Missionary Life: Wow, I really love our life. I love that we can always learn so much! The temple was amazing and I felt I'm really starting to understand more about Christ. I love reading the Book of Mormon looking for God's dealings with us.
This week we were literally given investigators! Earlier we were sitting eating and this couple came and sat by us, we invited them to English class, ...get this....They came early and a couple of sisters were able to give them a tour and set baptism dates with them, and one lives in our area!
Also, after emailing last week we bought groceries and were in the process of loading our bikes when a guy next to us said, are you with a church and we explained we were missionaries and he said, "給我一章," (give me a paper). So we gave him the church's information and got his number. we called and he set up for this week! How cool! We are so excited to keep working and practicing in companionship study to teach the doctrine but also to help these souls overcome trials by coming unto Christ. We are so so blessed!
I've learned a lot this week about patience, and I'm starting to realize how important patience is. Patience with myself, patience and trust in the Lord's timing. It really takes a lot of stress and worry away as I have faith and trust in God's work. He really is doing this work and I'm so eternally grateful He's trusted me to live and serve here in DaTong. I love it! Sister Morris is so awesome.
You know how you have to find ways you best learn? Well, I can learn okay I guess by looking at words on flashcards and reviewing (after extensive review and using on the street) they stick. Well, Sister Morris has been saying lately that hearing people use phrases then trying them herself really helps her understand and remember things, so we're trying a new way to learn, through roleplays. It is through putting her in a teaching setting she can learn and also realize how to use the phrases to help others learn doctine and answer their questions. We'll
see how that goes this week. I'm so amazed at her love for the people and her desire to help them. She is so full of ideas and determination to follow Preach My Gospel, but also think
outside the normal/box to accomplish those things. I love her!
Studies are going really great actually. We are getting better at managing companionship study time.... this week has been especially important because it has 3 hours of videos to watch for the training. But it has been so awesome to see their example. Also, it's very humbling. As a trainer I just want to help her have the best experience possible and to have great habits, and it's humbling though to see things on the District or in PMG that we aren't doing and say, yes, we need to change to do this better. I'm so excited to keep being humbled and learning from her! And, to be patient with myself as I learn and move on from mistakes. Patience! I remember before I came out patience seemed to be a common theme in blessings and during the setting apart and before this and in the MTC I though, well, patience isn't that hard, it's pretty good... well, I'm realizing patience doesn't come into play when you're just starting maybe....for me now at least, it's when I'm into it, doing these things and working for a while when you must wait and keep being patient. Did that make sense? It makes sense in my head.
I just don't really want to leave Taiwan. Ever. So.... good thing I've got a long time til I have to worry about it :) Have a great week and keep loving the Lord, and others and working and having fun!
Love, Sister Smith
ABOVE: When I asked Mikell, she confirmed that indeed this is her real hair and she plans to cut it when she comes home.
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.