POWER OF FAITH
This week we really have created a vision for this next transfer, and set some goals. We have the feeling DaTongQu has so much untouched potential we haven't tapped into, and we've been studying faith. The power that truly comes with faith and action. That's probably our biggest goal to focus on this week, keeping the faith-fire we feel right now. We read about how in order to have faith and to access it's real power, we have to have our thoughts and actions ALWAYS focused on the work and our purpose. It doesn't mean it will result in physical exertion, but in mental exertion to keep all thoughts focused on edifying things and on helping DaTongQu explode! We are super excited to continue the obedient practices we've developed, and add to them to increase our obedience. We want to keep our conversations focused as well. Not that we talked about non-uplifting stuff, but to just make a concerted effort to speak things that will uplift one another's faith, increase our love for the Taiwanese, and build our relationship with the Lord. I'm super excited for the miracles I know we will see this transfer as we set goals, keep them in our sight, and rely on the Lord to lead us and push to keep us going.
NOT ALWAYS A "NEW ERA STORY" ENDING TO EACH DAY
This week we struggled to find new investigators and baptismal dates, but we met a lot of people. On Saturday we worked with a member for a couple of hours and had 5 lessons! Found 1 new investigator and we think her sister will set up with us soon as well. Also, we taught like 2 lessons in English. It was crazy (saying an English prayer somehow got foreign...), and this week we met people from France, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, and Americans from Hong Kong. It was so cool!
DOORS WILL OPEN TO US
We had another miracle day, Thursday. We woke up and went to the track like usual, then returned to the house and found it was locked... and we forgot the keys. So we talked to the guard and he said the locksmith opened at 9, so we went to the courtyard prayed, and felt, we should use the time to start WPS. So we borrowed a pen from him and a couple sheets of paper, prayed, and started thinking of our investigators. (It was here that I got really grateful we use the planning guidelines each night so we knew the order and things we needed to focus on. miracle! ) So then we got hungry, with no money, so we went to the little place next door and explained the situation and she let us get some food we could just pay later. (miracle!) and we were able to finish pretty much all of planning for the week (the locksmith didn't actually open until 10), So THEN (I'm getting to the biggest miracle of all), the locksmith came and tried opening the door, and none of the original stuff was working. So we told him we were missionaries and asked if we could pray with him, he laughed and declined. So we prayed together and DURING the prayer, as soon as I asked to help him know how to open the door and that we could get in to better prepare for the day, the door opened! (Miracle!) It was cool, so we were able to talk to him a little bit. The keys ended up not being inside, and someone found them at the school where we went running that morning, so why didn't we think of that sooner? We think that the locksmith either needed the money or Heavenly Father wanted him to have that experience. It was just such a cool day!
Wow, it's getting hot but we are heating up with it, this week is going to be awesome! Our companionship is going super great I think. Sister Jasperson truly is amazing. She and I love singing together, to old people in the park, in getting ready for the day, or as we walk to keep spirits up. Our studies are really awesome. She also said that while 2 hours of companionship study is great, we both have to get used to 1 hour of study, so this transfer we will try to get spiritual share, lesson prep, and day-prep roleplays in that first hour, then focus on more role plays and training in the second hour. I think that'll be a great way to keep us focused and prepare us for next transfer!
All in all, life is great. It's hard, it's challenging, and it's fun, and it is SO worth it. I totally love Taiwan, and there is no place in the world I'd rather be than right here, blindly ordering meals, not understanding passing conversations, and being stared at. :) haha! I hope it can stay like this and I think I will continue to love life everyday. Keep it fresh, and develop my love for this country everyday! Keep doing good, and serving everywhere. Love you so much!!
Happy Mother's Day!
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.