Friday, November 24, 2017

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 16 - I just need to be patient...

Hello family and friends ! mom shared with me some good news, more soldiers are joining us, its so great. i heard also the missionary work is moving forward in our stake, i am also happy to hear that everyone is trying their best to keep their testimony, serving to establish heavenly father's kingdom on earth, through doing family history, temple ordinances, going on split with missionaries.

We had a tough week, not super successful. we again had some '' false-hope''  but its okay we move forward with faith.
This week during one of my personal study time i was studying... in the beginning of alma, he did not have the exact same experience but while i was reading i just thought about these past days struggles. so it was the time when alma went to ammonihah but then the people there rejected him and he needed to flee.
So he was going through much tribulations and sorrows but then an angel appeared unto him, telling him to return so he did what the angel told him to do and there he found amulek and together they went to preach to the people. there is a lot of things to learn from this scripture s story. 

But it has teach me a really simple principle and it is that i just need to be patient and do what the lord wants me to do. and if alma has received the blessings then why not us...

Anyway, so there is not a lot of exciting things that happened this past week but a few.
so on saturday i met with christelle my great grandma friend native from tahiti we ate with her and her daughter. and we talked about random things but also a little bit about ''family and the gospel'', i asked er if she would like to hear more about the gospel she accepted and added that she would love her family to hear it too, but she is going to ask them and next saturday we are going to visit them together at their house, so we are waiting for her answer. please pray for them.
Also on saturday, a none member family came to church, hannah, justin and their cute daughter nathalie. she is so cute, she is 12 months and she like to talk. she gave me a kiss, and was smilling at me all the time, i wanted to hold her so hard....but we can't, i miss babies so much......
they are going to start to meet with the elders, elder garcia and elder yang.

Last night we had a ''thanksgiving'' dinner at the leonards with the 8 missionaries together. tonight again but with sarah, we are going out. and on thursday its our zone thanksgiving.

Bye bye, love you all.
Sister colombel

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 15 - Yearning to save some souls...

Hello fam and friends, its cloudy and cool (22c) today!
we don't have any special plan for the day, sister dodge just want to do a little bit of clothes shopping, and we will probably have time to rest.
tonight we are going to do ''less-active finding'' in tseun kwan o.

this week heavenly father really tried my faith. last week i was sharing about some member's referrals that we were going to work with, and we were hoping to meet with them if they have interest. so yesterday, one of the member referral came to church, i had hope that he was going to like it and so on, but then he said that he does not actually have interest. we've asked another member about her referral and then said that she actually does not have interest. and a lot of different things stressful and disappointing happened. but with all of this we worked super hard because we know that heavenly father will bless us in his time.

yesterday, my companion shared with me some of her actual struggles, so i tried to help her by sharing my personal experiences when i first started my mission. this discussion help me to see, how much i have changed and learned in the space of 1 year. there were a lot of things i did not understand about heavenly father, his ways, his plans for me.
i had a lot of questions, fears and doubts but in these trials i've discovered who i am and who heavenly father and jesus christ are.
a lot of the questions she had were the ones i had before but now i have a better understanding. my thought is that everyone think that the mission is to find heavenly father's children and to bless them with the gospel but when you are his Servant, his missionary, mission has a more deeper and sacred meaning. its hard for me to explain probably those who served a mission can understand.
i love my mission even though i need to worry and stress a lot but those i am stressing and worrying for, worth it because they mean so much to heavenly father.

happy birthday mom, you are the best! i love you !

hope you will all have a great week, a safe and happy week.
heavenly father loves you all, and me too!!

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 14 - Open your mouth !

