Week 28: February 24 – March 1 YEUN LONG AREA, HONG KONG

Dear Family,

So I am officially in Yuen Long now! Yuen Long is in the New Territories zone which is pretty much the boonies of Hong Kong. We are almost the farthest stop out on the MTR that you can go and I can see Mainland China from my window- it’s nuts!! Another crazy thing, I am in a trio right now with the two sister training leaders for our zone. They are Sister Warner from Cotton Woods Heights Salt Lake and Sister Anderson from Price Utah. They have both been out for a year now and were actually MTC companions. Sister Warner has been in Yuen Long pretty much her whole mission and she actually trained my MTC companion Sister Jackson, so I just switched Sister Jackson spots. They both are really great and I love Sister Warner so much already. She is such an amazing missionary and has been super patient with helping me and Sister Anderson learn the area and our investigators.

The apartment we live in right now is unreal. I honestly couldn’t even believe it when we walked it because at first I thought it was a hotel. It is so clean, and modern, and has NO cockroaches or mold anywhere!!! It honestly feels so nice and clean and is so much more of an improvement from our last area. In Hong Kong all of the buildings have guards that unlock the door for you and you can’t go upstairs unless you live there or check in with them. It’s fun here because all of the guards know us, so when we go to leave and walk buy the buildings we live next to all the guards wave at us or talk to us.

Yuen Long also looks a lot more like California and much less like Hong Kong. They still have big chuens (apartment buildings) but not everywhere you go like in Sha Tin or the busier parts of Hong Kong. They also have mountains out here and so much more greenery and it looks so much more like home. They also have tons of little villages here with these little houses so we can go and knock on doors which I have never done before! Our area is really huge because they haven’t had sisters our here for that long so we cover a lot of ground and have a lot of travel time.

We live with another Sister who came out a transfer before me (Sister Hansen from Utah) and she is training a sister from the Philippines (Sister Mendoza). The first few moves of the transfer were really challenging because I left the only area I’ve known and am trying to adjust to new companions and a new area. It also is hard because Sister Hansen and Sister Warner have been working together for a while now so they are pretty tight, so I sometimes feel a little out of the loop because we are all still trying to get to know each other. But they all are really so great and Sister Mendoza is so funny and full of energy and brings a happy “newbie” light to our apartment. She also learns Cantonese so fast! I feel like she is going to know more than I do in a matter of a few weeks. #Cantonese struggles

I love the ward here though and the investigators we are working with. We have two teenage girls, Lolo and Katherine, who are getting baptized this month! Lolo is SUPER shy and is the first one in her family to investigate the church. She is so wonderful and we hope we can start teaching her mom next! Katherine has been investigating the church for over a year now and is practically apart of the ward now. She has met with lots of different missionaries and is now finally ready to be baptized! She really wants her mom to be there so that her mom will want to start meeting with the missionaries but it’s really hard for us to schedule a time for her baptism with her mom’s work schedule. We are really praying we will figure out a time that her mom can come. Say lots of prayers that both of their baptisms will work out!

This week Elder Ballard came and spoke to our mission and we got to have a meeting with him as a mission for two hours and we each got to shake his hand. It was so incredible to hear mission advice from and apostle of the Lord and learn directly from him how we can improve our mission. The Spirit was so strong in that meeting and you could just feel that what he was speaking was from the Lord. He told us that he thinks our mission is a little too shy and gave us lots of new challenges for how we can meet with more people. At first I was a little nervous about it because he challenged us to talk to 10 more people a day outside of finding and teaching. That means for us 30 other people as a companionship. Sometimes I get scared to talk to people when I’m on a bus or MTR because I am afraid if they reject us then I am just stuck on this bus with them with everyone watching and it will be super awkward. But after Elder Ballard told us that I thought to myself, “That is so silly to be scared. Part of being a missionary is to open my mouth and share the gospel with everyone I see.” I have been praying a lot this week for more courage and have seen the Lord help me so much already. I am able to plant so many more seeds in a day and talk with so many more people when I try to.

The next night we brought some investigators to the meeting with us and it was really cool for them to be able to hear from an apostle as well. The meeting was super packed and a ton of people came. Afterwards we went to this place and got huge pieces of pizza that were super yummy!

