Monday, April 27, 2015

Mango Floats! Feih jai (Fat Boy), Munk ge mouhdouhje, Lost Uncle,‏

Thank you so much for your emails this week. They lifted my spirits and comforted me. Yes, we've had a bit of a dip in the work or at least as far as our investigators go. We haven't seen M. still this week but we bumped into her on the road. She seemed a bit embarrassed to see us, but it was okay we just chatted and tried to schedule her again but she said she is real busy and needs to look at her schedule first. I. has been sick. Okay pretty much everyone here is sick right now. Even Sister Cotton in our apartment. So we haven't seen I. either, but she said she prayed with her daughter! That may sound like a very small thing but it was huge to us! haha
We've taught some pretty good lessons while finding though. Especially when I remember to give Sister Alipao a chance to talk... my bad. 

Mango floats because Sister Alipao tauht me how to make a philippino dessert and its like the most delicious manna from heaven you ever tasted. We made it on P-day then fed everyone at district meeting for Elder Van Orman's birthday. He is our zone leader and the missionary in our ward as well. This week we have soooo many elders going home. Both the elders in our ward are about to go home as well. 

Feih jai because their this lady and her fatty pug dog that we always pass when we're out finding. We finally stopped and talked to them and i asked her what her dog's name was. She said it was chi chi or something but I just told her I'd call him fat boy (feih jai) and she gladly accepted the name. Haha we gave her a flier and hopefully get to see pohpo and feih jai again soon. 

Munk ge mouhdouhje means that we have an investigator who used to live a munk life style for five years then applied to a Catholic nun school but whose application got rejected. So yeah our lesson with her was kind of weird because she is super intense but really nice as well. But I could surprisingly understand everything she was saying so that's good. Her name is D. and she has actually met with missionaries before but stopped meeting with them because she choose Catholicism. But I guess the Lord is just giving her another chance  at it?

Lost Uncle because we had a way cool experience that I forgot to email about last week. We were out one day doing "Talk to people who are wearing our two favorite colors: blue and pink finding" (Yeah, we do lots of finding here) haha but it actually was successful because we were walkin' along talkin' to people wearing pink and blue and I saw a girl walking really quickly out of the corner of my eye who was wearing a pink jacket. She was out of our path and kind of further away, but I decided to go quickly talk to her anyway because well, she was wearing pink? haha she quickly waved us away and kept walking. A minute later we heard someone runnning up to us. It was the girl in the pink jacket. She seemed kind of shaken and explained to us that she had lost her handicapped uncle (or rather he had gotten lost) Their whole family was out looking for him the whole day because he didn't come home after work the night before. She told us she had seen missionaries before and knew that we were here to help and serve so that's why she asked us! We told her we would help her find him and together said a prayer. We searched the streets of Sha Tin for a loooong time but no luck. During that time however, I really think we were able to comfort her and help her increase her faith in the prayer we said and that God would find him. We kept telling her that Heavenly Father knew exactly where he was and he would be okay. The next day we got a text from her telling us they found him. I called her and we set a time to go eat lunch:) It's just a little pink miracle!

You guys are doin' awesome and I'm so excited to talk to you on mothers day!!! I find out tomorrow whether or not I will stay with Sister Alipao, or move, or have a new comp. I had a dream Sister Killpack was my new comp so we'll just have to see:) I love you all so much.
Sista Ha 


This week we had exchanges and it was a nice break. I went to Tai Wo which is a beautiful place. It's actually in the new territories so a lot more greenery very suburb. My comp was Sister Taylor who played soccer on Celtic Storm for a long time as centre mid so we've probably like pulled each others hair or something.(Sis Ha also played center mid)  She is way fun and it was so nice to be with her. 

Since she hasn't sent us any pics in a month we will use an old soccer photo

Monday, April 13, 2015

Baptist Battle, Keychains, Lipstick C., Lost Goats, Conference!‏

**Please note this is a blog kept by Sister Hadley's Family to share her missionary experiences and testimony with family and friends.  She does not ask us to keep a blog or give us any input on what should or should not be added.  She does not see the blog herself.**

Baptist Battle because we got chewed out by two baptists on the street. haha What can ya do? Basically everyone is Sha Tin is Christian so maybe I just need to do a little brushin' up on my biblical yihngsik. All you can do is bear testimony because that truly is our most powerful weapon. You can argue and disagree on scriptures but as far as one's testimony is concerned, if it comes from the heart, its' truly unarguable. 

