After much preparation, the young self-proclaimed Emperor of The Han Dynastory is now serving a full-time mission to the UK with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will return in 2014.

Hello!

Welcome to the Han Dynastory!

As I am now serving a full-time mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have left this blog under the stewardship of a family member, who may post updates on how I'm doing as he/she sees fit.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Week 11!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello everyone!
It just struck me a few days ago, when someone asked me how long I've been out on a mission, that I've been out for more than 2 months. Time goes by so quickly here that I simply cannot afford to waste any time. As missionaries, the time we have on our missions is the Lord's time, and hence we ought to make the best use of these very short 2 years to labour in the Lord's vineyard.
The missionary work in the area is visibly beginning to move forward - plenty of students are coming in to Manchester to begin their studies this month. Elder Cai and I have been very busy going from appointment to appointment and talking to people on the street. There's nothing better than coming back to the flat at the end of a busy day knowing that we've done all that we could to share the gospel and to invite others to come unto Christ.
To answer Mom's question about what language Elder Cai and I use between ourselves, it would be mainly American English XD Elder Cai's first language is English, although his spoken Chinese is pretty solid. We occasionally switch to Chinese without realising it, though. There was a time when we were roleplaying to practise teaching a lesson during our Companionship Study. We were speaking in English at first, but halfway through we both switched to Chinese without realising it :P Elder Cai speaks Cantonese as well, and is able to briefly share the gospel in Cantonese when we're out on the streets. However, he often uses Cantonese to joke. Speaking of joking, the two of us have an inside joke about "Immoral People." For some reason, we found it extremely funny to come up with descriptions of "Immoral People," or "Bu4 Dao4 De2 De Ren2" in Chinese. We laughed for a good 5 minutes when we first came up with it and still laugh over it whenever one of us brings it up. I'm not sure how funny you may find it, but here are some examples:
1. People who don't recycle "Bu4 huan2 bao3 de ren2"
2. People who only eat meat and no vegetables
3. People who pick only the prawns from a vegetable dish
4. People who brush their teeth without toothpaste
5. People who skip a shower
6. People who eat a bit of your egg when you offer them some of your instant noodles
During the week I had a dream in which I did something wrong and tried to cover up my mistake. As a result, the event snowballed in my dream, and by the time the alarm rang and I woke up, I was extremely exhausted and exTREMELY relieved that it was all but a bad dream. Let that be a lesson to all of us not to try to cover up our mistakes but to come clean about them!
Last Monday I learnt an important lesson about murmuring, or NOT murmuring, to be precise. Elder Cai and I had finished our Preparation Time and were going about proselyting. People were very quick to reject us that day, and I was getting frustrated. I voiced my frustrations to Elder Cai, lamenting how difficult it was to find Chinese people who were truly interested in learning about Jesus Christ. Just minutes later, we came across a young man who was interested, and we taught a lesson about God on the spot. Throughout that lesson I felt as if God was rebuking me for my impatience, and needless to say, I didn't complain during the rest of the week!
I would like to point out, however, that "success" in a mission is not measured by the number of people missionaries are able to teach, bring to church or baptise. Instead, a successful missionary is someone who is committed to doing the Lord's work, someone who stays worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and to heed the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Being a successful, committed missionary isn't a smooth-sailing task, however. We learn from the examples of the sons of Mosiah, who are among the greatest missionaries noted in the Book of Mormon. In Alma 26:27, Ammon notes, "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."
We learn many valuable things about missionary work from this verse alone. Firstly, we learn that Ammon and his brethren were not immune to disappointment. Their hearts were "depressed," and they "were about to turn back." Ammon and his brethren were amazing missionaries, but they had to face disappointment, just as we struggle in our lives as we try to follow Jesus Christ.
Secondly, we learn the value of heeding the Lord's counsel. They were about to turn back, but they heeded the Lord's counsel to continue to preach to the Lamanites. Likewise, we must continue to heed the counsel of the Holy Ghost when we face challenges in our lives. It is easy for us to feel resentful when we are faced with difficulties, and this often encourages us to disregard and become deaf to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Finally, the Lord didn't tell Ammon and his brethren that they would have an easy time either; He did quite the opposite, in fact. He counseled them to "bear with patience [their] afflictions". Patience, Elder Chong! Patience!
I know that our Saviour and Lord understands all of us individually. He loves us and wants us to be happy. True happiness comes when we live the teachings of Jesus Christ and have the eternal perspective in mind. I leave with you my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Much love,
Elder Chong

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