December 5, 2016
Okay well that sums it up this week. We got a baptism. Thanks everyone for reading. Love you all. Bye now.
Haha just kidding, you thought I was serious didn’t you? Not like you can look farther down the email and see that there’s more or anything? Right?? 😉
This week was pretty good. I don’t have a ton of time left to email so I probably can’t talk about everything but here goes.
Tuesday and Wednesday were exchanges. This time I was with Elder Musgrave who’s been out for quite a while. I think he has about 4 or 5 months left on his mission before he heads home. It was super fun!! The best part was on Tuesday night when we went to a 7-11. I know, it sounds awesome doesn’t it? 7-11s are the best. But anyways in Taiwan 7-11s have table and chairs outside like a cafe of sorts. We ended up sitting down beside this one man and started talking. He first started asking us some general questions about missionaries and what we do and that sort of thing. Slowly the conversation started drifting more towards teaching and talking about our message. At one point he asked a question as to why there were so many Christian churches? (now for some context and back story, before this point my companion Elder Watson would usually just answer any question like this on his own and I might get in a sentence or two here and there, so I had never really had the opportunity to answer this question completely on my own.) I REALLY wanted to answer his question and I was ready to do it. I glanced over at Elder Musgrave who up to this point had been doing most of the talking, though I had been doing a fair amount, and he gave me a head not as if to say, “go for it.” And so I went for it. I taught him about Christ’s ministry on earth, His death, the death of the apostles, the great apostasy, priesthood authority, and the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I didn’t go into crazy detail because of time, but I taught it all, and it was awesome!!!! I was SO pumped! At the end we both testified of the Book of Mormon and the man was super willing to meet with missionaries again! Oh it was a great experience.
The next and probably only other thing I’ll talk about is the lesson we had with John Sullivan. I love that man! This Thursday he sent us a text inviting us over earlier than planned so we could have lunch! Of course we accepted. HE FED US MEXICAN FOOD!!! Oh it was glorious. I had 5 burritos. He kept asking if I wanted another one and of course I did, I mean its not everyday in Qishan you have the opportunity to eat Mexican food. But the best part of that visit was the lesson we had afterward. It was super simple. We talked about some of the commitments we have given him and we read maybe two short scriptures together, but it was one of the best lessons I have ever had. Walking out of that lesson I knew with confidence that Brother Sullivan finally understands the importance of DAILY scripture study and prayer. Remember this is the man who was been meeting with missionaries on and off for 12 years! Back then he wouldn’t even touch the book, let alone read it. Now he reads almost every day, if not every day. BUT ON TOP OF THAT, we talked about prayer. Last time we had inviting him to live the Word of Wisdom which includes abstaining from alcohol. He told us of a bad day he had this week which ended with him going to grab some beer to deal with the stress. Stress with work, stress with family, it was all there. But we were able to testify, and then invite him to instead of drinking, to say a prayer. We also invited him to pray with his family every single day. He accepted. He realizes what a blessing prayer is and how great a gift it is that we can pray with our families! I could see in him the desire to pray with his family, the desire to stop drinking, the desire to change, and the desire to know God. That is a miracle. Every time we meet with him I see immense growth in his faith. God is great! Is He not? He blesses us SOO much when we keep His commandments. Its really that simple. I see the blessings of God everywhere, every single day. That in of itself is a blessing lol.
Well that’s all the time I have really. Sorry for the shorter email. This week is the last week of my second transfer, so there’s a chance that next week I’ll be in a new area! I love Qishan. I would love to stay, but I think I can also say that if I were to leave I would leave with the knowledge that I have done all I can to make this little piece of God’s kingdom on Earth a little brighter. That’s a good feeling.
I love you all, more than you know.
P.S. I’m curious. I recently found out that other people don’t eat the same way I do. When I eat I chew food on both sides of my mouth, whereas my companion only uses one side at a time. What’s the norm?? Is this the reason I always end up eating faster than everyone else?? I would love to know. Do you use one side or both? Let me know!
P.P.S. Sorry if you couldn’t see the pictures I sent. I honestly don’t know the best way to send those to 130 some people at once. Check out my blog? Assuming my mom is updating it with pictures (sorry for calling you out mom, love ya!)