Key chains because we met this cute thirteen year old girl named J. on the street who told us about her mom living in the hospital for a long time because of some kind of brain damage? She was so sweet and before we left pulled out two little key chains she made from her purse and gave them to us. So cute. Lipstick C. because we met a mom with bright pink lipstick. The spirit was really strong when we talked to her. She is going through a divorce and felt that God had forgotten about her. We were able to comfort her and get her number so I really hope we can meet with her again. 

Yesterday in between sessions of conference, I went up to one of our members that we scheduled to meet after the last session just to kokdihng or make sure we would still meet with her. She is quite the character and loves to speak English.  She is an older lady who lives with her two dogs and last week asked me if maybe God was upset with her for giving so much attention to her dogs? haha We assured her that He loved her dogs too, and she was committing no unpardonable sin of the sort. haha So she told us she would have to cancel our meeting because her two sons came to town to visit her. I asked about their situation and whether or not they were members as well. From her English explanation of them, I think it's safe to assume they are less-actives? haha She called them her Lost Goats. bwahaha I busted up laughing and explained to her that it was Lost Sheep then we busted up laughing together. (of course Tessa knows how this feels I'm sure it happens all the time with her Cantonese.)

So Sister Nuttall called me last night and told me about a man that came up to her yesterday during conference and asked where Sister Hadley was. She told him I moved to Sha Tin and he explained that he was her Aunt Lori's convert. He had to leave real quickly to go sit down, so I guess Sis Nuttal didn't get his name or anything but she said she saw him go sit down with his hanhgfuk ge gatihng, his cute family to watch conference. Super cool! I wish I would've been there. I really hope I can meet him one day.

Conference was really good. Suuper focused on families. Some of my favorite talks were David A. Bednar's talk on fear and how "Godly fear dispels mortal fears", The talk on the Choice to Believe about the girl named Sailor, and Elder Holland's talk on the resurrection and atonement. I think it's really sad that a few people chose not to sustain the prophets and apostles. In my journal I wrote, " Prophets and apostles are so legit. You can really just feel their power and authority when they speak. its really sad that there were people at the conference center that day that opposed sustaining the prophet and quorum of the twelve. It made my heart really sad. It really means Christ's coming is getting closer. The only thing we can do is make sure our own personal Testimony is as solid as a rock. We don't need to worry about anything else if we have a steadfast and immovable foundation of testimony towards not only Christ but His restored church. That is why it is important to maintain and nourish our testimonies each and every day through scripture study and daily prayer."

Sis Ha

President Holland's Talk

Monday, April 6, 2015

BunUk, May Baby M., HeiSang, Lost Sheep Baaaaaak, Keys Restored!

Thanks for the package Aunt Lori and Uncle Mark. Sister Ha holding a pic of her cousin Jared who was just called to Argentina
This week we moved into our new apartment. It took all day long and was pretty stressful the day before because I am apartment leader and needed to make sure everything was packed and ready to go. I was a bit bratty that day. Aiyah. Anyways moving wasn't too bad basically because the Elders did just about everything and we cleaned. The Elders were so helpful this week and had to have A LOT of patience with us. Especially with Sister Hadley, because she locked the keys in the apartment twice and then dropped them down the Elevator shaft :) 
(BunUk means to move houses)

Easter  Dinner on a box
We had a great lesson with M. this week where we both really listened to the spirit and gave her a baptismal date that wasn't even planned. She accepted but is not super stable on it because she is nervous what her mom will think about it. Her mom is way into baaisahn (ancestry worship). Please please pray for her mother's heart to be softened as she notices the change Christ brings in M.. Funny that you mentioned that in your email, Mom, because that is exactly what M. told us she is hoping for. I have been doing a personal sacrifice for M. which is not popping any knuckle or joint. haha it is really hard!! But I haven't done it since I made the sacrifice. It really helps me focus on her and think about her constantly. Her baptismal date is May 31st.
(HeiSang means sacrifice)

We ran into a Lost Sheep this week while finding. Pretty cool. Her name is Sister K. She said she would come to church yesterday but didn't show up. Keep you updated.

Remember when I told you about the handicapped girl we got to pray with. We've had two very similar experiences with two other very similar teenage girls since that night. I think God is just trying to help me understand the love he has for his children and its easiest to feel that around those people. Very tender mercies. 

Aunt Lori sent me a package this week. So nice! Excited for Jared to head out on his mission!

PPS Is Ngoih sang Leuih's name really Penny? (Ngoih sang leuih is my older sister's daughter haha) I love that. I think that is the cutest! 
I love you and all and hope your missionary experiences were awesome. Plantin' seeds is all it is really. It takes a few times for most people to recognize the Lord calling after them (3 Ne 11:1-6)

3 And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice,  neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was not part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn. 4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not. 5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven from whence the sound came. 6. And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them; 7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name - hear ye him.

Sis Ha