Sunday, February 2, 2014

Week 76--January 27-February 2, 2014

Tom delivered the devotional thought on Monday.  His thought was based on Moroni 7 of why people would choose to do evil when the consequences are bad.

We helped the Aardemas celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary by going to a very nice restaurant for dinner.

We meet with Dennis Siow and Peter Ling on the issues we discovered in East Malaysia when we visited. Peter was very tech savvy and a plan was laid out for correcting the internet problems and getting cabinets and pictures installed in the family history centers.

We spoke in Victoria 2 Branch (the Everyday Branch) on Tuesday and will do so for the rest of the week. Tom based his comments on Elder David A. Bednar's talk "The Windows of Heaven" from October General Conference. Garnalee spoke on Elder Dallin H. Oaks' talk "No Other Gods" also from October conference.

Garnalee did some training on Family Tree with Danny Chin, the records acquisition manager for Asia. We had been trying to get together for a couple of months but due to Danny's travel schedule that had made it difficult. We also had a member from New Jersey stop by. He was looking for information on his grandfather. He didn't have much to go on, and we weren't able to help him.

Chinese New Year was this week. The offices closed early on Thursday. We went to the light parade on Friday evening which is the first day of the new year. With the arrival of Chinese New Year we are entering into a month of lasts. One of these is our last Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.

We saw many of the Chinese children dressed in traditional Chinese outfits. This little guy didn't want his picture taken but his father bribed him with candy to hold still. He had a beautiful embroidered dragon on his shirt.
 This is the year of the horse. The light parade is sponsored each year by Cathay Pacific Airlines.
 Every Chinese parade has to have a dragon!
 Many of the local businesses had floats in the parade.
 This gives new meaning to a marching band. This band from the Netherlands was riding on bicycles while playing their instruments. There was even a drum line! Riding a bicycle is difficult enough but try it in wooden shoes and playing a musical instrument at the same time.
 Saturday evening, February 1, all of the Asia Area senior couples were invited by the Gong's to the balcony patio for a  Chinese New Year's dinner. Each of the sisters brought a pot luck item and we all helped make Chinese dumplings.
 Sister Susan and Elder Gerrit Gong explaining the games we are going to play. We played a version of Jeopardy with horse themed questions to go along with the year of the horse.

After the games, we all went to the balconies on the other side of the apartments to watch the New Year's fireworks.
 Tom, Garnalee, Elder Larry Y. and Sister Wilson as they said good-bye.
Elder Randy D. and Sister Funk.As the evening concluded we took pictures of the Area Presidency as this will be our last opportunity to be with them.

Sunday was our last fast Sunday with our branch so Tom and Garnalee both took the opportunity to express their love to the sisters of the branch and to share their testimonies of the restored gospel and of the Savior's love for each of us.


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