wooooo helllllooooo! :) :)
Well probably one of the most fulfilling days on the mission happened this week! We went on 24 hour exchanges! I got paired up with a sister who has been out almost 2 months, so she's younger than me. So being senior comp for 24 hours was SO FUN AND AWESOME. we worked HARD baby! Holy smokes I can't even write about all the miracles that happened here in Pok Fu Lam those 24 hours! but, the biggest miracle of all was the change in this sister. When we got together thursday night, we only had 40 minutes to go finding in our area. and in those 40 minutes, we taught 2 lessons on the street, ending with prayer. Seeing how this sister acts on the street, I could tell she struggled big time with having confidence in opening her mouth. But, with both lessons, I turned it over to her to teach prayer and she did great!
Well that night, we ended up talking for 50 minutes of our 'prep for bed' time. She told me that she has the hardest time having confidence in speaking cantonese her whole time being here. Just 2 days before, President Hawks challenged her to teach prayer 3 times before friday, and she, while being with me thursday night, had taught it not even for the first time--but twice! and it wasn't even friday yet! It was SO cool to see how much more confidence she got and how amazed she was with herself! I LOVED it!!! I'm so grateful for the troubles I've had with learning Cantonese, and for the many times I've had to rely on God to help me gain the confidence and rememberance to actually know what to say, when to say it, and the hardest part--to hear what's being said. Because of my trials, and from pushing through them, this sister and I related so well, and I was able to help her during our long talk that night. ahhh it was so awesome you guys! All you want to do as a missionary is help people. all you want to do is help someone especially rely on God. and finally, because of the experiences and growth i've had on the mission, God gave me an opportunity to help a struggling sister. I will forever be grateful for this!! the next day, we went out finding, and she taught prayer 3 more times :)
We also had 2 people come up to US, asking if we talk about Christ. Towards the end of the day, we ran into a woman who said, "oh! I recognize you!" and i said, "oh yes! I do too! how are you!" haha even though having NO idea who this woman was, but umm... i was definitely not going to admit that. (im sorry, but i still struggle with everyone looking the same here.) Turns out, this woman is Cindy Fok, a woman Sister Cheung and I met a few days prior. So this sister and I were talking to her and just chatting about how we can speak Cantonese and othe things. And whenever we'd mention God or Christ, she's just politely laugh and say "that's nice" and shake it off. Finally, I don't even know what happened, but the spirit spoke to her. and she started crying, and appologizing for being so emotional. we asked her why she's having these feelings and she said she has no idea. We then, of course, let her know what the Spirit was and what it's like to feel God's love, and to feel truth.
And all of a sudden, Cindy opened up and started talking about how her friend has cancer and wants her to meet with us. It was SO beautiful to see that change that happened in Cindy! Ah! I still can't get over it. We are seeing her tomorrow so..pray for her! But here's an exciting part for me: I could understand all these people the whole day! I didn't realize how much my language has improved until last thursday during exchanges. I'm so grateful--SO SO grateful, for this opportunity to struggle, and struggle, and rely on God. It's life changing :)
At the end of the day, the new sister missionary said, "this has been the best day of my mission." :) So this is why we go through trials. :)
That same night, on Friday, we had a great turn out in english class. 4 moms and their kids came! we shared a mormon message at the end that had to do with the words we learned that day, and afterwards, Miss Gok (the Mandarin/Cantonese we get to teach) said how much she loved it. But as we were doing introductions in the beginning, i had everyone say something that makes them happy. and one mom said, "together family." i. about. died.
Also awesome news... remember how we found Jason in Wah Kwai? HE GOT BAPTIZED YESTERDAY!!! and he is a NEW man! So happy for him! i've never seen him smile so much. i love the change the gospel brings in people! He asked me and Sister Cheung, "why did you guys talk to me that day?" AH. it was awesome. definitely the spirit, especailly since we normally dont talk to boys on the street. so so happy!
oh, so our mission is pretty much the greatest because we get to go touring in all these cool places on P-day. and eat awesome food all the time! But last monday we went to TST saw the Bruce Lee statue and just took pics. and then bought a $72HKD salmon salad... aw man... but it was SO good!