hello fam and friends,

i don't really know what to say but we are still working hard, this week we spent time with some potential investigators during activities so we are looking forward for the next time we can meet with them.
so heavenly father really know the challenges we are facing right now, and he knows how to better help us.
so actually, we are working with 3 investigators, not super solid.
then last wednesday, we had ''mission tour'', our special guest was elder evans. he gave several trainings, with lots of invitations, lots of call to repentance. he said a lot of things in his training. he talked about the time he was serving in the japan nagoya mission as a full-time missionary and mission president. he talked about the ''mission language'', he said how important it is to learn it, and maintain it because only heavenly father knows how he will use it in the future... he also invited us the missionaries to ''open our mouth'', ''talk to everyone'' and ''ask referrals 100%''. (it is really a resume of what he said).
sister lam and president lam also talked to us, and it was so touching, he told us that he loves us . they shared their conversion story, and how the sisters who shared the gospel with sister lam blessed not only ''one soul'', sister lam but her whole family and her whole posterity.
so by applying what elder evans shared, we went home and i talked to the first person i was standing by in the mtr, and then she said ''hello'' back like we knew each other and she asked me if i remember her , so actually i met her one day we were doing finding her name is ''yoyo'' she is from mainland but is regularly coming down to hong kong, this time i gave her my number.
another thing that we've applied was to ask referrals so on friday night we visited zhu jm a member and we asked her and she gave us a referral. we also ask selin, and on saturday evening we visited her and she told us that her friend, james wants to come and see us on sunday. so a lot of miracles happened.
sadly i don't have tones of time to share everything. but we are blessed.

next week i will try to share more. i love you all, great week.

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 13 - Solid investigators come from members of the Church

Hello friends and family!
I know that last email was super short, i am sorry for that!
hopefully today's email will be better.
so with sister dodge we are in the 2nd week of training, she is adapting pretty well, her mandarin is already pretty good (studied 5 years in high school). so i can focus on other stressful stuffs. we don't have a lot of investigators right now, so we are focusing on finding those who are prepared to receive the restored gospel.

president lam before transfers told us that we needed to focus more on a certain part of our area that we kind of neglected before, so with sister dodge we are focusing on this area.

this week i had a lot of things that stressed me, but in those situations i saw heavenly father hands guiding me and placed people on the way.
one of the experience that i had this week happened yesterday.
so since last week, we are working with the cantonese elders in one of the ward in the focusing area. we are trying to work with the members because the solid investigators come from members, investigators referrals. but the thing is that they don't know us and they speak cantonese or they can understand mandarin but they speak cantonese back to me (i can sometimes understand...).
so the first challenge is for them to know that we exist, then communicate with them, then for them to trust us and be willing to introduce their friends, none member's family. so on sunday, we went for the sacrament meeting which started at 9;30, we arrived there right on time, the sacrament was in cantonese of course so maybe i understood 5 %, i was stressing about how i am going to do to talk with the members and get to know them in 2 min because we needed to travel all the way back to kowloon tong for our sacrament meeting at 1. i don't know how many prayers i did but at the end, chen jm who has just finished her mission (she was serving with us in hong kong mandarin speaking), she came and talked to us and then after she invited us to come next sunday to her house she is with her mom organizing a party with members and investigators. and they will help us invite one of the potential investigator t we have in the ward.
that is the miracle, i almost cried when she came to us and invited us.
the most important thing i remember is that heavenly father answers our prayers, in his own time, and he knows what is best for us.

thats the week's email, i don't have time to write a pretty conclusion. but everyone have a great week, i love you all.

bao jiemei.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 12 - I am a Mom now !

Hello everyone, i don't have a lot of time today. i have received some good and surprising news today. i am happy to see that everyone is doing good, and especially super happy to see that the faith of those i love and cherish is growing or is even still exciting.
Salut tout le monde.
Je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps aujourd'hui. J'ai recu de bonnes et d'etonnantes nouvelles aujourd'hui.
Je suis contente de voir que tout le monde va bien et aussi tres heureuse de voir que la Foi de ceux que j'aime et cherit grandit ou est toujours belle et bien presente.

It started to get colder this week, so people started to wear sweaters, jackets and so do i...
Il a commence a faire plus froid cette semaine et les gens commencent a mettre des pulls, manteaux et moi aussi...

I guess you've already watched the ''transfer'' video, so yeah i am training and my trainee is siter dodge from lehi, utah. she is super nice, she likes to talk so i guess i need to talk more, that's good!!!
I am trying to be the niciest companion and help her do missionary work.
Je pense que vous avez deja vu la video des transferts, alors oui, je suis formatrice et ma "fille" est Sr Dodge, elle vient de Lehi/Utah et elle est Super!!!
Elle aime parler alors je crois que je vais devoir faire un effort pour parler d'avantage et ce n'est pas plus mal...

