How is everyone doing? Aborn, Kira is back in the states! Too bad i never got a chance to see her in Taiwan. Hope she is adjusting to the states. Things in Taidong are still going well. It's definitely a hard area but I love it here. They added four new elders to Taidong so now we have a total of 16 missionaries just in Taidong. So we have 8 missionaries in each branch. So many missionaries coming to Taiwan. It's fun to see the work grow. The gathering of Israel is truly happening. How many missionaries do we have back at home in our ward right now? Dad, lots of people use DoTerra out here. It makes me think of you. They are always so excited to see that I carry oils with me for me mosquito bites. haha. Mosquitoes and xiao hei wens are back because the weather is getting slightly cooler. I dont know why they like me so much. They dont really bite anyone else. I don't really know what else to say. Life is still same old same old. Hope everything back at home is going well. Anything new that I should know about it? dad what are you up to? is yeye doing better?
This week we saw a lot of little miracles. I truly believe having a good attitude makes all the difference. We were able to get over 30 lessons this week and 4 new investigators. A lot of our new investigators are Christians. Sometimes I feel like Christians are harder to teach because they hear things from their churches about our church. But I'm excited to teach them the true and complete Gospel.
We went to go visit our less active Lang JM. She basically is an active member now. She has been coming to church ever since we first visited her beginning of last transfer. I can tell that church has made her happier. We are having an FHE with her and a few single, older ladies that are her friends. I think it will be really fun and good for her to know that there are members who really care about her.
This week we have been playing for team Jesus a lot. We found this golden investigator for the Elders while out knocking. He has met the missionaries before out on the streets but didn't have time to set up with them. He told us that now he has a lot of time and he was willing to give us his number and set up with the Elders. He is meeting with them this Wednesday. Also we gave him a BOM and he was so excited to receive it! Then we found another guy for the Elders. He met with the missionaries over 20 years ago and has been to church a few times. He was willing to let his son start meeting with the missionaries. Yay team Jesus!
While knocking this week, we met this girl that is going to college at U.C.L.A. She is studying the same thing I'm majoring in. Her English is really good too. She is Christian and is home until mid September. She told us she was looking for a church to go to while she was in Taiwan. We invited her to church and she said she would come but she never showed up. I want to get her information in California so we can send it to the missionaries there. Maybe my sister will be able to call her up since her husband is going there right now. I love how missionary work is the same everywhere. I also love meeting all these people from different places.
We met with a new investigator this week Yang JM. She is a Christian and has a daughter dealing with a lot of health problems. It has been stressing her out and she seemed really happy to just talk to us. She is so nice and sweet and said we could come back next week. I hope she starts progressing. She might bring her son next time too.
Lai JM had time to meet with us this week! Her husband is really against our church so it's hard for her to meet with us. But she has been reading the BOM and is so curious about our church. She was telling us about all the problems she has been having with her husband and his family. I really feel bad for her. Life is really hard for her right now. She said that she has been praying. I feel like she is so prepared to hear the Gospel. She asked if she could go to church even though she was Buddhist. Of course!!! However, she didn't make it to church this Sunday because of family problems. I'm still praying that one day she can get baptized.
We met with Becky this week again. She is still not sure about her baptism date of 9/28. She said she doesn't have any special feelings when she prays. I tried explaining to her that she needs to pray with real intent and faith and that sometimes we don't get answers to our prayers and that we just have to move forward with faith. She mentioned that she sees a lot of members that don't obey all the commandments and she doesn't like that. We told her not to focus on what others do and just focus of her relationship with Heavenly Father and Christ when she is at church. I still feel like she thinks church is a social game. I'm hoping she will make the choice to get baptized this month. She is so ready and I know she will make it if she just has the faith.
We taught the YW how to make cookies this week for their activity. It was so fun being around them. They are all awesome. They have such strong testimonies and one of them can't wait until she can serve a mission. I've never seen anyone so excited to serve a mission.
Biggest miracle of the week, Shi JM came to church! We met with her and her sister-in-law (who became our new investigator) and they said they would come. Her sister-in-law didn't end up coming but she came with her son. She didn't make it to Sacrament meeting but she stayed for the last 2 hours. She is from Vietnam but her Chinese is pretty good. I was so happy to see her at church finally!
This week we didn't have a chance to meet with some of our investigators. They are all so busy working. Hopefully next week will be better. Some days, it seems like no one will listen to our message but then you get that one that will. Although they may not want to meet with us again, they gave us a chance to plant a little seed in their hearts. I really do love being a missionary. It is so fun to meet all these different people and share with them this happy message.
Love you all!