PS Dad, I never knew how awesome you were (jk, i've always known how awesome you are!!!!) but holy smokes, you can totally read characters?!?!??!?! I never realized how cool that is! We even have investigators who can't read characters sometiems! I'm so impressed! woo!!
Also, Becky, I loved hearing about your awesome fireside! come tour to Hong Kong so we can invite everybody to come! ;) thanks for being such a dedicated member. love it.
OOOOH also, we got an AWESOME Thai food cheng out at a members house! (she's actually from Aberdeen ward, but it's a long story.) anyway, the food. was. so. good. curry, a whole plate of veggies (with brussel sprouts!) THAI WRAPS with a homemade THAI PEANUT SAUCE, with bean sprouts too!! oh man. i haven't eaten that much in awhile. and then the member gave us a huge bag of tropical fruits and a whole box of mixed green salad which is super expensive here! that's what i love about Hong Kong people: they give you fruit and salad for dessert! haha yeah baby!
love you all! love this gospel! I love how much this gospel truly changes lives. thank you for your prayers and support!
Love always, Sister Bosler
PS. sorry no pictures this week. we're at some asain cyber computer place where all these asian boys are playing computur games 24/7, and i can't read the characters on the screen to figure out how to send everything! sorry! next week though :)
Notes to Mom about food:
OHMYGOSH Karli --Michael Christensen's mission!
Mayoniasse on EVERYTHING. Sick slabs of beef and grease. Green/brown water to drink ONLY!!!
HAHAHA!! THAT STINKS!!! yeah, i always talk about how grateful i am
for the food here! really, i eat sooo well-- i just die without my
smoothies! and i've been eating small portions, too, just to save money,
but im loving it! haha aw man, so glad im not in his position! i get to
try weird sea foods and weird veggies and mushrooms! btw i do like
mushrooms now. hahaha
my mission is seriously customized for me! haha no joke! because everyone here eats veggies and tofu or at least rice, so i will too! and it's the chinese style to self serve yourself. love it. haha! plus, it still has americanized places like in Wanchai where we can go on pday to find expensive good foods :)
oh that's so fun!
btw, chinese food really is good when chinese ppl make it, not eating out all the time though! remember how SICK we got from the food? haha
*part of Michael Christensen's letter: "And Argentina isnt cheap for anything! It is pretty much the same if not more, only down here in the south though. Okay funny stuff I keep forgetting to mention: they eat EVERYTHING with mayo hahah everything. [Diana note: Michael refused to eat mayonnaise before he left!!] I love mayo now haha with meat, rice, pasta, hot dogs, burgers, doesnt matter! haha they dont have much variety, its either mayo or hot sauce, and occasionally there is ketchup but no one likes it haha.
The garbage system is primitive. They have metal baskets on poles outside every house like a mailbox and you just put bags in there and the garbage trucks just have like 5 guys in it running around picking out the bags.. They're supposed to do it daily because the metal baskets are not big.. but they don't haha so there's just a bunch of garbage blowing around the city. everywhere.
Oh yeah! Milonessa is awesome! Its like breaded beef. super good with mayo hahah.
The lifestyle here is super relaxed. No where opens until 10 am then closes at 2 for a siesta, then opens from like 4 to 6. And if you ask any investigators if the have time that we can come by, they always say they don't have time and that they literally work so much. On average, people sleep til 1pm. People complain about our 10 am church hahah what?? Its hilarious. Okay love you guys! Ps my sickess wasnt too bad. Just one day. I puked like four times. that was gross haha
And, the other big event that happened this week was: I finally got sick! Hahaha not sure why! Ive already been drinking the green water from the people that just give it to us.. you cant really say no haha they would get offended at this gringo telling them their water is dirty haha but anyways yeah! Wednesday I got to rest up a little bit.