Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 23, 2012 (Hualian)



Hey everyone,

Merry Christmas! Tonight we are taking the train to Taipei and staying at the mission home because tomorrow we're having a big multi-zone Christmas zone meeting thing. I'm super excited to go to Taipei and hang out with the other missionaries. 

I'm still getting used to this area. In some ways, it's really different, but it's mostly all the same. People are a lot more willing to talk to you here, I feel like, but sometimes it's hard to discern if they really have interest or not. We don't have very many investigators, but we are hoping to slowly and surely build up the area. We have two cute older women - the Wang sisters, who are getting baptized next week. They are from China and sometimes I totes can't tell what they are saying. They are cute. We helped them write their little testimonies to share at their baptims. We asked them their favorite scripture, and they just fanned through Du jiemei's scriptures and seemed to just randomly pick a marked scripture. It was great.

This week we also had our big Christmas party. A ton of people came and we were able to meet a couple people that could hopefully turn into investigators. The youth acted out the nativity and they did so awesome. Then a few little toddlers wearing lamb suits came crawling out onto the stage. Think of Asian tinies crawling while wearing little lamb suits! It was so cute I almost cried.

Speaking of youth, the youth here are SO GOOD. They are so strong and always hang out. Our mm leader, Daniel, (also SO GOOD - he's super super involved in the work and with us and the ward and is waiting for his mission call) hosts a fhe every sunday night - usually just a bunch of youth come. Last night we had it at his house - which is a cute tiny one room kitchen/living room thing. We always eat dinner together - which is usually noodles with melted peanut butter on them, and then last night we also had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and these chewy black sesame things. Last night we had a gift exchange, which was so fun. The Elders just brought stuff from their house and one elder brought this fake leather jacket. This girl got it and she wasn't super stoked, but then for some reason, by the end of the game, all the teen girls wanted it and it ended up getting stolen by this one guy at the very end. The girls were freaking out and it was hilairous. Oh, and elder lin gave a stuffed animal igauana and it was so funny because a teen boy got it and he was like, "what is this??"" and elder lin was so funny because he was like, "what do you mean? it is so cute! i love that guy!" funnier in Chinese. I was cracking up. 

One cool contacting experience we had was that after visiting a former, we had just a few minutes left before we had to head home. We decided to knock a couple doors before heading home. We knocked on this one door, and an older woman was just like, "we bai bai!" Which everyone says, which means they worship ancestors and have no interest. But in the background, a younger woman was talking on the phone, and I waved at her and she came over. Turns out, she is christian, but she and her husband recently spent some time in vancouver and one of their friends there is lds, and he shared stuff about our church with them. She said she has a Book of Mormon and sometimes when the Bible is confusing, she'll use the book of mormon to help her understand it better. Awesome! We're hoping to make contact with her again this week. 

Also, this week, me and one of the temple sisters were on exchanges. We were out in the country and it was hot. Anyway, turns out, I got (no lie) approximately 75 bug bites on my legs from my knees down to my ankles. Turns out, most of them are some little flea bug thing that lives here and apparently has no translation. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE UNCOMFORTABLE IN MY WHOLE LIFE. Seriously. It is impossible to not itch. Not like a 4 year old saying it's hard to not itch or not pick a scab, it is truly physically impossible to not itch my legs. I have tried 7 million creams and all the ward members when they saw my legs yesterday started giving me tons of advice. I seriously need your prayers. It sounds silly, but I haven't been able to sleep and it's hard for me to focus on teaching, because I'm so itchy.  We're buying meat tenderizer today (what even is that?) because my district leader says that works on jelly fish stings, so I'm going to try it out. Sounds delicious. But, Taiwan people are the nicest and most hospitable. We met with an investigator the other day, and she gave me this ointment and gave me a bunch of new washcloths so I could put cold water on them. So nice. I'm super humbled by peoples' hospitality here. They are the nicest.

