Sunday, April 7, 2013


Hello :)
How are you all doing?! I think the space bar on this computer is lagged a tiny bit, but I think I'll survive as long as I email a bit slower :) hahahahaha. OK! HOWEVER> I'm using a computer here in the city and it's really slow, so bear with me if suddenly there are a million typos in the email. hahaha. oh dear. all the other missionaries walked in and none of them are wearing their proselyting clothes............. :( GAH!!! OK ANYWAY! BIG NEWS!
I got transfered to the CITY again :) 
So I'm back here now. I got here on friday morning around 6:30 am, and now it is monday. so I've been here for a few days. it was an interesting switch. I was really sad in leaving Eight Mile Plains area, but a transfer is a transfer. :) Just run with it :) hahahaha. I had a wise friend tell me once that being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. it just means that you are willing to look past the imperfections. :) hahaha. I wanted to finish my mission down in Eight mile Plains. The ward and chinese program are all on fire and I was hoping to be able to get into that and help out, but, I guess the Lord wants me up here in the city to do whatever I need to do here. And there is a lot for me to do.
I left Elder Davies :(. He was THE MAN! I think he was definitely one of my favourite companions. I've never served with or around another missionary as good as him. He is a fireball. He taught me so much about everything even though he's been a missionary only for half a year.  His drive and his willing ness to go out and find people always surprised me. He taught me how to find on the wayside rather than just find while finding. I've never seen such a driven or consistent missionary. He's always smiling and positive, but when he needs to buckle down and correct people, he is willing to put the Lord before any of the other missionaries. He is going to be one of the greatest missionaries I've ever seen. Because of what I've learned from him, I've become so much greater here in the city. I'm going to miss serving with him. I wish I could've spent more time with him, but I guess not. :)  he needed to teach other missionaries. The only thing with him is that he just needs a companion that will drive him. hahaha. He's the man. I can't wait to see what happens with him. Maybe I'll go and look for his family when I get home hahaha. he's the man. i want to see what kind of family can raise that kind of missionary. hahaha.
My new companion is Elder Williams. He is THE MAN too. he just hasn't really had the chance to serve around missioanrise that really motivated him to go out and work. He's a really quiet fellow. hahaha. he' really good.  I really undersetimated him for the first bit of my time in this area. hahaha. at first I thought he really didn't talk much and didn't really like teaching too much either, but in a lesson, our investigators always ask really crazy questions and stuff, but he always isa ble to simplify it down to a level that it is impossible to misunderstand the doctrine. It's really good. All of the difficult questions anybody can ask, he can simplify down to some of the first principles of the gospel. I really admire that ability in him.
I was really sad to leave behind the empire of investigators in eight mile plains behind, but I've come to a really good area ;) it's really interesting tos wtich from my previous area to the one I'm serving in right now. before, elder davies and I didn't really feel the need to try to push people too much, and so we would make sure they were interested in church and make sure our purpose was clear as missionaries. However, when I got here, I think the elders here were working on everybody. not just the low hanging fruit. hahahaha. All of the investigators here are just interested in english and so when I sat down with them, they kinda were surprised when I asked them if they wanted to start with a prayer... kinda interesting, but since I've been here, We went from zero baptismal dates to 2, which is interesting, but we'll see. The zone leaders called to welcome me to the zone and let me know about the stats of the zone. I'mr eally excited to see wehre the zone can go from here.
Well, before I left, I didn't really tell anybody that I was leaving, which is good because it was a really smooth transition. hahaha ;)
Recently, I'vebeen going through all the different contacts that I've had from previous areas for this area, and I've been contacting them, and it's been so cool to see how they're progressing!!!! It's AWESOME! ANYWAY! the first day int he city was fun because I have this really cool investigator from eight mile plains and she has lots of friends. and I've contacted like 15 of them and they all tell her that I just contacted them hahahahahaha :) it's tooooooooo fun. We went crazy the first few days looking for potentials because I needed to refreshe the teaching pool. hahaha :) YEH!!!!
The only sad thing is that I left eight mile plains. But I'm going to try to make this work hahahaa :) The ward here still remembers me and we got a bunch of meals lined up for the next bit because they just wanted to welcome me back and stuff. it'll be fun. I still have to call some of the members that have seemed to go inactive. and Michelle, the baptism from this area , she invited to me to dinner the first day I was here, and gave us like ten referrals ahhahahaha. SHE"S SOOOOOO COOL! she needs to go to the temple..... :( I'm sad that she hasn't been yet, but she's the greatest. On the phone, she was like: I"m having a dinner at my house and you should come and invite all of them to church ! :) hahaha JIA YOU JIA YOU JIA YOU!!!! 
Lots of vietnamese people here... 
LOVE YOU ALL need to send this before my time is up :) hahaha

Elder Chen

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