This week went by fast as usual. Lots of things to be learned and applied. At District meeting we watched the learning and teaching movie clip. I learned a lot from that, as expected. I like how much he really emphasizes "to act and not to be acted upon." I think that is not only a principle in teaching, but in learning as well. As learners we have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone in order to act and not be acted upon. On the opposite side, as teachers we need to be inviting people to act and not acting upon them. I think as missionaries, or at least myself, want to be as efficient as possible. However, the "heavenly virtue" of patience is oh so needed. Sometimes I just want the people I teach, whether it be students, investigators, or trainee to get the answer "efficiently." Sometimes efficiency isn't the most important thing. It's the difference between a surface belief and a 4 levels down kind of belief. Learning to always be patient and allowing the person to act and not be acted upon is critical.We went and visited a less-active member that we have never met before. I can't remember if I mentioned before, but at the Hong Kong Sports day a Tsuen Wan member, upon finding out I am serving in Tuen Muen, asked me to go find this particular person. We called and scheduled and she even invited us over for dinner. We invited a fantastic member, in fact, the Gospel Principles teacher. She actually remembered meeting Judy the 10 or so years ago when she was baptized and came to church. As we shared the lesson and discussed about the Gospel she opened up and started sharing about all of the things that have been bad in her life in the last 10 years. We shared about the Atonement and love God has for his children, especially her. She has some chingseui problems and so after the lesson we weren't really sure how we could help her. The member that came with us talked with the Relief Society to help organize some Sisters that would be willing to go visit her. She is 60's and lives by herself and she definitely would like some company.
Training has continued to be awesome! Elder Black, from my perspective is doing great! Of course, he sometime's gets discouraged with the language but that takes time. He is willing to learn and listen. This week I'm trying to give him even more opportunities to take charge of things to help him 1. Improve his language faster and 2. Help him realize that God, even with our weaknesses, will help us have success. I'm hoping that through giving him the "reins" in some of these situations will help him learn that lesson that is easily said, but very hard learned.
We met a man named Kenneth on the street last week. We talked on the street for a good amount of time and after rescheduling, closed with prayer. We originally scheduled him for 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. This morning we got a call shortly after 10 from him. He apologized for being late... I then asked him if we scheduled for today or Tuesday and he said, while checking the paper he wrote it on, "yih! haih ga le wo, well are you free today?" Having thought we were meeting today instead of tomorrow, he switched shifts in order to meet with us! It technically was a "gaau cho" but we learned a very important thing! He was willing to go out of his way, switch shifts, in order to meet with us again! We taught him this morning about the Plan of Salvation and he is already making connections on how these things will help him. He asked a lot of really good questions it was such a good lesson! His desire is strong, and is heart is meek.
I love this gospel and sharing it with others. It truly is such a privilege to represent the Lord in Hong Kong.
Til Next Week!
Love, Elder Cederlof