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What A Week!

October 24, 2011

A mission is a two years journey, but this last week has certainly made the past week a significant time for me. It has just been a whirlwind of a week…I’m still waiting for the dust to settle down.

So first of all, I started last week knowing Elder Leung and I were going to be split apart, with the Markham Ward being served by two sets of missionaries like it was before. But little did I know there was going to be 5 missionaries in Markham, and a even greater surprise is that I’ve never trained, but that I was training 2 new missionaries from the MTC at the same time.

In the mission, when we train, we "give birth", so when I train 2 together, I had "twins". First impression, what did I ever do to deserve this rare and special privilege, but I realise that this is nto something I can do on my own, but totally needed to rely on the Lord for help and His strength. It was the first time I’ve heard of anyone training two, but I know it is a wonderful blessing for me, and I guess an honour to know that I can be trusted with such a important responsibility.

So these two new blessings in my mission life are Elder Lee, from Hong Kong and Elder Huston, from Salt Lake City. Both come really well trained from the MTC, both have different talents and strengths, and we’ve been having a blast together, working hard, having fun, enjoying ourselves as we do missionary work. They are learning at amazing rate, when thinking about it today, I’ve just realised that they haven’t even been here a week. So to be able to end my mission this way is truly a blessing, couldn’t have wished for anything else!

This week has also been a week, I’ve had some, I guess, what you can call, personal struggles. At time I’ve just felt so powerless and helpless. During my mission, I’ve meet so many people, so that I’ve been able to know well, and become really good friends.

But this week, some things have happened that I felt I haven’t been able to help them at all… almost two years have past, and still I am not able to bring happiness to those who I really care about. I understand a lot of things can happen around me that I have absolutely no control about…but seeing those that I care so much about….feeling discouraged and sad….is really painful…and all I can do is stand at the side, unable to do thing about it….

We share with people the plan of happiness, but how come I’m not able to help everyone be happy…where did I go wrong? If I could start again, what would I change? how difference would their lives have been if I’ve never been in Toronto…I guess answers to my questions I can only find from my Heavenly Father, as I search for the peace and solace that only he can bring…both to myself and to those around me.

But one thing I know for sure…that this Gospel is true, and that God loves each and every single one of us…this knowledge gives me the strength to carry on…it gives me to strength to face each day with a smile…

Take care, have a great week…

lots of love,

Elder Lau

ps. no card reader today, but next week I’ll post up some photos of my lovely trainees!

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FINAL ROUND.

October 17, 2011

Canada Toronto Mission: FINAL ROUND for Elder YS Lau

So I only have officially 6 weeks on my mission, and to make it the most interesting ,exciting and potentially most challenging 6 weeks in this final transfer, I’ll be training a new missionary! Dunno where he is from, dunno who he is…only know I’ll meet him tomorrow and train him in the field for 6 weeks. Nervous stuff…making me lose sleep and even more hair…

Out of the "old guard" Elder Lam, Ip and I still remain in the mission, but only I will remain and finish in Cantonese work in the Markham Ward, there is another Elder Lau from HK who is currently serving as a mandarin missionary coming in to train too…He is a great guy…so 3 out of 4 missionaries in Markham will be new…hope the ward is excited for the new arrivals!

Also, last Monday was Thanksgiving, so made a trip down to Eaton Center (downtown shopping center in Toronto) with a friend for dinner, and in there, saw many people paying tributes to Steve Jobs.

And a fond farewell to Macy, who in the short time we’ve been able to serve with her in the Markham Ward, has been a great help to us, and a wonderful friend…Thank you Macy…! So the pictures are Macy with Elder Leung and I, also the gift we made for her…

As I head into the next 6 weeks, the last 6 weeks of my mission, I’m full of anticipation and a shadow of doubt whether I’m able to fulfill this duty to help this new missionary make the best possible start….but I’ll will not trust in the arm of flesh….but rely on My Heavenly Father for strength and guidance at every step of the way.

Take Care…Love

Elder Lau

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Happy Thanksgiving!

October 11, 2011

I caught a cold on General Conference night, and have been slowly but surely recovering this week, so thinking back, although we’ve been working, everything seems to a bit of a blur. But yesterday being Thanksgiving Day here in Canada…was a very nice day, played football with some friends, investigators and members in the morning, then had a inspirational meeting with our Zone, and had the chance to talk with my mission president, President Scott. Although I haven’t known him for too long, in these brief encounters, I really feel his love for all the missionaries.

The weather has been good of late, the sceneries beautiful, the maple leaves all around displays a full array of colours, I’ll try to snap some pictures of that for the coming week.

It is the last week of the transfer, there should be 2 new missionaries coming into Cantonese work…so there is an air of excitement for me regarding next weekend.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Have a great week.

LOL (lots of love)

Elder Lau

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY x2

October 3, 2011

The winter is coming, the temperature has dropped, but nose is sniffing, and there is always a pack of tissue in my packet…oh I guess the cold weather has found me earlier than I wish, but this week was really wonderful!

First of all, there is General Conference, yes it’s that time again! A time to recieve guidance from the Prophet and Apostles, a time to recieve personal revelation! A time to know what we ought to do in the next 6 months to maintain good spiritual health. It was an exhausting 10 hours glued to a screen, hanging on every word, with pencil in hand, dropping down thoughts and impressions. But I’m glad I was there for it. What a weekend of learning!

Well, also this coming Friday, is my dear sister Louise’s birthday!…*everybody cheer !!* unlike usually I managed to get my act together and sent out the present and card on time! (a pat on the back for myself). So since it’ll be late on next monday, I guess I’ll just say it early…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
…wish you a most wonderful day!

w/ LOL.
from the best brother in the world!

also, on the 1st October, celebrated the birthday of “my other little sister” Ling Ling. We hopefully was able to make it a very memorable 16th birthday for her…and below are some photos of our little treat for her…we typed out Happy Birthday in chinese with candles…sweet idea eh? Also like to wish that:

You had a wonderful birthday!

Take care, play hard but work harder!

Elder Lau

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The past week in brief.

September 26, 2011

Start off with the first picture, went to my usual eatery, tried out the kimbap, it was nice…pretty good size, I have been to the same korean restaurant at least 15 times or more on my mission, and still haven’t tried out everything on the menu yet, but it’s been good everytime… actually most of the pictures of korean food I’ve posted, have been at this place (Jeon Ju Hyang) you can google and find it…it’s pretty good!

So on Saturday, we attended a funeral, the 2nd one on my mission. It felt really strange, somebody you knew and met for the first time on your mission, also dies while you are on a mission, just make you realise how fragile life is…so obiviously didn’t take any pictures of that.

And on Sunday, Gigi got confirmed as a member yesterday, during the the confirmation, as she was receiving the holy ghost, she broke down in tears…she said it was her "cold" getting really bad and sniffy…but I think otherwise…it was a wonderful feeling, she really felt the warm feeling the Spirit brings.

The other 2 photos are the gift we made her, it is a diary with a box, but we had the members write down their testimony and words of encouragement, along with some photos we printed from the baptism, put it all together…it looks nice…very colourful, the card that the members wrote on matched the colours of the pages! Yeah! Anyway it was really nice…and also made a box of kimchi fried rice too…apparently she was more pleased with the rice then with the gift…Well what I can say…I cook pretty well!

Have a great week…stay cool…

Elder Lau

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BAPTISM = WONDERFUL

September 19, 2011

In the past few weeks I guess, among all the trips to different places, there have been fleeting mentions of one called Gigi, someone who Elder Lam and Ip were teaching before I came into the area, and throughout the past weeks, her faith and testimony has grown as she continue to learn the gospel, and yesterday at church, Gigi made the covenant to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptised! And it was wonderful sight…Elder Leung had a opportunity to baptise her as well as performing a musical selection, his own piano rendition of the song…"I Walk By Faith/ A Child’s Prayer" medley, both really nice LDS songs. The Spirit was really sweet, and during the baptism, we had the members write down notes of encouragement and support for her, and it was just WONDERFUL, it really was.

I still feel there is much more work for me to do here before I leave in December, as there are many people I wish to be able to bring closer unto Christ. But the reality of leaving daunted on me this week when the mission office called me to confirm my destination so they can book my flight for the 2nd December, and the we jsut had a Zone Conference last friday in which they annouced a message of thanks to missionaries departing soon…

Anyway, here are some pictures from things that have happened this week, first, Elder Chan (Kenneth) has left Toronto and is now at the MTC, we had the chance to be at his setting apart, and then a group picture of the baptism and and last one is my very last zone conference…

So take care, stay warm…it is getting colder and enjoy the week

love,

Elder Lau

ps. on a less enjoyable note…Arsenal had terrible week, lingering at 17th in the EPL…but as a missionary, I had a absolutely fabulous week.

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Zipping around the GTA.

September 12, 2011

So now with Elder Leung in Cantonese work, we have a car, and we’ve been seriously using it…we are zipping around all over Toronto, been super busy, and full of things to do. Also have to help him settle in a bit as he doesn’t know the area too well, it’s kinda fun getting lost sometimes, he’ll drive straight unless you tell him otherwise, which makes life interesting. Plus speaking mandarin for so long, his cantonese can be mixed with some mandarin words…it’s weird, but it’s fun to be his companion and to work togther.

Found out that there is at least one white guy coming to our mission in Oct, interesting…and a new mission president with new rules to keep things interesting in these last 3 months. We also have a missionary to be leaving the Markham Ward for the MTC, exciting times ahead for him, though for me seems like an eternity ago!

It’s a super busy day today, so wish everyone well, and…

HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL!!

Don’t eat too much mooncake…

Take care

Elder Lau

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