Sorry I couldn't give a better update last week, but just so everyone knows, we had a wonderful time in Chinatown! It was a ton of fun. Honestly, there are so many fruits in Chinese that we find that I'm pretty sure just don't have an English name. I wish I could tell you all what they are, but most of you don't read characters, so it could be problematic.
Anyway, it was really fun introducing some of the other elders to Chinese culture. We had a great time. Elder Flake (one of the elders who came) has actually picked up a fair amount of Chinese, but most of what he knows revolves around using the word "butt". I'll give you some examples of things he's said:
"My butt is really cute."
"You're butt is good."
"Do you like my butt?"
And so on. It's pretty entertaining. And no, I'm not teaching any of you people back home how to say it.
We taught Martin as well. He's doing really good, but his wife is opposed to him getting baptized, so he said that at the next lesson he would bring her. Totally gonna baptize both of them! It's gonna be awesome.
Also, we went to MLC, which meant I got to catch up with some old friends. At the beginning of every month, we all drive to Brampton the night before and then stay with the Brampton zone leaders at "the mansion" and the next day we have a huge all-day meeting. All-day meetings are so much fun. SO MUCH FUN. I have to keep telling myself that. It's called reverse self psycology. Something I'm working on.
Then, on Wednesday, we met with Patrick and Henry, who are doing well. They have a concern with tithing right now, and they're really worried that they won't be able to afford it, but we're pretty sure they're going to figure it out and get dunked. They know it's all true.
Thursday, we went out tracting with David Yan, an awesome member from the ward. It was pretty fun just talking to him about his conversion and re-activation story. He's a really cool guy. Also, his Chinese name translated means Purple Star, so that's pretty awesome.
Later that day, we met with Joshua, who we're actually going to pass to the downtown elders. He just moved into their area, so they're going to be teaching him, but he's doing well. We met outside the library, and we were having a really good lesson at first, but then this guy walked out with a speaker on his backpack blasting music that was not at all condusive to the spirit. He sat down at the table next to us, and then all his friends started showing up and smoking, and chatting super loud, so that was a little bit rough. It was pretty hard to feel the spirit after that.
Vivian is also doing great. She came to church, but only for sacrament. She really has a desire to follow Christ, and she sees something in the church that she wants, but we haven't really figured out what it is yet. I'm not sure she has either, to be honest. She's been reading and praying though, and we feel like she's pretty close to being ready to be baptized. She's just waiting on a confirmation. And boy, she's gonna get one!
Then, on Friday, we had zone council, which was cool. Elder Stowell and I talked about accountability a lot, and that was kind of the central theme of the zone council. I don't think that'll really interest you guys though, because it will involve a lot of missionary jargon.
We also taught a woman named Rachel, who is super awesome! She's got a really cute family, and she's really excited to come to church. She brought up baptism all by herself, and told us that if she gets an answer, she really wants to be baptized. That was pretty cool. We'll meet her again later this week.
Saturday, we taught English class, and man, I love my students. They're some of the funniest Chinese people I know. One of them is named Shu Ben Liu, and he loves to sing. Like, loves it. Whenever we sing an opening hymn, if he knows it he will belt it out at the top of his lungs in this huge operatic voice he has. It's pretty stunning.
We met a guy named Jason that actually met with missionaries before. He's really cool, and he already knows a lot of the stuff, but he went to China and had to stop meeting with the missionaries. Well, now he's back, and he's super solid. Still loves the church, and loves praying. Our only concern is that every time he prays he asks God to appear to him and tell him our message is true. We'll figure it out.
We were walking along the street the other day, and we stopped by a guy named Mark who was in his yard gardening. He was blown away that there are mormons in Ontario, and also that they sometimes speak Mandarin. It was pretty hard to convince him that mormons don't actually have multiple wives, but the funny part was that he was actually totally fine with it. He said "Ya, like 50 wives would be alright, but probably no more than that." He's interesting to say the least. We'll see him again on Wednesday.
Also, a ton of random people came to church. We texted everyone in our phone when and where church was going to be, and some people were just like "ya, I'd like to be closer to God today" and so they came. Gave some chapel tours. Explained the doctrine. Showed them where the bathrooms are. The works.
Anyway, tons of stuff happened, and frankly I don't want to write it all, but it was a really good week.
Ellie - I'm sure Emi liked being thrown in the pool :) It sounds like you're getting pretty into the swimming thing, ya? Do you do that in the winter too? Just at an indoor pool I guess. That sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe one day you could go swim in the Olympics too :)
Hayden - Wow, undefeated all season? You're probably a much better player than I ever was. What kind of Eagle projects are you doing? So it sounds like George and you pretty much hang out every day.
Mom - Chinatown was awesome! I have a few pictures. The Buddhist temple was crazy! It was honestly one of the cooler P-day's I've had. Thanks for the play-by-play.
Ashleigh - You're so weird. NO ENGRISH! Ya, I've heard absolutely nothing about the Olympics. Pretty sure Canada doesn't really care.
Dad - I'm glad to hear Chandler's doing awesome :) That guys a stud! As far as investigators go, ya, we've been doing well. Toronto's Chinese population isn't as transient as some of the other areas in this mission, so we can pretty consistently find people. The student population goes up and down, but pretty much all the older people who emigrate come to northern Toronto. The south end of the city has quite a few too, but the north has tons! Ya, we have Russel M. Ballard coming in a few weeks, and then Elder Arnold about a month after that. It's gonna be good.
Anyway, that's pretty much been the week.
I love you all!