We went to the temple today and it was pretty good (still the old video here), we watched it with a bunch of mainlanders so of course it was in Mandarin (we had headsets). Still awesome every single time. The biggest thing I've been pondering is in Matt 19
¶And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have aeternal life?And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? noneagood but one, God: but if thou wilt enter into blife, keep the ccommandments.He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do noamurder, Thou shalt not commit badultery, Thou shalt not csteal, Thou shalt not bear dfalse witness,Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be aperfect, go sell that thou hast, and bgive to the cpoor, and thou shalt have dtreasure in heaven: and come efollow me.But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had agreat possessions.
I have really thought about this man's question. He asked what is the one thing I must do. The one thing. He was expecting a single thing for conversion or salvation. Jesus knew this was not so and told him to give up his one thing that held him back, his possessions, and come follow him. This one thing is what he asked for. I've been pondering if I were to ask this would I be willing enough to give up that one thing? I actually had an interview recently with President Hawks and we discussed this scripture (I brought it up). So it's been pretty interesting. It's been on my mine for like the last three weeks or so. Just a lot of this I feel is personally applicable to me currently.
Yeah the temple was awesome and I got to review this in the temple and I think I found what I was looking for. Still not to sure.
However as far as investigators go they are doing pretty good. We currently are at 6 baptismal dates again!
A Wing for Feb 9th and he is doing great. Still hasn't been able to come to church due to work but he has worked it out starting in Feb he won't have to work on Sundays anymore so we are super excited for him. He has come so far!
Patrick is Feb 16th and he is doing pretty good. Having some commitment issues I think. Like he has a desire but at the same time he isn't 100% committed. So we are working with him to become more committed to his baptismal goal because he wants to get baptized but the things leading up to it has kind of been slowing him down. Still doing good.
Sis Auyeung and Jordan they were a turnover from a while ago and its been kind of hard to meet with but we scheduled her for church and she ended up bring her son! We taught her after church and gave her a baptismal date for march March 30
Ben - he is this 15 year old referral from a member family (We are trying to teach his family but their interest isn't the biggest). We gave him a date like two weeks ago for March 30th, he is doing alright but he has been pretty busy with testing. Still no worries, he should be fine if he starts coming to church and meeting with us more often.
SISTER TONG HAS A BAPTISMAL DATE! She was still sick this week but showed up during the second hour of church and had a great time. After church we taught them and shared the first half of the plan of salvation with them. We committed her and Katie to be baptized. They both accepted Sister Tong for March 9th and Katie in Sept (she is turning 8 then)
Sister Au came to church this week and she is doing great. We plan to give her a baptismal date after she gets back from mainland (she is going there for Chinese New Year).
As far as a story goes here is a cool one!
Elder Liu and I went finding as normal in Lai Kok Park and Sham Shui Po Park (they are like a five minute walk from each other). They have tons of mums, dads and kids running all over the place. So we talked to couple and got some information but my favorite one (from yesterday) was this lady named Mrs Leung. I saw her sitting on a bench next to a park holding like a one year old son. So went up and started talking to her. We have tried this new contacting method, we talked about a remission of sins and baptism (this being a special blessing that comes from our message) then turn this to families and how it can help a family to come closer as sins are removed and forgiveness is given. She wasn't to interested (she kept saying she wasn't familiar with Christian stuff) but we promised her it could help and Elder Liu and I both started showing pictures of our families. Elder Liu talked about how it helped him and his brothers/sisters become good kids and know how to behave and I promised that it would help her know how to raise her two sons because my mum was able to raise five (including me) with this gospel. She started listening more and we talked, got to know her and she was super nice. We actually ended up helping her name he youngest son because he didn't have an English name yet. Mrs. Leung 1st son - Paco (he is 5 and she chose this name a long time ago) and 2nd son Charles (we gave him a couple choices his Chinese name is A-Sung and he is one years old). They are a super awesome family and we should be seeing them soon. It was pretty cool ha
Here is my family picture from current flat! Me, Elder Anderson (under me), Elder Beal (with the red hair haha) and Elder Liu
Duck face <3
But its all good. Love Elder Arrington and Elder Beal <3
At the temple... I either can't smile in the sun light or I just wasn't ready...