We went to a famous night market and got our hair washed. You can get your hair washed for 200 NT and it feels so good having someone just play with your hair for 10 minutes.
We got rejected a lot during proselyting time but then on our way home I met a cute little family: mom and dad with a little 3 year old son. The parents were not interested in our message but the son loved us!
Sister Crowell cut my hair! 10 inches! It is gone. All of it and I love it! I miss my long hair but here in Taiwan the short hair is very convenient.
We also found a really cool night market and we ate some bao zi. IT WAS SOOOO GOOD! I love the little adventures that we go on.
We had an amazing English class as usual. The Spirit was so strong when we gave the ‘Spiritual share’. We started out talking about the Book of Mormon and then we got into the Godhead. The best part about the spiritual share is that it is a discussion. Everyone asks questions and share opinions and stuff. The Spirit is strong and you can feel the power that is brought. After class Tina, Monica and Jade came up to get a copy of the Book of Mormon. I love our English class and all of the students in there. And it’s such a fun way to help others come unto Christ. It's amazing!
We went to the park to contact tonight. It was a huge success! I have never been to a park to contact before. Well, this park that we went to was hoppin with people of all ages! There was a swing set so there were lots of moms with their kids. We were able to find 2 new investigators there. One of them, Chen Jie Mei, has some family members who are Christians and she is very curious about the restoration. It was a definite miracle going to the DaLina Lu Park at 7 pm.
Today we made popcorn to eat while we did weekly planning. I miss my theater popcorn!
We talked about what "doing your best" means. How do you know when you are doing your absolute best and when you can leave the rest up to God? I feel like I am finally figuring this out. It is a personal thing and hard to measure. What I do is kneel down at night and ask God if I did my best. He will let me know if I did or not. In the past, I would sometimes get discouraged because all of my faults would come back to me. But lately my prayers have been very uplifting and encouraging. I still see my faults and the mistakes that I made throughout the day - but I covenant to do better the next day. And really I can feel strength as I pray everyday and use Christ's Atonement to become better. I am really grateful for the Purification Project that we were given from president. It is helping me overcome my natural man and make personal goals everyday. In the morning I pray for strength and the Holy Ghost and I have seen a difference already. But I can also see Satan's influence. He is coming on hard! But I know that with the Lord, He can help me overcome everything.
Today the TYPHOON came! And boy it was crazy! We spent most of the day inside a 7-11 and family mart. We called lots of people and we got the same answer every time. "No I am not interested AND Don't go outside!" ok ok ok... literally we were so scared to go out and do anything. We saw a guy get hit in the head with a big sign, ladies falling over on their motor scooters in the middle of the street, and the glass door of the hair cut place right next to us exploded! There were trees everywhere in the street and branches flying. We didn't know if we should stay in doors or go home ... do we take the risk to go out in the typhoon? We prayed and prayed and read scriptures but we weren't getting any feeling. We had no idea what we should do. So we just stayed there. Then at the end of another prayer someone called us. A less active member Li Xiu Hua. When we told her that we were at a family mart she invited us over for dinner! WHAT A MIRACLE! I guess God wasn't giving us an answer cuz He just wanted us to wait for Li Xiu Hua's call :) It took us 20 minutes to walk over to her house. It was insane! My bike pretty much flew out of my hands (we weren’t riding we just walked) and for a bit the wind kept on pushing us backwards. I was literally scared for my life!!!!!!!!!! But we made it to her house safely and then the elders texted us and told us that President wanted us to go home. We stayed at her house for dinner first. Seaweed soup, rice cakes, pork, bamboo and mixed veggies. It was soooo good! Also it was my first time trying black and white rice! :) The winds slowed down a bit on our way home … but it was still scary. We finally came home and we had an hour until planning. I laid on my bed for a second and oops...fell asleep. I was dead tired. I have come home dead tired everyday! But it has been good. I feel like I am really working hard.
We went tracting for the most part of the day. Even though we didn't find anyone who was ready to receive the message, I feel like we still contributed to the Lord's work in getting these people ready to receive Jesus Christ. I am trying really hard to ignore negative thoughts and really find the beauty in working for the Lord.
Today in personal study I studied about Christ's Atonement. Last night I read a talk my President Uchtdorf called, "The Gift of Grace." Just from this last General Conference. It was really good and one part stood out to me. "We must never lose our sense of awe and profound gratitude for the eternal sacrifice of the Son of God. The Saviors Atonement cannot become a common place in our teaching, in our conversation or in our hearts. It is sacred and Holy. For it was through this great and last sacrifice that Jesus Christ brought salvation to all those who shall believe on his name."
So this morning I read, "I stand all Amazed" in the Hymn book and after pondering the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God reminded me once again that this is REAL. That the stories of Jesus Christ are not just fable stories but real and true. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We should never forget His unconditional love and the sacrifice that He made for every one of us. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
Lots of love,