Back to Hong Kong

My parents wanted so badly to come and pick me up from my mission. I was against the idea as I knew that I personally needed the closure of getting on that plane by myself and going home first to properly close my mission experience. Two weeks after returning home, my parents and I were able to return to Hong Kong for a week and go into Mainland China for a few days as well. I honestly think that going back after made such a huge difference. This trip back was exactly what I needed in my life at the time and I am so very grateful it all worked out.

Hong Kong

Returning back to the people that I love was the best thing after returning home. I love the people so much. My parents and I were able to see the city and places that I had wanted to visit but never got around to it while as a missionary. The best was that I was able to introduce my family to the amazing people I had meet and worked with in Hong Kong. It was such a blessing because I was able to re-establish relationships with people I had previously served. It was all that I could have imagined.

Here is a short itinerary of what we did each day;

  • Thursday, May 12 – Flew from SLC to HK airport
  • Saturday, May 14 – Tai O, Big Buddha (Ngong Ping), Harbor walk in Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Sunday, May 15 – church at Ho Man Tin Chapel that ended up being a regional broadcast for HK & Taiwan for the expansion of Hong Kong’s 4 stakes into 6 stakes. Evening dinner at Sister Yeung Hoi Ping’s home in Mei Foo
  • Monday, May 16 – Stanley Market, Wan Chai Chapel, Mong Kok and dinner with A-Pui in Yau Ma Tei
  • Tuesday, May 17 – Hong Kong temple, meet President and Sister Lam, Lion’s Rock hike and dinner/visit Perry Chu in Sheung Wan
  • Wednesday, May 18 – Causeway Bay, Monkey Mountain and Korean BBQ with the Lau and Chun Family from West Point ward
  • Thursday, May 19 – Fly to Beijing

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I absolutely loved it! I am so lucky that my parents took me back to the place I love. It is basically my second home. I was so excited to go back and be in Hong Kong but I also knew it would be a bit weird because I wouldn’t be a missionary anymore. I decided to prepare myself for a “different” Hong Kong. I would be a tourist and no longer a resident active missionary. It is a sad reality but so grateful I could go back.

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Dad and I at Stanley Market

On the first day we were able to go to Lantau Island and see Tai O and Big Buddha. I love it over there because it is a breath of fresh air from the crazy city life just 30 min away. That day there was a celebration of Buddha’s birthday so there were SO many people. It was crazy yet so fun! We were also able to go to the Avenue of Stars at night and watch the laser show which I had previously not been able to do. It was so pretty to see Hong Kong from that point of view. It is such a unique and beautiful city.

Sunday was by far my favorite day back in Hong Kong mainly because I got to visit with some of the amazing people that I was able to serve with. It was so fun. We went to the Ho Man Tin chapel for church. It so happened to be a giant meeting and the entire Kowloon Stake was there. It was the announcement of 4 stakes to be made into 6 stakes in Hong Kong. It was so cool to see the fruits of my labor as we had been told of this goal a year before. The Kowloon Stake now has different wards in the stake but when we visited I had two wards that I served in there; Kowloon City and Cheung Sha Wan. The Kowloon Stake consists of Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tseun Wan, Tsing Yi, Kwai Chung, and Tung Chung wards. It was so fun to see all the people.

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Bishop Lee, Sister Lee Leung Pui King and their son Edwin

I made sure we got there early so that I could greet all those I wanted to see. I talked with the missionaries who were there. Most of them were surprised to see me as I had only told like 4 people that I was coming back. A great way to surprise them and boy were their faces awesome! I greeted the members with the sister missionaries. It was funny to see the members come in and shake all of our hands saying Jousahn (good morning). It was almost routinely done. Then they would look up at our faces. Some of my great friends had to take a double look at me. They knew I had left but were surprised to see me here. Hahahah! It was hilarious. The first people I saw were Tsan Chin Lam and Sister Tam (Sham Shui Po ward). I hadn’t seen them in like a year! I loved Sister Lee Leung Pui King’s reaction. (KLC) She was so happy and her hug was the best! Also, Jessica Pang’s was great too.(KLC) I got to see some great people that I loved!

