May 28, 2017
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and family, HOW ARE YA? I’m just fine over here in Taiwan. I hope all of you are just loving life and having a good old time, despite what life sends our way. If you need some extra love, let me know, I’ll send some prayers your way. 🙂
Anyway, this last week was nice. If I had to pick the most exciting thing that happened I would say that I cleaned my desk. I had forgotten what the surface underneath looked like, but now I can see it again. Okay it wasn’t that bad, but it did need to be organized and now that it is, life is that much better. If you ever need a pick-me-up, clean your desk. If you don’t have a desk, well then I’m sorry. I don’t know how to help you.
Last week I got to go to Costco. I splurged. This week for breakfast I ate Costco blueberry muffins. It filled my heart with joy. (as a shout out to my uncle Jordan, I warmed up the muffins and then ate them with milk in a bowl) I also bought a big bag of frozen blueberries for smoothies. TO TOP IT OFF, at English class we were given about 20 bananas, and some mangoes, so my smoothie game the last few days has been through the roof.
Well I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to have Elder Chen as my companion. I think he’s awesome. I’ve already noticed a million things I could learn from him about missionary work, not even including speaking Chinese. I’m very excited for the upcoming transfer.
This week we didn’t have many opportunities to meet with current investigators. But, that gave us more time to find people, which was very nice. Last night we had an amazing experience while tracting. We had planned about an hour and half to tract between dinner and our ward correlation meeting, but we ended up starting dinner later because of a few things we had to take care of after church, which meant we then only have barely an hour to tract. Factor in travel time and it left us with about 45 minutes. Lately in prayer I’ve been trying to do a better job at asking specifically where we should go and what we should do to find people. While planning I thought of a place where we could tract, but throughout the day the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there weren’t that many houses in that area. However, when the time came to go tracting I felt like we should still head that direction and check it out. I remember biking there not really sure where exactly I was going. I had a general idea but that’s all. As I biked, I looked down each road until one stood out to me. We turned down it, and found ourselves on a quiet road with not a ton, but enough houses to knock on for the time we had. The first person to open their door was a Christian. We spoke with him for probably 15 minutes, helped him download the Book of Mormon app, and set up a time to meet on Wednesday. That was the first miracle of the hour. The second came as we knocked the last door in the area which also happened to be exactly across the street from the first man. The resident knew about our church, had previously gone with a friend, and was willing to meet with us later that week. Even better, her friend who was sitting inside overhearing our conversation also wanted to meet with us and made it a point for us to return at a time when she too would be there. When we asked for the woman’s number, her friend even said she’d give us hers if the other woman didn’t want to. We plan on going back on Thursday. They were very funny. They both said I had a nice nose.
This experience reassured me of the power of prayer and how God will direct us exactly where to go so long as we ask and listen with faith. God always listens to us, but it’s up to us to always listen to Him.
On another note, in DTM I challenged/invited my district to strive to become consecrated missionaries who exercise faith in every aspect of the work. We all contributed to our plan on exactly how we will exercise faith in order to see more miracles. I personally think it was my best DTM yet. I certainly became a better missionary because of it. We have also instituted a system of mutual accountability. The sisters are responsible for following up with the rest of us on the specific things they contributed to our plan. The First ward elders will do the same with their ideas, and Elder Chen and I follow up with everyone as well. That way, we are all working together and united in the work and can encourage each other too. I’m excited for what lies ahead.
Check out the New Mormon Message, The Music of the Gospel.