My email this week will be really short. but i love you all.
please pray for us as the area has been splited with the other sisters and we only have 2 to 3 investigators. we no longer teach miko, i'm quite sad but sister grover and sister lee are taking good care of her.
Mon courriel de cette semaine sera vraiment court, mais sachez que je vous aime tous.
S'il vous plait, on a besoin de vos Prieres, notre secteur a ete divise avec deux autres Soeurs Mandarin, donc nous n'avons plus wue 2 voire 3 amies et je n'enseigne plus Miko, je suis un peu triste mais je sais qu'elle est entre de bonnes mains avec Sr Grover er Sr Lee.

I love you all.

Je vous aime.

Hong Kong - Kowloon - Track 11 - I'll Train...Pray For Me

Hello all!
this week the weather was super weird, but it was cooler so that's good because it was super hot plus the humidity i thought i will die, we are so sweaty .... not comfortable! yesterday was cold, 21c and a typhoon 8 so we stayed inside the whole day but we had a lot to do with next week new assignments and the next 3 months challenges for me.

So this week, we are receiving 28 new missionaries both cantonese and mandarin. in this 28 we have 3 new mandarin sisters.
I was the last mandarin sisters who joined almost a year ago. it was time for us to receive more sisters because as for today, we are 6 mandarin sisters in the whole mission, two are leaving next week and my actual companion is leaving in december.
So without any surprise i am going to train one of the new sisters and remain in the area i am at right now, and sister grover with her companion will kind of open the 2nd kowloon mandarin sisters, so we are still serving in the same area and branch.
(inutile de sous dire que je stress ...)

We did not have anything special this week, only that heavenly father once again helped me to overcome some of the trials and challenges i was facing. i received strength and guidance even when i did not know how to deal with it, but he was there in every steps ...

Sorry i did not have a lot of time today but i love you all, i am still alive and more than ever...
Pray for me to be the best trainer for my new companion and pray so that we can help a lot in our area and branch.

bye bye

Sister colombel

Hong Kong _ Kowloon - Track 10 - Midi Autumn Festival

Hello everyone,
how was your week!
we've been so blessed this past week with temple and general conference but also different things that i 've learned.

First of all, i am so grateful to my heavenly father for his love for me and for all his children.
last weekend for us, and a weekend ago for most of you with general conference.
some of the speakers reminded us how important these gatherings are for all the saints but also everyone who might have listen to general conference.
Actually i cannot share which talks were my favorites because i don't have a super good memory but i could relate a lot with some of them since i am on my mission, its with a lot of excitement that i was waiting for this opportunity to hear our prophets, so i prepared myself spiritually with questions related to both the now and the future.
I was surprised by listening carefully and taking notes, to receive answers or guidance.
i payed attention to all the speakers testimony about the reality of our savior, jesus christ, or the book of mormon. and the spirit was here to again testify of these truthfulnesses...

So the past week, on monday we were invited by a member from the kwun tong ward and their elders to eat ''hotpot'' for the ''mid autumn festival''.
i then learned one of the mission rule about ''hot pot''...
we ate a lot and went home with more moon cake.

On tuesday, we had our district meeting after mlc with our mission leaders. and on the evening we went to the kwai feng english class with miko, our golden investigator. after we shared a message with her and she received a baptism goal, november 19. (please pray for her so she will be ready for that day, thank you so much!)

On wednesday it was our temple day, we went to the 9 am session, i had a splendid time in the house of our lord.

On thursday, it was holiday so no school, no work and no one wanted to schedule us except viviane, tipping and her mom, xiao jiemei and zhang popo.
xia jiemei invited us to eat ''dim sum'', it was super good.

On friday, it was elder hayden birthday, the members brought something for him during our correlation meeting.

And finally on saturday and sunday, we had general conference.
on sunday evening we ate with some philipino sisters with elder chin and sheik, elder garcia and yang, and us.

Ok i don't have a lot of time but i love everyone. have a great week.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hong Kong - Kowllon - Track 9 - I've Found You My Friend

Hello everyone, before reading Bao jm past week, as her mother I would like to share a strong feeling I have...
My daughter has always been touched by the story of the 2 pre-mortal friends, one who will belong to the Church of JC of Lds while on the earth and the other not, and the lds one promised his friend he'll find him on earth and return to their Heavenly mantion...
There is a song me and her often sang entitled in french "Je te trouverai..."
With Gratitude in my heart, I have the strong felling Sr Colombel and Miko were friends in the pre-mortal life and that is why she has been called to serve in the China Hong Kong Mission...

