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.


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.

Enjoy your stay!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Week 13! (Greetings from Preston!)

Greetings from Preston!

I've officially moved to Preston and I'm now serving with Elder Chan from Hong Kong and Elder Zavala from Utah!

The world is incredibly small! As most of you with Facebook might know by now, Elder Zavala's sister served in the same mission as Sujie! I got the email from Sujie with the cute sisters & brothers photos. Elder Zavala also got a long email with many photos of Sisters Zavala and Chong's mission.

This is where the world gets even smaller - Elder Chan knows one of the Sisters in one of the photos Sister Zavala took during her mission. Apparently Sister Hui was a close friend of Elder Chan's sister! Even better - if you haven't found out already, Jonny Liu was Elder Zavala's MTC teacher! It's definitely no coincidence that Elder Chan, Elder Zavala and I are all serving together here in Preston :)

It is getting COLD here in England. The temperature is hovering just over 10 degrees Celcius here. The missionaries from Utah tell me that although England has relatively warmer temperatures compared to Utah, the cold here really bites because it's a lot more humid here. I'm not sure how much longer I'm still going to be glad that England isn't as hot and humid as Malaysia and Singapore XD

To answer Sujie's question about what I put in Elder Cai's omelette, I think I sliced up some onions, peppers, mushrooms and sausages. I surrounded it with slices of apple, and topped it with a little heart clumsily fashioned out of part of the apple core :P I would say the omelette consisted of 10% food and 90% admiration for Elder Cai. By the way, have I mentioned how great a missionary Elder Cai is?

(I wrote that last sentence to appease Elder Cai, although it IS true)

It's interesting how Mom described me as her sunshine baby in her recent email. People have pointed out that my smile is rather... intense. My Mission President, President Preston, once asked me if I could frown, just to see if it was actually possible. Elder Cai described my smiles in my photos as 170%, whereas when I'm not deliberately smiling my smile is at least at 120%. Other people have told me that they want to laugh just looking at my smile. As it gets rainy-er and colder here in England I hope I can continue to bring sunshine to the people here!

In case Mom might be wondering what language is spoken between a Malaysian, an American, and a Hong Kong, all of whom are serving a mandarin-speaking mission together, I will attempt to describe how it is like.

My first instinct is to speak English with Elder Zavala, who in turn actively strives to speak Mandarin to improve his grasp of the language. I speak to Elder Chan in increasingly inaccurate mandarin (I've come to realise just how Hong Kong-ish Malaysian mandarin is the more I speak to him) and occasionally, for no apparently reason, in English with an increasingly Hong Kong-ish accent. Elder Chan has in turn picked up a bit of the Liverpool accent in his English, which is funny (where else will you hear a mix of the Hong Kong and Liverpool accent?). We occasionally speak some Cantonese too, which is funny.

Elder Sapaden and I. He's a brilliant pianist, and for a Multi-Zone Training he improvised a combination of two hymns while I conducted the choir :) Elder Cai told me it was the first time 2 musically trained missionaries were present in a single training. What a blessing!

Some Chinese food I cooked with Elder Cai :)

I have to go now. Hope to hear from all of you soon!

Much love,

Elder Chong

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