want you back too. There's a place for you here. 

I love you all and I hope that you all give the Christmas video a look a that you spread some LIGHT this Christmas!

Be good! Stay happy!

Love, Sister Adams