Monday, November 10, 2014

"True Christianity is Love in Action"

Dear Mommy,

Time just seems to go by so fast! I can't believe that I'm emailing you again. I thought I just emailed you. Haha. A lot of things have already happened since I last wrote.

This past week we were in a tri-companionship again. So Sister Lin had a short term missionary (mini missionary) the week before but she was only here for a week. So starting last week again we became a trio and was over two areas. We also went on exchanges. Sister Lin and I went to Nankan with one of the Sister Training Leaders, Sister Miller. Then on Saturday we went to Taipei to do Temple Square Tours at the Temple. And while we were there we ran into the Assistants to the Mission President and they told us that another short-term missionary will be joining us this week! So since Saturday, we've been back to a regular companionship.

So exchanges are usually when crazy and miraculous things happen. One of our lessons cancelled a few minutes before it was supposed to start. We prayed about what to do next. Sis. Miller told us that one option was that we could visit a family who lived nearby. She and Sis. Thornley tried to visit them before but only the children were home so they couldn't go in. Well this time they were home! All 4 children and the parents. They let us in and we sang a hymn then talked about temples. I really just felt the Spirit in that lesson. The cutest thing was that when we asked them to read 3 Nephi 18:21, they all read it together in unison (no one has ever done that before!) We also taught in harmony, even though it was the first time the 3 of us have ever taught, it just flowed so well. Nankan ended up getting 5 new investigators that night! That family is golden!

Yesterday, I taught a lesson in English! It was so weird!!! So after exchanges outside of the train station, we met a Jewish man named Eliyo. He was born in Israel and grew up in America on the east coast. Though it seemed like all he wanted to do was debate, he was willing to give it a shot and to listen to what we had to say. So we set up a time to meet. Yesterday, we met with him. One challenge prior to meeting with him was finding members who could accompany our lesson (peike). Luckily, one of the wards at our chapel is English-friendly/foreigner friendly. They have English translators because some of the members do not speak any Chinese. Well, one of the English members was Brother Bell from London. Our other peike was Sis. Shen, who helps us out all the time. So I used my quad scriptures in a lesson for the first time!!! It was awesome. Well, the lesson went really well. We got halfway through the message of the Restoration but we have another meeting scheduled for this Wednesday. Eliyo is very willing to accept our invitations and commitments. He believes in God but his concern is that he doesn't know what it's like to know God's answers and how to discern what God tells him. I'm excited to share the rest of our message with him! We gave him a Book of Mormon and he says that he'll be more than happy to read it.

Also, at church we had the ward's primary presentation! I forgot how much I missed those. Being in a Young Single Adult ward for so long made me forget how cute they are! The children make me smile so much, especially when they sing. It's reminded me of the meekness and humility that children have and how we must be as little children.

During studies, I ran into this quote from Preach My Gospel.
"True Christianity is love in action. There is no better way to manifest love for God than to show an unselfish love for your fellow men. This is the spirit of missionary work." -Pres. David O. Mckay
It's so true! In order to do missionary work or actually to just claim yourself as a "Christian" we have to love everyone! It's the only way that Christ would have us live.

Sister Sagisi

Fresh coconuts never tasted so good. Especially when they're $1 (american dollar).

We taught Xuting, a recent convert. She was baptized a few months ago. :) I remember teaching her when I first got here. My Chinese has improved so much, haha.

I'm sorry it's so blurry! But Sis. Christiansen is our new duanchuan (short term missionary.)

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