Sorry I am out of time but next week I will send more details and pics about the area. I love you all so much and hope you have a good week. Dad way to go on running your marathon!! That’s awesome! Cami, good luck with the ACT! Kristen, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you had a fab day 🙂 Love you all!

love,

Sister Christensen

Week 27: February 17 – February 23 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Dear Family,

So this next week is seriously going to be so crazy. So this week is transfers and I was feeling pretty confident that I was staying in Sha Tin with Sister Hadley because in Hong Kong missionaries usually stay in one area for a while and since Sister Hadley and I have only been together one transfer I figured I would be with her for this next transfer. But just a few minutes ago she got a call from President Hawks who told her she would be training this next transfer. I am SO excited for her because she is going to be an INCREDIBLE trainer! But I also am so, so sad because I really, really don’t want to leave Sha Tin. I also am so, so sad to leave Sister Hadley because I feel like we just started to figure out how we works best together. She really is one of the hardest working missionaries I have ever met and I feel so blessed to have been able to work with her. I also feel so blessed to have been able to serve in Sha Tin for as long as I have. I can’t imagine starting my mission anywhere else and feel so blessed to have been able to serve these people. I am super bummed because I feel like I just started to get really close with this ward and our investigators. I really care so much about our investigators and don’t want to leave them. I know Sister Hadley will take good care of them though. I know I am going to need lots of prayers this week so if you could pray for me that I will adjust to my new area and my new companion. I don’t know where I’m going yet because moves are on Friday. So my next email will be from my new area. My P-Day also might change so if you don’t get an email from me on Monday that’s why.
This week Elder Ballard is coming to speak to the mission- awesome!! He is going to have a conference just with us missionaries on Wednesday and then on Thursday he will have the big meeting for all of Hong Kong. It is going to be in the big chapel they have in Wan Chai so we will get to travel to a busier part of Hong Kong this week. I am really excited about it because last year Elder Holland came and the missionaries who were here for that still talk about it, so I am excited to hear what Elder Ballard has to say.
This week we also had our big deep clean for Chinese New Years. It was pretty insane. It took us from the time we woke up in the morning to 10:30 at night to finish. They had us do everything from wiping down all the walls, to cleaning behind all the appliances, to wiping down every cupboard and closet, and moping and waxing the floors. It was so weird to have a day where the only thing we worried about wasn’t missionary work. It was fun to get to hang out with the other Sisters and talk with them all day and we went and got Subway for lunch- yum! We also taught a lesson that night to a lady the Mandarin elders met so we left for that and then came and finished cleaning. The lady we taught is over 50 years old and pretty interesting but she rescheduled to meet with us again so we are hoping she wants to start hearing the lessons.
There are three main days people usually celebrate for Chinese New Years. One day is a family day, one day is a friend day when you celebrate with friends and family, and the third day is for worshiping ancestors. The week before New Years everyone gets ready by deep cleaning their houses like we did and then during those three days they cook huge meals and eat dinner with their friends and family. They had a ton of decorations up all week and cool markets and little festivals set up with tons of cool decorations, and flowers, and balloons and what not. It was so weird because the first night there were SO many families out that it was hard to stop and talk to people in the crowds. Then the next day it was like a ghost town because everyone was inside with their families.
Because New Years is so focused on families we were able to talk to a lot of families this week and teach them about the Plan of Salvation. Teaching these people about eternal families made me so grateful for all of you. I have been so blessed to have such an amazing family and I am so grateful for all of you. I miss you all so much and there are moments where I am so sad that I am not at home with all of you. But I am so grateful to know we will all live together with our Father in Heaven some day. I talk about you all all the time and love you so much. Sorry I don’t have a lot of time to write this week but I will give you all the details next week!
Love,
Sister Christensen

Week 26: February 12 – February 16 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Dear Family,

