I Just Ate WHAT?!
This was probably the best week of my mission so far! I saw so many miracles and it was just all around an amazing week! Last Monday night we were out finding and we decided to say a prayer about where to go. We felt prompted that we should try to visit this LA. We went there, but he wasn't home, but we both knew we needed to be in that spot for some reason. So we said another prayer and felt like we should start knocking on doors. After about four doors of rejection I looked across the street and saw these ladies sitting at a table in an Ok Mart. I saw in my mind's eye me and my companion sitting at the table with them and teaching them about the gospel. So we went over there, and that is exactly what happened! They invited us to sit down and we had a lesson and gave them each a Book of Mormon! It was such a neat experience! God is guiding us to where we need to be! I love it!
Wednesday morning when we were exercising these little old a'mas told me that I looked like I was 15 years old. Great. Haha! (It's a major compliment here to look younger than you actually are, but I think 15 is a bit TOO young ;)). Later that day as I was biking I almost hit this white person and I said, "Bu hao yisi!"... That awkward moment when you forget English is your first language haha! And then after English class these two students came up to me and asked if I spoke Spanish. I replied, "Un poco," and suddenly I was speaking Spanish with two Taiwanese boys. Haha! I don't even know Spanish... I don't understand how people are trilingual. It's so trippy.
Thursday night was quite the cultural experience for me. So last week we had gone to that Hot Pot and our peike had dumped something into the pot and told my companion, "Don't tell Sister Jenkins what she's about to eat." (I didn't hear that part). So I just ate the whole thing and didn't bother to ask what it was. So Thursday night we ate out with a less active and I saw in my soup that it had the same little lumpy thing that I had eaten at Hot Pot. So I just ate it no problem, not really thinking much of it. Our less active left for a moment, and my companion asked me, "Did you eat this already?" and I said yeah. She then told me, "Wow, you're so awesome!" I asked her why, and she told me, "This is zhu xie." Luckily I had studied the word for that a couple days before: Pig's Blood. OH MY GOSH! You should have seen my face. Actually, don't worry, my companion took a picture of my face haha! She told me, "I thought you knew! Last week you ate duck's blood." WHAT?! Haha! Oh man, my companion and I just died of laughter. This is why I don't ask what I'm eating ;)
The language is coming along faster now that I have a bendi companion, but I still make dumb mistakes. For example, I was trying to say, "We have things," and instead I said, "We have porn." Oops. Luckily it was with members and they were very quick to correct me ;)
Friday was a miracle day! We went knocking, and we found this girl who had so many good questions! We had a lesson with her on her doorstep and set up to meet with her again! Then we got on our bikes to go into Dan Shui and I pulled up next to this guy on his motorcycle. He said, "Oh, you're that Mormon Church! I have a friend in that church." So I said, "Oh, that's cool! Do you think we could meet with you and share our message?" He said yeah and gave me his number! What?! How cool is that! And then we got to Dan Shui and our lesson stood us up, but these boys from the Phililipines came up and talked to us. One said, "I'm a member, and I want my friends to meet with missionaries. Here are their numbers." Oh my gosh! Miracles! We had a lesson with them (in English). My companion even said a prayer in English! I was so proud of her(: Then we met with one of Angel's friends, and he didn't really have interest. But after the lesson Angel said, "Do you want to come meet my sister?" So we ended up having a lesson with her sister and setting up to meet with her again! Whoa! Where are all these miracles coming from?! And then we did some more finding and we talked to this one lady who for some reason just adored us. She left on her bike, but five minutes later came back and gave us these eggs that she had bought! How sweet is that? We couldn't eat them because they had been soaked in tea but it was still such a sweet act of kindness! Tender mercies from the Lord(:
Saturday was another amazing day. We went finding in Dan Shui and talked to this mom and her two daughters. They all had interest in what we were saying, and when we asked if we could meet with them again they said, "Yeah! Do you have time tonight!" Well, of course we do! So we met with the mom (Chen Jie Mei) and one of the daughters (Xu Jie Mei) that night, and the daughter set a baptismal date! She is so prepared! Xu Jie Mei has been searching for a church and she just loved everything we were saying. The best part is they came to church on Sunday! I was so excited to see them! They don't live in our area, so we have to give them to the elders, but I'm all about that Team Jesus life (a phrase that our mission president always says). Even if we aren't the missionaries to help them get baptized, they are still coming unto Christ. At the end of church they told me, "We want to come to English class on Wednesday. We want to see you again." I was so touched! Ah! All these miracles! How did I get so lucky to come to this beautiful island and have the opportunity to meet these amazing people?!
I love this scripture found in Mormon 9:15: "And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles." God has not ceased to be a God of miracles! We all just don't recognize the miracles that happen every single day! If you take time to look you will see God's hand in your life every day. It is absolutely incredible. I know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Miracles still happen. We just need to have the faith to see them.
I love my mission! I can honestly say that coming out on my mission was the best decision I have ever made. I am loving life. I know that God lives and answers prayers. I know that He guides and directs our lives. I know that we are all His children.
I love you all!(: Jiayou!
I love you all!(: Jiayou!