Tuesday, January 28, 2014

End of 4-th Transfer‏

Dear family and friends,
This past week was good! Another transfer is done! We finally achieved the Standards of Excellence in Cantonese work and it is great to see our investigators progress towards baptism. Training with Elder Cheng is a little behind so we are going to work even harder this transfer to catch up. 
There aren't much more exciting news, we should have at least one baptism in February  and I can't wait to bring you the good news in a couple weeks.
Elder Lee

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I gave a talk on Sunday!

Dear family and friends,
The mission is great. We have been working hard and trying to improve our area. Time certainly flies, I have spent more than 20% of my time in Canada now. I can't believe it! I feel like I have worked really hard and I have been polishing my skills. I am also determined to be more sensitive to the Holy Ghost so that I can know how I should spend the time that is ahead wisely.
Mandy is progressing and has been coming to church. I think she really likes the ward and she is going to be baptized soon. It feels great to be able to see her progress since the very first day we saw her. We also have a couple student investigators that are decently interested.

Missionary work is hard but it is so worth it.
I gave a talk on Sunday! I chose to talk about member missionary work and I think I did well. I found out that I have no fear in public speaking anymore. It just went away as we talk with so many people every day.
Any good news with all of you? Tell me about them!

Elder Lee

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Rewarding Week of Labor‏

Dear friends and family,
How are you all doing? Are you enjoying the new year much?

This week has been a crazy week in all aspects of missionary work. First of all, on Tuesday, the weather was so bad, with wind chill the temperature dropped to -39 C (please realize that -40 C=-40 F). That was kind of a challenge for us to talk to people on the streets but we endured through it and huge blessings came. On Saturday though the temperature went all the way up to 9 C which made me go out in just a short sleeve shirt and a jacket. According to the Toronto-nians here, I believe it won't get any colder than that this year.
In terms of missionary work, it has been an excellent week. We found a new investigator named Mandy and she came to church this week and is currently progressing. It comforts me to see how the members are so welcoming to her at church. There was also a baptismal service yesterday and I think Mandy enjoyed watching it.
We also had a couple surprises, we met with two people that are baptized but lost contact with the church since they moved to Toronto. Herman was baptized in Elder Cheng's ward (元朗) back home about ten years ago and we found him through contacting. Another one, Sarah, was baptized three years ago in Alabama and wants to go to church again. It is awesome to see how God helps us in the work because we just met them "randomly" on the streets. I know that Heavenly Father loves these children of His and desires them to live the Gospel again. That is why He arranged us to meet them.
Another good news was that we had finally taught 20+ lessons in a week, which was the first time I have ever helped achieve since the beginning of my mission. It is something that the first presidency expects from the missionaries. In fact, we taught 24 this week, I feel Heavenly Father's love and trust for us to help the area progress so quickly. We almost hit the "Standards of Excellence" this week. I am confident that we can achieve that this coming week, which will be very special to see because it will mean that Cantonese missionary work will finally be back up to where it should be.
So those are some of the exciting news for this week. I love the work and I testify that there is true joy in spreading the Gospel.
Elder Lee

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year!‏

Dear family and friends,
Happy new year! It was a wonderful new year and we went to a members house for dinner. I cannot believe that it is 2014 already. This is THE year! I will consecrate these 365 days completely serving the Lord. I have already spent about a fifth of my mission and I really need to "forget myself and get to work."
I am very excited that school is finally starting again and we can finally work with our student investigators! This transfer will be a busy transfer inviting and helping people to be baptized and enter into that covenant.
Last transfer, we were looking at the records of people who have been taught by missionaries before and there was a record with the name Jason on it. On the record it said that he was taught almost 7 years ago and he left Toronto to Hong Kong soon after he met the missionaries. I know that the Holy Ghost had prompted me to call that number and it turned out that he had been back from HK. He expressed that he wanted to meet but that university life was very busy and we couldn't really agree on a time to meet. After a while we kind of forgot about the situation...
Yesterday after fast and testimony meeting, Elder Cheng and I was going to contact people on the streets when suddenly we got a text message. It was Jason and he wanted to meet us right then. We hurried to the place and taught him the restoration. During the lesson I really came to understand how the Lord prepares his children. Jason understood about everything we taught and he agreed to be baptized on Feb 2nd. It was truly a miracle. I testify that God gives blessings to us when we fast to show our willingness to progress spiritually. He also does mighty work in His children's heart.
So that was the exciting news for this week. Jason will soon be able to feel of God's love and the Spirit more abundantly in his life after his baptism. The gates of heaven will also be opened to him if everything goes right.
Remember my friends, I KNOW that God lives and he loves us. Amen.
Elder Lee