Happy Chinese New Years! This week is officially the week of Chinese New Years so everywhere in Hong Kong is super packed! People usually celebrate for three days and a lot of people go to Mainland to celebrate because they have work off for those three days. Chinese New Years is like the equivalent of Christmas in the States. They have everything decorated and have lights set up everywhere and it is really festive. Everyone hands out these red envelopes with money inside called “lucky money” and they give it to their friends and family. Most people have big family dinners and they all eat together and spend time together. It’s been really nice for proselyting because so many families are out and we can easily bring up the gospel with them. This week on Thursday, which is like the main day for New Years, all the missionaries have a cleaning day so we stay in our apartment pretty much all day and do a huge deep cleaning. I am actually really excited to clean because our apartment is getting pretty gross and we have a huge cockroach problem right now- sick! They also have us stay in and clean because I’ve heard from other missionaries that the streets are pretty much deserted on cleaning day. Our mission president has encouraged us to go out this week and simply ask the people about Chinese New Year and their culture, rather than worrying so much about teaching all of them. He told us this is a really good opportunity for missionaries to more easily talk with people and get to know them. So that’s been really fun!
I also got your package this week! Thank you so much for sending that! I was so excited for all those yummy valentines treats 🙂 Mom, I am wearing the shirt you sent today and all the sisters I live with love it, so do I! Thanks for remembering me and taking the time to send that to me! I hope all of you had a good Valentine’s Day too. I woke up early and surprised my roommies and made pancakes with Nutella hearts and bananas, it was super tasty! I’ll attach more pictures of that.
This week has been pretty good. We had lots of finding time again this week but it went a lot better this week. It is really nice that we can go up and talk to people about New Years because it makes it so much easier to approach them. One day while we were out finding we met this super cute mom and her daughter and they sat down with us on the street and we taught them the Plan of Salvation. It was so great and we are going to meet them again this week and teach them the Restoration. Pray for us that we will do a good job teaching them and that they will want to keep hearing the lessons!
This week we taught Ng JM and Stella. They are both starting to progress (FINALLY!!) and we are really excited for them. We are a little sad though because we think we might have to have the Mandarin sisters teach Stella because she is originally from Mainland, but we won’t know until the beginning of March because she’s going back to Mainland for her school break and won’t be back until March. We also don’t know if we will keep teaching Ng JM or the Mandarin sisters because she has a really heavy Mandarin accent and it is really hard for us to understand her. We are praying to know what to do and I hope that we can keep teaching her because I really love her a lot.
This week we also taught English class and that cute family I fasted for came!! We were SO excited! They are so special and we really hope we can start teaching them the gospel. At first the mom told us she didn’t want to hear our message- she only wanted to come to English class. But this weekend she told Sister Hadley we could come to their house to help them some more with English tutoring and share a short message- score! We are really hoping they continue to feel the Spirit and learn more. I attached a picture of two of the kids from that family- aren’t they the cutest??
Every day is challenging but also so rewarding. It’s so weird here in Hong Kong because you meet so many people who are already Christian because they went to a Christian school so they aren’t willing to stop and talk with us. But then we also meet so many people who know nothing about God or Jesus Christ. I love when we meet people from China and teach them, because it is so cool to think we are planting that first seed with them. I am so blessed to be able to do that each day and am so grateful for this opportunity. I love you all so much and am always praying for you. love you!
Love, Sister Christensen
(p.s. Kristen I got your email- thank you so much for sending that! I really needed to hear that and I read it to my companion and it really helped her a lot too- thanks for following the Spirit!)

Week 25: February 3 – February 11 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Pics: Me going into the poop covered bathroom, cleaning our moldy wall and a picture of our moldy wall 🙂
Dearest Family,

