Wednesday, a friend from church took me and Miss M. to Haizhu Square. This is a place with about a million little shops selling all kinds of things from paper to decorations, to earrings, to make-up,… There was so much it was overwhelming. We rode the bus there from Clifford and then after seeing the Haizhu shops, we took a taxi to the fabric/textile mall area. Silk, cotton, rayon,… The shops for fabric seemed almost endless. You can go to a tailor shop there, choose what you want them to make, they tell you the amount of fabric you need, then you go buy the fabric, and bring it back and the tailor makes it for you. I haven’t tried it yet, but hope to at some point. Near the fabric market, there is a large electronics mall (wonderland for the men while the ladies shop for fabric and clothes). After the fabric market, we caught bus 194, rode it to the bus stop we get off for church, crossed the street and caught the Clifford bus to come home. Usually to go to the fabric market, you ride to the "church stop" and then catch a taxi there to take you to the fabric market (taxi is about 14 RMB). It was so kind for this lady to show us around this place. She and her family are actually moving to the Shanghai area next week. I know she is very busy right now, but she took time out of her schedule to spend an entire afternoon showing us around. How kind is that!?! Every time we move somewhere, I learn more and more about unselfish service and living the gospel. "Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12
This morning I went to a "morning tea" with the Guangzhou Women’s International Club (GWIC), Clifford area group. I met some very nice women, who were all so helpful and friendly. I had heard about this group before but felt uncertain about joining the group until I had a chance to meet some of the ladies. They are women from all over the world who are living in this area now, usually for work reasons. Someone in the group is actually going to do some Chinese cooking lessons from her home here so that we can learn some new skills to help ourselves. I look forward to finding out more about that. Another lady has a business making and selling memory foam products and is going to help a few of us get some memory foam products at a discounted price. (Heavenly Father does see my needs. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that askethe receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" – Matthew 7:7-11)
I’m giving the Relief Society lesson this Sunday on Elder Oaks’s talk titled, "Unselfish Service". What a lead-up week I’ve had for that! I hardly know how to teach this lesson other than to bear testimony that all the small things that people do to smooth the way for others, really does make a huge difference.
On a side note, I think my girls would not appreciate the school telling them to cut their hair short any more than these girls do. Some of the superstitions here…