So this week we scheduled two investigators for baptisms! YAY! It is so great to see them draw nearer to God and Christ and to see them realize for themselves that baptism is the decision they should follow. I've been working hard at my Chinese. Sister Larson and Sister Lu are great assets for me to learn the language. The recent converts and investigators are also great. I always mimic them because I found that the best way for me to learn. But I think they are starting to get annoyed by that haha. The Asian group here in Newcastle is great, it's getting pretty big. Sooner or later we might have a ward! We get fed by the ward twice a week and it's a great way to taste English food and to meet the members here. Last Saturday we had a Young Single Adult activity and we all played a volleyball game and had southern style hot pot. In the volleyball game, I just set and served because I couldn't really play in a skirt. But all the Chinese students loved playing volleyball. They also love basketball and that's like the one thing I can really talk to them about. We get into a deep conversation about basketball it is great. Since I can't play it, I talk super intensely about it! They keep me updated on the NBA and who is on what team and such(:
The hot pot was so good! It reminded me of when we have hot pot at grandpa's and grandmama's house. But it was a bit different. We had about 23 people at the activity. And 2 hot pots. The pot was divided in two so one was a spicy based soup and the other was a non-spicy based soup. I thought that divider thing was cool. We didn't have little basket, where we fill them up with what we personally want. Southern hot pot you just dump what ever you want in and when it's done you all fish out what you want with your chop sticks. I prefer the baskets because then nobody steals your tofu or fishballs haha. Oh and in southern hot pot it is more meat and fish than vegetables. I like northern hot pot where it is more veggies than meats. After the night we still had tons of leftover meats and veggies we didn't cook. But hot pot is a great missionary experience because most people bring friends who aren't church members and we missionaries get to talk to them. Sister Larson and I talked to two girls, one was from China and the other from Taiwan. The Taiwan girl had a lot of questions for us and she told us she researched about the Church before she came to the activity. We set her straight on what was true and not true. We also explained the Church organization and basically taught her all the lessons. It was great how both girls were so interested and receptive to what we had to share. I feel like that they can both become potential investigators.
Oh and I gave a talk in Chinese Sacrament meeting...I wrote it out in pinyin and characters so it was more difficult than I thought to read it off from the stand. I thought I did really bad because I couldn't really convey the message I wanted when I translated my talk into Chinese. But the members, recent converts, and investigators all said that I did well. But they were just being nice. They all said that my Chinese is a lot better than when I first got here. So maybe my Chinese is improving, well I hope so. After church we had HOT POT ROUND 2 because we had to eat all the rest of the food, which was fine by me. I like hot pot!(: Free food haha. And I get to know the Chinese students a lot better. There are three Chinese students that know how to speak Canto as well as Mando so they were teaching me all the food in Canto. Having Canto and Mando in my head confuses me. According to sister Lu, I know all the food names in Canto like bok choy, gong sik jin min, and gon chow ngow ho (idk how to spell those) -- the normal dishes we get at Chinese restaurants back at home. Well I guess it makes sense that I know them in Canto because they are Cantonese dishes. Oh Sister Liz Cheung is so lucky to be in Hong Kong right now, such good food! Sister Lu and I also talked about all the bao that's good! We both love bolo bao!
England is getting slightly colder but I bundle up in tights and scarves! Layers are so nice aha. You can tell if someone is foreign and if someone is a native English person by how much clothes they have on! I always look at people and say, "They must be freezing just wearing a t-shirt and jeans!" I guess English people are acclimated. I am pretty sure I will not acclimate haha.
Well those were the highlights of the week(:
Oh on Christmas we can skype our families(: We get Christmas and Boxing Day (December 26) off here in England yay! I thought we'd still work, I am glad we get a wee break though.
Oh and snow has not started yet! So that's a good thing because I don't want to be slipping. And another thing while I go out finding -- I can actually stop people and talk to them about school and what major they are in. So I've improved on that(: It makes me feel good when I can actually communicate in a natural way with Chinese people.
Oh and I have good news, I will not be getting white here in England because even in this foggy San Francisco weather, I am developing a nice proselyting shoe tan! HAHA! And I wear tights everyday so the UVs are pretty strong here