I will start with the sad news. We were sad to hear from President that a missionary in our mission got hit by a car and died. We pray for his family and friends. I personally never knew him. Even though he was a representative of the Lord life goes on. I like to think that he came here to prepare to teach the gospel to the spirits who need it in the Spirit world.
Now can I tell you some great news! Someone that I taught in my last area, An Ting, got baptized!! I’m so happy for her. She has been wanting to get baptized for a LONG time. But it finally happened. She is 17 years old and super diligent in prayer, reading and coming to church. I love her so much!
Our next investigator is an English student, Kismet. (Pronounced as cas-met). She is 16 years old. She sees that missionaries are always so happy and that we share happiness with others. She wants to go on a mission. Later we found out that she wants to go on a mission just so that she could go outside of the country. She does not like Taiwan. She wants true happiness and she wants to go to another country to try and find it. Well, to go on a mission you have to know the gospel.
Our other investigator is also a mom. She has been to churches before. She is very opened minded. And she will go to things and participate in religious things. But in our lesson was her first time saying her own prayer. It was a great prayer. She really liked it and committed to pray everyday this week. I hope she does. That is one of the first steps.
Zeng Jie Mei is still the best. She is learning and growing and coming back very fast. She came back on her own too. :)
Someone new came to church. We still don't know the ward members very well. When this lady came in I thought she was another member. She looked like it. But then found out that it was her first time coming to church. She has a friend who lived in USA for a time and came back to Taiwan to visit. The friend wanted to come to church and she came along with her family. She loved it and will be coming back. She doesn't live in our area so we introduced her to the other elders. I have seen so many connections between friends, countries and family members that bring us all together unto Christ.
You know those days where you don't get the results that you want? Well, this week was a test of my willingness to endure patiently and with a smile on my face. I have found the joy and satisfaction in just the smallest things. Like last night we went out tracting. No one wanted to hear out message and then on our way to our bikes we met a lady who was not interested. But we started talking to her about English class. She has been to church before and has not felt the "burning" feeling that everyone describes church to be like. She is not interested right now, but I could see the seed planting. Whenever you see the seeds, no matter how small, you just can't help but feel happy that you were able to bear testimony of Christ and help bring someone closer to Him. The mini miracles and light that show you are doing something right. :)
I took Sister Daknis to Shark Bites Toast (Beau you know this place). It is like more American than anything else here. The food is really getting to her. Don’t worry we still eat a lot of Chinese food. A lot of it is fruit, which makes me happy. We ate hotpot for the first time the other night. And had mochi for the first time too. Oh and Bao zi. She says it is the closest thing to a peanut butter sandwich. So we eat that a lot :))
We taught English class for the first time. We have some really great kids. But they are very different than my last area. Someone new came to class. An older man who chews Bin Lang. (a drug and I can't remember the English name). After English class, we were trying to get numbers and add people as investigators. No one was talking to him. The smell of his breath was SUPER strong and REALLY bad and I did not want to talk to him. But I thought, He is a child of God too. Well, made it through a conversation and he declined the invitation to learn more. Learned afterwards that he is crazy and the elders had to chase him out of the church a few weeks ago.
So it takes us a 40 minute bike ride back to our area. Hated to be party poopers but we got work to do at 6 and we still hadn't gotten all of our shopping done. And on the way home I realized the God loves us. Small miracle but made my day. So I was freaking out about time. Got to go out and proselyte at 6 pm and we still had to get things and travel home. Well, I asked around to find a bike shop (needed to fix Sister Daknis's bike). We found one. And on that corner was a fruit stand, bread shop, post office. So basically pretty much everything we needed. So while the guy was fixing up her bike we were able to just walk across the street and get all the stuff that needed to get done finished! and still made it out the door at 6 pm.
"Look my grandma is sitting at the same table where I named my first animal." -Sister Snyder
Love you all and I will see you next week!