Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I'm going to Taidong todaaaaay :) Also, news! We have the next temple sister with us already again! It's CAI JM from Taoyuan. She was in my zone when I was in zhong li. Her English is like ABC - so like perfect! She studied biology at BYU, just like me, but I didn't know her before. SHE IS SO FUN! I cannot wait to be working with her, especially since we're going to be having some changes with the sister leadership positions in the mission. SUPER exciting :) I can't wait for all the new missionaries to come...
Pictures: Sometimes we need to take care of stuff in the office, where our letters are. Now I have this tradition of trying to scare the Operations assistant who works at the window. With ENVELOPES ON MY HANDS!!! Ok I sound really weird but it's actually very funny!!! and 200 kuai. The new assistant kang zhanglao is like "everyone has 200kuai" haaaha but he doesn't!!!
This week, we contacted many prepared people. Though most of them don't live in our area, I know they were all miracles! Right after conference on Saturday, we were filled with so much fire! We went out for our lunch break between sessions and right outside the gate, we met this man who lives in miaoli. He said that we were angels that God sent. He said the most sincere prayer of anyone I've ever heard on the street in my whole mission. In it, he asked God to help him know if meeting with the missisonaries was something He wanted for him. We didn't even tell him to pray for that! He is really excited for the Elders to call him and set up. That night, after we visited a member, we contacted another really prepared man. He said that talking to us was different. He totally felt the power of prayer, and said there was a light in our eyes. He's going to set up with the Banqiao elders.
I feel like when we have the Spirit, we are very very happy. When we are very happy, we see miracles! Another truth I have found: if we hit a trial, it means we're going to see a ginormous miracle.
This week, I've been feeling to visit a former investigator. I met her first when I was in Zhong li a long time ago. I had come to do temple tours and went on exchanges with sister taylor. We sang a hymn for her, but she didnt' really want to come back. I went again with sister taylor a month or so ago. But recently, I haven't been able to get her out of my mind. We had time to visit her yesterday and we had a huge miracle! She is already finished with all the lessons and has come to church very many times. The only reason she didn't get baptized is because she gave up on quitting smoking last time she met with missionaries. When we visited, it was almost like she was waiting for us because she had oranges cut and on the table. She told us she's been having trials recently, and though we've never seen her this week, she's come to the chapel every day this week because it feels so good there. We took her last pack of smokes and committed her to get baptized in 2 weeks. Last night, only a couple of hours after that lesson, we scheduled for her to get a priesthood blessing. At first, no elders or any brothers in our ward could do it, but then elders started coming and coming until we had 6 elders there all able to give her a blessing. She even said herself that there was so much power there. It was such a powerful moment. We are praying so hard for Bai jm and I know that God can change her life because He's changed mine! This change is going to be permanent!!
Thanks for all your love! I love you all so much too, I am having so much fun and I'm soooo happy all the time! I hope you all are too. What hte prophets said is all true! There's only one way to get real peace no matter what we run into. THE GOSPEL IS TRUE!! Love the Lord, serve the Lord!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
First story about the ice cream. Remember when lingo aiyi
took us to that one japanese restaurant and you get to get your own ice
cream? Yeah - we went there with other Sisters and you only get to try
once. We tried to get as much ice cream on the cone so all foru of us
could share and it turned out like this. So ugly but SO DELICIOUS!
I couldn't stop laughing the ice cream kept coming out and I was so scared it
was going to fall off.
Next week, we are going to exchange with hualian, yuli, and
taidong. I'll email at the same time. The week after, we have
temple day on that Wednesday 4/24 - so just warning you I'm going to have a
late email :)
We haven't seen conference yet, but I cannot wait! Also, tingshuo
my companion Sister Ochoa's dad got a new calling. Something to do with
the seventy haha. So I'm very much celebrity now because I'm her
companion. haahaha juuuuust kidding!
