Here it is a little weird, you are just thrown together with a stranger and (for me at least) first love her like a sister in the gospel, then trust and love her like a companion (sharing a common cause), and then comes true friendship (comfortable with each other, sharing food, knowing what desserts the other one likes or getting two glasses of water cuz you know she likes 2...etc. little thing like that). And it's just all these little things that make her who she is and why we are friends and honestly great companions. I'll think something and she'll say it, or the other way around. Especially when we are in a lesson and we are supposed to do something and I feel prompted to do another thing...she just goes with it. I just love her and I love it here!
Sima Jiemei (Smith Sister), the Sima goes first. It confuses the mail people when Jiemei is first.
Missionary Mom Advice:
Sister Averett said she wished she had written and noticed more of the blessings while her son was out so she could remember to share them with him. So do that! :)
Okay, this week...wow. We are coming together even more as a district, and a new district comes today! Yay! I'm so excited to meet them and they are ALL going to Taibei too! So much fun! Also we are doing a trial day of all Chinese speaking this Friday. That's right we will become really good friends with our dictionary, but we, as a district, have decided to spend the last 10 days, no English allowed, and if one of us speaks Engish, we have to say we don't understand. Crazy, but it'll push us so much! I'm super excited. We figured we better get used to it because soon we will be around Mandarin all day everyday!
Book of Mormon stories are powerful. Mu Jiemei and I taught our district meeting on Sunday, about the doctrine of Christ. Since we (missionaries) talk about the doctrine of faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost and endure to the end all the time, we wanted to try a new way to present it. We found a Mormon Message on lds.org called ...
about this guy whose life was changed by the Book of Mormon, anyway we also had an experience this week where we used the story of Alma the younger to teach one of our investigators about repentance and the gift that it is.
Alma the younger:
So we had our district think specifically how the Book of Mormon contains the doctrine of Christ through the stories. I talked about veins of gold, and how the stories are important to teach simply but with power. So then each companionship picked a doctrine and had to find a story, not a sermon, that displayed that doctrine. It was great; Endure to the end: 3rd Nephi. In third Nephi, their lives were in danger, and it was literally the end when the sign came. Faith: Lehi sending his sons back to Jerusalem. Baptism: the waters of Mormon, why they wanted to be baptized and the change it had in their lives. No one did the Holy Ghost, so I'd like to invite you to find a story that teaches the gift of the Holy Ghost and "DearElder.com" it to me!
You're probably tired of me challenging you to do things but that's what we're here to do. Missionaries invite others to do things, to repent, to change their life and to share spiritual experiences! :)
I just don't know how to describe or capture everything that happens in the MTC, but I never want to forget it. Everyday there are things to improve on, things to do better, but also, we are totally supported by theSpirit. There is no doubt in my mind that the Spirit is working real hard here to whip us young adults into shape!
Thank you for your support, your love, your prayers, your letters and your pictures. God loves us all so much, He wants to hear from you so turn to Him all the time! Seriously just turn everything over to Him. Since doing that my life has less fear, less stress, and more blessings I recognize as I increase my faith that He is in charge, and He knows what is best. Keep doing good things! Love, Sima Jiemei
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.