This week we saw SO many miracles, especially as far as new investigators are concerned.
On Wed, Sis Jenkins and I were out knocking doors. I had prayed that morning and felt prompted to ask that we would be able to find someone who was prepared, someone who really needed the gospel. We knocked on one door, explained who we were and that we were sharing a Christmas message, and the lady let us in (which NEVER happens....I think this is maybe the 3rd time on my mission that someone has invited us in to their house!). She is from the Phillipines, and is married to a Taiwanese man and they have 3 children, two of whom were there. She gathered them in and told them that they were all going to listen to us share. The mom is Christian but hasn't been to church in a long time, and wants her children to understand Christianity. We taught them the 1st lesson and set baptismal dates with all of them! When we asked them if they would be baptized on the 24th of January, the 10 year old son asked us what day of the week that was, and after we told him it was a Saturday, he said, "If I don't have a football game, I can definitely do that." We assured him that we can work around his football game schedule! :D
We also started teaching the teenage son, Z, and set a baptismal date with him! Both of them came to our ward's christmas party, and it turns out that the son is friends with L, one of our other youth-age investigators. I think God really wants to expand the youth program in Danshui...He keeps sending us teenage investigators.
We met this week with R, the one who showed up last week after our church block and asked to be taught. He is awesome and he has pretty much adopted Sis Jenkins and I as his grandchildren. He came to church yesterday, and we called him in the evening to see how he liked it, and he said he really enjoyed it. I asked him what his favorite part was and he said that in Priesthood meeting, one of the brothers that he met last week came up and sat by him, and then the bishop noticed that he was new and had him introduce himself, and then everyone said "welcome! welcome!". The elders told us that in his introduction he said that he originally came into our church building becuase he was interested after always seeing it from driving his granddaughter to school, but he felt a "quiet difference" in our church and wants to keep coming back. He said he has been to a lot of churches, but our worship method is different, and he likes it. He said he was so touched by the warm welcome and how nice everyone is to him. We are going to set a baptismal date with him this week! He is such a sweet man, and I love him.
This week we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders- our new sister training leader is Sis Zhong, who I was companions with for a week back in the summer when we did the tsunami in YuLi. It was so fun to do misisonary work with her again! Apparently she was pretty surprised with the state of our apartment, so she told the mission office that we urgently needed blankets, a working microwave, and a plumber. Hahaha! But the next day some blankets and a microwave showed up at our apartment, and so did a plumber. He and the cockroach exterminator are my best friends this week! We haven't seen any cockroaches for 3 days!
Speaking of our apartment, Sis Jenkins and I had another adventure last Monday! Our apartment is pretty small, which is fine, but there was a ton of extra furniture everywhere that was making it feel really cramped. We asked our security guard what we could do with it, and he told us to bring it all down, and that they could call someone to pick it up for us for free! Sweet! We started with the couch, which we assumed would fit in the elevator.....no matter how much we shoved, it just wouldn't fit. So Sis Jenkins and I carried it down 3 flights of stairs, laughing the whole way down as we unintentionally shoved each other into walls and tried to figure out how to manuver a sofa over handrails and around corners. In all we got rid of the sofa, 2 end tables, 3 large couch cushions (that don't even belong to the couch!), a bookshelf, and a foot stool. And we got a fantastic arm workout in the process! :D
Yesterday at church, one of our members, X, who always helps us peike, gave a talk and spoke about how much she her life has changed since we started asking her to help us in lessons. She said that she used to not feel comfortable speaking to strangers, but since seeing our example and enthusiasm, when she sees people she doesn't know, she just wants to share the gospel with them. When I first got to Danshui, she was less active in the church- it's amazing to see the change that the gospel, and especially something has simple as having the chance to bear her testimony frequently, has made in her life. Hearing her talk really touched me as I could see clearly the way that God had used us to influence her and strengthen her resolve to live a Christlike life.
I love you! Merry Christmas! Talk to you Friday (my time!)!