We have continued to see some
huge miracles. On the street we had a lot of time to talk to people about
their culture and learn about Chinese New Year’s. The biggest miracle was
that Tyler (hsk ward) finally got baptized! Elder Black and I found him
back when we were serving in Tuen Mun. Fortunately, living with the Hsk
elders, we could continuously get updates on how he was doing! Throughout
all the problems and trials he has had to go through in order to be
baptized he has finally made it! He put his trust in the Lord's promise as
contained in 1 Nephi 3, and received the answers he needed.
The next big miracle is with Kelvin. He has committed to quit smoking! It's
definitely going to be a challenge for him but he can do it! We set a plan
with him a couple weeks ago, but he still has been struggling, so we went
over with him what worked and what didn't and we came to realize very
quickly that when he actually did what the Lord, through us, invited him to
do-read the scriptures/pray when he had the feeling to smoke- he didn't
smoke. However, he didn't do that every time, therefore hasn't quit
smoking. We talked about the reasons behind the things we were sharing and
he committed to pray and/or read when he feels like he needs to smoke.
A-yung was confirmed this past Sunday! So awesome! The correlation
throughout the leaders is impressive! Before, she and Nicole were confirmed;
they already had home and visiting teachers! Bro. Tsang is playing a huge
role in pushing this work forward! So grateful for him!
The past week's "deep clean" definitely brought an inviting
spirit! It seriously was a good feeling to clean the entire apartment from
the ceiling down. When thinking back about the things I've learned about
cleanliness and the fact that the home can be as sacred as the temple, but
it needs to be as CLEAN as the temple as well. I've set some goals for my
home now, as well as future home, to be able to maintain that level of
cleanliness in order to have my home feel as sacred as the temple.
Tung Family, the family that came to the church by themselves, seemed to
have vanished. We called and texted them to no response, until Sunday! Bro.
Tung texted us back and said he had some medical issues so he won't be able
to meet for a couple weeks. Not being able to meet for a couple weeks is
the bad news, but the good news is that they still have strong desire to
learn more about these things! It is all in God's hands. His timing is
This week we have continued to see
big miracles! The first one is with Sister Chan (RC)'s husband. He originally
was pretty against anything about the church. We have fasted and been praying
that he will change and able to accept the gospel. We have now started seeing
the results of those prayers and fasting. He isn't quite there yet, but he has
been changing. He now supports Sister
Chan even more in going to church. It definitely is a process but I know the
Lord will continue to answer our prayers one step at a time! Throughout helping
their family I have really come to understand more about my purpose in Hong
Kong. I feel that I have found one of the reasons why I was sent to Hong Kong.
I'm bringing back my lost family to God's Kingdom! It is such a privilege!
A-yung was able to be baptized this past week! Her journey to baptism has
been incredible! She first met the missionaries 6 months ago, and the effort
she has put in to be able to get baptized last week is awesome!! She has gone
through so much but has relied on the Lord and thus able to progress to
baptism! It is awesome to see how much she has changed throughout this process,
especially since we set this baptismal date. Her heart truly has changed. She
has the desire to do good and shows it through her actions.
This week leading up to Nicole's confirmation has been crazy for Nicole! She is
facing some pretty hard anti from her sister. We tried at least make contact
with her every single day! Despite the trials she has been facing, she has put
her trust in the Lord. We shared a lesson with her about Amulon persecuting
Alma at that time, how they relied on the Lord. She really took the lesson to
heart and later that day sent us a text telling us how grateful she was to hear
the gospel and how it applies to her situation. She is such an awesome example
of putting her Trust in God!!
Til next week,
Love, Elder Cederlof
past week was crazy! This week we were meeting with Nicole just about every day
to help her continue to prepare for baptism! All of the preparation was
worthwhile! She got baptized yesterday!! It was definitely a special moment! There
was great ward and friend support at the baptismal service! It has been an
amazing experience to be able to help Nicole prepare for baptism. Before she
learned about the church she wasn't a bad person by any means. She had already
set good standards for herself. However, she was still missing that piece! (the
gospel) It's amazing to see how the gospel can take an already "good"
person and transform them into that much better! It strengthened my testimony
that no matter what stage of life we are in, to what degree we've applied the Atonement;
we can all become even better through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Zone Conference was awesome! I really liked the focus on purpose. My
testimony was definitely strengthened from Zone conference. Also, the surprise
of watching "Meet the Mormons" was also super cool! It has some very
powerful examples and stories. I especially liked the missionary mom segment
because it is even another example of how the gospel can turn someone's life
Although Nicole got baptized yesterday, Sunday attendance dropped
a ton from the previous weeks! The family that came last two weeks went out of
town this past weekend. We originally had them scheduled Saturday but they
didn't come and then didn't answer the phone. We were a little bit worried because
out the blue no contact, but then we got a hold of them Sunday night and then
found out that they ended up going out of Hong Kong and forgot to tell us; so
we rescheduled them on Wednesday! The ward fast has brought such huge miracles!
I truly believe the ward is coming together more and more every week! We have
been seeing so many miracles! I read this morning in personal study about the
2,000 stripling warriors. I like how Helaman calls them his sons. They were
truly a family, united in God's cause, and were given success. Castle Peak Bay
is becoming like Helaman's army! I am so blessed to be able to be side by side
with my brothers and sisters, united in God's cause! Obviously there are still
plenty of challenges, and there will continue to be so; just as all of the
stripling warriors were wounded. But I love the words of Joseph Smith
"shall we not go on in such great a cause?" I love being here and
being able to go on in such great a cause!
The work is continuing to progress
every single week here!! I'm so grateful to be serving here at this time!
Nicole is doing awesome!! She is so humble and her desire to learn is very
strong! A-yung is still looking good for her baptismal date!
Throughout this ward 40 day fast we
have seen so many miracles!! From single people walking into the church to now,
an entire family walking in! A family walked into the Butterfly ward last week.
However, they lived in our area and they didn't get a chance to get their
contact information. Fortunately, they came back yesterday! The mom didn't come
this time, but we were able to teach the dad and two kids after church. They
don't have any Christian background but have a strong desire to come and learn
about these things. Such a huge blessing!!
The ward is doing so awesome!
Yesterday in testimony meeting members bore powerful testimonies of the ward
fast and missionary work. It is such a blessing to be able to see the ward and
missionary work coming together. The leaders are active in their callings and
we are always talking of new ways or ideas in order to help the ward continue
The past little bit studying about
My purpose has continued to help my testimony grow so much! The thing that has
stuck the most out to me is the fact that this really is God's work. If we will
do it His way, we will get the results He wants us to. The journey of it all is
simply aligning our will with his. The more aligned we can be, the more we can
follow His plan for us. Through counsel from prophets, leaders, and personal
revelation we can align ourselves. Giving God and His commandments priorities
is most important. I really liked reading about that from last General
Conference. We need to make the time for God. He isn't just an afterthought, or
an "if I have time" type of a thing. But as us missionaries, members,
and investigators work together to do that we have been able to see a lot of