I think that's all for this week. I'm so excited to talk to you on Christmas day.
love, sister natalie

shout-outs!
Ariel: Thank you a million times! Waiting for more!
Celia: Also thank you a million times! Also waiting for more! Can't wait to see pictures of Lucy! How exciting!! What is vaughn and mags' address?
Lou: Thank you so much for the Christmas email! I love hearing from you! So, Hannah is at byu?
courney c. b. petersen- where are you|?? are you at the same address?
alicia harris- you too.





Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012 (Hualian)



GUESS WHAT?

I finally MOVED.

And guess where I am?? HUA LIAN.

That probably won't mean anything to anyone except for the Faj Mahal, but you guys can google it. It's one of the most beautiful, coolest areas in the mission. It's on the east coast of Taiwan - our apartment is about a ten minute run to the beach (haven't been yet, but I'll report when I do). It's about a 3-ish hour train ride from Taipei, so it's really far from the mission office. There are only 4 sisters in the whole zone - me and my companion and then two hours south from us, there are two more sisters. You guys, this place is a dream come true! For reals. It's so laid back and quiet and peaceful. Everywhere else in Taiwan (atleast in my last zone and in Taipei) is jam packed with people and cars and always really noisy. Hua Lian feels like a little mountain city - like Boulder or Park City, but not as ritsy. But then it's on the coast, so it also kinda feels like California in summer time. Most people are really willing to at least talk to you. People are smiley and happy. And I feel like in other areas, it's always so crowded and when other people get in your way, you get ticked. But here, when you get in peoples' way, they just slow down and smile at you. It's a super cool area. I'm super grateful I get to serve here. Not just because it's beautiful and wonderful, but also because the members are so great and this area is just a good one.

My companion is Du Jiemei. She is Taiwanese from Jia Yi and she is awesome and adorable! I love her. She is on her third transfer, but I feel like she is the big companion. She works so hard - all the time. Never quits. I love hanging out with her and speaking Chinese all the time. But, we're going to speak English more to help her English. Oh, I heard this area has scary dogs because it's more rural. (does rural = scary dogs?) We've already had a couple sort of scary dog encounters. One day while we were biking (my bike is not here yet, so I've been using this little yellow beach cruiser from a member in the ward. I want to be just like this member when I grow up. On Sunday, we were waiting on the front porch of the church, and he and his family all rode up together on their bikes. Like four children, and the mom had a little guy on the back of her bike. Cutest/coolest thing in the world.) Anyway, biking, and on the side of the road, I saw a big dog with a muzzle and he had tackled another dog and was just hovering over him. Scary.

We went to mm meeting on Saturday night (we cover two branches), and one of the bishopbric members talked to me about being outgoing and friendly with the members and also told me to call leaders and members and tell them what we need. He said wanted us to be fun missionaries and find fun, new and happy ways to share the gospel. Cute. The ward was really welcoming and nice.

Yesterday at church, I got to meet some more members. Sunday night, we had a little fhe at the church. Mostly a bunch of Young Men and Young Women came. We all ate dinner together. A really ghetto potluck because we don't except young men/women to bring food - so it was random stuff the missionaries and mm leader and another church leader brought (instant soup with noodles, peanut butter mixed with noodles, bread, 2 chocolate muffins, canned smoked eels). It was great fun. Then we shared about what the Liahona is and shared a talk from last conference. (the young men/women here are sooo good! They are totally into the gospel. There is one boy who just joined the church in the summer - he is 14 and only member in his family and he is so cool and such a stellar member. He always does all this stuff to help the church and wore his white shirt and tie to the meeting last night. So impressed with all of them.) Then we played this game we can only play in Chinese because it deals with their classifiers. For example - you can't say one book, you say one classifier book. Anyway, so you do this clapping thing, and then you say a noun and the person next to you says number and classifier and then it goes up higher. So hard. Faj, you should play it with your students. I can totally see you leading this game - clapping and snapping while speaking Chinese. Totally your thing.

