Oh, man, I'm so excited about all these new little missionaries! Verina (Sister Chen's little sis and Niels' friend) got called to Taizhong, Taiwan! And Lydia, congratulations! Oh, man! I am SO excited for you. You are such a rockstar. Also, I need your home address. Niels, email Lydia, and get her address for me. Thanks!
I have been thinking lately about how we are truly all the same family. We are all children of our Heavenly Father. I know that that is true, but I'm starting to feel that it is true more and more. I've also been thinking about the end of the world (haha, sort of kidding, but also serious), and how we really do need to prepare the world for the second coming and do our best to purge the world of wickedness. Ha, that sounds extremist and scary, but missionary work is the best way to do it. Even when I'm tired or stressed about mission stuff or anything else going, every day I feel hugely grateful that I have this chance to be a full-time missionary.
This week we contacted an American outside of the church. (Contacting people from other countries other than Taiwan always feels so different. And sometimes scary.) We started talking to him about God and he wasn't sure if he believed in God or not. He talked about how he thinks God is maybe a woman. We testified that through the Book of Mormon, we can know exactly who God is and that He is a man, and because He is perfect, He has all the good qualities you can have. We testified of the Book of Mormon, and even though he wasn't interested, he did say that it seemed pretty clear-cut and straight forward. Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. But, when we invited him to meet with missionaries, he said something that broke my heart a little bit: "You know guys, I'm 57 right now. I'm over this kind of thing." It was so sad and strange to see someone - a little human - who thinks he doesn't need God or that there's an age to be "over-God." To want to have nothing to do with someone so great and good and who loves us and knows us and desires greatness for us like we can't even begin to comprehend. I testified of God and that our message fits everyone, regardless of age and I told him even if he was 87, I'd still contact him. It's never too late to start believing in God and trying to figure out for yourself if He is real or not. And once you find out, oh man, how much greater is your life going to be!
We have had huge success with our dear Ping. She's the one who joined the church in New Jersey. She came to church last week for the first time (here) and loved it. She attended institute this week, came to church with us again on Sunday, and even went up to Taipei with us last night to attend a special meeting with Sister Reeves and Sister Cook of the General Relief Society and Young Women presidencies, respectively. Anyway, the meeting was awesome. They asked the congregation to raise their hand if they were first generation member, and it was pretty much everyone. It was super cool. I love these little Taiwanese people. They're so stalwart and wonderful.
We had temple training with all the sisters this week. Best ever. Loved seeing all the sisters and getting to eat with them and talk to all of them.
We've really been trying to talk to everyone, and just be better at getting to where we planned to contact and make sure we follow through with our plans and we've seen a lot of success from it. This week, we were at a Carrefour parking lot (just like a Shopko), and we talked to this woman and her son. We didn't talk to her very long, but she wanted us to come visit her and really wanted to set up with us. Then she came to her set up, brought her little boy. Said she really wanted to have Christianity in her life and set a baptismal date. Lately our mission president (by the way, love him!) has really been pushing for families. We've been seeing so many miracles as we've been trying to focus on finding families. (something I hated before my mission - the use of the word "miracles". Use it all the time now. Yeah, changing so much!) We also contacted someone walking outside of the church and we talked to him for like two seconds and we were like, "could we come visit you and your family sometime?" him: sure. Us: Sunday? him: sure. Us: 10? Him: sure. It was really cool, so we went to visit him and his family, a little unsure because it was such a fast contact. But, total miracle! It was him and his 16 year old daughter. He really wants her to join a Jesus church and she is really open to it as well. Her mom doesn't want her to just join any church, but to really feel like she believes that what she is learning is true. So happy she said that, because some churches will do mass baptisms, where just hundreds of people will get sprinkled with water and it counts as a baptism. But, we know that baptism is a sacred, holy ordinance, a literal covenant with God. Anyway, she was awesome and came to church for 2 hours on Sunday. She even participated in Sunday School. Also, my companion randomly called up this mom we met to invite her to church on Sunday. She and her little daughter totally came for all 3 hours and they totally liked it. Even her shy little girl went to Primary and had so much fun.
Sidenotes: the Elders have discovered my lazy eye. I told them how when I'm talking to Niels, he'll just be like, "Hey, I"m over here!" as he snaps his fingers at me. They loved that, and have loved telling me the same thing. Also, Elder Deal told me the other night, he was the "chapmaster." They knocked this door and Elder Deal (a new missionary), said, "Uh... What's my name?" to the guy. The guy started cracking up and was like, "Oh sucks to be you guys!" Then Elder Deal got doored as he was biking home. Ha, so good.
Oh, man, almost out of time.
Love you all so much. This church is true. Jesus is the Christ. Through Him we can be saved in every aspect. Heavenly Father lives and loves us.
Love, Sister Nad.
allison: I LOVE you. thanks for the update.