Sunday, January 25, 2015



 
Miracles!

Hello!(: What a wonderful week and a half this has been! How do I even start to tell you what I have done? Last Monday was our last P-day of the transfer, so we all met as a district and just played games at the chapel. I was laughing so hard the whole time! I absolutely love the missionaries in this mission, and I am so sad that Sister Murri, Elder Ploeg, and Elder Miller got transferred. But all is well because my new companion, Sister Fan, is absolutely incredible!
 

 She is a bendi (a native) so my Chinese has already improved a lot because that is all we speak! Sometimes we really can't understand each other haha! But we have gotten really good at charades ;) She is so sweet! She likes to make me breakfast(: and from day one we had companionship unity! And she loves to sing! So we start off every lesson by singing a hymn(: Also, if I don't understand what she is saying she uses Disney movies to help me. How great is that?! For example, I ting bu dong-ed the word for "brave," so she explained to me in Chinese, "you know that one Disney movie with the girl who has hair like yours and the brothers turn into bears and stuff?" And I figured out she was talking about "Brave" the movie. Haha! She's so great(:

 
Sunday was a pretty "up and down" day for me. We had 4 of our investigators come to church, plus 2 of our formers! I just started crying. I was so grateful that God helped these people come to church! But then after church I felt very overwhelmed. I am pretty much "in charge" because I'm the one who knows this area the best. I really didn't want to fail, and I finally just got down on my knees and poured out my heart to God. Instantly I felt this feeling of peace wash over me. It was incredible. And then I walked outside and the first lady I ran into said, "Wow! You're Chinese is great! Let me read your hand. You have a very kind heart and are very willing to serve people!" That was definitely sent from God haha! Man, I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to grow closer to my Heavenly Father!
This last Monday was filled with miracles! I still get giddy when I think about it! That morning I had studied specifically from Preach my Gospel about how to find people to teach. It quoted a scripture from D&C 61:3: "But verily I say unto you, that it is not needful for this whole company of mine elders to be moving swiftly upon the waters, whilst the inhabitants on either side are perishing in unbelief." Basically we need to look for unplanned opportunities to talk to people. So we biked into Dan Shui, and I saw this lady sitting on the side of the road. Suddenly that scripture popped into my head, so I turned around to talk to her. We ended up having a lesson with her, gave her a Book of Mormon, and then got her number! She doesn't live in our area, but it was still a miracle nonetheless! Then our lesson stood us up, but we were able to meet with a former! And then during English boarding we ended up having a lesson with another girl on her bike, and she also took a Book of Mormon!
 We biked to a member's home, and we had about 30 minutes to do some finding. There was hardly anyone around and there were no doors to knocked, but we prayed that the Lord would help our faith and help us find the prepared people. The first lady we talked to we had a lesson with, set up to meet with her again, and set a baptismal date! Oh my goodness I was so amazed! We saw this man smoking, so we went and talked to him. When we started talking to him, he threw away his cigarette and Sister Fan said, "Wow! What a great start!" Haha I just died of laughter! But we had a lesson with him and then he set up to meet with us again! 2 new investigators in half an hour! Miracles still happen! It was absolutely incredible! When we got home that night Elder Marchant called and gave us a referral! And then we received another one from the phone! Oh my goodness I am still just so amazed.

 
Seriously, Sister Fan has been so good for me! She is so humble and so sweet and so willing to talk to everyone she sees!As for our investigators, we actually have some now! Let me tell you about Feng Dixiong. This man is so sweet, and he has stage 4 cancer. But 3 weeks ago he walked into our building and attended all 3 hours of church. He told Sister Murri that on his way to church he had received a text from the doctors telling him that they think they had found a surgey that could completely cure him of cancer. He told us that he knew that God wanted him to come to church! How neat is that? Yesterday we were able to give him a tour of the chapel. But before that he handed me and one of the elders his surgical papers and asked us to help translate. Dad, I wish you were there because I did not understand a single thing I read. The elder was finally like, "Um, this isn't English; this is doctor." Haha! But he has a baptismal date! So pray that he stays healthy and keeps having a desire to come unto Christ!
Candy, my recent convert, has not been coming to church. Please pray that she has a desire to wake up in the mornings haha! We gave her a temple goal, so we hope that next month she can go to baptisms!
I am loving life. I am so happy. I have seriously never been happier. I love my area. I love this ward. I love the people of Taiwan. I love my companion. God hears  our prayers! I know it! I also know that He knows us individually. I know that he only gives us what we can handle. He knows what will make us grow (that's why He's left me in this area; so I actually have to be responsible and make decisions and all that grown up stuff ;)). Miracles still happen, we just think that they are coincidences. If you look, you will see miracles. You will notice God's hand in your life everyday. I know that through daily prayer and scripture reading we can grow closer to Him. I also know without a doubt that this church is Christ's true and restored church. I say that with all the conviction of my heart.
I love you all so very much! I feel your prayers and support(: Thank you <3
我愛你!

簡姐妹

 I love this Bike Path

 


 

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