So, to back up. Yes, I finally left Zhong Li. When they told me I was moving, I was 99% not surprised, because a. obviously there forever and b. I had been feeling like I would move. I super love sister Crofts and super trust her to take over the area. At first I was kinda bummed because Chen jiemei wasn't leaving (we've been there sooo long together), and at first I was having super fomo (fear of missing out) because we all have so much fun together. But then I decided that it's actually really good and a cool experience to leave behind really good things. Anyway, my last couple days in Zhong Li were crazy, especially the last day. It was super sad saying good bye to some of the people, but also awesome because I know we'll be forever friends. Thursday, my last day there, was super crazy. This was part of the schedule:
eat breakfast
do studies
lunch - eat curry with Cai jm - the recent convert with two little boys. I LOVE HER.
do some other stuff
3:30 eat dou hua with our beloved soon to be baptized mei jun. SOOO full.
5:00 go visit Luo jm (member) - I already told her we had a 6 o'clock dinner appointment, but when we got there, she fed us. Ohmygosh so full.
6:00 rush to our member friend Phoenix's house to eat a fancy Christmas feast with her. She had sugar cane smoked chicken and potatoes and other delicious things.
Me and Sister Crofts were DYING of fullness and cracking up because we always eat so much and are gaining weight, so it was so perfect. We couldn't think of a better way to end our transfers together. Painfully full.
Had a lesson with Qian jiemei. She was precious and talked to me about how grateful she is to know the gospel and it made me feel so great, knowing I could help her with that. Then they left, but Yun En (her little boy) ran back in and in his cute raspy voice, told me he was grateful to know the gospel and he knows Heavenly Father loves both of us. Precious.

Then we rushed to the Wu's so I could say bye to Brother and Sister Wu - looooove them. So, so much. Wu jiemei told me if I go to Hua Lian, she'd come visit me. Ha, hopefully she'll stay true to her word!

Then I stayed up so late packing. Yes, Father, I have too much stuff. Friday morning, I was scrambling around (miscalculated my time) but everyone helped me stuff stuff into my bags. Okay, this email is getting boring. But, I was so excited when I found out I was moving to Hua Lian and would be with Du jiemei. We tried to do weekly planning on the train back to hua lian, but I kept getting so distracted by the ocean and trees and mountains outside my window. I keep  having to talk to Sister Crofts about stuff and she was telling me how much she missed me and I was like, "It's hard to miss you when I'm running along the beach." She was like, "Oooo, I hate you! I am so mad right now!" I thought I was so funny.

All right, finally peacing out. Love you all dearly. Love this gospel dearly. So grateful every day I have this oppotunity to be a missionary.

love,
Sister Nad

Shout-outs:
Addison! I loved your email and your pictures! I loved seeing Grandpa and Grandma. Who's with the grandparents in the last picture? Also, look at your matchy-matchy hipster. Cute.
ARIEL. need you address. love you.
CELIA. need your address, too. love you.
kimi - writeeee meeee.
kayla. you too.
Analyn. I love love love getting your letters.
allison. update meeee. love you. did you get my letter?

Pictures:
the funny one - me talking to cai jm at lunch
wu jiemei at our little christmas dinner
me with qian jiemei and yun en and daughter yi qin.
window outside my hua lian apartment - the mountains are so pretty here.
me and du jiemei!










Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 10, 2012 (Zhongli)



Dear all,

Some awesome things happened this week. One of the best things was that our little Yun En, Qian Jiemei's son, got baptized. He is such a joy to teach. He's always so cute and happy and excited to see us. Qian jiemei said that he used to not be excited to come to church, but now he's always excited to go to church and meet with us. Also, he recently cut his own hair, which is why he looks like he's from Star Trek. Cutest boy ever. On Sunday, he got confirmed and afterwards, he ran from the chair, back to his mom, with a huge smile on his face. Precious. I love him and his mom so much. His mom told me at his baptism, it was the happiest she's ever been in her whole life.

