Monday, October 6, 2014


October 5, 2014

Hey Family. Not much to report this week. We are still working with Ken, the blind investigator. He's doing well, but hasn't accepted a baptismal date yet. We also have a new investigator, Kerson, who came to church for the first time. He's interested in the social aspect of church right now, but it's okay. 

Did you see Elder Wong give his conference address?? We watch conference a week behind you guys, so it will happen for us this coming weekend. I watched a tiny bit online, though. It's kind of lame that they covered his Chinese with some English speaking dude, but whatever, it was still cool. He gave a really similar talk a year ago during zone conference.

The protests are going up and down, but still going. We talked to a bishop of the west point ward who is one of the protesters, haha. He says they are being peaceful, just sitting in the streets, so no one can drive by until they are allowed to vote for whoever they want to in elections and not from a list of names given by the Chinese government. But, last week, the police dropped a bunch of tear gas and sprayed them with pepper spray. I guess that only intensified their drive to stay. Now the police are just trying to wait them out, but there have been some fights breaking out between protesters and people who want to drive... But, most of it is happening on the island and in Mongkok, so here in Kowloon it's not as bad. But, from what I hear, it's catching a lot of news attention. How China decides to deal with it will also influence Taiwan who really doesn't like being part of China at all (they don't actually admit or consider themselves a part of China, and have had pretty bad protesting earlier this summer), but we still go on trying to get done what can be done. It's really not all that bad, though. 

Last week we were able to go up to Sha Tin though, and see the Bruce Lee Museum. It was pretty sweet. Today, we aren't really supposed to leave our area, so I think I'm just going to send a package home and clean or something. We had planned on doing the Pizza Challenge in D-Bay, but that will have to be another day. Well, I love you guys. Keep up the good work. Gai Yauh!

Elder Mak


September 28, 2014

Hey, so I'm doing well. The last couple of weeks have been good. Still just busy with normal stuff. We've been back and forth to the hospital because Elder Pingkock has been in for a collapsed lung. Apparently, he's been living with one lung for the last 8 months or so. He had felt sick and short of breath and thought he had bad heart burn, but when he went to the hospital they told him that it was just some deep tissue bruising, or something like that. He went back last week because it was bothering him more, and they found that he had one lung this entire time. Crazy! So, he's out of surgery and in the office now with the other online elders. 

My next big transfer is in October, I think the 23rd. The only meeting I have to prep for right now is mission leadership tour, but it shouldn't be too hard. Yeah, we did okay without President Hawk for that week. There were a few scares, and I was glad he was still in the country, but we got through it. Today we are hoping to go to a cool Bruce Lee Exhibit in a museum in Sha Tin, but we haven't been cleared to go out yet because there are some demonstrations going on, and I guess it's getting violent. But we're fine and are just going to wait it out. Most of it is on the island anyway, but I guess it's spreading up into Mongkok and stuff. From what I hear there are a lot of college kids who are really mad that they don't have "true democracy", so they are doing some demonstrations, but I think it is dying down. I'm not worried because all the people who are mad are mad at Mainland China, not Americans. They love Americans, haha. 

Well, it sounds like the usual back home. Keep up the good work. I know there aren't a lot of people who might be ready right now, but I promise if you pray sincerely, a name will come. Without the members, missionary work becomes nearly impossible, and a big part of that member missionary work is finding investigators. Also, if you can, I'd like to have you all pray for our investigators. Joseph isn't really progressing right now because of his laziness, but also his parents. They really do not like the Church and won't let him go. They found his Book of Mormon and threw it away, too... We also need help with Ken. He's blind and really humble. Likes to come to church and has a lot of questions. He can't really read English braille, and there is no Book of Mormon in Chinese braille, so we went looking for an audio recording of the Book of Mormon in Chinese... also doesn't exist. So, we are making our own. We've got some of the native missionaries taking turns reading out loud and recording the Book of Mormon. We've also talked to the Young Men's president and he wants to do an activity where they get all the young men and young women together to each read a few chapters and record it, so we can have the whole Book of Mormon. It's been going well, but he hasn't accepted a baptismal date. He's been baptized in the Baptist church and doesn't understand why he needs to get "re-baptized". If you could pray for them, that would be great! 

Love you all, keep up the good work, never quit, just keep swimming, and Gai Yauh! ("add oil" = keep at it/ keep going/ don't stop, etc.)

Elder Mak