Last week's trip to the Discovery Museum was totally just a Preparation Day activity. We didn't plan to go to it before meeting the 103 year old man.
News update from Newcastle. I am done with 12 week training! I am no longer considered a baby in the mission(: Elder Adams left and our new district leader is Elder Chidester, he's from Texas. I asked him if he had any family in Cali. He said he had a uncle named Null? Nole? something like that, but he might be related to Brother and Sister Chidester! It'd be cool if they were related. Sis Salcedo is crazy, full of energy. She's having fun learning chinese and she and I will "vamos a chifa" sometime soon. She was surprised that I knew that since it's just a peru saying.
Sad news, one of our church investigators dropped us. She went home to Taiwan for the holiday and decided to quit studying in England and stay in Taiwan. We tried to get her address to have the Taiwan missionaries contact her but she never responded to our message. So if Elder Cheung ever meets a Dou Dou, she was prepared by sis larson and I.
Last week went well. We have 15 hours of street contacting that we should complete each week. This week we got 9...we tried but I guess we will have to try harder this week. Talk to everyone at all time, waiting for the metro/bus, on cross walks, etc. While we were finding last week, we met an Asian guy. Here's the surprise he wasn't from China or Taiwan, he was from the UK. He was the first BBC (British born Chinese) I've met while street contacting. He was like me didn't know Mando! But he did speak Hakka and understand Canto. But I just got really excited because I am not the only ABC/BBC around here haha but now I can sympathize with Dad in being an ABC and not being able to speak Mando in the first few months of the mission. It must've been must worse in Taiwan. But it was great to talk to him, his name is Hai Yet. And he is interested in learning more about our Church(:
I have to explain how most street contacting goes with Chinese people.
talk talk talk
Person: 'Where are you from?'
P: 'Oh, but you have an Asian face' (they really emphasize face, by pointing and circling their own)
Me: 'Yep, my parents are Chinese'
P: 'Oooh, ABC.'
I've had so many conversations like that, it's great. It really makes my day because people are so amazed that I have an Asian face but from Cali haha(':
Another great thing with Chinese people are that they are honest, so honest. After a few investigators/members came back from their holiday and met us. They told me 'ni pangle 你胖了' haha and yeah that's true, I did gain weight from the holiday haha
In Church, I learned that it's important to love one another. It strengthens relationships. And how we can love one another is by doing service for them. Everything from comforting, complimenting, helping and praying is summed up by service. Serving others brings happiness and peace to both sides, the doer and the affected. So, I will try to serve others more because I love them. On my mission I have learned to love easier. Love my church investigators, the members both chinese and non chinese, love my family, love my flatmates, love the people that don't want to talk to us on the street, and basically everyone.
Love you mum and dad!