Dear loved ones,
This week was great! Elder and Sister Wilson came and gave great training on using the Book of Mormon and on the importance of doing everything we can to get our investigaotrs and new converts into the Book of Mormon and read within their first year. Also, getting them to the temple soon.
We took one of our investigators, Betty, on a temple tour, and when the temple sisters got to the First Vision painting, we asked her what she remembers about his experience from our last lesson, and she totally remembered the whole thing, and she said she believes this is true! How awesome is that?
We also met with Fan JM. We still don't know quite what to do because her husband won't let her come to church because of the distance, but he is perfectly fine with us teaching her. We have a date scheduled and will press forward with faith that something will happen that she can be baptized. I'm sure glad this is the Lord's work, because I definitely would lose hope if I had to come up with the answer all by myself!
There really is power when we touched our tag and say, we are Christ's representatives, our purpose is to help you come unto Christ and prepare to recieve baptism. Last week we were better at asking for referrals and organizing, so this week we'll see if we can have a little increase of Spirit! Really, memeber referrals are super helpful. they are Not just, 'referrals', but ward member's friends and coworkers and we try to treat them with the precious trust needed.
I absolutely love Chinese. It's definitely different and hard, but I know that with the Lord right here next to me, if everything I do is driven by love, my language will be there. It'll be there to the extent that I need it to, and the phrases I'm trying to not just memorize, but internalize, will be brought to my rememberance for me to use. Sister Jasperson has been so great as an example of love. I've watched her really love and pray for our investigators and the members, and I've been really trying to build those habits.
In studies I've recently started a new thing, reading the 4 gospels and 3 Nephi over the course of a couple of weeks to pay attention to the questions Christ asks while he is teaching. I've learned about the types of quality questions he asked, but also in his example of teaching. Just the other day in 3 Nephi 17 I found a how to begin teaching phrase, baptismal invite, praying for them, joy from their faith, individual attention, acknowlegment of the children, service, and definitely the Spirit. I'm just so excited to continue and connect His example literally with every part of what Preach My Gospel says too.
I love it! The Book of Mormon truly is amazing. The more I read and more importantly study this book, I'm blown away at the truthfullness, the peace, and the answers that come from God through it's pages. I'm really trying to study Preach My Gospel and become a Preach My Gospel missionary. It's going to take all the rest of my 15 months, and it'll take beyond that. I love the quote that when you are released from full-time missionary service you are called to life-time missionary service. I hope I can continue to develop Christ-like attributes, share the Book of Mormon, and bear testimony.
I just love Taiwan, the food, the people, the mission work. After we are baptized, we have to remember our commitment to remeber and follow Christ. Being a representative of Him is part of that I think. At the close of my service here, I want to truly be able to say I'm a missionary, proudly MADE IN TAIWAN. This gospel is true! Love it and love all of you!! Keep studying the Book of Mormon, and working with the full-time missionaries in your area.
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.