Date

May 8, 2017

Area

Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

Companion

Elder Love

All is well!

May 8, 2017

Hello,

This week has been another fantastic one in the wonderful TKO ward. We've been incredibly busy, but that is a really good thing, missionaries like being busy.

We had a really cool experience this week, one of the members invited us to dinner and at the last minute changed the place they wanted to meet. While we were waiting in the mall for them, a man who had just bought a ton of ramen noodles saw our name tags, looked at us for a bit and asked if we were missionaries.

His name is A-keung he is a 40-ish year old man who told us that he met with missionaries when he was a kid but didn't have any interest, but he made some friends recently who are Christian and he now wants to learn more about Jesus Christ. Our meeting him was definitely Sahn ge Onpaai or in other words, the arrangements of God.

It's so fascinating how if you keep the commandments and do your best to follow Jesus Christ he will lead you throughout your life. One of the greatest blessing of missionary work is seeing how God leads people to him and seeing people change and repent as they begin to follow Christ.

This week we also had a training meeting with my MTC group and our trainers with President Lam. He provided some cool insights on D&C 121 where it talks about resolving issues. He told us that if we have enmity or anger in our hearts we cannot recognize the promptings of the spirit, so if we are angry we cannot "reprove with sharpness when moved upon by the Holy Ghost". He also clarified that sharpness simply means exactness.

He also recommended that as we think about the section that we replace the word “reprove” with “counsel”. As we lovingly try to resolve issues with the guidance of the Holy Ghost we can help ourselves and the people we have relationships with learn and grow through Jesus Christ.

Hope you all have a fantastic week.

Sincerely,
Elder Ashton

Fun fact 1: Elder Ashton mentioned that during the latest “Yellow Rain” storm they were in a tunnel under a road finding-and the bike path (which must have been below them on the walking path) was flooding with a four foot wide, three inch deep river that ran for a half hour. I guess it can rain a lot!

Fun fact 2: Elder Ashton had to remind his mom that next week was Mother’s Day and he gets to talk to his family and mom via Skype. If we can get it to work. And actually ON Mother’s Day-which is his P-day, but Mom is happy about this!

Fun fact 3: He’s been working with children, teaching, helping out at a Stake Primary activity to a wildlife refuge-so shout out to his Primary kids for helping him prepare!

Pics 1, 2, 3: Elder Ashton and Elder Love helping cute little kids at the Stake Primary activity. (Photos from a member)
Pic 4: Elder Ashton’s favorite ad on the MTR (which is their train/metro): “Take care of your things!”
Pic 5: One of the soccer courts that the missionaries do a lot of finding at. Look at those buildings!

You can email Elder Ashton at joel.ashton@myldsmail.net

At this time he was told to share the mission home address if you would like to send him regular mail:
Elder Joel Ashton
18 Dorset Crescent
Kowloon Tong
Kowloon City
Hong Kong

Thank you for your prayers and support!




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