Sunday, February 17, 2013

Missionary Training--February 11-17, 2013

We had an easy week due to Chinese New Year with two days off. Chinese New Year is a big celebration in Hong Kong. All the senior couples were invited to spend Monday evening at the home of Elder and Sister Gong with the Area Presidency. Garnalee learned how to make dumplings which were part of the dinner that was served along with pot luck salads and desserts. We then played a couple of games. Since this is the year of the Snake one of the games was a Jeopardy game in which all of the questions were snake related. We then played a game where each team had to think of songs using a New Year related word. Two of the words was  "red" and "gold" since red and gold are the favorite New Year's colors. Some of the songs were Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Red, Red Robin Comes Bobbing Along, Red River Valley, etc. Both games were extremely fun. After the games we watched the huge fireworks display that lasted for 25 minutes. We saw amazing fireworks we had never seen before.

We visited the Hong Kong Space Museum and celebrated Valentine's Day early with an enjoyable evening at Outback with the Castletons.

The highlight of the week was spending Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday training the 100 full-time missionaries in Hong Kong and Macau about using Family History as a proselyting and re-activation tool. We taught them the doctrine of Family History along with how the Family History Consultant can become the new best friend of the new members and the returning members. We bore testimony of the importance of sealing families together forever.

We were in charge of the monthly Senior Missionary Activity. We decided to take the group to Lamma Island.

The missionaries enjoying a wonderful lunch at B&B Restaurant before we started our hike to the other side of the island.
 It's February and the trees are flowering.
 The view from the top of the hill on Lamma Island.
When we visited Lamma Island a couple of weeks ago we missed the Kamikaze Caves. These caves were used by the Japanese soldiers who occupied Hong Kong during World War II. From these caves they would launch attacks on Allied ships hoping to sink them. Tom had to wander into the cave trying to determine how far back it went . After about 50 feet and no flashlight he decided to return which was good since it was very muddy.

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