First off, I love you all so much and miss you all like crazy. This week I was feeling a little bit more home sick than other weeks (on a mission it comes in waves) but it made me realize just how much I love all of you and appreciate all of you 🙂 So thank you for all the emails! Meri, I can’t believe nationals are just around the corner-crazy! Best of luck getting ready for that! Dad, how are the travels this week? Cami, how did your auditions go?? Mom, how is Grandpa Gilbert doing? Also, how did cousin Ryan’s surgery go?
So this week was full of lots of crazy events! First off, in Hong Kong their toilets get clogged super easy. So one night one of the sisters in our apartment happened to clog the toilet but this time we weren’t able to unclog it. So there was brown water filled almost to the top of the toilet before we all needed to go to bed. We figured if we left it over night the water would go down by the morning. When we woke up nothing had happened so we tried to flush it again and the brown water overflowed all over the floor. So we had to call our housing elders to try and help us to fix it. They were trying to explain it to us over the phone how to get the water to go down but Hong Kong toilets are different from American toilets. So we ended up flooding the toilet more. The housing elders then called several other elders in our area to see if they could come and help us. I then had to explain to them that it was too gross to have the elders come over. So in my attempts to fix the toilet I grabbed a tuperware bowl and proceeded to fish brown toilet water out of the toilet and into the shower drain. Eventually, our Relief Society president came over and told us our plunger was to small. So we borrowed the neighbors and she unclogged it for us, speaking broken English and explaining, “You can’t put too many things down the toilet!” Afterwards we had to leave for a zone meeting and I was so embarrassed because half the elders in our zone now know me as the poop girl even though I wasn’t the one who did the crime! I ended up sitting next to one of the elders I talked with on the phone and they all laughed about it together. So embarrassing! But I was pretty funny at the same time. So needless to say, that was a bit of an adventure.
Also this week, our apartment had a leak in it so our bedroom wall grew mold all over it. We spent two hours today scrubbing the mold off our walls, which was pretty nasty.
This week we had zone conference which is THE BEST! We get to go to the mission home and hear from President and Sister Hawks and the zone leaders and a couple other people. We also have lunch there so we got to eat pizza and homemade sugar cookies-yum! I have only ever eaten pizza at the mission home because pizza is so expensive here. I have missed it so much! Mom, one of the speakers who spoke was Elder Busby and his companion. Holy cow, he is such a good missionary! You can tell his mom that he is seriously an amazing great missionary. He gave a really good training at zone conference and I learned a lot from it.
The biggest surprise from zone conference though was at the end we got to watch “Meet the Mormons!” I was so sad because just before I left the MTC it came out and we were supposed to watch it at the MTC but didn’t get to. But at the end of the conference President Hawks surprised us all and told us we would be watching it. It was really good! It felt super weird to be watching a movie- it feels like forever since I’ve done that, but it was really cool. One of the elders in our zone who watched it with us is the grandson of the candy dropper in that movie. He showed me one of his family pictures with his grandpa in it, so that was pretty cool!
Report on Investigators:
-A-Ming: We decided this week we are going to drop her because missionaries have been working with her since before I came here and she still isn’t making progress. We also don’t know how mentally there she is so that’s another factor too. I was sad to drop her because I have been working with her since I got here but I also hope that if we give her a little bit of a break she will feel the difference in her life
-Ng Jimuih- She is doing really well and I really do feel so much love for her! This week she came to English class and I helped her practice the alphabet and we practiced saying words like, “cat” and “dog”. It is seriously so hard to try and teach English from the very start. Afterwards we had a Relief Society activity and we made these little beaded hearts for valentines day and paper lanterns for Chinese New Years. Even harder than trying to teach English is trying to teach someone how to make and oragami paper lantern in Cantonese! Luckily lots of members were there to help and I think Ng Jimuih really liked it. She still doesn’t come to church very regularly because she has work on Sundays but we are hoping to teach her the Sabbath Day this week and get her coming
-Brenda: Our super golden investigator from before. She hasn’t answered our phone calls all week so we don’t really know what has happened to her. It’s super sad though and we are praying hard she will pick up her phone this week.
-Stella: Our new investigator! She is super cute and looks like the Chinese version of Vanessa Hudgens from “High School Musical” haha. She has no real background on Christianity and used to live in Mainland! It is so cool when you get to teach someone who knows nothing about God. We are really hoping she will continue to meet with us and learn more
That’s it for investigators this week. We don’t have a lot we are working with right now but I pray every day that we can find those prepared people. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged when you’re out finding all day and don’t have much success. It makes you wonder if those people are really out there. But I know they are and I know the Lord is preparing them to put them in our paths. I am grateful to be doing His work and helping bring people closer to Him. I am grateful for the gospel and the happiness it can bring us in our lives. I love you all so much and am excited to hear from you all next week! Love you!
Love,
Sister Christensen

Week 24: January 26 – February 2 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Dearest Family,

