Dear Family and Friends,
I hope you are all doing well and that this New Year’s Resolutions lasted longer than a week. Haha. This week has been a great week. So much has happened since last Monday.
My companion and I got to go visit Nessie, an 89 year old lady who can’t come to church anymore. We visit her every other week just to come and see how she’s doing and to keep her company for a while. She can barely hear so it’s so fun trying to get the balance of not screaming but not being quiet enough that she can’t hear you.
We also got to see Mary who is also an older lady who lives all by herself and no one visits her. So we do. She memorized all 13 Articles of Faith in one week! We get to have lunch with Mary about once a week too so she is always a bright spot.
Friday night was interesting… haha. We had dinner at a member’s house which was really good. But to get to the member’s house, we had to take a couple different bus routes and get on and off a couple different buses. We made it to their house okay and on time but when it was time to go home, it was about 8:30 and to try to make it less complicated, the members told us to take a different way home which meant going to a different bus stop by their house than the one we had used to come. They pointed to the way we were supposed to go and so off we went. We came to a bus stop and a bus went by on the other side of the road so we decided that this must be the right stop. Well, at around 8:50, no bus had come by. So we called the members and asked when the next bus would be by because they are usually spaced out by only a couple minutes. They said it was only 3 minutes away so we waited… 15 more minutes and still no bus. So we called them again and asked if we were even at the right bus stop and apparently, we were not. So it took us another 10 minutes to walk to another bus stop and at this point, we’d been standing out in the rain for almost an hour in the dark so we were freezing and creeped out. But we finally found the bus stop that they’d actually been referring to and we knew that because one of them had come out to find us and point us in the right direction. However, when a bus came, it was a bus number that we’d never been on before but it was going in the right direction so we just hopped on because at this point, it was about 9:40 and we are always supposed to be home by at the latest, 9:30. So we jumped on the bus and it took us to the city center which is where we got off that bus because it wouldn’t take us to the near vicinity of our flat and we hopped on the bus we usually take at 10, got off the bus at 10:10, and then ran to the flat so we wouldn’t be any later than we already were which was about an hour. When we finally got the chance to call our District Leader and tell him about why we were late and just to let him know that we were actually home, he laughed so hard. We were laughing too just at all the ridiculousness of the whole situation. But now I can say, I will never get lost coming back from that member’s house again.
On Saturday night, we had about 40 minutes “free time” before Chinese class and as a missionary, we never have free time. Or at least you shouldn’t. Haha. So we decided we would run down to the university real quick and try to talk to people to find someone to teach. We call this “finding” or more commonly with the missionaries here, “G.Q.’ing” or “Golden Questioning.” We come up with a couple different golden questions we could use to approach someone and start a conversation with them that could lead to us offering to teach them. One of the questions we used that afternoon was “What do you think is your purpose in life?” We asked a young man this question and to our surprise, he responded, “I was actually just thinking about that this afternoon.” Which is amazing. We kept talking and he was so awesome. He had the greatest questions and he was saying so much about how finding truth should be a certain way and what he was saying fit directly into the gospel! And this is Saturday night, so we invited him to church the next morning and he said yes. Lots of people you meet on Saturday night and invite to church on Sunday who say they’ll come don’t. But he showed up!! And he was so interested. We meet with him to teach a lesson later this week. I am so hopeful that he will want to learn more because he is amazing.
Also this week, we taught a girl named Kwun. She is amazing as well. For our second lesson with her, we took her on a church tour and taught her in the church when we finished the tour. When we took her into the chapel, the spirit was so strong. l know she felt it. She might not recognize it yet but it was there. She is just curious for now but I hope that will change. If she continues to learn and to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know of it’s truthfulness, she will want to develop her faith in Christ and follow Him.
Just in closing, I know that the Lord is so mindful of us. Even with the little things. He knows what we are struggling with and He knows what we need help with. The tender mercies of the Lord and the little miracles He causes to come to pass for us everyday are so powerful. He loves us. He wants us be happy. As we obey Him and live as if the Savior was standing beside us, I know that we will be blessed and we will be able to recognize more fully the hand of the Lord in each of our lives.
I love you all so much and thank you for your support and concern for me.
“Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.” D&C 68:6