Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Riding a a rainstorm...while wearing a skirt. I love being a missionary!

We exchanged with the Sister Training leaders last week and got caught in a HUGE rainstorm! It was pouring and thundering and lightning (which doesn't really happen here!) and we were trying to bike home in it! It was actually really fun because it was so crazy, and it sort of felt like a video game- you know how in Mario Kart where you're trying not to get hit by all the stuff that will kill you and then you get inked and can't see? Well, switch out the swinging spiky things for taxis and busses and the ink for rain in your eyes, and that was us! Love it! Times like these make me realize that I really am in a foreign country riding a bike in a skirt and telling people who are thoroughly Buddhist in a language I don't really know how they can become Christian! And I love it :D 

One of the many Buddist temples in Taipei
We saw a really neat miracle on that exchange. We had a little bit of contacting time before we needed to be back at the apartment, so we said a prayer and Sis Gagon asked me where I thought we should go. We both felt like we should head a certain direction, so we started walking. We found a lady who was texting on her phone and started talking to her. She was super interested and we set a baptismal date right there and then! So neat!

Another amazing miracle we saw this week was that Sis Petersen was looking through her old planners and found the name of someone who was potentially interested in learning about the Gospel. Next to it, the guy had written "Linkou Taibei". She was serving in Taoyuan at the time, and at that time, she thought it was bogus because there is no Linkou district in Taibei and it didn't work when she tried to send the referral. But when she saw it this time, she realized that Linkou is a street in our area! It is actually a street where one of our recent converts lives! So we called him up and he agreed to meet with us! I think if he wasn't prepared to hear the gospel last year when sis petersen found him, he must be by now!

Alpha and Beta. We gave them an alarm clock and talked about the importance of church attendance on Friday and they still didn't come to church. :( So we will keep trying. There must be something that is stopping them because the love the scriptures and are still going strong with the word of wisdom- we just need to find out what their real concern is. Hopefully we will be able to meet with Beta and his parents this week and discuss some of their concerns.

Cleaning the baptismal font.  Now it is nice and sparkly!
 This week I read Helaman 3:35 in my personal study. (..They did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.)I love this scripture- I love especially the part about yielding your heart to God. That is my goal- to yield everything to God and become pure and sanctified. I feel like my mission is definitely helping me to "wax stronger and stronger in my humility". God wants to kill the natural man, not just tame it or temper it, but kill it completely. In order to do that, we have to give ourselves completely to Him and trust that He knows us and will give us experiences that will refine us into the person he wants us to be.


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