So first off, I am SO excited for Pa! Oh my goodness, as soon as I read that I just cried, and cried, and cried! That is just the most amazing news ever. Reading his story about Elder Erying was so awesome and I feel so blessed to have such amazing people for grandparents. I am so excited that he will be able to seal me and my husband some day! Ahh, I am just so happy for them right now 🙂
Also, you all watched the super bowl this year?? Haha, I remember when dad would turn on the TV to sneak and check the score! I am super bummed I missed the Katy Perry half time show- keep that recorded for me so I can watch it when I get back! Sounds like everyone has been busy with stuff. Cami, good luck with your audition! I am praying for you that it will go well! Meri- write me an email soon and tell me all about these boys you are going on dates with.
So last Monday we went and hiked Lion’s Rock and it was so much fun! It is this big rock that looks like a lion and the view from the top is amazing! On one side you can see pretty much all of Hong Kong and part of the Hong Kong Island and then on the other side you can see Tolo Harbor which is where I live, and the New Territories, which is like the boonies of Hong Kong. The hike wasn’t very long, probably a mile or so, but it was really steep and had a lot of stairs. It also was really hot out that day so I got pretty sweaty and gross, so don’t mind my nasty face in those pictures! It hasn’t been too humid in Hong Kong yet. It really humid on the days it rains or in the warmer months.
This week was really good and also really hectic and stressful all at the same time. At the beginning of the week we had lots of finding time and lots of time out on the street. My companion and I started and English fast this week so it was Cantonese 24/7. I was really worried about it at the start but we saw so many immediate miracles from it right off the bat. We met a lot of really nice people at the beginning of the week and were able to have some really solid conversations with them about our church and were able to teach them quite a bit. It was a little discouraging because a lot of them would seem so interested but afterwards wouldn’t give us their phone number or said they weren’t interested in meeting again. By the middle of the week I was a little frustrated because our numbers were so low, but we were meeting so many great potentials and had planted a lot of really good seeds. This week on Thursday we had Zone Training and at it our zone leaders reminded us that we need to find joy at every opportunity we have to share the gospel, even when we don’t get a return appointment or a phone number afterwards. This really helped me feel reassured that the Lord is pleased with us when we talk to people and plant these seeds, even if they choose not to accept it at that time. I know that the Lord has a plan for each of us and that I need to trust in His timing for everyone more.
This weekend was a bit stressful because we had lots of people with a lot of potential we wanted to meet with so in our excitement we invited several of them to English class and church. We thought this would be a really good idea but then we ended up having way too much on our plate to handle all at once and ended up running into a ton of stressful situations that made us way too stressed and really took away from the Spirit. One thing that is still taking a lot of work for me to get used to is learning from mistakes. I feel like since Sister Hadley and I are still somewhat new to the mission we learn a lot by trial and error, which can be frustrating at times. We definitely learned that we need to balance out how many people we can work with at a time so that we can give them the best experience they can have so they will want to come back and learn more.

I am grateful that this weekend helped us to learn from our mistakes and helped us to grow so we know what we can do better in the future. I am also grateful that Heavenly Father is testing my patience and teaching me how to trust in His timing. I was feeling really frustrated Saturday night that Heavenly Father would let us make so many mistakes when we were supposed to be helping these people enjoy their first experience with the missionaries with and with the church. I was feeling very inadequate and frustrated that I couldn’t have done it right the first time, and somewhat annoyed that I continually am making big mistakes and having to learn from them. But I am learning little by little that we have to trust in the Lord’s ways and timing of things. I still don’t really understand why some things happen the way they do, but I am working to put more trust in the Lord and learn from my mistakes.

Even though we have very few investigators and very low numbers this week I am grateful for the people the Lord has entrusted us to come in contact with and teach now. I am grateful that He trusts us enough to help guide them on their way and help them come unto the fold. At times it seems a little overwhelming but I am grateful that I can work together with the Lord and my companion to help these people. I have felt my love grow for these people and they have made a new place in my heart and I am so grateful to my Father in Heaven for that gift. I know this is His work and His timing and that I need to put aside my own wants and timing to better serve Him and the people He has waiting for me.

Funny moment from this week: I was trying to ask a girl on the street if she wanted to meet with us again and I ended up asking her if she wanted to come and live with us. She was like “Uhh.. what..” haha. I also had another funny moment where we approached a lady and her 1 1/2 year old baby on the street and I said, “Hello little brother!” (In Chinese) and he said, “Hello Poh-po!” Which means “Hello Grandma!” Guess I look a lot older than I thought!
I love you all so much and miss you all! Thank you for all the prayers and support, I could really feel them helping me this week! I hope to hear from you all next week! I love you all!
Love,
Sister Christensen

Week 22: January 13 – January 22 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Pics:
-Me eating one of my favorite foods here in Hong Kong called Cha Su Fah (pretty much just pork and rice, but it’s so good!)
-Me, my comp, and the Sisters I live with at the temple
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Dearest Family,