Our investigator, Mei Jun, is still doing so awesome. She called and said she was going to try so hard to make it to church and ended up running from the train station to the chapel, to get there as soon as possible. She's the best. She came back later that night to watch the Christmas devotional with us. (Dorothy Larsen, I was watching out for you in the choir.) So grateful that her friend, Jason Ni, has shared everything with her. (Faj, whenever I introduce Mei Jun, I say how Jason's in your class. He said he went over the other night to roast marshmellows. Jealous.) Anyway, Jason makes me want to be a way better member friend. It really helps so much when the people have member friends who help them understand the gospel.

This week we weren't doing so good at getting new investigators, but yesterday we went to visit our beloved new convert, Dong jiemei. She has some health problems, so I haven't seen her in a while. While I was outside her house calling her, my companion started talking to this guy walking by. He agreed to let us come over in about a half hour and share a message with his family. So we went over, and shared about prayer with them. They became our new investigators and were willing to set up again with us. I feel like he has a lot of desire - I'm not sure about his wife. But, it was still really awesome to meet them. Talking to everyone really is so important in missionary work, because you never know who is prepared.

Another one of our investigators, a Wang jiemei, is not progressing a ton but at the last meeting, she casually mentioned at how she had finished reading the book of mormon! I was blown away. Now we just need to get her to come to church. If it rains, she pretty much doesn't leave, and it's been raining a ton lately.

This week we also went to a Christmas concert with our favorite Ping. (They're all our favorites.) We were supposed to drive home with a member, but her car was blocked in (we had to leave early), so we started taking a taxi to the train station but they said there was an accident on the tracks, so we coudn't take the train. so we had to take a bus all the way back and didn't get home until suuper late.

Oh, ps, my favorite little Boston ABC investigator writes me all the time and she told me she's getting baptized on January 19th. So stoked!

Oh, ps, my companion is ultimately disheveled. As disheveled or more disheveled than me. Last night, I was kneeling next to our investigator, Mei Jun, and we were playing with a member's baby. One of the members brought brought bread and this egg salad stuff and Sister Crofts was carrying a piece of bread with that stuff on top and I hear a big thud and turn around to see her like leap-hopping through the hair (because she hit her hip on this table) and then the bread fell facedown with a huge "SPLAT" right next to Mei Jun's leg. Oh, man, we were laughing so hard we almost died. We are a total dreamteam companionship.

Some other funny things about this week:  our district is all gaining weight, and we are all concerned about our double chins. It's super fun. Our zone leaders gave us the invite to hug our companion every night and tell each other we love each other. Love my comp for reals, but worst invite ever. Also, the zone leaders never follow up on invites directly with us, except for this invite. And one night this week, I was so tired and we were biking home, but the elders told us to go this one way that was way more long, so I was sort of chapped. And then I was so hot and sweating because I had my coat on and was biking so fast, and then I was getting more chapped cause I was so hot, then my skirt got completely wrenched in my bike chain, and Sister Crofts had to literally rip it out and I was like,"I am SO ANGRY right now! I am so chapped!" (Really, just because I was so hot - not because of skirt b/c my skirts always get ripped in the bike chain. Classy.) And Sister Crofts was cracking up, which I loved because whenever I get angry like that, my brothers always crack up at me.

I have loved thinking about what Elder Holland said at conference, "The crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty." I love that. I'm trying to express my love to God by being more loyal to Him, not doubting Him, more perfectly keeping his commandments and mission rules. I love God so much more now than I ever have, I think. I'm so grateful to know the gospel and I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ. Lately, I've felt kind of down and like I'm not a very good missionary. But, I'm grateful that through Jesus Christ, I can change. And I'm grateful that Heavenly Father loves me, and so He can help me achieve great things. I just need to have sincere prayers, diligent scripture study (to better figure out what His plans for me are) and trust Him. I only have three transfers left and I just want so badly to change and become the best best best I can at this time in my life and get rid of all the bad and stuff that's not good.