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L-R: Christa Chan, Elaine Choi, S. Mendoza, Yan Chan, Emily, & Me (KLC &TST wards)

Talk about seeing the fruit of my labors in Kowloon City. Wow! I served there with my entire soul and then some for 6 hard months. We didn’t have a single baptism and the finding was different than most of Hong Kong. We had worked a lot with members and less-actives as we saw that they had the most potential. One in particular I prayed for and worked hard to help her come back to the church. When I left Kowloon City, Elaine was slowly progressing and it felt like my companion and I couldn’t do much more. After moving areas I just continued to pray for her and check up on her every once in a while. Upon returning to church this Sunday, I saw her there!! I was so surprised and so happy! The Lord had helped her go back to church. Sister Mendoza pulled me aside and said that it was her 3rd week back to church. It made me so happy I wanted to cry! She is amazing and I am so happy for that small miracle of seeing her at church. That was by far my favorite part of the trip. I am so blessed to have worked with such amazing people. 🙂

(Above: Pictured left – Jack, Don and Rose Pang from KLC. I finally got to hug them! Pictured right – Sister Yip & 3 of her children Randee, Mason, & the baby. Randee brought a friend to church and she wants to be baptized.)

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A- Pui

Dinner with A-Pui on Monday was so awesome and I loved talking with her again. She is the cutest person ever and she just makes me so happy when I am around her. She taught me so much on my mission I don’t know if I will  ever be able to describe it. She is such a happy person and I am so happy that I could introduce my parents to her:) She is definitely an example to live by. I sure love her! Dad kept saying that she is the cutest little convert ever. It is true:)

Hong Kong was so….amazing. I love that place so much. I think the best part about going back was that I was able to reinstate the relationships that I had with members from my previous wards. Most missionaries do not go back and they lose the relationships they had with the members and investigators. I loved being around the people that I love so much. I have made it my goal to try and go back to Hong Kong every other year. One can hope right? Well, the Lord can do miracles. This trip was a miracle in itself and I firmly believe that we needed to go back at this specific time. The reason for I may never know but I am grateful that this trip was able to happen and I loved it. His tender mercies are indescribably amazing.

Beijing

  • Thursday, May 19 – Fly from Hong Kong and the Pearl Market
  • Friday, May 20 – Temple of Heaven, Tienanmen Square, dinner at food market and amazing Beijing restaurant (Awanji)
  • Saturday, May 21 – Winter Palace, Lama Temple, the Hutong tour, Summer Palace
  • Sunday, May 22 – Church in Beijing and Olympic Park
  • Monday, May 23 – the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu section, dinner at fancy expensive restaurant and a trip to a Chinese Walmart
  •  Tuesday, May 24 – Fly home to Utah

 

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Mainland China was more than I thought it would be. As a missionary we would always dream of “opening up China”. It was a dream that helped us know that our work in Hong Kong would have much more impact that we realized. I always wanted to go to Mainland China throughout my mission just so I could see what it was like. My companions and I would talk to and teach people from Mainland with out second guessing ourselves.

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Tienanmen Square

In returning to Hong Kong we planned a week or so to spend up in Beijing. I felt so foreign in Mainland mainly because they were all Chinese people but I couldn’t really talk to them because 1) they didn’t speak Cantonese and 2) my Mandarin was the level of a primary school student. I loved it there though. The culture felt more rich as there were palaces and museums to see everyday. Beijing is a big city and there are lots of people. Hong Kong feels about the same just the Hong Kong MTR is a 1,000 times nicer than Beijing’s.

Shopping in Beijing was much different than Hong Kong. I loved it because it was much cheaper than what I was accustomed to in HK. So many great deals but I am not quite sure about the quality but it was fun anyways:) The day at the Temple of Heaven and Tienanmen Square was a blast. I was able to see some famous buildings in Chinese history. It was so cool. Our guide, Glen, was a spectacular guide and gave us so much information on the history of where ever we went. The Temple of Heaven’s gardens were great to attend in the morning because all of the old people doing Tai Chi, playing games and stretching. It made me laugh and I learned a little bit as well.

