Elder Sabin

Elder Sabin

Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 53: Loving Bayview!

Hello family!  This week has been wonderful.  Honestly, it's hard to have a bad week out here in Bayview.  The ward is super cool, and the area is about as Chinese as it can get.

First big piece of news, do you remember that guy that I taught in Kitchener, Emerson?  He got baptized!!!  How cool is that?  I'm so happy for him.  If he happens to read this, I just want him to know I'm so glad for the choice that he's made.  He's gonna be a wonderful disciple of Jesus Christ!

Anyway, I just had to get that out there.  In other news, we're still teaching a whole ton of other sweet people out here in North York.  Richard has been doing really well.  We were a little worried about him for a while because he was almost baptized, but then his family disagreed with him joining the church, and he stopped coming to English classes for a while.  He doesn't have a phone so we couldn't talk to him, but he's started coming again, and now he's bringing his family!  Miracles are in store!

Patrick and Henry came to church!  They're both super awesome, and we really feel like they're ready to be baptized, but they just both feel apprehensive about it.  They've come every week I've been here though, so apparently they love church.  They're just super good people, and they're mom-wife Kelly is a super funny lady.

Also, we've been teaching a guy named Weibo, who may be a Jehovah's Witness.  He hasn't said so yet, but he asks some very J-dubbish questions.  He's really cool, and we're actually going to be meeting with him again tonight.

We started meeting a new guy this week named Austin, who's really nice.   He's an interior designer, and he had a lot of questions about what the church's stance is on modern controversial issues like gay right, abortion, marijuana, etc.  We really enjoy meeting with him.

Jimmy is still doing awesome.  He loves Jesus more than ever, and we always look forward to going over to his house, because he's always got funny stories to share.

Martin is doing good.  He's been really busy, so we weren't able to see him this week as much as we would like, but he said his schedule will calm down this week, so we should be able to see him a few times.  He lives literally 3 or 4 houses down from the church, so that's fun.

Vivian is still sweet.  She doesn't feel ready for baptism yet, but she really likes church, and she's been thinking super hard about the gospel, which is awesome.

Norman is coming back from St. Catherine's this week, so we should be able to start meeting with him again.  He's really got a lot of potential to be baptized, and he has some sweet member friends who have been bringing him to church.

Joshua is coming back from the states this week.  It'll be good to see him again.  I taught him once or twice back when I was here with Elder Carroll, and it sounds like he's come a long way.  I'm excited for him.

Also, we're going to be meeting with a super cute kid from primary named Andrew this week.  He's getting ready to be baptized, and bishop asked if we could teach him, so that's going to be really fun.

We met with Christopher this week, and he's doing really well.  He's a really nice guy, and his wife is awesome too, but she's out of town right now.  It's been a while since we saw him too since he's a trucker and was out driving for the last little bit.

All of the new converts in the ward are doing great.  Xiao lin, William, Jane, Victoria, and Lance are the ones that we're meeting with (the other companionship is meeting with a few others) and they all have super strong testimonies.  Lance just got the Melchizedek Priesthood on Sunday!

Anyway, that's pretty much been the week.

Mom - Last P-day we went with some other elders to one of the super-Asian malls that are in the area.  There's quite a few of them.  P-day's are usually pretty fast paced, but that's really just our fault.  There are too many things that we want to do.

Ellie - Darn that technology.  Now I'll never know who's sending me emails...  Oh, well, I'll respond anyway.  Are you rocking it at swim team?

Hayden - Wow, sounds like you're having a pretty active summer.  I love you too bro.  Keep having fun!

Hadley - Does Emi still do that?  How is she by the way?  She hasn't emailed me in a long time ;)

Ashleigh - They probably hated you already, but whatevs ;) Haha, I'm sure the bishopric loved that.  The new mission president is super cool.  He's a great guy, and his wife is really cool to. So you finally sang in church? After all these years?  Wow, that's pretty cool.

Dad - Haha, best of luck on scout camp!  I'm sure it will be tons of fun.  The work here is going great.  We have a lot of people go back to China in the summer, so ya, there's definitely less here, but honestly it's Toronto.  It's like a quarter Mandarin speakers.

Anyway, I love you all! God lives, he loves you, and he wants you to be happy!

Elder Sabin

The zone.  Please ignore Elder Brown's hands on Elder Bybee's head.  We don't know why he did it either:

Man, this sign is all over town.  I just think it's super goofy:

We should be models:

Elder Earley and crew :) They're so fun:

Some of my wall souvenirs.  One is a Chinese character that a member drew for me.  It means love, and it's really commonly seen on calligraphy:  

The other is a Chinese style scroll that comes from an ancient Chinese legend about why we have eclipses.  Turns out, there's a giant dragon that's ticked at the sun, and he's chasing him around the earth.  That's why the sun moves.  Sometimes, the dragon almost gets him and starts putting his mouth around it (eclipse) but then the sun escapes.  Therefore, this picture: