Nihao! Today was great because Heavenly Father loves me! P-day was great! I got to catch up on laundry, email family, personal study time, went to the temple, got x-rays for visas! I got a letter from Marshall (which I LOVED and totally showed off to my roomies)! I am filled with love for the Sisters in my district. Our whole district gets along great. We are in this together and we serve each other. It will be so sad to say goodbye, but I hope we get to be seated together when we fly for 14 hours to Taiwan.
1/30/14 DAY 8:
Today was good. Heavenly Father loves me. ( a paragraph of Chinese) No time. I love the MTC! Sima Jiemei (Sister Smith)
2/2/14 DAY 11:
Today and yesterday were great! Heavenly Father loves me! I am too tired to write much. The Sunday film went over time and I've gotta get to bed for service tomorrow at 6:15am. Love you! The gospel is true!
2/3/14 DAY 12:
Today was good, Tianfu ai wo! Our teachers here are amazing! They keep us going. Just everything here is great! Iv'e come to realize a lot. You hear often that you are put in district and specific companionship for a reason, and it's so true! I am learning so much from Sister Murri and I know I'm here for a reason. I am not a perfectionist, i'm not a diligent studier (but I AM NOW!) and I'm not spunky or trendy, but I am exactly what they need. I'm not saying I'm amazing, I can just see how all out individual talents will work together to help each other out. Satan works hard on all of us to think we will never learn Chinese, that we are failing, that we should give up, but I decided long ago that God is there. He knows me. He knows you. He will lead us to the best end for us if we just let Him guide our lives. Satan will not win no matter how hard he tries, the gospel cannot be contained, and he sure will not get to me! I know I am a divine daughter of God and for the next 17 1/2 months I am set apart as a representative of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Satan can try as he might but I assure you my faith is strong. I know I can turn everything over to God, and He will provide for me. I'm a daughter of a king. I'm a missionary. I'm a representative of Jesus Christ. I'm so excited to be on HIs side, fighting for the salvation of my brothers and sisters. This is a fight, a struggle-the ultimate struggle of Good and Evil. What a joy it is to know I can live with me family forever. To know I can be forgiven when I make a mistake. To know where I came from and where i'm going. My purpose is God's purpose; to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
I can't believe how many people I've met throughout my life who don't yet have the knowledge or blessings I enjoy daily, and I didn't tell them about it! They might have known I was a Mormon, but I never told them God loves you. Christ suffered and died for our sins. We don't have to carry that guilt. God loves us so He restored the full gospel of Christ through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Read it to know Christ loves you. He was resurrected so we could be. Why do we learn all this on Sunday and then not tell every single person we meet? The work is hastening, Christ will come reign on earth soon, and God wants all of His children to come home. Temple work is a big part of that too. I GIVE YOU A CHALLENGE: invite someone to church, give someone a Book of Mormon, attend the temple weekly, but REMEMBER- in order to invite someone to know Christ and His atonement, you must first know it for yourself.
I testify this gospel is true. It has been restored a final time, never to be removed from earth again. Take courage, for God WILL NOT fail. Christ will be triumphant and boy do I want to be on HIs side, standing with my family when He finally does come! I love you all. I love the MTC. I love my companion. Most of all I love Jesus Christ.