Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Piece of Heaven

Wow. This moment is here. I cannot believe how fast the end came. This is my last email. I literally have no idea what to say or how to express how I'm feeling. This is very surreal to me. I still feel like I have a year and a half left to go! I would like to talk about our Sunday miracle. So several weeks ago my companion found a phone number in the back of her planner. She has been calling him every Sunday and inviting him to come to church. He says that he will, but then he just stands us up. This week she called and said, "Hello! Is this Huang Xiansheng? This is Sister Luo, the one that you always stand up." He sounded super sorry, so she told him, "Today we will meet with you at the fruit stand in about 20 minutes." So about 10 minutes later she called him again and asked if he had left the house. He still hadn't so she said, "Don't stand us up again!" He agreed to meet with us. Ten minutes later Sister Luo called the number again and said, "Why haven't you left the house?... What do you mean your dad already left?... Oh! That was your dad?! No! You are the one that has been standing us up! You need to go with him!" Haha! So we found out that Sister Luo was talking to the wrong man and he had no idea what was going on! But we got to the fruit stand and this sweet old man was waiting for us haha! So we started biking with him to the chapel. Sister Luo was leading the way and we got to a stop light. She was stopped for about 3 to 5 seconds and this man for some reason crashed right into her! Haha! He explained that he didn't see her... I don't know, the whole situation was all so hilarious! He came to church though and seemed to enjoy talking to the other old grandpa in our ward(: Haha!

We met with Jia Dixiong and his son for the last time. Every time I meet with them I feel the Spirit so strongly. We went over the Plan of Salvation with them. It was a cool experience because the last time we taught them the Plan of Salvation was when Jia Dixiong decided to get baptized. The Spirit was so strong in this lesson. I got an impression that this was a little piece of Heaven. It was a really neat moment to know that I will see them again, whether that means this life or the next. I'm so grateful for this gospel!
How do I even begin to say how much I love my mission? How do I even start to explain all of the things I've learned? How do I express my gratitude for a loving Heavenly Father who allowed me to come to Taiwan? I am just so happy! I can say without a doubt that I know that God lives and loves me. I know that the Savior's Atonement is so real! I know that this life is a time to prepare to meet God. I know that by being obedient to the commandments that God has given us we can find true, lasting happiness. I have never been happier in my life. This has been the best year and a half of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that this church is true! 
"And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!" (D&C 76:22).
I'm so grateful I have had the opportunity to represent the Savior and to help others come unto Him. I love you all so very much. I'll be seeing you soon <3

Sunday, December 6, 2015


It's A Process

Nothing really big happened this week, so I would like to tell you about our super golden investigator, Chen Jie Mei. She's the girl that my companion called a couple weeks ago and we met with last week. Well, on Monday she came with us to a Family Home Evening at a member's home and she ended up staying there until 10 at night! Then the next day she texted us and said, "Can I bring my boyfriend with me to meet with you?" Yes! So we set a baptismal date with him as well! She came to church yesterday as well! It is so cool! She's really so awesome and I'm excited to see her progress(:

Other than that we just had a ton of meetings this week. I had my last zone meeting and had the chance to bear my testimony. We also had a meeting with all the sisters on the island and they asked all of us departing missionaries to share a piece of advice with everyone. Man, that was weird haha! I remember always looking up to all the sisters that were older than me and thinking that they had so much experience. Well, now I'm in their place and most of the time I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing haha! President told me, "This isn't an event; it's a process." I love that God doesn't expect us to learn everything all at once. He hopes that we can gain experience and enjoy the journey along the way. I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but that's why it's a learning process, not an event. My mission is a process, not an event. Even though I may not be able to be a full time missionary for my entire life I can still enjoy the process of become more like Christ everyday. 
I don't know if my emails even make sense anymore haha! I hope you all know how much I love you and how much I love my Savior. Life is too good not to enjoy it. Have a great week(: 
I'm always laughing with her!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the Joy of the Saints

So I would have to say that meeting an apostle was the coolest part of my week. Elder Stevenson came to Taiwan because he has a son that just finished his mission in the Taizhong mission and was picking him up. He took some time to come and talk to us here in Taibei. It was so cool! I think the best part was when he stood up and said to us, "Well, I'm in the twelve now. It's really different." Haha! He's so real I love it! All of us had the opportunity to shake his hand and hug his wife. It was such a neat experience!
Thanksgiving day was so cold! It was so windy and there was no one on the streets! Luckily God provided some tender mercies for us. We had about 3 hours of finding ahead of us and we were already so cold. We remembered a former investigator and went and knocked on his door. He was home with his wife and they invited us inside! So warm, haha! We sang for them and shared a short message and we were invited to come back again another day! We went back outside and started knocking doors again. This super sweet woman from Thailand invited us inside and we were able to meet her daughter as well. We set a baptismal date with her for Christmas! God is so merciful. 

Last week my companion found a random number in our phone and decided to call it. The woman set up to meet with us, and we met with her last night. She is so golden! We just got to know her a little bit and taught her about prayer, church, reading scriptures, and baptism. She set a baptismal date as well! It was so cool! God has placed so many amazing people in our lives!
One thing that I really loved that Elder Stevenson shared was about Christ's Atonement. He started talking about Doctrine and Covenants Section 45. This was a revelation given to Joseph Smith when a lot of rumors were being spread about the church, and in the heading he writes; n"But to the joy of the Saints,... I received the following."
In verses 3-5 it says, "Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him- Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of they Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life."
Elder Stevenson went on to tell us that THIS is the joy of the saints; the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Christ is pleading with the Father in our behalf. He is there for us and reaching out to us. This is our joy. We have a chance to change and become better because of Christ. We know that no pain is permanent because Jesus Christ is able to heal us. How beautiful is that? This gospel is so amazing.
The Christmas season is here! I would like to give you all the same invite I gave a year ago. There are 24 days leading up to Christmas and Luke happens to have 24 chapters as well. I invite you all to read a chapter a day. Remember the true meaning of Christmas. Really think about how you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year. I love you all so much!(: