December 17, 2018


Kwai Chung


Elder Jepsen

Kwai Chung

Hello everyone,

This week was a great one here in Hong Kong, it was kinda crazy but things are going great!

The last couple days in Kwun Tong were pretty great, I got to say good bye to a bunch of people and we gave out a baptismal date to the woman we met a couple weeks ago for the 23rd of this month. It honestly amazes me how prepared some people are. She heard about the word of wisdom in gospel principles class and with out us even asking she started to give up tea and coffee.

Also, the move to Kwai Chung has been pretty good so far. The ward is super great and to start off we confirmed a guy who was baptized last week! Whitewashing has been pretty interesting we've been going around the area and trying to figure out where things are but it is pretty fun. Apparently Kwai Chung area is really famous for food so we've also been looking around for new things to eat.

My new companion is pretty cool. His name is Elder Jepsen from Pocatello Idaho. He's been out for about a year and he is super great. He has so much energy so it is good for an old missionary like me 😂. It is really weird to be on the last transfer of the mission though. They gave me the "trunky packet" or in other words the packet where you have to set goals and make plans for real life.

I've learned so much on the mission it's really such a blessing to serve. I'm so excited to see what we can accomplish in the last 6 weeks! Anyways hope y'all have a great week!

Elder Ashton

Fun fact 1: He said his new apartment is on the 30th floor and they share it wit the Kowloon Mandarin Elders (Elder Lai and Chuang) who are both from Taiwan.

Fun fact 2: He and one other elder from the MTC are the only ones left in the mission from his original group! Three others went back this transfer so they could start the semester in January.

Fun fact 3: He gets to Skype with us on Christmas day for him but it's Christmas Eve for us-and he gets a p-day the day before.

You can email Elder Ashton at

Consider including Elder Ashton when you send out Christmas cards, he'd love to hear from you. And even though it's right before Christmas, he will still get them, even if they're a little late. It takes about 2 weeks for mail to get to him in HK, and he leaves to return home a month after Christmas! You can buy international forever stamps (they're round) or put together domestic stamps to equal $1.15 for a regular sized letter.

Elder Joel Ashton
China Hong Kong Mission
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong
Kowloon City
Hong Kong

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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