My favorite part of Beijing was in fact the Great Wall of China. I loved it and I would hike it all over again. It is so long and old. When I was there I just felt so comfortable and loved the feeling that it had. You could tell that it was a major feat for the Chinese people and that thousands sacrificed many of what they had and even their lives to build the wall. I enjoyed hiking the wall and it was so much steeper than you would think. That is what made it fun yet tough. We met some interesting people from all over the world too. It was great fun and Glen taught us so much about it. I would go back to the wall any day. The history there just made it such a rich place to visit.

This trip was so amazing. I was able to explore China more and I fell even more in love with the people there. The Chinese people will always have a place in my heart. They are such hard working and trustworthy people. I may not look Chinese but I sure feel like an adopted Chinese girl. The culture and the people are the richest part of this country.

I love it!

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I hope one day to return to Hong Kong and to China. But like I said, these people have a special place in my heart. I have learned to love them and embrace their whole culture, even when I don’t want to eat the chicken feet that are put on my plate. These people are special and I know that in the Lord’s due time the gospel will be brought into Mainland China.

Home Sweet Home

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Coming Home was quite a sweet moment. I landed in the Salt Lake City at about 2pm and all my friends and family were waiting at the end of the escalator. I took my time to prepare myself emotionally and mentally before going down. I was about to see my friends and family after 18 months of limited contact with them. My mom screamed as soon as she saw my feet. Hahaha! She made me laugh! I came down and I did find the surprise that it was really hard to recognize people after so much time. Lots of family from both sides came and it was fun to see the change that had happened. I had a few friends come greet me home as well. I sure loved it! So happy to be with the people I love again.

DSC06185DSC06191Adjusting to Utah was a bit weird for me. Here are a few things that I noticed at first; It is so flat here because there are no skyscrapers. The mountains actually seem quite small as in Hong Kong they are super steep and cover a small amount of land yet are so tall. It is really dry in Utah and I have to use lotion all the time. It is annoying. My hair isn’t as pretty or curly like it was in HK but at least I can style it the way I want to:) I guess as I continue to adjust I will find more things that surprise me. Oh, also white people are HUGE! I noticed it in the Seattle airport. Kind of freaked me out a little bit.

My Homecoming talk was a week or so after I returned home which I really liked because then I could adjust to Utah and life here a bit more. I split my Homecoming up into 2 days. Saturday night I had party for those who needed to travel and for those who would stay home the next day and celebrate Sunday with their families as it was Mother’s Day. I gave my talk on May 10, 2016 at 9:00am in the Oakhills Ward in Layton, Utah.

Saturday night was really fun. I had lots of people from the family and the ward show up. It was great to see so many familiar faces. Nikki Christensen, Courtney Lowder, Megan Short, Hanna Gold and a few other friends from High School came and it was great to catch up with them. Most of my friends from High School are still on missions so I wasn’t expecting a very big turn out from that part of my social life.

Hannah Sharp and Megan Cook from my mission showed up too and I was so happy to see people from Hong Kong. I loved talking to them and introduced them to my High School friends. I was actually really hoping that my companion Sister Biz Warner would be there but she said she was unable to make it. I was kind of bummed but thought I would just drive down to Provo to visit her later that week before heading back to China. Well, it turns out she had plans of her own. I was downstairs talking with all my friends and then dad told me to go upstairs and that someone else was wanting to see me. I turned the corner to the stairs and guess who was there?!?! Biz!! Ahhh!!! I wanted to pee and cry and scream all at the same time. She totally surprised me and I loved it! I did NOT expect that at all! It made me so happy. Krista Hansen was there with Biz too and it was double awesomeness! Needless to say it was a super happy and exciting night catching up with friends from High School, ward members and my mission friends too. I hadn’t seen Biz in almost a year since she has come home and it was the highlight of that party. I am still secretly screaming as I am writing this journal entry. Hahaha! 🙂

