you know it's time to clean the drain when plant life sprouts there...
Family! You are all so so amazing, thnk you for emailing me, even if it is just to ask me how the weather is in Taiwan :) haha! I'm excited to see ya'll on monday (Sunday for you). If everything else fails and the internet is out or something, I'll for sure just call, like last year. That was still fun. :) I told dad already what you can prepare to talk to me about. I want to hear about your lives and such, but remember I have 30-4- minutes. :)
This week was great, again. Heavenly Father always gives us these miracles I didn't plan for or even expect. This Friday we got a text from our RC, I'm at the temple sister." What? We didn't know he was planning on going to the temple! (I mean, we've talked about it and encouraged him, but hadn't found a day off work for him yet.) So we called that night and he said, yes, he did baptisms for the dead for the first time (in English, because he is Filipino). Bishop Chen and his wife are ANGELS! They called up the Filipino brothers, and scheduled with the temple a time to do English baptisms for the dead and then took them. And our RC loved it! He said he felt the Spirit, and he was baptized 25 times (even I've only ever done 17 in a row). It was so cool to see him so happy the next night when we were meeting with him! Yep, Heavenly Father really has blessed me so much to place me in this area in Taoyuan. The ward is like I've never seen before.
Well, life is pretty great. I don't know if you've ever heard of Project Purification, but it is a 40 fast of things that keep you from fully having the SPirit with you, to help missionaries (and probably anyone) be more sanctified. We're trying that the next 40 days, we'll see how it goes, but I'm just really grateful this week for the experiences heavenl Father gives me and has already given me to emotionally and mentally be able to handle stresses. Most of the stability (actually, probably all of it) is from faith in Christ. Trusting that God knows what I want, what I need, what He wants me to do, and puts me in situations so I can learn and be happy. It may be hard at times, but there really always is an up side to any situation. I really love living in Taiwan and being a missionary! I know I have a ton I still have to learn, and I'm still working to follow the Spirit the best I can each day, and yes, I'm not perfect (though some family members may think so ;D) but, the Lord will take care of everything. He'll help me do this work. He loves me. He loves you! Do missionary work, but don't grudgingly do missioanry things. Really mean it! And remember, always forgive the missionaries who call you to peike for a lesson that same day, or in a couple of hours. Try to help them and they really will be eternally grateful, because, like I said, soemtimes things happen and one person cancels but maybe someone else suddenly calls to set up for that night!
Love you for eternity! See you when I see you!
Love, Sister Smith
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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.