I had planned on going to Shenzhen but, thanks to meeting him and texting the Branch President, learned of the change in time to alter my plans and go to the Victoria First Branch in Hong Kong, where I teamed up with some good friends and made some other friends. And then had a beautiful walk along the harbor for some photography and enjoying the rich heritage of that marvelous nation--or Special Administrative Region, to be more technically and politically correct. My wife, though, caught an early plane from Shenzhen so she could be in Shanghai to begin her work as the newly called Relief Society President in the newly organized Shanghai International Branch, now one of three branches in Shanghai (there were two until last week). She's got a lot of work ahead of her and a lot she's been doing already.
Visits to Hong Kong have resulted in such interesting and valuable encounters, sometimes against all odds. We're so grateful that we got there on a wing and prayer, and were blessed in several more ways during our brief journey there. I don't know what to make of it all, but I learned a lot, experienced a lot, was blessed a lot, took a lot of photos, and didn't eat a lot. Not bad.
By the way, those interested in the Church and China should know about the Church's newly released website, MormonsandChina.org. This site is designed for people from the People's Republic of China who joined the Church while overseas and want to understand how they can worship and be Latter-day Saints and good law-abiding citizens, whether in China or elsewhere. It clarifies the rules we have in China and provides other helpful information and resources.