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 03, 2012

Week 9!!!!!!!!!

With my first trainer, Elder  Peterson
With Sister Amanda Loh from Singapore!
Hello everyone!

I apologise for the late email. This week is transfer week, so Preparation Time on Monday was taken away and changed into Transfer Time on Wednesday, and so I have to email on Thursday.

This transfer cycle, I will be serving with Elder Cai in the YSA Ward in Manchester, which is the same area in which I served with Elder Peterson. Elder Peterson went home a week before the actual transfer week because he had to get ready for school, so I spent the past week with my Zone Leaders at that time, who were Elder Sanders and Elder Cai. This transfer cycle, Elder Cai has been released from his calling as Zone Leader (he was euphoric when he found out) and is now my follow-up trainer. However, 3 new Chinese-speaking Elders will be coming in from Provo in the middle of the transfer, and since we are only left with 2 experienced Chinese-speaking Elders (Elder Cai, my current companion, and Elder Chan from Hong Kong), it is likely that Elder Cai will train 2 of the incoming Elders, while Elder Chan will train 1. Our guess is that I might go over to join Elder Chan to finish my training. Of course, these plans could change at any point in time, but if it does happen, it would mean that by the end of my 12-week in-field training period, I will have been trained by 4 different missionaries!

Elder Cai, my new companion, is an AMAZING missionary. He is 6 foot 3, and was born in Shen Zhen, China, and when he was 11 he moved with his family to the "Holy City of Las Vegas", as he likes to put it. It was there that he and his parents met the missionaries and joined the Church. Today, he is very much half-American and half-Chinese in his ways, which is an intersting mix. At this point, English is his first language, though he is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. He is very bold and direct in his missionary work, which is very different from Elder Peterson, who was more inclined towards a friendlier and softer approach to missionary work. Of course, that's not to say that Elder Cai isn't friendly. He has a hilarious talent at making people feel uncomfortable or awkward, thanks to his height and also the fact that he enjoys deliberately making people feel awkward. I cannot even begin to describe what it's like serving with Elder Cai. All I can say is that he is a fantastic missionary and I'm learning a lot from him. I'm thoroughly enjoying serving with him!

By the way, Elder Cai did some modelling before his mission. His pre-mission modelling photos can be found here

I find it interesting that Elder Cai is from Shen Zhen. About 7 years ago I had a dream in which I started calling one of my best friends Shen Zhen.. I woke up remembering that I had called my friend Shen Zhen, and I felt odd because I had never heard the term Shen Zhen before. Maybe that was a foretelling of how I would be serving with a missionary from Shen Zhen!

Speaking about dreams, in one of my recent dreams I was in a massive YSA Ward slumber party, and we were all getting up to go to Church on Sunday. I think it is good reflection of how all the members in the YSA Ward are starting to come back from their summer break. We have been having very low Church attendance in the ward, as is expected for a YSA Ward in a University area in the summer. Everyone is starting to come back as September approaches! This includes many Chinese students as well, and so Elder Cai and I are gearing up to go out and do a lot of finding and teaching!

I don't have much time for email today, so I have to sign off soon. I attached 2 photos, one with my first trainer, Elder  Peterson, and one with Sister Amanda Loh from Singapore! She just came out of the MTC and into the field yesterday and will be serving in the same ward as Elder Cai and me.

I know that God loves us all and is ready to bless us if we will seek His will. I leave you this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Much love,
Elder Chong

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