September 14, 2011
Oi! How is everyone doing? I’m having a fine and dandy week. Charles still hasn’t been confirmed. Sunday morning I asked President Chan to call Candi (formerly known as Winnie) and ask if she was bringing Charles to church. He called but she was too busy to come to church because she was getting ready for her wedding. Well, I wasn’t satisfied so at church I talked to him and Sister Judy about it. They explained that this was part of Chinese culture. Well, I’ve seen wedding receptions before and, even when they were stressed-out-of-their-minds-busy, both Sunny and Kristie always had time to help others. President Chan then casually mentioned that Elder Forsyth and I were scheduled to sing at the wedding. What the heck?! Are you kidding me? The wedding was just three hours away so we asked him to call and explain that we couldn’t do it. He was really not very helpful and reminded us that we did ask Winnie/Candi if there was anything we could do to help with the wedding preparations. I was not happy. Then, after church, I proved just how much I understood Chinese people when President Chan called Candi and found out that she’d been asleep for the past four hours. Now who doesn’t understand Chinese culture?
Anyway, we finally got to the wedding and President Chan grabbed Candi’s mom and told her that we actually wanted to sing two songs. False! I was really getting worked up by this point. Have you ever been in a situation that you don’t know how to deal with and the only people who you can turn to for help think it’s funny and only want to make it worse? Yeah. It was like that. Well, the wedding started and no one said anything. Then they pulled out the karaoke machine. And then it hit me. Total set up. They didn’t want us to sing, they just wanted us to sing karaoke with them. Joke was on me but not really because they didn’t have any pop songs – only traditional Chinese songs.
Saturday we had an interesting lesson with Aboy and Ellen. We combined Word of Wisdom and chastity into the same lesson so that they wouldn’t look at either as too impossible. That was interesting. They had some pretty interesting and straight forward questions about chastity. We also found out why Aboy is reluctant to be baptized. He has a tattoo of the God of Thailand on his back so he thinks he can’t get baptized or eat beef. Weird, right?
In other news, Roy is going off shore for a month. Phillip and his family are no longer on date because their progression stalled.
Love you all! The Church is true.