Sunday was super happy too. I was able to see some friends and family who couldn’t make it to the night before. Some great people came and supported me. I was to talk on the 3rd Article of Faith. I was super lost about the topic and wasn’t sure what I was supposed to say. I honestly didn’t think much about it. I felt that the Spirit would help me know what to say. All I knew was that I was going to talk about Leung Popo, A-Pui and Ken and how their obedience to the gospel and faith in the Atonement has helped them. It was a great meeting and the Spirit was so strong! I don’t think I looked much at my outline of my talk. I just kind of let the Spirit do all the talking. I noticed that lots of people were crying in my talk. I wasn’t sure if that was good or bad. After my Homecoming talk was given Baylee Coleman performed a violin musical number and it was so cute! She did awesome! The meeting was just perfect and I really felt great about my talk. I still don’t remember much as to what I shared and talked about. Mom said that the Spirit was super strong and that she could tell even more that I loved my mission and that I was a great missionary. Talking to all the people that came and supported me they said about the same thing. I just bore my heart out. I know that the Spirit guided me as to what I was to say. At the end of my talk I bore my testimony in Cantonese because I knew that people would want to hear it. The only person that could understand was my previous companion, Sister Danielle Nuttall. She came and was so cute! I love her! She talked to me in Cantonese and it made me so happy. I miss it more that I would have thought.

Overall, I had a great Homecoming experience. I have enjoyed being home and with my family but I still miss my mission just about everyday. I love it and it will always have a place in my heart. But for now I am on to the next adventure…Returned Missionary Status. Bum Bum Bummm… Wish me luck? 😉

Loves,

Becca

DSC06228Also, I forgot to mention that the day that I got home Jake also received his mission call. It was supposed to come home the week before but I prayed super hard so that I could be there for when he opens his call. He ended up getting his call the DAY I got home. Only hours before I landed. The Lord really does care about us even for the smallest of things. Jake decided to open up his call just after I was released as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was very sweet and simple. He cried throughout almost the whole thing. He is such a sweet boy. He was been called to serve in the Antananarivo Madagascar Mission, reporting August 3rd speaking Malagasy. I am super excited for him and he will love his mission. I did not see that coming. The Lord really does call you where you need to go.

Flying Home – Words from my Journal

29 April 2016

I cannot believe it is the 29th of April already. That went my so fast. Chi sin (so crazy). As of the moment I am on Delta Flight #16 going from HK to Seattle, WA. It will take me about 11 hours 5 min. I and the plane are currently traveling at 616 MPH at 33,004 feet above the ground. Planes are so amazing aren’t they? Big huge chunks of metal in the air. Wow!

This morning I woke up at 6:30 am. I showered and got ready to go. We didn’t have breakfast so I had the meat off of a day old subway sandwich. Yummy right?

We said goodbye to Sister Lam and Sister Takahashi. Boy, do I love them.We got in the car and drove to the HK airport. Sister De Ocampo, Me, Sister Taylor, and Elder Black. It felt really weird and I don’t think I can believe it right now. I don’t think I will believe that I am not a missionary anymore until I am home by myself in….pants. It will be really weird and interesting to experience that.

Went to the airport and checked in our bags. Guess who was there? Sister Erica Lee and Sister Cheng from the Cheung Sha Wan Ward. They are going to Utah as well. What a coincidence??!! So cool. We will be on the same flight the whole way too:) So happy to see them. We said goodbye to the Lam’s and headed through security. They are great people and I love them so much.

We went to the terminal and security was a breeze which is so nice. I didn’t have to take off my shoes. Happy day! Oh, America. The Hong Kong airport is a huge tunnel and so pretty! If I were to build and airport it would be like this. Lots of respect to my Chinese people:)

Sister Taylor and I sat down next to a woman named Sandy from AZ. She really reminded me of Aunt Katie. She was cute. We talked with her for a while, actually SHE started the conversation. It was great to get that. We gave her am ‘I am a Mormon’ card and invited her to look at the website. It was definitely the Lord’s timing because her boyfriend’s kids are members and they are coming to stay for the summer. Connections! She said that she will look at the website and I think it will help her understand more about what the kids believe and have been taught. When we testified and talked to her I could feel that God loves her and has a plan for her:)

We got on the plane and I am about 3 rows from the back. Party in the back!!! Ya. Luckily my prayers were answered and I sat next to a Chinese mother and her daughter. They are going to visit New York. That is a long trip. We didn’t speak much but they know I am a missionary and that I speak Cantonese. They are surprised at my language as most people are:) The Gift of Tongues is real!

