Sunday, June 28, 2015

 
Zion!

Hello! What a fantastic week this was! First, there is now a stake in 花蓮 Hualian! This was the last District in the Taibei Taiwan Mission. How cool is that? The work is moving forward! The church is true!
This week we had a lot of practice for the Culture Night this last Saturday. Man, it was absolutely incredible! Down here on the East Coast there are a lot of Aborigines, so they each did a dance or performance according to their culture. The music was beautiful. The people of Taiwan are so beautiful. I just sat there during the performance and cried. How did I get so lucky to be serving my mission on the East Coast at this time in my life? All of us missionaries performed "Called to Serve" in Chinese. It was so amazing to stand there with all of these spiritual giants bearing our testimony of this powerful work through music. What an experience.
The back drop for the Culture Night

 
One cool experience during this whole thing happened Saturday afternoon. All of Taidong and Yuli came up for Stake Conference. This one girl came up to me and said, "Hey, I know you! Do you remember me?" Well... no. Haha! But after a while we figured out that when I had just gotten on the island I helped her do a temple tour up in Taibei! I remember that lesson was super spiritual and walking away from it feeling like she really needed to hear everything that my Sister Training leader and I had to share with her. She remembered me! It was really cool to see the impact that small lessons can have on people. 
Our recent convert, Chloe, is absolutely incredible! At stake conference she told me, "I think I want to go on a mission." My heart burst I was so happy to hear that! She told me, "You guys always look so happy and you get to meet a lot of new people. I want to be that happy." Oh my goodness! She is amazing. She has grown so much and I know it's because of this gospel! This gospel has the ability to change lives and to change people! What an honor it is to be apart of this work!
I have never been happier in my life. I'm happy despite circumstances. And I know that is because of this gospel. I know that this gospel is a gospel of happiness. I know that it can bless everyone's lives. I know that obedience brings true happiness.The church is true! All of you are in my prayers! I love you so very much!(:
我愛你!
簡姐妹


It's beautiful here!!
 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

 
Another Week on the East Coast

This was a FAST week! Why is it that time only speeds up? Training is coming to an end really soon, especially because this transfer is only 5 weeks long because President Day leaves at the end of this month. Sister Meyers had a funny moment with Chinese this week. We were sitting at the chapel waiting for an LA to show up. He was running late, so Sister Meyers called him. She hung up and told me that he would be there in about 5 minutes. Ten minutes later my companion looked at me and said, "I'm pretty sure he said 5 minutes... but he could have said next Friday I'm not really sure." Haha! He eventually showed up ;) She cracks me up!
We had Zone Conference this week with President and Sister Day. It was all about how we could become better teachers. They did this hilarious skit and Sister Day reminded me so much of Lucy from "I Love Lucy." It was fantastic. They are the greatest. 
I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Sister Murri!(: She came down to Hualian so I showed her my side of the world. It was so good to be with her again! It was cool to see how much we both have changed and progressed. She made me eat raw fish. Mmm yummy ;)
 
One day this week we had to let the sisters borrow our bikes, so we were out walking. I have to say I really admire all you missionaries that walk everyday. You're so 辛苦. But we were able to see several miracles from it (one of them being that I appreciate my bike that much more haha!). We found an awesome investigator this week; Lai Jie Mei, and she has a baptismal date for the 17th of July! Please keep her in your prayers!
As for my funny adventure this week: we came home one night and Sister Knight opened a cabinet, screamed, and then slammed it shut again. My companion opened the cabinet and this GIANT cockroach came running out! Sister Knight and I stood on the couch holding each other and screaming while my companion and Sister Tan literally chased after this thing and finally killed it (after having to hit it SEVERAL times with a shoe... those things don't die). Haha! I have a lot of luck with these cockroaches ;)
I love my mission! I love Taiwan! I'm learning and growing and making so many relationships with so many people that I know will last forever. This coming Sunday we have Stake Conference! I am so excited! Our 4 person apartment is going to be housing 12 sisters this coming weekend. I can't wait ;)
I love you all. I pray for you! I know that God is our Father and He loves us! I really learned this week that God listens to our prayers, and if we listen He will actually give us answers to the questions we are looking for! I know this is God's work and He works with us imperfect people in order to bring about the salvation of His children. I hope you all have a fantastic week!(:
我愛你!
簡姐妹 
Cute old couple <3
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

 
                                                                   Meant For Me

I really can't believe I'm serving my mission in Taiwan. This place is absolutely beautiful. The people are so amazing. The church is growing. What an honor to be a part of the work going on here in Taiwan. I am so happy. 

 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had an opportunity this week to do a Family Home Evening with Chloe's family! They seemed to really feel the spirit! Chloe is just as awesome as ever. She is just the cutest! She continues to read her Book of Mormon and continues to build her faith in Christ. I am so honored to have met her!
This District is going to become a Stake in a couple of weeks! I am so excited for that to happen! I cannot believe I am serving here on the East Coast at this amazing time. 
We saw miracles this week! We found 11 new investigators! That's almost as many as we found as a whole last month! This really began to make me ponder. This is God's work, so why doesn't He just lead the prepared people to me? Why is it that sometimes it feels like the work is going really smoothly and sometimes I feel like I've hit rock bottom? 
This week I was able to receive some cool inspiration about that. I thought about how a couple weeks ago I just could not find any new investigators for the life of me, and now all of a sudden we were finding several a day! Why was that?

It's because a couple weeks ago I wasn't the person that I am today. God is giving me these opportunities to learn and grow. If He just handed investigators to me I would never truly appreciate this work. I would just expect things to be easy and never have a chance to change. And that's when it all hit me; this mission is for me as much as it's for anyone that I meet. I am God's investigator! He hopes that I can be converted to Him. He hopes that I will turn to Him in times of need. He hopes that I will read my scriptures to find my answers. And that's exactly what I have done! This mission has changed me and I am truly converted. I have an unwavering faith in God's plan for me and for the salvation of mankind. I know that Jesus Christ is central to that plan and that His Atonement is for everyone. I know He lives.
Not much else to say. I know this church is true. I know that God loves all of His children and wants us all to get to know Him better. I invite you all to grow closer to God through daily prayer and scripture reading. I know you will see a definite change in your life! I love you all!
我愛你!
簡姐妹



 

Friday, June 5, 2015

 
Footprints in the Sand

CHLOE GOT BAPTIZED!!! Oh my goodness, it was the most amazing baptismal service I have been to! She brought several of her friends and she bore the most INCREDIBLE testimony! She basically was like, "The first time I met with the sister missionaries they invited me to baptism and I said sure, but I really didn't know what baptism was. But as I started going to church and I kept meeting with them I realized that this was a good thing and I really did want to get baptized!" She's just absolutely incredible. I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity to help her to meet God and to follow Christ by getting baptized. It really is my privilege. The Spirit was burning in my chest during the whole baptismal service. I absolutely love Chloe. I am so grateful that God allows me to do this work so I can see these miracles. 


 
The rest of this week went by really quickly. We had the opportunity to go up to Taibei for a trainer/trainee follow up meeting. I literally feel like I just became companions with Sister Meyers and we are more than halfway through training. What is life? Why does time fly by so quickly? It was a really good meeting and I learned so many new things! My favorite part was President Day's training. He said that sometimes we will ask ourselves, "Why is this so hard?" He told us that we might not receive the answer to that question immediately or even on our mission, but God is preparing us for something even bigger down the road that we can't see. He said that on his mission he had many moments where he asked that question. Now over 30 years later when missionaries come to him with these kind of questions and problems he can show them his journals where he struggled and it really comforts his missionaries! He had no idea at that time that God was preparing him to be a mission president! God does everything for our benefit. 
A really exciting moment was when we were running through the MRT station trying to catch our train after that meeting haha! Who needs exercise when you can just try and catch a train? ;)
I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Sister Knight this week. Literally every single appointment stood us up haha! But we still found unplanned opportunities to preach the gospel. A really cool moment with the gift of tongues happened during that exchange. It was our last appointment of the night (unplanned) and it was with this LA that is mentally handicapped and hasn't been coming to church for a while. I was so tired and just ting bu dong-ing the whole lesson, but I prayed that God would give me some inspiration so that I could show this man that I cared and loved him. A scripture came into my mind and I flipped open to it and read it to him. It was 2 Nephi 26:33 " For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men... he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness." I had no idea how this applied to him until I finished reading and he looked at me and asked, "God didn't give this to me?" Wow. I saw it all click for him; God loves him and wants what's best for him. Thank goodness this is God's work and He has given us the Spirit to guide us in all our steps! 
As for all things annoying: my bike tire popped again last night. Haha! I just laughed and laughed. My bike's Chinese name is 很有問題 (Has A Lot of Problems). Haha! I think it's fitting ;)
I have really felt God's love for me a lot lately. Even though I may have trials I have really felt that God is by my side carrying me through everything. During Chloe's baptism one of the members gave a talk and shared the story about the footsteps in the stand.
 
A man was looking back on his life and saw two sets of footprints in the sand except for when he was going through his hardest trials. He looked at Christ and asked, "Why did you leave me during my hardest times?" Christ replied, "I didn't leave you; I carried you." The Atonement has the ability to lift us up and carry us through. If we rely on our own strength we will fall. But if we rely on God and Christ's Atonement we can do all things that they want us to do. I know that this is God's work. He will lift us up and carry us through. 
I hope you all have a fantastic week!(: Happy June!
我愛你
簡姐妹

I seriously LOVE these people!!!! 

Ariel is here teaching English. She leaves soon.