Friday, September 18, 2015

Warm Hugs

I think I'll stop saying how fast my weeks go by because every week gets faster and faster! I had the opportunity to go on two exchanges this week and they were both in my area. We saw so many miracles! When I was Sister Phelps we started biking home to finish the night with some finding when I felt prompted to talk to three different people as we biked home. They were all so sweet and so prepared! I love how God guides this work. When Sister Cardon came here we went out to dinner and ran into a super sweet LA that paid for our meals! Little tender mercies from God. Then left to go finding. We ran into a white person... and I seriously admire all the missionaries that serve in the states. White people are so scary! Haha! But she was really nice(: But after that Sister Cardon realized that her overnight bag was missing. We went back to the restaurant and it wasn't there. We realized it must have been left on the train when we traveled here. Luckily that LA was still there so she spent some time calling the train station for us. How sweet! Seriously, God watches out for us. She found her bag the next day at the train station. God is a God of miracles!
On Saturday we did an activity with the young men/young women in our stake. We took them all out finding to give them a taste of missionary work! At first we were getting rejected by every single person, and I felt really bad for my companion, Sophia. But we decided to say a prayer and after that people began listening to us! Prayer is real and it works!
That night we met with a new investigator, Xu Jie Mei. She is a referral from a member in the other ward and I absolutely love her! She has the cutest 6 year old son. The Spirit was so strong in the lesson and at the end we gave her a hug. She told us, "You both give warm hugs." How sweet! That's the Spirit working in her I'm sure! She came to church the next day and of course all of the lessons were about marriage and being chaste. I was worried about what she would think, but afterwards she told us that all the messages were exactly what she needed to hear that day! Goes to show that God really does know what He's doing ;)
We've been working with an LA, Wang Jie Mei, and she said that she would come to church on Sunday. Saturday night we felt prompted to go visit her. She wasn't home, but her family was there and they gave us about 20 waffles! What a blessing ;) The next day we had set up to meet with her right before church, but she wasn't answering her phone! So 30 minutes before church we raced to her house and managed to get her there on time! And of course both times the wind was against us. But nothing can stop the work of the Lord!
We met with Ling this week, and we talked all about the Holy Ghost. She cried when she said the closing prayer! We really thought she was going to show up to church, but something came up. Please pray for her! 
This week I have been studying a lot about the Holy Ghost. God has given us a promise that through the Holy Ghost we can know the truthfulness of all things. But how can we know that we are feeling the Holy Ghost? In the Book of Moroni it says, "But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, everything which inviteth and enticeth to do good and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God." (Moroni 7:13). Along with this verse President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, "That's the test, when all is said and done. Does is persuade one to do good, to rise, to stand tall, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be generous? Then it is of the Spirit of God... You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit- that which englighteneth and buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God." We know it is the Spirit when we act on it. We must be courageous when we follow the promptings of the Spirit. I invite you all to try this experiment. Read the Book of Mormon with the desire to know that it is true. And then ask God if this book is true. You will know through the Spirit the truthfulness of all things (Moroni 10:5). I know this to be true. I love you all! 加油!

                                            My "Death Letter." going home December 19th!!

I'm going to buy one of these shirts for my kids.  


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