Friday, July 22, 2016

7/18 The Best Area!

S W and Family

Been a really good week! Kind of a rough week getting members involved due to many last minute schedules and more our fault as missionaries, but it's been pretty good. The area has been as thus: Meeting several semi-active members and working on testimony. Most of them are just reactivated members, and or YSA. C is doing super well, and has voiced that he wants to go on a mission. This time more serious, his mother even brought it up. He is still 17 and has some time, but will be a great missionary. He already teaches great with us, still needs some strength, testimony, and doctrinal knowledge, so we have decided to start meeting with him once a week for "mission prep," and as well have really liked this idea and hope to get some of the other youth involved. There are a couple other YSA or Young Men that are preparing to go, or haven't made up their mind, so we feel like this would be a great opportunity to strengthen their testimonies as well as our relationships with them. Work even into opportunities to use their capabilities with friends. 

Investigators: Brother C is doing very well and is progressing. Doesn't seem to have any big problems right now, and takes everything in. So this week we are really going to try to work with him on knowing and praying for the truth. Aa is as good as it gets. Stood up to his friends about the gospel and even used a few scriptures from 2 Nephi Tree of Life story to combat them. He has become such a good friend. He takes all the commandments with "well if God doesn't want me to do it, then I won't do it, because He knows." He is such a good example. Our Gospel Essentials class teacher had him lead class on Sunday... He has been coming to church for a month. Doing well.  S W came to church on Sunday! With his wife and two kids!! It was a big step for him. Visiting them this Sunday, and hopefully we can extend a baptismal date. K is doing well, really close with the YM group, progressing, and hopefully can get baptized this next month, J as well is back most members refer to him as Michael Jackson, you could say he has swag, and doing really well also. I love the area, the investigators are doing well. Miracles. D, the only other real less active we are working with is so much fun as well. He is also in the early 20's area, and is quite powerful. Asked for a priesthood blessing last time we met as a result to the miracle that his stomach sickness had just been cleared that day. Now he can put back on the 30 lbs of muscle he lost this past year (He used to be shredded and huge). I love D!

Zone Training went really well I felt. Had a lot of good feedback. Had two discussions, Obedience and Language (as they took the ban off learning characters), followed by break out groups with the Zone Leadership focused on Baptism in the Doctrine of Christ. I emphasized and discussed HTBT and its role in inviting investigators to be follow the example of Jesus Christ, and be baptized, in the first or second lesson. Emphasis on following Jesus Christ. Too often we come off as just asking people to "be baptized" and it scares them off, therefore missionaries don't ask. Trying to work on that. 

A our good buddy from Canada. His mom is HKese, his dad is eskimo, he speaks pretty good english and a little chinese, and has a heavy Texan accent because he likes to sing country. 
A member treated us to McDonald's.  It is gourmet here in HK.

Our summer missionaries.

I think much of what I have been blessed with here is a result of all the many prayers in missionaries behalf, I really feel them. Especially those directly for me. I am so grateful for all I have and the many blessings and miracles which have been bestowed upon me. I still think I am the most blessed missionary out there. 
I love my life and my calling here in HK. I love the people the food, and sometimes the hot and humid weather! 
Ever Stalwart
   Elder Sargent

PDAY soccer fun

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