Bonjour a tous..
Avant que vous lisiez les experiences de Sr Bao d'il y a 2 semaines, je voudrais vous partager mon ressenti.
Ma fille a toujours ete touchee par l'histoire des 2 amis qui ont vecu ensemble avant de venir sur Terre, l'un serait Membre de l'Eglise de JC des SDJ sur Terre et l'autre pas. Le membre fit la promesse a son ami qu'une fois sur Terre, il le retrouverait et retournerai un jour ensemble dans leur demeure celeste...
Ma fille et moi aimons chanter ensemble:" je te trouverai..."
Avec beaucoup de gratitude dans mon coeur, j'ai le profond sentiment que Sr Colombel et Miko etaient amies dans la Vie-premortelle et que c'est la raison pour laquelle, elle a ete appelee a servir dans la mission de Hong Kong Chine.

Hello ''da jia''!
so today is not my p-day, we are having our p-day on wednesday, it is our '' temple day'', i am so excited. we are blessed because this week, we are going to the temple and we also have general conference.
Alors, ce n'est pas notre p-day, nous l'aurons mercredi, parce que nous allons au Temple. J'ai trop hate!!!
En fait, cette semaine, nous sommes carrément bénis parce qu'en plus du Temple, nous visionnerons la Conférence Générale.

i hope everyone has learned something from this general conference, i've actually prepared myself 3 months ago, and i think you are all so lucky to be able to rewatch it again as long as you want. well i guess that will be my invitation to everyone to watch it again personaly, as a family during family home evening or any other time. take advantage of every means heavenly father gave us because all he wants is our happiness and success not only now but for eternity and only the gospel can provide this. i am so grateful to have a loving heavenly father, who cares so much for me that he gave me and his children a way to return to live with him someday, so don't take the gospel for granted it's the only thing that will save us.
i am especially so grateful for the blessings i have both in my mission and back home.
J'espère que chacun aura appris quelque chose pendant cette Conférence Générale.
Personnellement, je me prépare depuis 3 mois et je pense que vous avez tous trop de la chance de pouvoir re-visionner ces Discours autant que vous le souhaitez.
Donc, voilà mon invitation à tous, de les écouter à nouveau, personnellement, en famille, en Soirée Familiale ou à n'importe quel moment...
Prenons en considération tous les moyens qui nous sont donnés par notre Père Céleste parce que son seul désir est que nous soyons heureux et que nous réussissions non seulement dans cette vie mais pour l'éternité.
Et cela ne peut s'obtenir qu'à travers l'évangile...
Je suis tellement reconnaissante d'avoir un Père Céleste qui se souci tellement de moi et de ses enfants qu'il nous a donné un moyen pour pouvoir retourner vivre avec lui un jour, alors ne mettant pas l'évangile de côté, c'est la seule chose qui nous sauvera.
Et je suis particulièrement reconnaissante pour les bénédictions que j'ai tant dans ma mission que chez moi.

this week we were blessed with 2 new investigators: wang jiemei the one i met on the mtr 3 weeks ago and miko who was brought by a member from the wan chai branch, she is ''golden''. one of them was expected but the other one was not. the first time, i saw miko, i felt super weird, you know the kind of feling seeing an old friend, the connection is super easy, you feel good and comfortable around this person....
Cette semaine, nous avons été bénies avec 2 nouvelles amies: wang jiemei que j'ai abordé dans le mtr, il y a 3 semaines et Miko qui est accompagnée par une membre de la Branche de Wan Chai, et elle est "en or"...
Pour l'une c'était prévisible mais l'autre pas...
La première fois que j'ai vu Miko, je me suis sentie Bizarre...Vous voyez cette impression de retrouver un vieil ami avec qui le courant passe tout de suite et vous vous sentez bien et à l'aise en sa presence...

