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!(:

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