Monday, May 6, 2013


 This was a good week! I'm learning a lot. Not just Cantonese but the gospel of Christ and His doctrine. It's actually kind of crazy how much more time we devote to learning the gospel and how to teach it with the Spirit than we do actually learning the language. Don't get me wrong, we spend hours every day reading, repeating, memorizing and attempting to speak it every day, but we spend more time learning the language of the Spirit, which is so much more important because we don't convert, the Spirit does. It took me a while and a few frustrating lessons to figure that out. It doesn't matter as much how much canto I can speak, but how well I bring the Spirit into the lesson. And it's so true. I can testify of the truthfulness of that through experience.

OK! Supppper funny story time... My buddy, Elder Howell in our zone, hurt his leg a while back playing 4-square... yeah, it gets intense. We even have an announcer, Elder Nestman,  who whenever someone gets out says, "You hate to see that at this level." Hahahaha. It might not be that funny to you, but when you are playing 4-square with a bunch of 20 year old men, screaming at the top of their lungs you'd get it haha. ANYWAYS he hurt his leg a while back and the other night they were saying district prayer, and when he got up from kneeling he felt a huge pain and fell over, went to the hospital and is now on crutches. The joke around the zone is he "wrestled with an angel in prayer with such zeal that the angel broke his leg" hahahahahahaha funny right??!! If you don't get it, look up and read Genesis 32.

We also had an awesome TRC this week, I won't go into it cuz I don't want to ruin it for Alec, but it's just when you get to teach a member in your language. We got to teach this guy, Frank, who is like 65 or something and served his mission in Hong Kong before there was an MTC. They gave him a textbook, a recording of some tones and told him to learn it - hahaha. He actually spent 6 extra months there because it took so long to learn the language that he didn't really teach his first 6 months haha. Anyways whenever I think about wanting to get out of here and get to Hong Kong, I think of him and I don't feel so bad hahaha.

Okay, so last story... Coooooolest devotional yesterday. We got to hear from Chad Lewis who played for BYU and eventually for Philadelphia. Elder Dorman was freaking out when he saw who it was and made us go with him to shake his hand and talk to him before it started. Turns out he went to Taiwan, Mandarin speaking. He was an awesome speaker and got us all pumped up to serve. We even got to see some clips of him jumping over some dudes, it was cool. He told us that he was talking to Troy Polamalu after a game and how funny his voice sounds, and then he went to do a fireside and Troy's little brother came up and talked to him hahaha. He's in Fiji right now. Oh, and he was also talking about how he covered the Superbowl in Chinese one year, but he didn't know how to say a lot of words cuz he learned "mission Chinese, not football Chinese", so the whole time he was "testifying that Tom Brady was throwing true passes" hahahahah. I thought it was funny.

Oh, and so you know, that kid that is supposed to be the new Jimmer for BYU? His name is Nick Emery, and he got here last week. We have been trying to see when he is schedule for gym time so we can sneak in a play him. I just want to drain one three pointer on him, just one. That way, I can tell people that I sunk a shot in Nick Emery's face when he goes pro hahahaha.

Well, I'm about out of time, but I want to testify that the Church is true and that your prayers are felt, so please don't stop because I can't do it without them. The gift of tongues is real, but the gift of the Spirit is so much more important. Keep the faith, keep writing me. It's the best part of the day. Thank you soooo much for all the packages, they are the best and everything else that you do. I love you all, keep the faith! Until next week.

Mahk Jeung Louh

 My district with some of our teachers. The semester at BYU is over,
so they are both gone, but the new teachers are awesome.

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