Family, send allllll my love to Lydia when you see her. Really love her so much. So, so excited for her. Also, Faj, ask Mark M. if he ever got my letter. i don't want him to write me back, but I want to make sure he got my letter and saw the awesome envelope I sent him. Also, I desperately need immune boost capsules and deep heat. Deep heat almost gone. Use it all the time. Would die without it. Thank you. Faj, I know my name is cen hui4 lian2, but what hui and what lian? I need to know asap, thanks.

I love you all so much. Thanks so much for all your love and support and prayers.
love,
Natalie

shout-outs:
TARA!!! problem, just sent a juicy letter to Park City. You have to read it, if there is ANY way possible. Gah, sorry. Love you so much and loved loved hearing your news. Glad you're feelin' some peace. I'll write you more soon. And duh, forever besties. So don't even worry your cute little self.
VERINA: I am officially a part of the cool club. THANKS for the letter. Overjoyed. Writing you back sooooon.
Ariel: neeeeed your address. Did you ever get the letter I sent?
Celia: sorry, can you send your address again??
Allison: How are you? miss/love you.
Kimi: kimi! writteeee me. love you guys.

PHOTOS
1. Yun En's baptism. Star Trek hair. Love them
2. DOUBLE CHIN. Me beckoning to Ping on the bus.
3. me. temple in back.
4. me and cai jiemei. recent convert. one of favorite people ever. they really are all my favorites.
5. me and sister crofts with mei jun.
ps, I wear glasses everyday. I love my glasses! Thank you, family!
















Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 2, 2012 (Zhongli)


Dear everyone,

Finn do you read my emails?

Have I told you guys about Mei Jun yet? Faj, there is a guy in your class named Jason Ni. She's his best friend. Jason is a total rockstar and has already talked about everything with her, so she's already keeping all the commandments. When we share commandments with her, she's just like, "yep, I already know. Yeah, actually I haven't been drinking coffee or tea for a year now." She is super prepared and so fun to teach. Last week, she only came to sacrament meeting and Jason told her she should attend all of church and that she should listen to what the missionaries say because they can really help her. She came to all 3 hours of church yesterday. Jason will tell her things you say in class, so he must like you. I asked her is he thinks you are scary or super serious. She said no. (ps, did you ever get the lucky i sent to you to give to Lucky?)

I LOVE having mm meetings and I especially LOVE our mm leader. This week, he was telling us about something he saw on discovery channel about this group of people who are fighting to save the whales, and it reminded him or the missionaries and the work we do. It was precious and hilarious. He's the most  humble, sincere man in the world. Whenever our investigators are having a hard time, he always talks about how he thinks about them and worries about them. And he really does. Last week, we were talking about this ward member who got bit by an ant, so the elders went to give him a blessing. I was like, "Where did he get bit?" And Wu dixiong started cracking up a little bit and was like, "It's inconvenient to say. In an inconvenient place." We were cracking up.

Sister Crofts had to go to the doctor, aka hopstial this week. That took up a whole day. The building was really beautiful (in Taipei), but that day I didn't have my camera. Bummer. The doctor's English was good, but there were still some good language barriers. Realized my vocab doesn't extend to the medical realm at all. Faj, isn't it weird that I can speak Chinese a little bit?

We didn't too hot numerically this week. But, last night, right as we left our apartment, we were biking to this one neighborhood and there was a girl walking on the side of the street. There's always a ton of people walking on the side of the street, and sometimes you feel prompted to talk to someone and sometimes I'm like, "Should I keep going? Should I turn around? Should I talk to them?" And sort of argue with myself. But, this girl, without even thinking about it, I just noticed her and slammed on my brakes to talk to her. Sister Crofts was ahead of me and told me later that as soon as she passed that girl, she started turning her bike around to talk to her. It's so cool how we can be so literally led by the spirit. The girl was awesome and set up with us.

