Thursday, June 15, 2017

6/12 Signing Out

What mixed emotions I have writing this. 
My final report.
The area was blessed this week with the baptism of J and Sister C. They were all ready to go on Sunday and the ward was ready to receive them. Sometimes missionaries worry about a hand off of investigators to members, but I feel comfort that it was all of us supporting them from underneath to get them here. C (preparing missionary) baptized J, and RC Brother L baptized Sister C. It was great, a spiritual witness again of the preparedness of our ward. It was a topic yesterday, and at ward council. The ward has seen a lot of people start their paths in the gospel and feels so blessed. We achieved our ward baptismal goal yesterday and over! It is only June. On to setting a new goal, but to continue to work to retain these new people in the fold. What an amazing ward. I will be forever grateful for their examples to me.
Bishop asked me to bear my testimony again yesterday, unfortunately the crying side of me came out and it took a second to gather myself. I love these people like my family. Each one of them. I spent so much time at their sides working in the vineyard in a time where I have grown so much. I have striven to emulate their examples of service and dedication no matter what it takes. They love. They are successful. It was like saying goodbye to my actual family.
My time here has flown by, as I said earlier, on wings of lightning. I have come to realize that history will continue to tell me what is possible, but it will never be able to tell me what is impossible. The Lord has sent us here to do the impossible. Do things that we don't think we can do, and in the midst of the turmoil, sometimes heartache, and beautiful sunrises, to grow and to become like Him; and thereunto, fulfill the measure of our creation. We came here to emulate Christ. We came here to prepare to return unto the Father a different person than we are now, a perfected spirit child with experiences to help us govern in the world to come. If we are not doing things now to change ourselves, we might consider a, "course correction." 
I have learned love, I have learned patience. At first, I tried to keep who I was, but not until two years later after decided to forget it, do I really have an idea of who I am. I have come to know my purpose. As to what will happen in the future? "我還不完全知道這些奧祕,所以不再說了" (Alma 37:11). All I do know, is that I will fearlessly serve the Lord. I will strive to be a clean vessel, a shiny tool, and faithful servant to the Lord. 
I love the Lord my God. He lives and loves me too. I will face Him one day I know, and I wish to be prepared, and to recognize Him as my Savior. This is His church and His gospel. It stands on the pillars of the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, and modern day prophets which I all know and believe to have been restored again to this earth. Families are eternal, and our faith is key to this plan.
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation." (2 Nephi 22:2)
I leave my testimony with you all again, He lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Elder Sargent signing out. With love and respect.
Ever Stalwart

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Elder Sargent gets home June 16th

Elder Colt Sargent is returning from his mission this Friday, June 16th! Please join us in welcoming Colt home. You are invited to stop by his home and see him anytime that Friday evening 7:30 or later. We will have food, good weather and the chance to hug and visit with this wonderful, faithful returning missionary!
Elder Sargent loved his mission and will have a hard time leaving.  He is already looking forward to returning to Hong Kong to show us around and to meet the many friends he made there!

6/5 Final Lap

The work is great! We were busy up to our nose last week. It was fun to see H again, he is ready to go. So prepared, in this last year and a half away from the church, I think he has seen what blessings it brings. He will be coming back to church soon. Our last lesson we were able to see what he wanted from us, which all fell right under the plan of salvation and our purpose in life. He will do amazing things in the church. HK is well, still progressing at a good pace, we are taking it a little more slow with him, which I feel is good, but he is doing well. Sister C and J have done everything to progress to their date, Sister C has quit coffee and tea which was really hard for her, except they missed church on Sunday. Has kind of made a funny situation on whether they should or should not get baptized. We did have a great lesson with them on Tuesday, J said he didn't want to get baptized, we talked about it after and we decided to pray about it. It was amazing to see how even a wild 10 year old can have spiritual experiences if desired. After he prayed, we all sat there and he just kept his eyes closed, then after a minute or two, sat up. Brother L asked him how he felt and he said he wants to baptized on the 11th for sure. He just said, "My heart, it is so hot! Hot! Hot! Hot!" God will use the Spirit to witness truths and answer prayers of anyone when sought with real intent and faith.
Finding two new investigators was great last week and both have great potential, none came to church on Sunday though which was 慘 because it was a great fast and testimony meeting. Absolutely great. Spirit packed and touching. I bore my testimony, and it was even fun to see J McS again. Can't believe I sent him home a year and a half ago. 
My personal studies have been revealing and especially edifying this past week. I feel like that most weeks actually, can we get longer study time? Haha I have been doing some follow-up from Elder Cook, studying Ether 3 and then some chapter in D&C. Holy sacrifice enabling spiritual growth and progress. Give it a study!
I love my mission.
Hebrews 12:1-2
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In the words of my wise Grandpa Milt, "Rise to the top."

Love Elder Sargent
Ever Stalwart

Friday, June 2, 2017

5/29 Icing on the cake

first ever MINI MTC experience in Hong Kong
Recent Converts from my time in Tung Chung, A-Pang and Chanel, it was the icing on the cake to see them

Jesus Christ with the Chinese children in Wan Chai

Another great week moves on by, a week full of great experiences, both spiritual, and just joy in others I guess. 
It was great to see Elder Cook on Monday! Leading the mission music fulfilled a lifelong dream for sure. That was amazing. It was touching to watch as we sang for 20 minutes and to see how the movement of the music and the power and the Spirit it brought touched most of the missionaries at different times. There is power in the hymns. I loved the questions and Elder Cooks testimony at the end. It was special, that's for sure. It is empowering knowing we have servants of the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth today. 
The first ever Hong Kong Mini MTC happened on Saturday. It was a full day. We have been planning for that day for quite a few months now. It really made me happy to see all the youth smiling and raving about how fun it was. I enjoyed it, we gave a couple training's, learned a little Korean, and had a lot of good food. I also saw Recent Convert's (A-P and C) from Tung Chung that are doing great, that was the icing on the cake. 
The area is also doing pretty good! Investigators are doing well, we had dinner with J and Sister C at the Y's on Saturday night, great lesson. Sister C brought up some concerns with drinking coffee, we had great support from the family and were able to work with her through it. J said he will help her remember. Sister Y asked them if they wanted to be baptized a week early because I am going home, they said yes! So that will be a great week. Another is trying to progress, but letting his doubts get the best of him. We saw X last week which was great. He is on the same boat as R, but has desire, he can do it if he is willing to act. 
The ward is awesome. Couldn't say anything bad about the ward. Trying to get some out to more ward activities to support and fellowship, but things are great. We had a ward baptism this last week. SS and I got baptized. Huge turnout after stake conference at a different building, they had lots of family there and I's non-member dad came. Great guy, I think he will join one day. Just needs some time, and an invitation. The sisters have a baptism next week, and then J and Sister C the week after! 3 Sundays in a row! That will be pretty fun. Excited. 
I went on an exchange this week. It was a great exchange, he is a humble, hardworking, obedient missionary. He didn't seem so sure of himself a little, but he was great! Teaching skills are good. I think he will be great where ever he goes.
Companionship is great. I love working with Elder C, we have a good time together. I am learning so much in my personal studies. I love it. The scriptures are a form of nourishment I don't think I could do without. 
The weather is fine, I think it's time to go enjoy one of my favorite gifts from God. The outdoors.
Love Elder Sargent
Ever Stalwart