Sounds like things at home are going really well with new semesters starting and going back to work after the Holiday season. I’m so glad to hear all of you are doing well and are all staying busy! Sorry I am writing today rather than on Monday, we went to the temple today so our P-Day got switched around to Thursday this week. But we will still have P-Day this Monday so be sure to write me at the same time you normally do!
Investigators:
-A-Ming: We haven’t seen A-Ming in a while and are still waiting for her to meet with our bishop to know if she is mentally able to decide for herself to be baptized. We are really hoping she will start coming to church next month though because she told us she moved around her work schedule so she could come to church starting in February.
-Ng Jimuih: She is still progressing, just super slowly.. which is still okay! She really has no religious background at all so at times it is hard for her to understand why she needs to keep the commitments we are giving her, but it also makes it so much more rewarding when she starts to understand. She keeps coming to English class every week and we work really hard to try and help her understand what’s going on in English class too.
-BRENDA!!! So Brenda is a new investigator we found two weeks ago. We were coming home from a night of finding and she was right outside our building so Sister Hadley suggested we go and talk to her before we go inside. I am so glad she was in-tune with the spirit, because Brenda was really interested in learning more. We have taught her twice now and she is committed to be baptized when she knows this church is true. She honestly has the most sincere heart and is such a wonderful person. She is probably 30 or 40 and isn’t married and lives with her mom, who is sick and needs a lot of help. She cares a lot about her mom so she gives up her time to help her mom. I am so excited for her though and am really, really praying hard she will be baptized.
Those are the only investigators we are working with right now. This week has been pretty difficult because we only have three investigators and right now they are only meeting with us once a week. So that means on the other days we are left with hours and hours of finding. I have felt like this whole week we have been out on the street talking to people. It gets really challenging to stay positive and focused when people have been rejecting you for 4 hours straight and you haven’t found any new investigators. It is also hard because my mission president suggested that if I want to get better at the language I should try and speak it all the time. And after 4 hours of trying to come up with conversation in Cantonese, I lose that desire to speak it real quick, ha.
I am really grateful for my companion though because she is a wonderful example of someone who stays focused throughout a long day of finding. She works really hard to find people and extend invitations to them. I know she has definitely kept me going this week and has really shown me how to keep pushing through the hard times.
We also had interviews with President Hawks this last week, which was so great! We got to talk to him and Sister Hawks for a little bit and get their advice on things. He gave me some great advice on how to better love my mission and the language. The interviews were super short, like 10 minutes each, but I still loved having the time I did to talk with him.
Funny moment from this week:
-We went up and started talking to this lady on the street and an old grandma (in china they’re called “po-po” like when you call a cop a po-po) came up and interrupted our conversation and started telling us all about her life. Eventually the other lady left and the po-po had us come sit down with her in this building and begged us to let her sing us this Japanese song. We let her and she was so excited. Haha, she was so funny and we tried to teach her a little bit about the gospel but she was mainly interested in telling us about her life. Still fun though!
I love you all and am so grateful for you all. Mom and Dad, I got your package this week! Thank you so much for that! That was so nice of you to send me all that and I am so grateful for that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Even though this week has been hard I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for helping me push through and strengthening me through it all. I have realized much more my reliance on my Savior and His Atonement. I know that it’s through Him that we gain the power we need to do this work, and it is through Him that His work is done. I love you all so much and am praying for you all!

