Thursday, August 27, 2015
Last P-day was one of my most favorite P-days on my mission. Can you guess why? Yes, that's right. I cleaned and I cooked! There was enough time in the day to clean and cook. Is cleaning a hobby? If so, it's my hobby. We mopped and scrubbed and wiped, etc. Then I had an extra two hours and I remembered we had a sweet potato that hadn't been cooked yet. So I made some candied sweet potato. Then my companion, Sis. Guo gave me the sweetest compliment. She was like, "夏姐妹!妳知道嗎?!" "Sis. Sagisi this food is what you give to someone to tell them 'I love you!'" She just kept saying how good it was and how she's never had anything like it and that it's the best thing she's ever eaten. Hahaha. And then today she told me that the sweet potato from last week has kept her happy this whole week. Haha. I love my companion. I'm so glad that I can cook and clean when I have time...I think that's mother status but they call me "Mama Sagisi" here in the mission so it's all good.
I was trying to describe this mango jelly thing we were eating and I said that it tasted very "acidy." Then Elder Boyce in my district tells me that it's "acidic." Then I look at him and say, "oh, you're right." I don't think I can speak English anymore.
This week there's a TSUNAMI! It's been a year since we last had one. And before anyone freaks out, let me just explain what it is. It is when our Mission President sends a group of missionaries down to a specific area in our mission and goes finding there for 4 days. It will help the missionaries who are serving there to increase their pool of investigators and thus have more baptisms!!! We'll be reaping for 4 days straight. Even though it's not my specific area, I know that this is the Lord's work and we're all on #TeamJesus.This time it will be in Zhunan. Last year it was in Taidong. And I have this privilege to go! We'll be leaving today and come back to my area on Friday night. I'm pumped and I'm so excited to go finding!
I don't know if I've said this already but all I can say is that the enabling power of the Atonement is REAL! I have so much more energy in my life and I know it's all because of the Atonement!
Monday, August 17, 2015
So I believe that everyone should wear it. I do. :)
On the MRT, I saw this girl's bag and it was from Benefit Cosmetics. You can always count on Benefit. I love that make-up line. Anywhoos, it said, "Laughter is the best cosmetic, so wear it." I decided to take it and add a little more 'Sis. Sagisi' to it and changed it to "smile." So don't forget to smile everyday!
If you think about miracles that occur everyday, you can't help but to think about how amazing our Heavenly Father is. He is a God of miracles. And if you think about the miracle that is happening at that very moment, there are a billion other miracles happening in the world at that very moment as well. There are more than 85,000 missionaries in the world right now. We missionaries are seeing miracles every single day. If you think about the miracles that occur not only in the lives of missionaries but of the people that we come in contact with, our God loves everyone! He seriously has a plan for everything. He has a grand scheme that we all don't understand. Our little path crosses the path of someone else and later on down the line, perhaps years later, we find out why our paths crossed. And if you think of the millions of paths that are being drawn each day, Heavenly Father seriously knows everything that goes on in the world.
Starting transfer 11...in Beitou with Sis. Guo!!!!!!! Yes, we are going eternal!!! That means that we're together for more than 2 transfers now. I start my last transfer soon. SO crazy!!! Have a wonderful week everyone! I love you all!!!
Sis. Ma!!! A year ago she was on her mission and she served in SLC Temple Square. A year ago I was in the area where her mom and cousin lived. I took a picture with her mom and cousin and emailed her. She replied and we've kept in occasional contact through email. In February she had gotten back and I saw her just a few days after at the temple. It was like the coolest meeting! It actually felt more like a reunion. Each time we see each other, it just feels like we're already just really good friends. I love my mission and all the friendships I've made!
My dear Sis. Ioane. It's been about 3 months since we've been together and I miss her a ton. She's now serving in Sis. Ma's ward in Tao 2!!! SO CRAZY!
This is Wu Yi Jia! I served in her ward in Zhongli! Her twin sister who is serving in Hong Kong Mandarin Speaking is now companions with my MTC companion Sis. Jackson. Yi Jia will be going on her mission in November. She'll be serving in the Canada Vancouver Mission!!! :D
There was a Mexican dancing group who came to Taiwan and they are all members. This is Hermana Juarez! She served in Chile and just got back from her mission 5 months ago. Sad to say that I don't know my Spanish anymore. I can totally understand but I can't speak for my life! (Yes, she carries her missionary tag with her everywhere in her bag.) She is a missionary by heart!
