Saturday, June 28, 2014


June 22, 2014

Thanks Sister Moody for the picture!

It's been a really busy transfer week. We got new missionaries in and had a group leave, which was sad because I knew them all and they were good friends. It's been hard to keep up with some stuff, but I'm getting more used to the new area. We were also able to teach a deaf less active which was cool. Sister Moody, who is serving in my ward too, was meeting with her but wanted me there to try and communicate more with her. She's really nice and super funny. We have permission for our next lesson to bring Sister Chan from my last area with us to teach and fellowship her which will be awesome! Hoping to try and get her to come back because right now she is going to an all deaf church, but we think if we can get her some deaf friends in the Pok Fu Lam Ward, even though it's farther, she might be willing to come. 

We also had a guy named Mr. Lau come to church today, and he really liked it. It was super funny cuz we found him in Aberdeen but found out he lived in Sham Shui Po (where I am now) and scheduled a turn over lesson with the Sham Shui Po elders, but it turns out that I was turning him over to myself because I moved here, haha. Other than that, it's just been a lot of adjusting. Thanks for everything, love you all, keep the faith, never quit, just keep swimming.

Elder Mak


June 15, 2014

So, I left Aberdeen on Saturday... it was kind of sad because Cotton is going to be baptized soon, and I won't be able to see it... and also, we've been going months with getting nothing and then right as it starts getting better, and we start finding people who are willing to meet and stuff, I leave. But that's normal. I'm used to it. 

My new area is called Sham Shui Po. It's in Kowloon, so kind of in the middle of everything. I actually live in the temple which is pretty cool, and it's right next to the mission office. It's been a pretty crazy last few days. We've been really busy. The Sham Shui Po Elders have a car, so I have to be the navigator and get my companion to the right place using the GPS... it's pretty hard because the Hong Kong streets are crazyyy. I mean, I thought I knew they were crazy, but I didn't know it was this bad, haha. As soon as we get some time, I'll go get my Hong Kong driver license, and I will have to drive. I think it will be pretty weird because everything is like England, where it's on the wrong side. So, the steering wheel and the lanes are opposite... My companion is cool, though. Well, right now, I'm in a tripanionship, but the other one will be going home on Thursday. The one I'll be working with is Elder Kho. He's from Utah, but he's an ABC (American born Chinese). His parents are both from Hong Kong, but he is from Utah. His Chinese is perfect and so is his English, so it's awesome cuz he's like a walking dictionary. His dad actually does a lot of the translation of conferences for Cantonese, so when we watch conference talks we can hear his voice, haha.

Anyway, yeah, so it's different and it will take a while to get used to, but it is what it is. Please pray fro me. It's pretty different than what I'm used to. Thanks for everything, oh, I just got your package Kelly, thanks a ton!! I sent a package home a while back did it ever get there?? Anyways, love you all, just keep swimming, keep the faith, never quit.

Elder Mak

Check out the new website that our mission put together. It's pretty cool.

Monday, June 2, 2014


This week was good, we have an investigator named Cotton (cuz his Chinese name means Cotton). He's cool. He met with the missionaries a few years ago here in China, but he couldn't get baptized because his family is Buddhist and were anti-ing him a ton. He moved to St. George to go to school at Dixie and had a bunch of member roommates. He heard all the lessons there in English, but he didn't understand everything. So, he's back for the summer, and we are re-teaching him in Chinese. He wants to get baptized and has a baptismal date set for June 29th! He's been meeting with us regularly and coming to church which is awesome. So, it's way cool. 

Haha, wow! Your missionaries are PANSIES!! I want you to tell them that, too. I went entire moves (9 weeks, not baby 6 week moves like them) without getting one cheng out (dinner appointment), and when I do get them, they are normally cuddle fish or something... Anyways, that is AWESOME that Chase is going out with them to teach lessons. If they aren't doing it already, tell Chase to ask them specifically what the lesson is, and what part they want him to teach/testify about. Then read through Preach My Gospel. If Chase reads and studies Preach My Gospel now, he'll be miles ahead of anyone else in the field. He won't have to waste time learning it in the MTC, so he can focus everything on teaching skills. 

The mission president has set a goal for the mission that in July we need to have 65 baptisms. That is the 65th anniversary of the church in Hong Kong. He told us to change our study schedule from the morning to the evening twice a week and go to Lamma Island at least once a week to try and contact people we normally wouldn't. We tried it for the first time the week before and hadn't found anyone, but if you guys pray for it, and anyone and everyone who reads this prays for it, it might happen! Lamma is a weird mix of a ton of different kinds of cultures and people. I can't even explain it, but it's different. It's like a jungle with South American villages in it but then a bunch of nice American and European restaurants and beaches and a HUGE factory of some kind. I don't know what the power plant is for, but it looks like they build transformers there.There are HUGE bugs, and I've never sweat so much in my life, but it's cool. Apparently, there is a wild bore problem, too, so we are hoping to find, kill and eat one. Worst of all, there are a bunch of white people... but you do what you have to do, I guess. Anyways, we are banking that there is someone ready on that island! The members are doing well. We've started a plan where we work a lot closer with every family and member of the ward to try and get referrals, and it's starting to pick up. We get together for zone conferences once every move so every nine weeks, but we have zone meeting every month. Our district is really small right now. It's just my companionship and another companionship. On temple day, we go with our district. We have district meeting every week. 

The weather is hot and humid, but we've been getting a tonnnnn of rain cuz the rainy season is starting. It's kind of hard to find while it's raining, so hopefully it's not too bad this year. 

Thanks for everything! I love you guys! Keep the faith, never quit, and just keep swimming.

Love Elder Mak