Also, my beloved trainer, Sister Wang, just went home, but she came to visit zhong li yesterday with Becky Li. I LOVE WANG JIEMEI. She is the most kind, Christlike person in the world. Parents, if you come, we'll totally go visit her and her family on the east coast - taidong. She snuck chocolate into my bag. She's so loving and wonderful. I totally miss not having her as a fellow missionary.

My favorite book of mormon scripture lately is Alma 37:17. This is also one of my favorite themes of the Book of Mormon, and a reason why we repeatedly read the book of mormon. God will keep all the promises he's made to us (think: patriarchal blessings, other priesthood blessings, personal revelation, keeping our covenants) because he's kept all his promises he's made to our fathers, aka ALL of the people in the book of mormon. Over and over and over again, we see that as people keep their covenants, and keep the commandments, they prosper. This gives me so much peace, hope, and comfort. Also, sometimes I feel like I have big, grand plans for my life or things I want to do and sometimes they feel unattainable, but I truly know that God loves me and has great plans for my life, and as I trust Him and do what's right, He'll help me achieve and have a rich, full life. It's so comforting to know that the One with the most wisdom, power, and knowledge knows me and loves me, and because of that, He's on my team (or rather, I'm on His team) and He'll help me in every aspect. I truly feel that my life has been so incredibly and richly blessed - honestly, too blessed. My life has been so good, and it's truly all from God. Believe in God. Let Him help you achieve and become all you can. I know our lives will be better as we do so. I'm still trying to really live this principle - trusting God and His ways, His time, His promised blessings. The gospel is too good.

Family, will you hate me if I don't send you anything for Christmas?

love love love all of you so much. All of you are HUGE, ginormous blessings in my life. For reals.

love, Sister Natalie

SHOUT-OUTS
Verina! I was so, so, so happy and excited to get your letter! Thank you! I'll write you back later. I love you and your sister!
Celia! Neeeeed your address again. Sorry.
ARIEL! Also, neeeed your address. Did you get the letter I sent?
Courtney CB: Are you still in DC? Same house? What about Kristin?
ALICIA HARRIS: did you ever get my letter? what's your current address?

Pictures
- always looking like huge dorkwads. Lately, freezing and super wet and rainy.
- pie eating contest - notice jason ni's friend, lin mei jun in the background. also, notice the grandpa's face on the right hand side. so good!
- favorite district picture ever.
- freezing day led to combined companionship study on the bed under blankets.








Saturday, December 1, 2012

November 25, 2012 (Zhongli)


Dearest famster and friends,

This week was the most stressful week of my mission, so far, I think. We had this idiotic idea to throw a huge autumn party for our ward, investigators and their friends. It turned out well, but there was so much stuff we had to do for it. We were in charge of doughnut on a string, which me and Sister Crofts realized was too hard for 2 people. Two people was not enough to be holding up the stick and tying string to it at the same time. We also had a pie eating contest, but because pies are so expensive, we just bought these bread things and put whip cream on the top. I didn't realize how crappy that was, until Brother Su (an American in the bishopbric and one of the contestants) was like, "You guys bought bread from RT Mart instead of pie?!" And Elder Deal was like, "We bought them bread when we said we'd give them pie? How cheap is that!" The pie contest looked miserable, like they were suffocating from whipped cream and I was laughing so hard. They all loved it. Later we had a balloon stomping competition, which was also super hilarious. Sister Crofts was running all over, screaming, and doing high leg kicks because a bunch of people were chasing her. So funny.

This week, we also had a little Thanksgiving. On Tuesday during studies, we were like, duh we should celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. (Because it was after pday, and we were going to have a meeting for our autumn festival.) So proud of us, because we put together a thanksgiving meal in 24 hours. It was actually super delicious. Here are the food assignments:

me and sister crofts (ps, I LOVE Sister Crofts - I never have time to include stories about her, but she's a super awesome missionary, talks to everyone, and also hilarious. Like, she worked at a fat camp and has a bunch of funny stories about being camp counselor. Also, Faj, she is as disheveled as me. The other day, she was trying to super glue this bow together, got glue on her hands, so she's frantically trying to get it off with tissues, and then the tissues get cemented to her skin. I was cracking up. She was chapped.) Anyway, me and Sister Crofts bought a duck. You buy a duck on a little roadside stand and they chop up the whole thing for you. Super heavenly, for reals. We also brought bread.