As we were taking off I could feel the end of my missionary work in Hong Kong. I could feel my heart strings to my mission in Hong Kong break. I could not stop the tears as the plane flew over Lantau Island and then Hong Kong Island. I love Hong Kong. I love my mission! It has changed me. I cried for a bit but I heard the Spirit tell me and speak peace to my heart that I will have many times to come back to Hong Kong. I trust in the Lord. He will help me.

Mom sent Sister James a letter to give to me. I cried all through it. I also cried all through dad’s letter too. My seat neighbors probably thought I was crazy or an emotional mess. I have become a softie on my mission. It is being in tune with the Spirit I guess:) I love this work though!

(A few hours later) – We are flying over the Pacific Ocean and I was looking at the clouds. They are so beautiful and majestic. How is it that they work and are just air but it is so pretty. The clouds looked like an arctic field. So white. There is no way that there isn’t a God. There is a God. Heavenly Father is literally our Father and He loves us immensely. Jesus Christ is my older brother. He created the clouds that are so beautiful and little puffy miracles:) I loved serving my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ full time in Hong Kong. A mission that I have waited since I was 3 years old to serve. It was worth it in every way and I loved every single second of it. The gospel is true and it is real life. The gospel is the only way to happiness. It is Eternal life if we seek it. I love Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven. I sure love you Hong Kong. Always a place in my heart.

Love always,

Sister Stromberg

#80 A Week of Love & Work

Week 80.1I love the Hong Kong People! I love my mission!

Time seems to be running too fast. Can I stop the time?

Well, I can’t. I am so happy that I was able to serve as a missionary here in China Hong Kong. I never thought that I would love the city, the Chinese, and this culture as much as I do know. It is amazing and always will be. There is now a place in my heart etched out for Hong Kong and my mission experiences here.

This past week has been great. I love West Point. We have been really busy and have had a blast doing the work of the Lord. We have taught quite a few lessons but mainly I have been really busy with meetings and interviews as an STL. But we were still able to help our area. Our investigator Floren has had the most progress this past week. She came to all three hours of church and absolutely loved it. She was even in our ward picture. It made me happy. She has been reading more and hasn’t given in to the temptation of drinking tea! We are so happy and will continue to pray for her. I feel like she has a solid baptismal date for May 22. She is progressing and really wants to be baptized.

Week 80.3Our ward activity of ‘Bring your Friend to Church Day’ was a success!! We had 8 friends/family members come. It was so awesome! We were so happy and the ward was extremely happy. We could tell that we pushed them a little bit but it was so good. They responded great and many said that they invited but their friends were unable to come. So that is where they can invite their friends to the FHE on Saturday. I am hoping they will invite friends as well. Our ward is awesome. I think all the people who attended really liked the sacrament meeting. I even noticed a few of them crying. The Spirit was so strong. Us 4 missionaries and a member of the Seventy, Elder Chow, spoke. It was a really simple sacrament meeting but so happy. I would count this activity as a success. One of the members friends will become a new investigator for the Elders this week. Miracles happen and we love serving in West Point. They are a great group of members!

Week 80.4

The Perry Chu Family

Time seems to fly by here in the mission field. I can’t believe that this is my last email time as a missionary. I have loved the past 18 months as a missionary. I love working hard, being obedient, sacrificing for investigators, loving the people and preaching of Christ. It is so great and I love it. I have learned a lot and will continue to use the principles I learned on my mission at home. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He lives. Teaching people of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel has been harder than I can ever explain but it has also been the most rewarding of all. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on this earth. God loves us immensely. He wants to help us and let us learn. In Christ we can find peace and mercy. He also loves us. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

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I am so grateful for the knowledge and testimony I have of Eternal Families, guidance from a living God, and most of all our potential to become like God. I love this gospel with all my heart. I believed I have served a good and faithful mission. I love this work and will continue to do so when I return. After all, I have learned from these outstanding Hong Kong members that member-missionary work is super important. Have a great week. Pray more and love people even as God loveth them. See you in a few:) I can’t wait to give everyone a HUGE hug and eat together as a family. Keep it together. I love you!

I love missionary work with my whole heart. I love my Father in Heaven.

