Hallo! (that’s how people here say hello)
First off, for the first time in a very long time, WE GOT 4 NEW INVESTIGATORS in one week! That’s never happened for me, and it hasn’t happened in Qishan in a loooong time. Now it still is below the mission standard, so we’re working on it, but progress is progress and it shows that the work is moving forward.
Remember the Canadian I met with last week, John Sullivan? We met with him again this week and it was amazing! He had been reading the Book of Mormon and said he had also been praying in his heart before and after he read which was awesome! He actually asked us to help explain Jacob 5 to him (for those of who don’t know its like 70 something verses long and kind of hard to follow). Now the cool part was that I had read that chapter that very morning! So I totally knew how to explain it, though my explanation probably didn’t do the chapter complete justice. Regardless, that was a small thing that again shows how great God is. That was no coincidence. We didn’t assign him to read that chapter, but that’s what happened. The rest of the lesson we talked about faith, The Book of Mormon, and prayer, and especially how faith is absolutely essential in developing a personal testimony that God lives. He shared with us why he stopped believing in God. He said that some Baptist missionaries told him to read the Bible and pray about whether or not it was true. Apparently he read the entire thing and decided that there were parts of it that could not have come from a loving God, and he determined that God didn’t exist. That was so sad to hear. I love the Bible! The account of the life of Christ is incredible, as are the many prophecies of His coming by the prophets of the Old Testament. His story did help us understand his situation and I suppose why he doesn’t love the idea of praying to know God is there, because he has already done it. At one point I remember asking him if he trusted us. He said yes. And so I asked him to trust our testimonies that God lives when he prays. I told him that he could say that in prayer. I told him to tell God he trusted us and that he wanted to know for himself. Looking at it that way, he was willing to pray with us right there and ask God if He was there. It was a short prayer, but it was powerful. I heard him say to himself afterward that he hadn’t done that in long time. Isn’t that a miracle? Isn’t God great? I certainly know so.
This week I learned how to say Batman. It was one of the flashcards that missionaries use to learn Chinese. I guess someone thought it was important to know. For those of you who are curious its Bianfu Xia. Now you can all go tell your friends you know Batman in Chinese. Then when they ask why you know that that will be a perfect transition into sharing the gospel. Just be like, well ya see there’s this great friend of mine named Elder Councill and right now he is serving a mission in Taiwan preaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ… And then you’ve connected Batman to Jesus Christ. Missionary work, its that easy. Boom, now they’re all curious as to why someone would serve a mission for 2 whole years. Its because Jesus is the Christ. God is literally our Father in Heaven. And they both really want all of us learn the gospel. The message of the gospel is that of joy. We share joy. Not just joy in this life, but joy for all eternity. Isn’t that wonderful?