Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A picture is worth 1000 words so this email will be short. (due to time)  I love it here. It’s been hard leaving an area like Tsuen Wan because the members there were absolutely amazing. But the more I get to know these people, I realize that they are just as amazing. The member of our ward that is in the 70s came and he taught elder's quorum. It was an awesome lesson. He and his wife also spoke in sacrament meeting. 

Ahin and Ayuh (tse jimuih's kids) sent me a letter this week with notes and a little magnifying bead thingy that when I saw it ( a couple of months ago) I said it was cool. He remembered and sent it! They’re soo cute. In their letter they said they will continue to read, pray and go to church and that he wants to go on a mission too!

A happy attitude is a good attitude. We can't change a lot of things that affect us, whether they are good or bad. But we can always maintain a happy attitude or at least fake it til you make it. Even if you don't feel too happy you can fake it... that will then turn into legitly feeling happy!

Love you all!!
Love, Elder Zach Cederlof

The Elders in Zach's apt:  Elder Brown, Elder Allen , Elder Koochin (companion)


Sunday, April 20, 2014


A week of changes!! I left Tsuen wan after 6 months and am now in Sha tin. I can't believe I have already been out in the field for 6 months. The time has gone by soo fast! Tsuen wan was amazing and all of the people I met there as well. I'm going to miss our ward. Adi is continuing to be strong and she actually said the word mission. Obviously that doesn't mean she will go, but she said the word so I'll take that as a good sign! If not mission, I'm praying for BYU Hawaii.  Tse Jimuih is doing well. I called her and said I was moving and so they took us to dinner after English. Adi was also there with us so it was an awesome last meal in Tsuen wan.  People there were:  Me, Elder Hartwig, Elder Lai, Adi, Tse Jimuih, A-hin, A-yuh.  When A-hin and A-yuh (Tse Jimuih's kids) found out that I was leaving they called me and said "what?  You can't move!!!" and I explained why I had to move and they were pretty sad. They called me later that night just to chat a little bit haha. Then they called again the next day before I left. They are soo cute!! I hope I will have the opportunity of seeing them all again. And Elder Hartwig said he will keep me updated on everything.
I've heard a lot of good things about my new area, Sha Tin. There is a huge river running down the middle of it where they do those rowing contests (super slim boats with like 4 people)   Sha tin is also considered one of the more pretty areas. So far the finding has been pretty good as well. It's definitely going to be a lot of hard work but Sha Tin seems like a good place. I met the ward on Sunday. This ward is stacked! The old mission president is in our ward, as well as a member of the first quorum of the 70s.  The church is a stand alone and it's next to the mountain and so sometimes monkeys come down and you can see them out of the sacrament windows. I didn't see any yesterday but I've still got a while! haha Good things will be coming and if we expect miracles, they will come. Just like in Joseph Smith's experience. The second main time he went looking for a major answer he EXPECTED an angelic visitation. If we want to change or receive answers, or miracles, we have to expect them and then be willing to do our part as well.  Miracles happen! I love you all! Til next week!

Love, Elder Zach Cederlof

New Companion - Elder Koochin
Giant Bee flying around apartment - He said was 3" long!

Tsuen Wan apartment on this street

Sunday, April 13, 2014

 This week has been awesome! Tse Jimuih and her two kids came to General Conference! Both sessions on Sunday! We got them a bingo thing and a coloring thing and skittles for the bingo. I'm pretty sure they liked it! One cool thing about the gospel. When you serve people you really do grow a love for them. In the mission people will say if you hate your companions serve them. If you want to love the HK people more, serve them and so on.. totally true. The more we have been helping Tse Jimuih and her two kids Ahin and Ayuh come unto Christ the stronger our relationship has become! Tse jimuih is my chinese mom! Our relationship with their family has really grown. That's important in being able to help other people. If you honestly want to help someone else in anyway shape or form you need to first love them. That is also the most rewarding part! I have so many new friends here in Hong Kong be it missionaries, members, converts, less-actives, or investigators. Love is the center of all of it!

 LOVE you all!! (see what i did there)

 Love, Elder Zach Cederlof

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tse Jimuih (Sister Tse) and her two kids have been progressing. We shared with them the restoration video and commited them to pray. During that movie they were all dead silent and the spirit was soo strong in there. I love being able to help them. We have a really good relationship with their family. They all really want to know if these things are true and they have committed to come to General Conference on Sunday. I can't wait for this upcoming weekend! That is when we will be able to see conference! Missionaries will watch it in English so we get the most possible out of it.  Some exciting news about Adi.  She and Ellorie went to a BYU Hawaii conference thing. Everyone in the ward is hoping that they'll go to BYU Hawaii because it is so hard to find an active member in Hong Kong!  It's obviously not final but a good start! So many of the members here have married nonmembers and it leads to inactivity or a lot of unneccesary challenges. There are the success stories where the non member decides to join the church but its still a lot easier to marry "in the covenant".

It has been raining a lot this past week. Pretty fun. One day we were out walking back from Sham Tseng soaked because we didn't bring umbrellas.  (The weather said chance of some scattered, but in HK that means its going to dump buckets of rain!)  When we tried to stop people they were just like oh sad... haha.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be serving and trying to come closer to our Savior everyday. Whether you're a missionary or not, everyday is a good day to come closer unto Christ. The first step is to Commit. Once you commit the rest will come!! Love you all!
 Love, Elder Zach Cederlof