Week 21: January 6 – January 12 SHA TIN AREA, HONG KONG

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Pics: Me by the big Christmas tree in the mall in Kowloon
Sister Hadley and I on Christmas overlooking the river in our area
First off, I am so glad you got my package this week! Sorry it was kind of lame, I didn’t have time really to do any cool Christmas shopping before I wanted to send it. Mom, isn’t that Cadburry chocolate so good though?? I hope it wasn’t hard by the time it got there. Also, thank you so much for sending me a package as well. I am truly blessed to have a family who sends me so many updates and packages, they mean so much more to me than I can express. So, thanks so much for those! Dad, that’s crazy you have the starting quarterback in your class! You should make a deal with him for some good seats for the next season, and then tell him your daughter will be back from her mission by then 🙂 Jared and Heather, how are the new jobs?? Are you liking them? Have you made any new friends? I have been saying lots of prayers for you both. Kristen- thank you so much for sending me your journal entries, I LOVED those! I’m sorry to hear you and Red got sick this week 😦 I hope you are both feeling better. Shout out to Trent for being so great about taking care of you both! Meri, who’s the new boy you are dating?? P.s. the cougs are looking so great this year! Cami, I I laughed so hard when dad told me about your treck committee meeting coming up, haha good luck! Also the other day I was reading Mormon 3:11 and thought of you and it made me laugh 🙂 Go look it up right now!
Things this week have been good, but also challenging as well in Sha Tin. We don’t have a lot of investigators right now, which means we go out finding a lot to try and find new people to teach. In these last two weeks we were able to teach some really great street lessons and reschedule with several people. However, when our appointments rolled around they either weren’t able to come, weren’t interested anymore, or didn’t answer our phone calls. We had two different women we met with who were both in their 30s who rescheduled. Both seemed very interested in the gospel and both really wanted to learn more. We taught them both about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. The lessons went really well and we were able to schedule them again. A few days later, we got calls from both of them. One of them told us her sister, who attends a different Christian church, doesn’t want her to meet with us anymore and the other woman told us her husband did not want her to meet with us anymore and wanted her to return our Book of Mormon. We were really disappointed when we found out because they were both so willing and so interested in learning more.We have been praying a lot for them since and are really hoping they will want to meet with us again.
We had another lady who we talked with on the street and when we called her a few days later she said she wanted to give us our Book of Mormon back. We said okay, and are going to meet with her this week and try to share more! Haha, we’re a little bit nervous about it but we want to try it out and see if it works so we’re hoping it goes okay!
Some really great moments from this week, our investigator Ng Jimuih finally came to church! She is the one that has a really heavy Fukhingwah accent (some weird Chinese dialect) who we have been teaching for a while now. She comes every week to English class and then we teach her afterwards. Up until now she hasn’t wanted to come to church, but yesterday she did! That was her first time ever in her life going to any kind of a church, which is pretty crazy! We had a lot of really great fellowshippers who sat with her as well, and I think she had a really good experience. So say lots of prayers she will want to come again!
We also taught A-Ming this week. We brought a member with us to help with the lesson and afterwards she expressed some concern about A-Ming’s mental state. A-Ming is a little out there and she’s really hard to understand because she’ll be talking about one thing and then go off on something totally random a few seconds later. The member suggested we  talk with President Hawks about if she is mentally capable to decide for herself to be baptized yet or not. So, we’ll find out this next week what will happen with that.
Last P-Day we got to go and cook muffins with Sister Hawks in her apartment. She lives in an apartment that is in the temple so it’s always so nice to go and be in there with her for a little bit. We went with Sister Richardson (from my MTC group) and Sister Bosler (she was in my ward 1st semester at BYU whose blog I always stalked) It was really nice to be able to spend time with them and see how they are doing. Sister Hawks also told us about the process of being called to be a mission president and their experience with it. You have to be a pretty awesome person to be called as a mission president and President and Sister Hawks are truly amazing people. A few days later I found a note in our mailbox from Sister Hawks that she had written telling me how nice it was for her to talk with me that day we came and that she was grateful she was able to serve with me. It made me feel really special she took the time to write that for me.
Speaking of mission presidents… Our new mission president who is coming in July is Brother Maurice M. and Sister Elizabeth Lam from Southern California! That’s all I know about them so if you could look them up for me and send me some more information about them and a picture if they have one that would be great!
This week we get to have interviews with President Hawks, which I am really excited about. Even though he can be pretty intimidating at times, he always gives the best advice and is a really wonderful mission president. I feel really blessed to be able to work with him for part of the time on my mission.
This is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but I am so grateful to be serving a mission right now. There are so many things I have learned already that have changed me and that I know will continue to change me for the rest of my life. Some days are so incredibly long and I wonder if I am even doing that good of job or if this is worth my time but I know that it takes 18 months to make the lasting change. I am grateful I have this time to serve the Lord and know He is helping me every step of the way. The language still continues to come, even if it’s not as quickly as I sometimes want. This Sunday I was able to pick up much more of what they were saying in the meetings, which made me realize I am learning more than I think. I still am so far from fluent but I have been praying much more this week for the Lord to help me speak this language.
I love you all so much and am so grateful for all of you. I can’t wait to hear from you next week! Love you!
-Sister Christensen