Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Survived Chinese New Years

It feels like it's been so long since I've emailed last! This week was full of food. I'm probably just as full as our week was. We were able to visit at least two member families in our ward for pretty much everyday last week. And they fed us such good food! Chinese New Year here is like Christmas and Thanksgiving back home. It was like eating the same amount of food that we have at Uncle Sam's house for both lunch and dinner. We pretty much had everything from steak, curry, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, chili, lots of traditional Taiwanese food, to stinky tofu. Yes, I'm stuffed. BUT amazingly, I haven't gained any weight. Wooh!

Yesterday, while we were at a stoplig​ht, we saw a family in our ward crossing the street and it was so nice because there are some people who are actually excited to see missionaries! Haha. The children saw us and were jumping up and down, smiling and waving at us. It's not everyday that we get that from people on the streets.

So here in Taiwan, they like to pop lots of firecrackers. In Hawaii we did that too...but we respected the people who are sleeping. I've acquired a great skill of sleeping through aerials. Haha. The first night at 2 in the morning, we just see these bright lights coming from our window and with it just lots of "booms." And Sis. Akita and I are both like, "are you kidding me?" But we've gotten used to it.

I want to share a quote that I read last week and I hope you all find meaning to it."As we strive to place Christ at the center of our lives by learning His words, by following His teachings, and by walking in His path, He has promised to share with us the eternal life that He died to gain. There is no higher end than this, that we should choose to accept His discipline and become His disciples and do His work throughout our lives. Nothing else, no other choice we make, can make of us what He can." -Thomas S. Monson

Only Christ can make us into what we can become and what He wants us to become. But we have to work for it. We have to do our part in learning and doing. We need the faith to trust Him. It's a lifelong process. But I know that He is there with outstretched hands ready to help us.

Love you all!!! Transfers are this week. And Sister Roy goes home this week...I can't wait to see her when I get back though! Time just goes by so fast! Serving in the same mission as my best friend has been a tender mercy of the Lord.

Love you all!!!
Enjoy the pictures of our awesome members!!!
Sister Sagisi

The Zhongli District.

The Shi Family.

The McGee/Li Family and their cute baby.

The Shen Family.

The Wang, Zhang, You Family.

Bishop Huang and Xu Family.

The You Family.

Doing Temple Tours! Bishop Chen and our Filipino Brothers, Elgine, Jay, and Alster. One of the miracles we had was having Temple Tours! At first, we were less than happy to forgo our two qingkes and be at the temple during a holiday where there isn't even anybody on the streets. But houlai, it was a miracle! The Lord needed us there at the temple that day. One of the investigators who I helped teach while on exchanges came that day to the temple with his bishop and his other Filipino friends. He is Bro. Elgine of the Nankan sisters, whose baptismal service was just a few hours after visiting the temple! His bishop and his wife taught them how to take the train and MRT to the temple. But what a tender miracle! Although I wasn't able to attend his baptism, it was just as special giving them all a temple tour about the temple and what he can do after he's baptized!

The Bi Family.

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