I love you all so much! Easter weekend here wasn't huge because not many people know about it. And Conference is rebroadcast next week so I havent seen it yet. I'm so so excited to hear all the talks and receive revelation. Matt, I'm with you, they get shorter and shorter and Conference itself feels like it's shorter. before the broadcast we are trying to host a breakfast.... it's a very American thing to do I think. I'm excited! It's just going to be great!
This past week has been great, and full of emotions. Sister Miller is starting to feel it's real she is leaving and it is really hard to leave this area she has loved and worked in for months, She really loves the members and the members LOVE her. I'm so grateful for her example and will really try to keep that good relationship growing.
We have seen a lot of miracles in trying to set inspired goals and then make plans, and pray, and pray, and pray some more. On Saturdaywe were blessed to have 5 other lessons, find 3 new investigators, and meet with 3 LAs. I would say one of the biggest successes this week was in RCLA work. We called and tried to really meet with them and Heavenly Father provided a way! We met with 5 RCs and 4 LAs and then 5 LAs came to church, and 3 of those were Melchezidek priesthood holders! They actually are starting to mention maybe opening a new ward in NanKan... we just lack the number of MPH over here. SO we've reassessed our efforts and are really going to try to get those LAs coming back!!!
It is a little challenging killing someone who had been here for so long. She doesn't want to go, I don't want her to go, and I've started really assessing my effort and energy to love and serve the members. I'm definitely excited for the next two transfers to keep learning and seeing this area grow. Its so amazing here! Lately in studies I've also redetermined my focus to be exactly obedient and to really try to encompass PMG teachings. It's been so great this last week working on that. I love it!
Well, her last P-day here, she wants to go play, actually, the elders invited us to hang with them and a member for his birthday. So I'll talk to you more next week. I love you so so much! Some pictures are coming this week too....
Love, Sister Smith
One year on island- at the taiwan temple
Our English class had a party. It was great, Disney themed, but the BEST part was the Spiritual thought. I felt the spirit through the while thing. So we wanted to help our students better understand Christ's Atonement (how do you explain that to a group of people with varying degrees of understand of who Christ is?) And how Christ is our best friend and sacrificed his life because He loves us. So through brainstorming elder Bennion (the one doing the pushups) told us a story some apostle or something told to teach about Christ. We decided to, instead of tell the story, just act it out, and hopefully bring our students into the situation that they could better understand for themselves. So, we plan, assign everyone parts, and pray that everything goes smoothly. Here's how the evening went:
Sister Guo told the story of footprints in the sand (a man walking next to Christ but when he looked back during all the hard times in life he only saw one pair of footprints, he asked Christ why He left him and Christ said He carried him). THen we explained we had a small activity. Everyone was going to get a piece of candy. Sister Miller yelled, who wants candy? And the missionaries led out but eventually everyone had their hand raised that they wanted some. So Sister Guo explained, everyone will get a piece of candy, but for every piece, Elder Bennion has to do 5 pushups. And whether you wnt the piece of candy or not, he'll do the pushups so you have the option to accept or not. So we start. I hold one piece out to a little kid and Elder Bennion does 5 pushups, then I hand the piece to the little kid. Next, he does 5 more. and 5 more, and 5 more. by the time 9 people had candy, you could see he was getting tired, but he still did it. Then the 11th person, we got to a mom and her son and the mom asked, Do we have to take it? We don't really want any, he looks really tired. (This was the EXACT point we wanted someone to say) so I reminded her, whether you want it or not, he will still do the pushups, you can choose to accept it though. So he does 5 more and 5 more for her son. By now, he looked tired, and the pushups were slower in between. So we asked, who still wants candy? A girl raised her hand and everyone else shook their heads... another little girl in particular shook her head adamantly, and ask Elder Bennion started to do 5 more for a girl thisother girl gave her a piece I'd given her earlier, but he still had to "pay the price". No one wanted candy and I just felt the Spirit so trong becasue it really brought it real for me too, that someone suffered physical pain so we could have the sweetest gift of eternal life. So we talked a little about this, how Christ suffered for us and his Atonement is offered to everyone, you can choose, but He's already paid for it. them a member spoke a bit on how Chirst affected his life and I sang "I Stand All Amazed" (Heavenly Father really blesed me) and the Spirit was so strong in that gym. It was amazing, then we had the Elder's RC say a closing prayer. I won't be forgetting that spiritual thought soon. I love my life!
Love, Sister Smith
I'm Sister Smith, missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm serving in the Taiwan, Taipei mission until July 2015.