My companion is SOO funny! She gets very excited about
food, and so do I. We were talking last night and she was just pretending
to eat and swallow all the food we were talking about. TOO FUNNY! I
almost started crying I was laughing so much. I am so glad I get to have
her as a companion. One time I asked her what her favorite compliment
is. She says when people tell her her Chinese is good. I like when
people tell me I'm sharp. So I always tell her her Chinese is good and
she tells me I'm sharp. We are always very happy.
oh so lucky about General Conference! Also, thanks Mom for
keeping up with all the letters and everything - you are the best, and Verina's
shoutout! VERINA IS SO BEAUTIFUL!! Haha it's so funny to read how
she's developing patience. JIA YOU! Verina is also such a fireball
missionary! It's true that all these new missionaries are just getting
better and better. I LOVE working with the first transfer missionaries
they are so special! Oh hope you keep a good journal of how you do things
in washington because it'll be so different and what a fun memory to go back
Elder Chen broke some record - again?! haah man, he's also
such a fireball! We're learning a lot about time management and I think
it's a worldwide thing ba. We have an invite to use all the blank spaces
in our planners (duh should be doing that all along) and we've seen
MIRACLES. Jia you jia you!
Also hungry. I can't wait to eat breakfast!
yesterday was fast sunday and during sacrament meeting, I was trying so hard to
focus. Me: Guess what I'm thinking about. Sister Ochoa: hot
pot. Me: :O <-- because she was totally right.
This week we had tons of miracles! We've been doing this
training about asking with faith for referrals. We were praying about
what we could invite these sisters to do, and we felt that we could ask them to
receive at least one referral in every tour. This felt like a really high
standard, and we weren't sure if we could ask the sisters to do this with
faith. We want to help the sisters feel that EVERYONE we talk to knows
people who need the gospel. We need to have faith that the Spirit is
bringing into remembrance these friends. Sister Ochoa and I then pulled
this girl in for a tour. The Spirit was there, and we had so much
faith that she had a referral. When she hesitated
and didn't write referrals, both of us were speechless. We were
so trusting, and puzzled that she didn't think of
anyone. It was silent as she first wrote her information. When
she flipped the card over again to re-consider her friends and family, both of
us were praying so hard because we just KNEW someone she knows needs the
gospel. Then she asked "can I write family down?" She
ended up referring her dad who has gone to church before. It was a very
cool experience and an answer to prayer. Faith precedes miracles!
On Saturday, we also had a huge miracle! We usually have
two sets of sisters come in to do tours on Saturdays because there are so many
people coming to the temple, but this last saturday 1) the temple was closed
and 2) it was cold and rainy. We almost considered dis-inviting one set
of sisters, but kept them, hoping that God would help them have success.
The xindian and Zhubei sisters have SO MUCH FAITH! Even though they had
no scheduled tours, they hardly had time contacting outside because people kept
coming in. In the end, they had 14 tours and 15 referrals (notice the
number of referrals exceeded the tours?!) The temple is the House of the
Lord and the Spirit IS HERE!!
I'm so happy every day! I know Elder Chen and Sister Chen
must be as well. I love you all so much! We are praying and know
that God answers prayers!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
WHY IS IT ALREADY APRIL!? I just realized it just this last second...
Also, totes adding Shay to the family list. I'm just really excited to be emailing you all.
Also, ecstatic that you met and like Shay. Isn't she so wonderful? My companion and I were talking two nights ago about missionary heroes we've met on our mission and Taijm has always been a rolemodel for the both of us and the perfect temple sister. Ochoa jm shared with me the first time she saw taijm and she always remembers how much it's impacted her mission. I LOVE TAI MEI!!!
Ok, so fun things hapened this week - got my hair trimmed at this sketch 100 kuai place because the back is too long, and now when I tie pig tails, one is bigger than the other. Done cutting my hair here haha.
Miracle: We were out looking for less actives and nobody was home. We decided to start finding, and still weren't having any real success, so we started praying every time after we talked to someone so that God could lead us. We did this for a little while and were just wandering around and we met a fillipino named Jackie. She was so cute and we just told her that God loves her, asked if we could pray with her, and she agreed. We asked if there was anything we could pray for, and she said her aunt needed health. She was SO touched by the prayer and it was such a miracle to feel God's love for her! We set up with her again. It's true that as we knock, the Lord will open doors for us.
Another miracle is just that I'm reading Jesus the Christ and learning so much! It is so mind-blowing how perfect He is, and I am so amazed that Christ also was growing from grace to grace. He was truly the perfect example, which means it's doable to follow Him! My mind is just stretched so much when I read it.
Our investigators are doing well and the sisters are also so fun to be working with! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! i'm so happythat I also have 2 other siblings doing this with me, too. I loveyou all so much and I pray for you! Thanks for the prayers, too! JIA YOU JIA YOU!!