Those family pictures are so beautiful! Ah-b ee did an amazing job!(: It's weird to look at my hair and how long it was before! I can't even imagine myself with long hair right now haha
That's so great that mum got together with other Macau families! It's like a little reunion! I can imagine there were a lot of story telling and a lot of talking. I can imagine how happy you are when you run into people you've worked with because I've felt extremely happy that Zhang Yi wanted to be baptised. As a recent convert, he always wants to meet with us to have a lesson it is amazing!(:
Sis Larson said that the Mando speaking missionaries don't move around so much so I might be in Newcastle for my whole mission! Sister Lu has been in Newcastle for 10 months, since the start of her mission. We joke that she will stay here forever! haha! On transfer night she started packing, but when we got the calls for transfers it said she was staying! But she loves it here, Newcastle is like the promised land in the mission. There is so much success here.
Christmas lights yet?
I don't wear my Chinese name tag often maybe I'll start wearing it.
So this week...
We had transfers, but nobody in my flat moved we are all staying in Newcastle for another transfer! We have a new English speaker, Elder Wheelhouse-from Utah, and a new Zone Leaders-I haven't met yet.
Not much happened this week.
Except, Elder George R. Donaldson an area authority of Europe came to visit the ward last Sunday. The bishop was sure that he was there to check out all the Asian people to see if there was enough to push for creating a Chinese branch. So for preparation for Sunday, all the missionaries called all the Asian people in our area books, made sure members brought friends and themselves to the meeting, and to make sure investigators and potentials could come. To make sure people would come we had a bit of incentive, HOTPOT! That particular Sunday was also fast Sunday so we made sure to fast for two meals before afternoon hotpot started. We had about 35 Asian people there. The chapel was so full, we had to open up the overflow! It was great to have the chapel so full. Testimony meeting was also great, a lot of Chinese members got up to bear their testimony -- more than the non Chinese members! After Church, the ward council and the missionaries met with Elder Donaldson very quickly. He told us two short and simple stories, and made us a promise that if we repent, so we could be a clean vessel where the Spirit can reside, pray and listen to promptings, even promptings from others have experienced, the Newcastle ward will double in size. His message was short and sweet. Right to the point. These are the basic things we need to do in order to receive blessings and bring others to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it is easier said than done but when he said those 3 things it hit me hard especially the first, repent. I'm not perfect but I know that if I repent, I can have the Spirit lead me as a missionary.
last p-day we went to HiYou market and I bought some asian wasabi peas and a bolo bao...it wasn't a very good bolo bao. All the Chinese members say HiYou isn't good but there's a bakery called Bread Point and they have good Asian baos. This Preparation day we went to the Life museum and saw the body exhibit there. It reminded me of all the lab hours I spent in the life science building at Brigham Young University. There were so many specimens of bodies. The museum arranged the bodies in daily life activities like relay races, fishing, playing the guitar, and tennis. But the relay racer was two body forms originating from one body -- one would be just skeletal and the other muscle. It's really hard to explain and I wish I had a picture to show you but no photography was allowed so I couldn't. I found most interest in how they made the full body specimens stand up with no string or visible metal rods. Most of the exhibit was an anatomy review, I tested myself if I still knew the anatomical terms but the museum didn't go into much detail of body parts. But it was a great exhibit worth £12.
On the way to the metro, people say met-ro here, I saw a guy with a tattoo but no ordinary tattoo...this one had Chinese characters!!! And the actual cool thing is i could READ THEM, this random guy's tattoo said family(: Proof that my Chinese is slightly improving haha
Is is quiet? quite?(english is degrading while Chinese is improving) quite sad that Christmas is approaching, only reason is because most of our Chinese members and investigators and potentials will be going home for the holiday! Which means a lot more finding time and by the time I go home the cartilage in my knees will have withered away haha Finding isn't so bad, just yesterday we got 3 people's numbers and they seemed quite interested about religion. I was somewhat surprised we had so many. Oh funny incident while finding, this was sometime last week, Sis larson and I were out finding and we went in our regular route around the city center of Northumberland. We passed this pub where a group of men were standing outside. They all had Christmas jumpers on. Man, once december comes along everyone had Christmas jumpers and Christmas gear. One man had a crutch and a fake swollen foot and a cool snowman jumper, which I commented on. Obviously these guys were fooling around. It made me laugh though, cuz I thought it was dumb and funny. Then as we walked past them, one of the guys walked along us and just walked, no talk. So I said hi. He just wanted so mess around but we started to talk about Church and Mormons and it was nice to share the gospel with someone even if they didn't seem interested. Missionary opportunities are all around us even in the most unlikely circumstances. like around pubs.
Wheey eye man, it's getting a bit colder. The wind has picked up and that's the things that gives you chills. But not unbearable. No snow yet either.
Love, sis Chee