With Love Always,  Sister Stromberg

China Hong Kong Mission — October 15, 2014 – April 29, 2016

Week 80.11

#79 I LOVE Missionary Work!

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau

Wow, this week FLEW BY! The beginning of this week seems like it forever ago. I guess that is what happens when you are having fun:)

Can I just say that I love being a missionary!? It is the greatest thing ever! It seems kind of weird that I will be finishing my mission soon, it still doesn’t seem that quick. But, don’t worry because Heavenly Father is still blessing us!

We have been quite busy lately teaching lessons and visiting members. It has been great. Mainly we are working really hard for our upcoming ward activity that we have planned with the Ward Council. We have invited all of our ward members to “Bring a Friend to church.” It will be great and all four of us missionaries are speaking in sacrament meeting. Yay! I love Chinese but I am a bit nervous to speak. No worries it will be great. Then we will have a follow up FHE where the members can re-invite their friends to the church. It is going to be really fun:)

Week 79.2We taught quite a few lessons. It was awesome! The Lord is blessing us and we are loving it. Our investigators are slowly progressing but that is okay because conversion is a lifelong journey.

~Floren hasn’t dranken tea this week and she came to church for 1 hour!!! YES! We are improving! Then she got the flu so it has been kind of hard to schedule her. We are trying to figure out what we need to teach her to help her progress more towards baptism and the conversion in the gospel.

~I am a bit worried about our investigator Rebecca. She hasn’t been to church in 4 weeks because she has had to work last minute and has had her son’s school functions. She has been reading a little bit but not much, so we are making sure to work on that. She has the desire to come to church and our members love her so I think it will just take a little bit longer for her to adjust. She is however looking for a different job in which she can attend church on Sundays. We are so happy and hope that she can find a new job. Her son is doing well too. The Elders are teaching him and he reads and really likes the gospel. He is a happy and quiet 12 year old boy.

We doing great. Teaching lessons with members, working hard, and loving serving these people. I love serving in West Point. We have a great relationship with the members and are doing great. We looked back at our numbers from the first week or so before we got here and we have tremendously improved. The Lord is blessing us and we are seeing the hard work paying off, little by little.

Paamuhn-ing on our island Cheung Chau

Paamuhn-ing on our island Cheung Chau

Our companionship is great. We are great friends and it is pretty smooth sailing here. We both have the same purpose and are working hard. I love serving with Sister Curtis and the work in West Point is moving! It has been a great week.

Reading the emails of Brock and Zane getting their mission calls it make me so excited for Jake. The mission is the best and I have learned so much from it. I absolutely love it! There is no doubt it is the HARDEST thing I have ever done but… It is the MOST REWARDING and HAPPY thing I have ever done. I cannot thank the Lord enough for how much I have learned, fallen down, gotten back up and worked for the salvation of these souls. I love this work with my whole heart. All I can say to the missionaries preparing to leave is… prepare to work, pray, study, love and testify more than you ever have. It is a glorious work!

Week 79.6

Cheung Popo from 1st area speaks in Mandarin, Shanghai dialect & Cantonese. She’s hard to understand 🙂

I know that this church is true. The gospel blesses lives and changes them for the better. I have seen it and it has happened to me. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father.

I sure love all y’all!  Sister Stromberg

#77 Spiritually Full

The HK Island Zone

The HK Island Zone

This week has been quite pleasant. We were very busy with General Conference, Zone Training, Mission Leadership Council, English Class, etc. I am pretty sure I looked crazy because it is a lot. I have been on a spiritual high. I love it though!

We were able to teach many lessons and be edified by our prophet and his apostles. We are doing great here in West Point. I love serving all of these people. I love serving as a Sister Training Leader as I am able to love and serve more missionaries in our zone. This past General Conference weekend I really enjoyed all of the talks. They are so inspiring and I learn lots through the Holy Ghost. I got answers to questions that I didn’t know I had. It was great. I really liked President Monson’s talk as I have been thinking about decisions for near future and all as well as how they will affect me. It was just what I needed. Also I really liked Elder Holland’s talk. It is amazing how strong the Spirit was throughout the conference.