yesterday, during the sacrament meeting i shared my testimony which seemed mostly for her because like most of our investigators, people don't know why jesus christ, who he is and what is their relationship with him. also after the 3hours of church, we had our first official lesson with her about prayer . after the opening prayer she was crying and hugged us, i was also crying during the prayer, reflecting on my feelings, i had a lot of thoughts such as ''oh i think she might be a ''pre mortal life'' friend''... i felt so much love for her, i really have the desire to help her, i share the same feelings like the sons of mosiah in mosiah 28:3 : '' or, ils desiraient que le salut fut annonce a toute la creation, car ils ne pouvaient supporter qu'une seule ame humaine ne perisse..'' (don't get me wrong, i have the same feelings everyday for everyone i meet here!).
Hier, lors de la Réunion de Témoignage, en rendant le mien, mes pensées étaient tournées vers elle car comme nombreux de nos investigateurs, ils ne savent pas pourquoi Jesus-Christ, ni qui il est et leur rapport avec lui.
Après, les 3 heures, nous avons eu notre première leçon officielle avec elle qui portait sur la Priere..
Apres la priere d'ouverture, elle pleurait et nous a prise dans ses bras.. durant la priere, j'etais aussi en train de pleurer en ayant dans le coeur ce sentiment special dont j'ai parle tant tot, de nombreuses idees me sont venues comme:" peut etre etions nous de grandes amies dans la Vie Pre-mortelle..., j'ai ressenti enormement d'amour pour elle et je suis envahie d'un profond desir de l'aider, je partage les memes sentiments que les fils de Mosiah dans Mosiah 28:3 " or, ils desiraient que le Salut fut annonce a toute la Creation, car ils ne pouvaient supporter qu'une seule ame humaine ne perisse". (Ne vous meprenez pas, j'eprouve ces memes sentiments chaque jours pour tous ceux que je rencontre ici)

anyway so this week, on monday night we had an international zone devotional, with some missionaries from vietnam they were here for a week (visa stuffs), we talked about our goals, the past transfer and this transfer goals.
Sinon, pour cette semaine, lundi soir, on a eu un devotional avec la zone internationale, avec des Missionnaires du Vietnam qui etaient la durant une semaine (Visa...), on a parle de nos buts pour le transfert precedent et de celui ci.

on tuesday, we had district meeting, we gave a training about ''unity'', we had super fun activities for the training. in the evening we were invited with elder garcia and yang to eat with a member, tan jiemei.
Mardi, on a eu Reunion de District, on a donne une formation sur l'Unite, avec des activites amusantes.
Le soir, nous avons ete invite avec elder garcia et elder yang a manger avec une membre Tan jm.

on wednesday, we were busy, met with wang jtiemei and first time meeting with miko. thursday, we did food angel, i met a korean i even talked to her, she can speak good mandarin too, i practiced speaking korean with the korean i have left.
Mercredi, on ete tres occupee, on a rencontre wang jm, et notre premiere rencontre avec miko.
Jeudi, on a eu "food angel", j'ai fait la connaissance d'une Coreenne, j'ai discute avec elle, elle parle bien mandarin en plus et j'ai pratique mon Coreen avec le peu dont je me souviennes.

on friday, we were visiting viviane, helped her clean her house and sister grover with jackson essays, in the evening we were invited by a member wan jtiemei, to her office with our branch missionaries. on saturday english class followed by rice crispy activity then a cantonese fed us with the cantonese elders, then in the evening we had our moon festival activity, we made some moon cake, not the traditional!
on sunday, dudu was confirmed.
Vendredi, on a rendu visite a Vivian, on l'a aide a nettoyer sa maison, Sr Grover a aussi aide jackson avec sa redac.
Le soir, on a ete invite par une membre, wan jm a son bureau avec nos missionnaires de la Branche.
Samedi, on a eu Classe d'anglais, suivit par l'activite "Rice Cryspy", puis une membre cantonese nous a nourri avec les elders cantonnais.
Puis le soir, on a eu notre activite festival de la lune, et on a fait des gateaux lune mais pas les traditionnels.
Dimanche a eu lieu la Confirmation de Dudu.

after email, we are going to eat with elder allen and elder riley to sister becky house, hot pot.
Apres le mail, on va manger avec elder allwn et elder riley "hot pot" chez Sr Becky.

love you all, have a great week.
Je vous aime tous, passez une bonne semaine.

sister colombel