Thursday, April 26, 2012

One experience that impacted me greatly was when Elder Glazier and I were deciding where to go for dinner. An Indian man named Vipul, asked us where we could find a Burger King. To our convienience we were able to eat with him and share our belief; to plant a seed in his heart to start his journey to know who God is. What struck me so, was his ideas. I asked him what is success to him. He told us that whatever life brings is success, if it be good or bad, it is success. He is a buisness man, very hard working, very successful, and very knowledgable. One thing he doesn't have, unfortunatelly, is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a commendable man, one who is no respector of persons. One with a positive outlook on life. He gave me a great view of what life really means. One day I hopefully can obtain some of his characteristics. Success for me incoorperates many things. Most important, is my obligation as a representitive of Jesus Christ. Not only as a missionary, but for the rest of my life. The hardest thing as a missionary for me is, I sometimes find myself judging. Judgement in itself is bad. I sometimes find myself being impatient. Selfishness is its root. I sometimes ask myself why people do things differently. Then, I remember the words of President Uchtdorf during General Confrence, "do not judge me for sinning differently than you do." This is what success is for me. Getting as close as I can to acting, thinking, and doing as Jesus Christ would do. Then when I have done all I can for that week, I let the Atonement take away all my faults, with humility and desire, I seek the way Christ paid for me. This is what brings me happiness, this is what brings me success.
Now knowing this, knowing that I can one day be worthy enough to enter into our Heavenly Father's rest with the words, "Well Done," this brings peace to my mind more than any other thing this world could ever bring. Because of this, I am serving a mission, seeking out those who will listen to this message of joy beyond measure. This message of eternal families. This message of acceptance and never-ending growth. I know that this gospel gives other blessings that are given in this life too. For me, most importantly is that we can be someone without being the same. Through this gospel, we can be a child of God, a unique individual no matter what the world wants you to be.
I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That through Joseph Smith, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is back on the earth today. I testify that there was and always be one Chruch of Christ. Starting with His ministry 2012 years ago till now, just as Jesus Christ had our Heavenly Father's authority and sacred Priesthood, we as well have that same power in these latter days. I testify that God answers prayers. That he is a patient Father, that if we strive to serve others and forget ourselves we do not need to worry what is around the corner. I testify that families can be sealed together in a state of never-ending happiness, and that if we simply obey God's Commandments, if we Simply uphold our priesthood and member callings, and that if we simply reach out to those around us who are the "Lord's Lost Sheep," that we can have heaven on earth. I know it is only though this Gospel we can have eternal happiness. And I know without a doubt that all the Lord's promises will be fulfilled, and that we will be his instruments in this life.
It is quite simple, God put an opportunity to grow through Vipul. Although he is Muslim, and we share different beliefs, I believe he knows God, he jsut doesn't know it. I know this experience is simple, and what I am required to do is simple. I am required to preach the truth unto all. This is what success is for me, this is what true happiness is. these things I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ,

Elder Matthew Liu Hong Kong Mission: Sunday, 04/14 I was extremely excited to start our...

Elder Matthew Liu Hong Kong Mission: Sunday, 04/14 I was extremely excited to start our...: Sunday, 04/14   I was extremely excited to start our Sunday. I had the opportunity to bear testimony in Sacrement. How nice it is to h...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sunday, 04/14
I was extremely excited to start our Sunday. I had the opportunity to bear testimony in Sacrement. How nice it is to have been able to take the sacrament after 20 days! General confrence on the 31, as well as the 7th. This gave me no opportunity to partake of the sacred Sacrament. My gratitude was full, such mercy the Lord gives us through the sacrament, and I am only begining to realize the importance of it. Elder Oaks talked to the missionaries before we left the MTC, he said words I would never forget, "The sacrament is one of the most sacred ordainances we do, because it is so sacred I will not repeat the whole prayer." I am grateful to be able to be clean from my sins on a weekly basis.
We were expecting 3 of our investigators to come to church, and none of them came!
This past week has been full of surprises. A week from today, 04/11/2012 I had the opportunity to go to Sham Shui Po to eat some snake with an investigator who is going to get baptized. His name is Raymond, he was previously in our area before and recently moved, so it was a real treat!
Seriously?  " eat some snake with an investigator..." Oh my...don't get sick, son!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Today April 2, Elder Matthew Liu and 3 other Elders and 3 Sisters departed Salt Lake City at 9: 45 am with American Airlines flight no. 3039 arriving Los Angeles at 10:50 am.  They will have two hours of lay over, then depart Los Angeles at 12:55 pm with Cathy Pacific Airway flight no. 885 and arrive Hong Kong International Airport at 6:50 pm April 3 the next day local time.  He called home at 8:12 this morning at the Salt Lake Airport and we talked for 16 minutes and 15 seconds to be exact, thanks for my call history in my cell phone.  Emily and Ebony do not have school this week because of Spring break, so they also got a chance to talk to their brother and I do not have to work on Mondays, that worked out very nicely.  One thing I regret is that I did not take the time to listen to what he had to say, I just kept asking questions about seemingly important to me for the moment if he had brought this and that with him to Hong Kong etc...while he was trying so hard to practice the language of Cantonese with me on the phone,  I lost patience and told him to speak English instead because I thought time was short and I needed to get MY message across to him quickly.  Obviously, I lost my priority and forgot what is more important in that precious moment.  We all could be Martha sometimes just because we live in such a busy world trying to catch up with things of the world like Elder Ballard said yesterday..  But I was very touched that  he took this time to bear his testimony to me on the pay phone that he has a strong testimony on Christ's atonement, the restored gospel, and his love for his mother.  He told me how blessed he and our family are and will be because of missionary work.  He said that the theme of General Conference yesterday was on 'family'.  He asked me again  if we are doing family prayers, family scripture study, and family home evenings.  I assured him that we would...  Oh, how I wish I could talk with him again for another few minutes...He tried to call dad too, but he could not made it because of time.  

Farewell son! Besides of feeling a little empty in my heart, a scripture came to my mind, it is on D&C 124:18 "And again, I say unto you that it is my will that my servant Lyman Wight (Elder Matthew Liu) should continue in preaching for Zion, in the spirit of meekness, confessing me before the world; and I will bear him up as on eagles' wings; and he shall beget glory and honor to himself and unto my name."  Also D&C 84: 87, 88, "Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgement which is to come.  And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face, I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."  Son, I am always proud of you, God be with you til we meet again...!