Monday, April 11, 2016

Woon Shuan opening his Mission Call Letter

Here I was in KL branch of the Church on Sunday morning and afternoon viewing the recent General Conference recordings with the members. At about just after 11am in the morning, Shuan sent me a facebook message to inform me he had just received his Mission Call letter and would plan to open it with the family on our usual Google Hangout at 10pm in the night time!

Wow the moment had come which brought back memories to the time when we did this with his older brother Han when Mom was alive with us in March of 2012 as shared in this journal post.

Here is the live recording of him opening the Letter :


So he is called to serve in the England London Mission for 2 years reporting on Wed July 6, 2016! This is close to Han's mission in Manchester England but his was a Chinese speaking mission and Shuan's would be purely an English speaking mission.

How exciting for Shuan who being a Malaysian PR in Singapore had to serve for 2 years first in the Singapore Army after which he had to wait for the process to become a Singapore citizen to avoid waiting for another 3 years to fulfill his work bond in the country required for PRs who enjoyed subsidized education in Singapore but is exempted once they become a citizen. The long wait is finally over and Dad the historian and journalist for the family will soon be kept busy to transfer his mission letters online as done for Han here.

From April 2016 till 6th July, there is sufficient time for Shuan to prepare himself  and the following are post dated events to say good bye to him running up to the time when we say the final goodbye to him before he catches his plane to London from Changi Airport Singapore.

Postdated Events :

He flew to the US for another big familylane reunion 2016 since the last in 2014 and the one before that was in 2011.


Here he is seen after getting his endowments on 11 June 2016 at the Provo Center Temple in Utah with 3 other family members who are all returned missionaries who served in other missions for the Church in the past.

He went through the temple endowment session for the first time with his cousin Ying Er who is getting married to Justin Liu in the Salt Lake Temple on 16 June 2016!

Justin with Ying Er and her parents.

He finds time to enjoy summertime in Utah with all his siblings

Play time together in the water!

He gets to share the dingy float with his sister Su who had her first baby Leah in January this year.

After the wave pool he decides to try something more adventurous...

... like going down the tubes with another brother Ern who is trained in the Singapore army too!

On 15th June 2016, he gets to witness the baby's blessing of his first niece Leah...

... as well as to have the chance to carry her! Need more practice you think?

So did his niece too as seen in the above photo. In fact everyone else who came from Singapore for the great familylane activites did also!

We had to squeeze in time, amidst all the activities going on, to celebrate the 2 June babies of the family, Ern no 5 in the family turning 21 and while Fei the oldest child turns 32!

Shuan played an important role in this trip by coordinating schedules while in Singapore with Su who was in the US, something he may have mastered while serving in the Singapore army in the position of the officer in charge of a platoon of trainees on Tekung Island to get basic military training.  Here is a photo on the morning of the wedding on June 16, when the 'groom comes for the bride' where he was checking the time schedule with Su.

He was also a videographer assigned by the parents of the bride. I was also a back up videographer and have the following videos so far to share that has been uploaded online :


More of the videos that were recorded at the wedding of his niece can be viewed at this latest familylane reunion post of 2016

During the wedding, he got to meet his other American cousin, Juliana, who played the role of bridesmaid again since the last wedding in Utah for Su in 2011.

During the wedding, Shuan got to meet other Singaporean friends of the family who are going to school in Utah. A 'Selfie' shot is seen in progress above.

We visited Juliana's apartment in down town Salt Lake City


Visit to Nauvoo, Illinois

After the wedding when Ying Er and Justin are on their honeymoon, Shuan went with Uncle Yen Wei and Aunty Chai Yan with Justin's father Chuck Liu to visit Nauvoo, a place of history for the Mormon pioneers.




Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park in Utah

Shuan stayed on a bit longer with Uncle Yen Wei and Aunty Chai Yen while other family members were heading back to their homes in US and Singapore to visit these National Parks south of Orem Utah, going as far south as Las Vegas in Nevada.










Las Vegas, Nevada






Back to Singapore

2 July 2016
A family and close friends' get-together group photos at the home of Uncle Yen Wei and Aunty Chai Yen, after dinner :



  

3 July 2016
The Clementi Ward in Singapore Ward Singapore had a special linger-longer session after Church on Sunday as a farewell for Shuan flying off in a couple of days time to the UK to start his mission.


The Clementi Ward family of Singapore

Photos taken after the group photo above, outside on the Church grounds :









5 July 2016

Finally it is time for Shuan to depart for his mission from Changi Airport in Singapore past midnight to catch a 2am flight on Ramadan day for the Muslims on 6 July 2016 :

At the Airport with family and friends :





A few words shared in a post in Mom's ongoing facebook timeline with a screen shot below. Those who are friends of Mom in facebook can view the original post here.


Shuan was given a book of his Life made of our family photos of him since birth to the time of him leaving for the mission field that he could use as a warm introduction of himself to those whom he would be teaching the Gospel. 

Reference was made to the time his Mom had also given one to Shuan's older brother Han when he had left for his mission field. The photo above on the bottom right where Mom is holding the first of such a custom-made booklet given out to her son can be better viewed in this journal post.

The link to read the letters and photos emailed home weekly by Elder Chong Woon Shuan can be found later at the bottom of this post.

Ok here it is... click here to read the emails that he sends each week.


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