The Lee Family

The Lee Family

Our investigators are doing okay. Floren is so great and has applied some things to her life from conference. She said that in Conference she understood more about the Tree of Life in Lehi’s dream. She has been thinking about it and we talked about it in our lesson last night. It was really great. She is building her testimony! YAY! She knows all the principles and lessons in and out as she has been taught since 2006. She recently came back wanting the gospel again. She is working on the Word of Wisdom as she has some tea problems. We are working with her and praying for her. We are also working to get members to be her friends because in the end that will help her stay active and strong against Satan.

Sumi and Rebecca are okay. We didn’t see Rebecca this week as she has been working a lot. But the Elders have been able to visit her son. Sumi came to conference but she didn’t look very happy. We are praying and studying how we can better help her. I know something is holding her back yet she keeps meeting with us. We just need to be able to discern her needs. Pray more and add oil right? Right. Then be patient because Heavenly Father has a plan for her.

Week 77.1I know time is fast here in the field. I am just loving it and trying to soak in all in even more. I love the mission. It amazes me though how Heavenly Father is slowly preparing me to end my service. Through small things he helps me. It is great! I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ whom I know know me better than I know myself. I am so grateful that I can serve them and also become closer to them.

With Love, Sister Stromberg

#76 Nothing Better Than HK

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Fun Service

 

This week was really great! This week was great! We visited a lot of members and taught a lot of full lessons. We are so happy to be serving in West Point! I love the members and working with them. When we were finding this week we found a lost sheep couple who was baptized in Australia 10 or so years ago. We hope to be able to see them again and help them come to church. They are an interesting situation though because they are Revolutionists(they don’t like the government and think they are the triads). So we will try our best to help them. They are a cute couple and live right next to the church.

I love the city! It is a part of me.

I love the city! It is a part of me.

Our investigator Rebecca is doing great! However, she did not come to church yesterday because her son wouldn’t wake up. She is reading and praying. We hope that she continues to progress towards baptism on May 15th. She is so ready and is a strong woman. Her testimony is growing and she is trusting the Lord in all she does. She is so sweet! We have some great member help with her. The ward loves her and are so happy that she likes church and is learning about this gospel. She is accepting it really well. This week we will teach the Word of Wisdom and hopefully Sabbath Day Observance.

Floren is still struggling with not waking up on time and the Word of Wisdom. She needs some prayers. Sumi is doing okay. She was sick on Sunday. She just needs to decide and continue on with the gospel. We will continue working with them and praying for them.

We had some members visits this week which was awesome! We went to Dim Sum with the Chu family after teaching Rebecca. It was so awesome! I love Dim Sum. I had cow and pig stomach. A little chewy:) Sister Curtis tried Chicken feet for the first time and was mainly confused because she didn’t know how to eat it. Hahaha! I love our ward!

Week 76.2We were able to do service for a lovely lady named A-Fei. She is plastering her home because it is really old and had some water damage. It was so great to serve her. You kind of miss service like that here in Hong Kong because people don’t really invite a couple of young adults to help them unless they need it. She is really nice and I loved talking with her. We are going to start teaching her this week. She has actually already been to a church meeting because her friend just got baptized in Tai Wai. She is awesome!

I am so happy to be a missionary! I love this work with all my heart. It is the Lord’s work and bringing people the Love of Our Saviour and Heavenly Father is the best! The sacrifice and the hardships of missionary work is so worth it because it is literally the Salvation of Souls. I love these Chinese people with all my heart! I love serving the Lord! The time has gone by fast but it is meant to because than we can use what we have learned to help more people. I love my mission:)

Have a great week! I am looking forward to MLC (Mission Leadership Training), Zone Training and General Conference. It will be a spiritual flight:)

Love Love, Sister Stromberg

I asked her about her responsibilities as a Sister Training Leader and this is what she sent:

As Sister Training Leader we are equal to Zone Leaders. We get the weekly goals and then starting this week we will be having a conference call with the Zone Leaders, Assistants, Pres. Lam and us to discuss our zone needs. We oversee the Sisters in the zone, help train the missionaries, conduct exchanges, etc. Each week we also must personally visit or call each Sister in our zone. It is great. A lot of work but fun! Plus, I get to know more of my Sisters. I love it!

Zone Sisters Day

Hong Kong Zone Sisters Day