Monday, April 22, 2013

chronicle of Vasha 13

The mission president called us on Sunday. He told us, sister Burrows has the happiest attitude in the mission, and she does not complain and continues to work hard despite her not feeling well.  She has a virus/cold like many missionaries and people. When she gets rid of the cold, they will know more on what she should do. Did not want to complicate things by having surgery and virus at the same time.  It is a good thing the mission president is an MD.  He told us, across from the mission home there is a very modern hospital, one of the elders had his gall bladder out about four months ago, and healed fast and did great.  Thank you for all your prayers on her behalf.  We know it helped.

Alma 29:1-2
"Oh that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance, and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth."
I have always loved this scripture, but really came to realize this week, that when we speak of things pertaining God to people, the Spirit gives our voices and testimonies power. The power of the Lord, and that is something that people's souls cannot deny, no matter when they deny us in the moment, their spirits will recognize the truthfulness of what we have to share, and that will echo in their hearts forever. 

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
"Don't you give up. Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. It will be all right in the end. Trust in God and believe in good things to come." I truly know that when we do our very best and trust in the Lord, and when we rely on our faith good things will come to pass.

So this week have been fantastic! We've been able to meet so many new people, and had some awesome experiences of teaching by the spirit!! 

We had an amazing experience this week with our first meeting with a girl named Lin Jiemei. She had met with the missionaries before and we found her in our Formers book. She had meet with the sisters and they had taught her the full first, given her a BOM, tried to teach prayer, and also tried to commit her to a baptismal date. She was soooo freaked out that she left, without her BOM and never answered their calls again. We asked her to meet with us and we gave her a tour of the church, ending in the chapel. We bore our testimonies to her that she was truly a child of Heavenly Father and then taught her to pray. She was brought to tears by the feelings of the Spirit, and told us that before she was not prepared, but with us she felt right, and that she wanted to continue to learn and pray. It was so amazing and we are so excited to continue teaching her. It's amazing the different when you teach by the spirit and not just because you're supposed to teach them the lesson. 

God truly loves all of his children and wants us all to succeed and return to Him someday. I know that everything that we've gone through in life is to prepare us for this very moment, to teach His children, and reach out to those that only you can save. We just need to continue to strive to become those people and instruments that he needs. 

We also had another amazing experience in teaching a FAMILY that we found through English Class! They are sooo prepared! After the first prayer with the parents the dad was like, "Wait! I have this feeling, my heart is slowing down, it feels good, but what is it? Sister, PLEASE teach me what this is!" He had identified the Spirit! It was incredible and we were able to teach him that Heavenly Father had given him that feeling through the Holy Ghost so that he could know for himself that he was a son of God. No need to say he requested that we keep meeting and that we go to his home and teach his WHOLE family!!! So great!!!!!! Teaching by the Spirit ROCKS! :) soooo cheesy sounding but true ;)

***Sister Darrington, the mission secretary, and I did a musical number at Zone Conference! It went really well (in a non prideful way!) and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! We played a piano duet of My Heavenly Father Loves Me.
***Little children still love me, and i haven't gotten awkward around them yet like i have around attractive americans hahahaha except when they KEEP TRYING TO CLIMB INTO MY LAP!!! and i have to keep telling them Bu Xing! (means cannot)   :(
***That awkward moment when you get so sick that you have to go to the hospital and they give you medicine that they say doesn't actually work but you can try it for two weeks and then you probably will end up getting your gallbladder out.
***That awkward moment when you can't ride you bike in a straight line and you run into a PARKED scooter and have a humongous bruise on your leg! But you're fine riding around through speeding traffic with no accidents!
***That awkward moment when you have to figure out how to get a schizophrenic girl out of the chapel, because she's IN LOVE with one of the elders and keeps giving him presents like a Buddhist bible and ancestor worship candles! hahahahahahaha poor girl! Poor elder!

Well that's all I can think of for this week! I hope everyone has a great week and continues to remember and apply what we learned during conference this week! Remember always look for opportunities to serve others and spread the gospel! The work is good, the gospel is true, and the Lord loves us EVERYONE! 

Love Bao Jiemei!

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