More pictures with my Mexicano 朋友 (friends). :)
Sis. Huntington, Sis. Akita, Sis. Ioane, me, Sis. Bowman, Sis. Sorensen. Zhongli Sisters represent!!!
Last exchange of the transfer with my grandbaby Sis. Komatsu. Found out she moved down to Taidong!
The Beitou District. But missing my companion Sis. Guo. Goodbye to Elder Wang (he finished his mission) and Elder Sumsion (he moved).
This is mango shave ice. Probably this best thing in the world.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
But I had my 72 hour kit (thanks to Sis. Day) and so I was OK. ;)
This week we woke up to no electricity and the winds were just so strong. It was so crazy!!! It was apparently the biggest typhoon to hit Taiwan in 20 years. Pres. Uchtdorf called our Mission President Saturday morning, to ensure that all the missionaries were safe. I just know that all the missionaries around the world are loved by our First Presidency. I also know that the Lord protects His missionaries.
We walked outside after the storm and it was just a disaster. There were fallen trees everywhere. I think the most interesting thing was that even the biggest trees fell. But as we went running this morning, I found that the tiniest trees that were held up by a tripod looking thing (they had a support around them) withstood the typhoon. That applies to all of us. We can have the biggest testimonies (or so we think) and share it with everyone, but if it's not rooted and supported, it will surely fall. Helaman 5:12. :)
The miracle of it all was our baptism after the typhoon. On Sunday, the typhoon had already passed and we had already scheduled our baptism for that day. Chen Wen Zhong DX got baptized! We got to the chapel just to find that our chapel had no water. Our bishop coordinated with Danshui to move our baptism there at that chapel. They were totally willing to let us go over.. But their water pressure was really low so they were going to confirm with us whether or not the font would fill in time. After Sunday School hour we found that the water at our chapel was working again! We started to fill the font. When we went back down after church ended, we found that the font water was dirty. It was so crazy! Haha. And then the water turned off again. But Chen DX didn't mind one bit! We told him that it was like how Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan. Well, all I have to say is that the Lord provided they way and we just had sufficient faith. The Lord gave us the water we needed to fill the font then afterwards turned the water off again. I am so grateful that He allowed Chen DX to make a covenant with God that day!
Have a wonderful week everyone! I love you all!
Chen Wen Zhong's Baptism! He is standing to my left.
I love to read the Book of Mormon.
Last Pday we went to a My Melody and Little Twin Stars exhibition because my companion loves My Melody. We went with our members and it was actually really cute.
Hey everyone!!! The gospel has been RESTORED! Just read the Book of Mormon!!! I'll proclaim this message all day everyday. And I will! I'm starting my last 2 transfers this Friday. CRAZY!
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Who is your Captain? Mine is Christ.
I hope that every can always remember that we must turn our lives over to Christ. That was our theme at Mission Leadership Council this past week. I was truly inspired and Im so grateful for our mission president, President Jergensen and his wife, Sis. Jergensen. They made us Mexican food for lunch. SO Good! I miss it so much. Haha.
This week there was a random thunderstorm. It was so random. And we were soaked in like 10 seconds. But then the sun came out. I think my favorite times to be outside is right after a storm. It smells like rain but the rain already passed and it just feels like a fresh start. Then the sun is shining so bright and the sky is blue. Thats how I feel each Sunday when we go to church and partake of the Sacrament. I have learned to love the Sabbath so much more because of my mission.
In about 4 days I will officially have 3 months left. I. Cant. Believe. It. I love my mission.
Love you all!
Bro. Su and Bro. Huang. They were both baptized in May and they are such amazing examples to me.
Hehe. I just had to take a picture.
Chen Wen Zhong shared his testimony at our ward missionary fireside. He will be getting baptized this week!!!
I love our ward!!! Beitou ward 北投 :)
Exchanges with Sis. Kitchens :)
We had Cafe Rio for lunch at Mission Leadership Conference. I miss Mexican food so much!!! This is the Sis. Tan. Yes, THE Sis. Tan. Love her!
They got soaked. Elder Boyce and 王長老.
And we did too. Never go anywhere in Taiwan without an umbrella or poncho...
But an hour later your hair dries and the sun comes out :D
Shout out to Sis. Kiana Tibas serving in Arizona. This is Sis. Good!
Ice cream with Sis. Hill :)
We went ice skating last Monday! Only in Taiwan are helmets and gloves a necessity.