Elders Powell and Andersend: Drinks and dessert. We chose something nice and easy for them because lsat time we assigned them to bring fruit to a function, they bought maggot-infested oranges.

Elders Deal and Patrick: side potatos. So, their steamer wasn't working, so Elder Patrick had to cook the potatos 3 at a time in a toaster oven. He was a little chapped.

Sisters Chen and Burrell: potatos and gravy since Chen jiemei's mom is constantly sending her potatos and gravy.

It was super fun and delicious. And fastly eaten. yeah for having thanksgiving on a regular lunch break time!

This week, I don't know why, but I've felt really led by the Spirit. It's been such an awesome feeling. Our mission is focusing on the Book of Mormon this month as well, so we've been encouraged to use bom more. Anyway, we went to visit an investigator, but she wasn't home, but I felt that we should make a goal to talk to just like two people or knock two doors before we leave an area. We quickly went up to a girl named Bagel Wang. She said she believed in God, but didn't really believe any specific thing about him and wasn't really super into religions because she didn't want to identify with like a specific way that God is because religions say different things about him, or have a set regulation of how God is, or something like that. I asked her, "If there was a way that you could really know who God is and what type of person he is and could know that it was true, then would you be interested in knowing it?" She said, "Yeah, if there was a weay  I could kn ow, then I would accept." So I was like, "Just a sec!" and ran to my bike to grab a book of mormon. She listened to us talk and testify of the BofM, even though my Chinese and contacting skills were super lacking that day. But she told us she's actually really interested in the book or momron and our messge, because we seem so happy. (If you wanna be happy, accept the gospel. Tell you what! Everyone comments on the happiness of missionaries and members.) She said she's studying for a huge test and can't meet with missionaries until next summer, but we gave her a book or mormon and she seemed really happy and gratefl to have it. And it was just a super awesome experience for me. I know that what Niels said iss true, the Book of Mormon has power that we don't even know. Even though my Chinese wasn't super fluent, I knew she could feel that what we were saying was genuine and true. If you want a better life in any way, read the Book of Mormon.

The other night, when we left the church, there was a girl outside I wanted to talk to, but no time. So Qiu Feng, new convert, was at the church, so I called her and asked her to contact that girl. What a rockstar, totally talked to her, and the girl totally has interest. Lately, I"ve just felt really divinely led.

Church, yesterday. So many people came. Including our mom with all three of her kids. She wasn't going to bring her kids, but they all wanted to come. One of the them, a young woman, said she's going to bring two friends next week. So awesome.

Our wonderful LA, Ping, when I asked her if she was coming to church tomorrow was kind of ticked and like, "Yes, I love church! I'm coming every week. You don't need to ask me every week." Ha, love her.

I also had interviews with President this week. Man, he is so awesome. Constantly super in-tune to the spirit, and when you're with him, it's kind of scary sometimes because it's like he can look into your soul and know everything you're thinking. But I set some goals with him and I'm excited for the rest of my mission.  I only have three transfers left, after this one, so I'm trying to do super awesome the last three.

pant breathing. time almost out.

love you guyss sooo so so so much.

oh, i ate dinner with malachi and his wife and their beautiful baby, moses micheal mcgee. best name ever. love them all so much.

love, sister nad
shout-outs:
allison mays: make sure you untag ALL ugly photos of me on facebook. thanks!! looove you!
trevor: had a dream, you owned a bread shop, and to get better business, you were having your employees standing like standing in the tiles so they looked like super tiny people. Gah, that is so hard to explain. Whatever, i'll tell you later. loooove you also.