Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Dear Mommy,

First, I would like to congratulate Fabian for making the BYU Rugby team! I was blown away by that! They are totally gonna go to nationals again this year!!! I can still be a cheerleader all the way in Taiwan. :)

This is my letter to Pres. Day that includes the successes of the week:
The Lord is pouring His blessings upon Guishan and the people here! Since we've been here, we have never had a more successful week than this past week. And it is solely due to the Lord and His timing. I'm just blessed to have been a part of it. Well, where do I begin?

There are things to sacrifice in order to obtain blessings. On Monday, Sis. Koch told me that instead of going to FHE with a member family that normally invites us for FHE, she felt in her Sunday night prayer that we needed to go contacting instead. I, of course loving food, was a little less than happy to accept the plan. But we did see a miracle. After an hour of rejection, we found a new investigator. This investigator always wanted a bible. And when we gave her the Book of Mormon, her eyes just lit up and asked, "really?!" We have not been able to meet with her but I look forward to meeting with her hopefully this week!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had exchanges. It was just so nice to talk to Sister Miller. I found strength through just talking to her and hearing her insights on things. We also encountered miracles while together. We wanted to head up to Min Quan University and go contacting in the college town. However, while on our way there we talked to some people along the way and asked about the college. They said that classes don't start until 9/15. We pondered whether we still wanted to go up the long hill...and I thought, "we might as well." On our way up, I felt a need to stop on the side of the road and just go door knocking. I wasn't too sure why because it was the afternoon time and people are normally sleeping. After 30 minutes of no one opening the door to us, I finally said, "okay, one more door then we can head out." But just as I said it, we see someone walking on the other side of the road. So then I say, "after her, then one more door." We go and talk to her and have a lesson. Her name is Alice Liu. We explain our purpose and share a little of the Restoration. We also ask her to give the closing prayer. It was the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard in a street contact. She started to cry and she just poured her heart out in the prayer, thanking God for allowing her to know that He still loves her and cares about her. She is looking for a job right now and she was on her way to meeting with a college professor to give her an opinion on what direction she could take. The Lord is mindful of everyone's situation. I am so grateful we were there at that specific time. We set up with her to meet again and we gave her a Book of Mormon.

We also tried to go Less-Active hunting. We have a list of members in Guishan and decided to try a specific area. Instead of finding an LA, we found a new investigator! The LA that we tried visiting was this girls mom who wasn't home. Her mom actually divorced her dad so now she lives with her dad. Well, she let us in her house and we had a lesson. We found out her situation and found that her older sister is also a member. We set up to visit 2 days later when the older sister will be home. So yesterday we visited the both of them with the Relief Society president. That was a blessing as well! We hadn't planned to have the RS president peike but because the lesson before had cancelled and we were invited to a last-minute dinner before, circumstances allowed it to be this way. And there was no better way! Our RS president recognized the older sister and was actually just recently thinking about her and her mother. The Lord seriously works in mysterious ways! Well, the two sisters committed to coming to church next week Sunday!!!

I wish I could talk in detail about every success we had this week. The other success of having new investigators came through just diligently taking the time to make calls to people we've had street lessons with but weren't able to set up.

This week was so great! I read a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott entitled, "Living a Life of Peace, Joy, and Purpose." I would like to share two quotes from it.
"God uses faith to mold your character... Character is the manifestation of what you are becoming. Your character will be the yardstick that God will use to determine how well you have used your mortal life."
"You really have no idea yet who you are and what you can accomplish in life. You have great potential far beyond what you can imagine today."

I'm learning so much about character on my mission. What a wonderful time to reflect on my character and see what I want to change in the next 14 months of my life to be more of the person God wants me to be. A mission really is the time to prepare myself for who I'll be when I'm 60 and in the eternities.

I saw this on someone's shirt and it was worth recording. "Essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Yes. I love it!

Love you!!!!
Sister Sagisi

Tsui Mama took us out for dinner. One of the best noodle places in Guishan!

Melon ice cream at 7-11. These 7-11s are the best!!! This is Sis. Miller, one of my sister training leaders!

Love park <3

Check it! A closer view of my hat.

GUISHAN HATS! It's the character for Guishan. Can't wait to rock these in America. We got these from a baseball coach. Next week I'll share the story of how we obtained these hats. But this is our most prized possession right now. Other than the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of course.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! A member gave us these moon cakes!

It looks like a turtle. :) Guishan...hehe.

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