Monday, November 23, 2015

Well, I Want to be Baptized

Jia Dixiong and his son got baptized! Oh my goodness, it was such a spiritual baptism! Watching them both walk into the font and be baptized was such a touching moment. I couldn't help but think about how this gospel has affected my family. We are sealed as a family for all time and eternity. We sang the song, "Families Can Be Together Forever" and I was just crying. I am so grateful for this gospel! I am so grateful for a loving Father in Heaven that wants us to be with our families for forever! And I am so grateful for my own family. Man, there is just so much to be grateful for! 

This week we saw a ton of cool miracles. Right before our baptism on Saturday we really wanted to find new investigators. So we were determined to ask everyone we saw to come to the baptism. We were eating dinner when I saw this man right next to me. I felt prompted to invite him to come (it was about 2 hours before the baptism at this point). He said he would think about it, and then we left. But he showed up! Oh my gosh it was so surprising and so cool! We met with him again last night and he expressed a lot of interest in learning more about this church! And it turns out that his daughter, who was also at the restaurant with him, told him that several years ago some missionaries had knocked on their door and given her a Book of Mormon! God is so amazing. 
Last night we were out knocking doors and just not having any success. We really wanted to find more baptismal date investigators. We started biking to our next appointment when I saw this woman on the side of the road just playing on her phone. I had the strongest feeling that I NEEDED to talk to her. So without thinking I pulled over and walked over to her and started talking to her. We invited her to our English class and she said, "Does that mean you have to get baptized?" I said no, and she said, "Well, I want to be baptized." What?! So we set a baptismal date with her and her boyfriend for the 25th of December! Oh my gosh, God truly sees the desires of our hearts and helps us to reach goals! This work is amazing!
Sometimes I ask myself how I can be so happy when I'm so tired haha! I know it's because of my knowledge of God's plan for us. I know it's because everyday I have the opportunity to serve God and His children. I know that this gospel brings happiness! I cannot tell you the joy I have experienced on my mission. I know that when we keep the commandments we can experience true joy. Nothing in this world compares to the happiness that God can give to us. I know that without a doubt. This church is true. God lives. I love you all and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!(:

Monday, November 16, 2015

 Not Quite American

Qui Jie Mei got confirmed a member of the church this week!(: I'm so happy! And then right after that I had to split work so she became my temporary companion haha! That moment when your past investigator becomes your companion. Such a cool experience. Also Jia Dixiong and his son both passed their interviews! They are getting baptized this coming Saturday! Ah! I'm so happy! God has been blessing us immensely! I have the best investigators in the world! 
I want to tell you about this new investigator that we have, Chen Jie Mei. We met her a couple weeks ago knocking doors. She got sick as a child and it messed up her hearing and her speech, so when I first met her I literally ting bu dong-ed everything she was saying. It was really hard for me. But let me tell you, the gift of tongues is real! When you learn to love the people the language comes to you! As we have met with her I have prayed so hard for the gift of tongues and it has come! She is the sweetest woman ever and so funny! She just makes me laugh! I got to lead her around church this last Sunday and I absolutely love her. Even though I still can't understand everything she is saying I know that she is building a testimony of Christ. She has a baptismal date for the 24th of December!(: She's absolutely amazing. I'm so grateful that God has allowed me to meet so many of his amazing children!

There was a Thanksgiving activity for the Stake this last Saturday. The most American thing they had there was Pumpkin Pie from Costco ;) Haha! So good. We had an investigator show up as well. His name is Jack. He's from our English class and he is so sweet! He also came to church! We haven't had a chance to meet with him yet, but he is just so awesome! At this same party this random man came up to me and asked what was going on. I told him it was a Thanksgiving activity and invited him inside. He was really interested in the chapel, and then he sat down with my companion and started giving her all of these medicines to try and help her hair grow back haha! People are so nice here ;) 
I love this ward. I love the Taiwanese. I absolutely adore my companion. I have the greatest investigators ever. God lives. He loves us. I know this to be true. I love you!

Dragon fruit!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Three Cakes and a Baptism

Thank you all for the birthday wishes!(: This was the best birthday of my life! In two days I got 3 cakes and a baptism. I'd say that's pretty successful ;) Haha! Thank you all for praying for Qiu Jie Mei! Her baptism was wonderful(: Tuesday morning she had her interview, and I was so excited when she passed! On Thursday we met with her one more time and she brought me a cake! She's so sweet! That night she got baptized. She changed so much. She's so happy. I'm so happy for her! That was the best birthday present ever. 
We have some really awesome investigators. Jia Dixiong and his son are so golden! We went over all of the commandments with them yesterday and they are willing to keep them all! Their interview is this coming week and they will be getting baptized next Saturday! They read the Book of Mormon and come to church and pray and everything! God is blessing us so much!

We are also meeting with Lisa (15 years old) and Tom (10 years old). Tom really wants to get baptized! His date is for the 28th. Lisa still isn't quite sure, but we have seen a huge change come over her since we started meeting with her. She is happier and more confident. I love that this gospel changes people!
This week we had stake conference. A member from the Quorum of the Seventy spoke with us (I'm not sure what his name is because the program was all in Chinese... oops). He talked a little bit about the Atonement. He shared Alma 7:11-13, "11. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me."
He mentioned that often times we think that the Atonement is only for sinners, and of course we are all sinners, but the Atonement is also for those daily pains. He said, "The very last thing these verses mention is that the Atonement saves us from sin. The first thing it mentions is the pains of the world." I love that! We can use the Atonement everyday! Everything that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement. Christ suffered for us and He understands us! He loves us and He wants to help us. The Atonement is such a beautiful, mind boggling thing. I'm so grateful. 
I love you all so much!(:

Monday, November 2, 2015

When October Goes

Hello(: Not much happened this week, so I'm not really sure what to write. Haha! So we met with that family that I told you about last week, Jia Family. The father always comes to his sons lessons, but hasn't accepted a baptismal date. This week we taught them the Plan of Salvation and we asked them if they believed it was true. The father said, "Yeah! If you want to get to a certain place you have to take a certain path!" I told him that the only way to return to God was to get baptized, and then invited him to be baptized. He said yes!! His date is the same as his son's, the 21st of this month! And then he came to church yesterday! He was supposed to go to work, but he asked for it off just so he could come! How awesome is that?! God is blessing us!

Some things came up and Qiu Jie Mei's interview got moved to this week. We still hope that she can get baptized this Thursday so PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!
My companion called a member's little sister and invited her to come to a fireside last night, and she did! Her name is Sonya. We met with her afterward and we were able to talk to her about the importance of pray, scripture reading, and coming to church. She set a baptismal date for the 5th of December! God is amazing. 
This week we received some training on the sacrament. I think it is so cool that God gives us a chance every week to start over. The sacrament is a time that we can think about all the things we want to change and make some plans to do it! It is a chance to remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us. It helps us remember that there is always hope. God is loving and merciful. I really learned that this week. He loves us beyond our comprehension. I hope that you can all focus on the meaning of the sacrament this week. I hope you all can remember that Christ Atoned for us so that no mistake is permanent. I love you all(: