This week has been great! It was a little weird having shortened studies on Sunday, but it worked out and we saw some cool miracles at a local park, people came up to us, and were practically delivered in front of us to teach, and we were also able to call some potentials and formers and set up appointments. We hope to continue working for a "White Christmas!"
We've seen cool miracles through small things this week, working with members, helping them, not giving up onsetting up with potentials, who turned into new investigators, and in our companionship. I've also loved still reading the Book of Mormon specifically looking for the Lord's dealings with us... He is always preparing and commanding, and speaking and leading. It is so cool to see those patterns of righteous followers. The Lord really provides a way, I know He will and IS preparing people here to be taught and be baptized in December (and Jan, Feb., Mar,.... etc. ..)! Really, Christ is on every page of the Book of Mormon and I always knew, the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, it testifies He'll come and it records His appearance, but I didn't realize how much of an integral part He was in everyone's daily lives... and it's helping me slowly realize how much of an influence He really is in my life! Wow, just read the Book of Mormon. If you've already read it, read it again! If you haven't read it yet, READ IT!!!! There is nothing more important you could be doing with your time than serving the Lord, learning from His word and communicating with Him through prayer. I love all the great examples you have been to me in my life, especially you Dad and Mom.
I'm working on remembering, and I hope at the end of the day you all can remember this too; it is so easy to think back on the day and see all the things you need to do differently and improve, but thank the Lord and report on all the good things you did that day. Thank Him for the opportunity and ability to do those things, and you will start to see the difference you do make in the world. I'm realizing more and more that we make such a big difference, but it can get lost if we don't recognize it. Check out lds.org's mormon messages, there are a couple of really great ones (they're all good) but I like the one with the mom who did so much on one day but got frustrated, but in the end, it was good.
Also "true christianity" love them.
Sister Morris is so great, she loves the ward so much and really makes friends so easily! She is happy and our personalities go together well, I think. It is humbling to realize you can't keep anything from your companion. Throughout my whole mission experience so far, that has been one impiortnat factor, you can't hide things from your companion, because you can feel if something is wrong or off. Your companion sees you happiest, stressed, faithful, disappointed, tired, soaked, laughing, and crying with laughter or frustration. I'm so grateful for companions who see it all, but still love you and are so patient! Sister Morris and I are having more fun together and singing and both just praying and working on this area, giving it to the Lord. I've really seen and heard her Chinese improve too. She is so excited to finish Phase 1 by the end of training and she definitely can, we are working on it together.
We both love Christmas soooo much, Thanksgiving is great, but we've caught Christmas fever and are so excited we get to testify of Christ.
Studies are great, though there is a lot to do in the 12 week program. I admire my trainer all the more for everything she did for me... and I feel like she did it with maybe a bit more grace than is happening right now, but it's going pretty well. I really love Sister Morris, and whenever I get frustrated or questioning "Why?" about the work or investigators, I think of how much I love her, and how much I know my parents love me... and when I think of the fact that Heavenly Father is perfect and loves me more than that, it comforts my heart. He doesn't want us to have a list of "I should've"'s at the end of the day, I believe He wants us to be happy and grateful for the day He gave us, and with hope-filled pleas for tomorrow's possibilities.
I really love being here in Taiwan, learning to become a better disciple of Christ. Love you and thank you!!!
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.