Monday, January 14, 2013

I am sooooooooooo excited!!!!

A cracker thing that Sister Law had me try.  It's just 2 saltine crackers stuck to each other with melted sugar (like honey, but thicker) with a stick stuck in it.  Super simple but yummy!!! 
Chinese Noodle Soup that I made
Hi Mom, Dad, Kelli, Nathanael and Savanna! 

Wow! I can't believe Christmas break has come and gone! The picture of you and Dad in Chicago is so cute! You look great! It's funny how different of a city it is from HK or Macau, but it's still a big City. How fun! I'm excited to see the new bathroom! Good luck living on 1 shower for the next 3 weeks!! yikes! I can't believe Sister Hamilton is already getting transferred. She's been there for a while. Hearing you talk about how you take care of the missionaries just reminds me again that YOU'RE AWESOME!!! Thank you for loving and serving and caring for the missionaries so much. You're doing the kinds of things that really make missionaries love the work.

Speaking of moves there is a Huge chance that I will be here for my last move!! Crazy right? Sister Law just had a U-turn this week and they told her it was her last time and that she has to leave on February 1. I have the most days so I'll probably be here until my days run out and then get shipped back to HK for whatever time is left. I am sooooooooooo excited!!!! Just one heads up, don't be too excited about my Chinese I've been doing my language study, but it's definitely gotten worse because I don't hear it everyday. But it's ok because I'm in the best place ever!! 

Sister Ev. is doing awesome! We taught her about fasting last week and she did it! We asked her how it was and she said she felt stronger. She said she also fasted for "her missionaries Sister Nelson and Sister Law that they can be strong." I thought that was sweet. She has seen sooooo many miracles since she's been here. 

While Sister Law was doing her U-turn, Sister Welling was my companion. (She is the Senior sister here) We taught a lady, M. we met in San Mallo a few weeks ago. It was really cool to teach with Sister Welling, a Senior missionary and a young missionary will approach teaching in a whole different way, but the way she taught was so simple and full of love and belief because she's experienced it!   

M. is really good.  Her only day off is Saturday so I hope we get to see her next week. 

Sister El. is also really good. She wasn't really answering our calls, but one of the members called and scheduled her to meet with us. I can tell she is already feeling the Spirit. She really enjoyed the Joseph Smith video. We met her at 2 and she was just waiting for church, but there were no other sisters yet, so we ended up teaching her about the Plan of Salvation too. She really just ate everything up!!! I'm really excited to see her again!

Tuesday we were on a bus coming back from Taipa and we were planning to go to San Mallo to find. As we rode past Top Seoc (another place where we normally go finding) I saw a lady sitting at a picnic table looking miserable. I pressed the stop button and we got off the bus there. We went up to talk to her, but she just ignored us. I (kind of awkwardly) set a Plan of Salvation pamphlet by her with our name and number card and we left and walked to San Mallo. I was a bit disappointed because I felt like we should try talking to her and she didn't respond. Well. . . Saturday we were finding in Top Seoc and started talking to this really nice lady. She had a few extra minutes so we took her to see our church. As we walked she said, "I think I saw you here earlier this week" We didn't remember her face, but Sister Law put together it might have been the sad lady from before and asked if we gave her a pamphlet. She pulled it out of her purse and said she read it!!!!!! hahaha she is super sweet. We wrote down her number and hope we can see her again! 

There is a sister named Sister J. who is living at the same boarding house where several church members live while she waits for her visa. She offered to go with us to "find new friends" whenever we go. We went with her around her neighborhood last week and met some really good people. The owner of the boarding house, a church member, made us write down their numbers for her so she could, "call and follow-up" hahahaha she also said, "Invite them to my house and if they don't want to come, call me and have me talk to them." She is so funny, but such a blessing because we never ever have to worry about our investigators not feeling welcome at church. They usually get sucked in and we hardly have a chance to talk to them.

Last week we went to The Venetian. It's a Casino in Taipa. We didn't go there to gamble of course!!! We went to see an Anatomy exhibit called "Body Works." You've probably heard of it before, but it was pretty expensive so we walked around the mall that is decorated to look like Venice.  We then around the outside which is built to look like Venice and had a fake snow storm regularly at night time. (We left too early to see it, but we got to see the remains!) It was really cool. The casinos are HUGE here!!! We got soooo lost.

Today we went shopping and I found a pair of "Cheap Monday" (no kidding that is the brand) black skinny jeans with 34 inseam for 88 MOP!!!!!!!!!! Apparently they sell for like 300 US and I bought them for less than 10!!! What!! They practically drag on the ground. Today we're wearing non-pros to go see a lighthouse so I'm soooo excited to wear them!

Today we are going to the boarding house for a Family Home Evening. We've been there a lot this week. There are at least 10 sisters and all but 1 are members.  The other 1 is our investigator. I'm sooo excited I love visiting all of them!

I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!!


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