Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Week 36: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! 

Well, the big news of the week is I have a new companion! Today we had mini-move-call and my companion got moved, and I have a new, wonderful companion, Sis. Gibson! She is from Conneticut. She actually only has 4 more weeks on her mission, so I will be getting another new companion next move-call as well. But I am so excited for these 4 weeks with her! 

We actually did have some cool things happen last week. Last Tuesday we went to meet with a less active and when we got there she was like, I made a new friend who goes to church and I want you to meet her, so we are going to her house. Ok, cool! So we get there and our less active is like, hi, these are my missionary friends. The lady looked at us like, uh, ok. So we went up and were talking and soon another lady comes. Except she is a white Australian. So that was cool. We are talking and eventually I asked the Australian what church they go to, and she says they are Jehovah's Witnesses. I had never met one before. So we talked a bit about missionary work (since they are missionaries in Taiwan as well) and we talked about why we love serving missions and such. It was super interesting. She actually reminded me of how great it really is to be a missionary, because we get to constantly think of Jesus Christ because we are teaching about him and talking about him all the time. She also helped me to remember that Jesus Christ should be the focus of all I do as a missionary. So as interesting of a meeting as it was, I am super grateful for it because she helped me to refocus my missionary efforts and make sure they are centered on Christ. 

Wednesday was mission tour! We had Elder Larry Wilson from the Asia Area Presidency come visit our mission. We got to spend the day hearing from him and learning from him! It was so great! He invited us all to think of 5 things that we will change to be better missionaries, so I am super excited! This was also where my companion and I were singing. We sang "Search, Ponder and Pray" from the children's hymnbook, since scriptures was kind of the theme. The only problem was that my companion got really sick on Tuesday and didn't have a voice and we were super nervous. She got a blessing and we asked lots of people to pray for us. Needless to say, she was even sicker on Wednesday morning. But, we got up there, and I know the angels were singing with us. My companion didn't cough once, my voice didn't crack, and everyone gave us huge compliments. I know the Lord answers prayers, even if it is just so that we sound good while we sing. So that was super great and fun!

Thursday my companion was super, super, sick. She had a fever on Wednesday night for quite a while, and so we stayed in for the morning on Thursday and she slept while I organized stuff and called lots of people. 

Friday night we went out to dinner with our ward correlator and his mom. We went to this great place and it was like a 6 or 7 course meal! And I had steak! It was so good! But we were stuffed by the time we were done eating. So good though!

Then Saturday was a great day to! Why? Because Liu JM had her baptismal interview and she passed! If all goes well this week, she will be getting baptized on Saturday! We are so excited and she is so ready! We are also hoping my companion will be able to come back for it. We'll see! 

I am excited for this week! Sis. Gibson and I are ready to work hard and see miracles! 

Since this week is Thanksgiving, I want to tell everyone how thankful I am for all your support! I am thankful that I have this opportunity to serve my Savior and Heavenly Father here in Taiwan and be able to bring people unto Christ. I am thankful for the gospel and the blessings it brings to me and my family. I know that this gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that because of His Atonement, we can become clean from our sins and return to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father again when we die, and for this, I am so, eternally, grateful!

#1: View out my window on a super clear day. The tall building is the Taiwan 85 - the second tallest building in Taiwan.

#2: The view out my window on a cloudy, rainy day. I liked it because the 85 is sticking up through the clouds. And yes, I was missing photography so I took the picture in black and white =]
#3: Sis. Gibson and I! Not the greatest picture, so expect more of us =]
#4: My zone and the East GaoXiong Zone at Mission Tour. 

Love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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