Sunday, February 18, 2018
Chuan Jie Kuaile! I hope you all had an excellent Chinese New Year! All the Chinese hung up new banners, so now we know where to find them all! Haha.
This week was pretty good! Some sad stuff happened, but we're pushing through and doing great =)
Ran into Sherri at Great Harvest. She said she heard from Tianbao awhile back!!! I guess he was in the Philippines and asked if there was a church there he could go to!! She's going to try to contact him again so we can get contact info for him. I'm so excited!! I miss that kid.
XingJing and Jojo have also started coming to church again! Walter can't because he has so much work. I love their family though! Xingjing (her English name is Cheer, isn't that so cute??) told us first she wants to learn English, but she also likes learning about Jesus Christ and wants to do both.
I just want to take a second to testify of the Plan of Salvation. I feel like Moroni... The Lord makes me mighty in speaking, but in writing what I want to say I am weak. (see Ether 12:23-25) But I will do my best, and pray that the Spirit will carry the message I want to share to your hearts.
Heavenly Father loves us, His children. He loves you. He knows you. He created this plan for you. Before we were born, we agreed to this plan. We chose to follow Jesus Christ. We believed and had faith that He could bear our burdens, carry our sorrows, and atone for our sins. And He did. I know He did, because I have felt that power in my life, the power that only comes through His Grace and Mercy. Because of this plan, we know where we came from, where we are going, and why we are here. This plan is the Plan of Happiness. "Men are that they might have joy" Heavenly Father doesn't want us to go through life sorrowing, but to find the joy that comes through living the Gospel and following our Savior Jesus Christ. I know death does not part us from the people we love. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love for me, and for you. If you have been feeling a lack of that love, that light, in your life, I invite you to pray. If you don't feel like praying, read the Book of Mormon. If you don't feel like doing that, then just meditate, and think about God. Let Him know you have a desire to know truth, to know He is at the very least aware of you.
I know He is very aware. And I know He cares.
I love you all so much. I am so grateful for this Gospel, and the chance I have to bring the light it gives into other's lives.
Have a wonderful week!
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Whoever said the title with the tune "the boys are back in town" gets me. Someday, I will listen to that song again... but not now!!
This week was pretty great. Went to MLC again. It was another awesome Spiritual experience. And we finally got interpretation tech!!! SOOOO EXCITED!!! We used it for the first time, so we could translate for our Chinese friends. And there was more Chinese people there than there has been in awhile: Members:Anbby (nd Miaomiao of course), and Isaac. Investigators: Angel, her sister-in-law, and Xingjing and her daughter Jojo. We visited Xingjing and Walter night. I love their family so much!! Jojo (7 years old) said, "Sorry we haven't been to church. Are you mad?" I said, "We're sad because we miss you guys a lot, but we aren't mad!" "Is Lisa (the Primary President) mad?" "No, of course not! She would never be mad at you!" Jojo is so freaking cute I love her. She told us we are her best friends and even when we leave Saipan she'll still be her friends. I just love their family ^^ Xingjing is taking english classes at the college. She so smart!! Her English is getting way better too. One day, we'll speak each other's languages well enough to have really solid conversations and we'll be even better friends.
Last night we saw Judy. She is so good! She fed us super yummy Chinese food. I'm not sure I'll be able to recreate these dumplings (jiaozi) when I get home, but I will try. Before dinner, she asked us what chapter we had texted her last week because she couldn't find her Book of Mormon to read it. We said it was Alma 38 and we read it together. She said, "wow. Every verse is exactly what I needed to hear. How did you know?" "God told us." "So you felt this is what I needed and gave it to me? That is so cool! Can you do that every day?" We told her we could, but if she wanted she could just start from the beginning too, because the entire Book is full of scriptures written just for us, that will speak to our hearts and our souls. I know that that is true for all of us. I've seen the power--the literal power-- of the Book of Mormon in my own life. It is the truest Book on the earth, and I promise, just as Joseph Smith said, you "will get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." I love the Book of Mormon!
I love the zone we are apart of. I took a video so ya'll could know the people I talk about. I'll try to send that out. I've been picking back up on my Pohnpeian since Elder Ili (who came into Pohnpei 1 transfer after me), Elder Peles and Sister Lawrence (both from Pohnpei) got here. Yay! Sometimes I say stuff to them in Chinese on accident though, haha!
That's about it for this week. I love you all so much. Keep reading the Book of Mormon every day. I promise your days will get brighter, your loads will get lighter, and your love of God and all men will grow stronger. Have an excellent week!!
I poakpoakekumwail! Wo ai ni men! I love you all!
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Sister Lawrence and Sister Laulusa flew in. Sister Lawrence is from Pohnpei! She knows some people I know, so that's cool =) She's gonna help me remember my Pohnpeian too!
Last Monday I had the worst hiccups. They stayed for like an hour. It was awesome!! I was laughing forever haha.
This week has been pretty good. Life always has it's ups and downs, but you just gotta keep looking at the positive and all the blessings you do have. Like the blessing it is to be surrounded by the beautiful ocean (or in your case mountains) every day, or the family and friends you've got, or.... well I could just go on, but I'm running out of time... So I just invite you all to keep looking for the blessings. I promise they are there.
Lotsa stuff happened this week.we found out Sister Laulusa was going to train! So that was cool. She's going to do awesome-- she's a very good missionary. It was Elder Jensen's birthday , and Sister Jenkins yesterday. morning we went to the Conners and helped them scrub their back deck and tear out a huge bush/weed in their yard. It was awesome! I love that family so much. Most of the week Sister Jenkins and I were in a trio with Sister Kaleopa-- Tres friends are back at it!! Haha. It was fun. She's such a great missionary. I'm going to really miss her when she goes home.
This week we started teaching Tracy! She's the one who has been helping us learn Chinese for free for the past year. She is so awesome. She's aethiest, but she feels like the church and it's teachings will really help her find peace and happiness. Before, when she was in college, she wanted to learn about Jesus Christ, but felt like she could only choose that or success. Since her family was relying on her, she chose to just pursue her education. But after she graduated, she realized the work environment in China made it so to be successful, you sometimes had to be cruel and hurt others. She didn't want to, so she came to Saipan, where she now works and a massage therapist. The Lord truly prepares people for the Gospel. I love Tracy so much. The Spirit was so strong as we were talking to her, and she shared some of her past experiences... like her mother suffering and eventually passing away from cancer. She has the kindest heart, and has seen a lot of pain. I cannot wait to help her find the peace and happiness she has been searching for her whole life.
This Sunday was sooo good! In Relief Society we had a council on how to be a leader in your home. To sum up: To all you married people, or soon to be married: No matter what is going on in your life, no matter what work, friend, school, or church responsibilites you have, teh most important meeting you have in a week is date night. The commandment is to cleave unto your spouse. President Sablan, the 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency (and a man I really look up to) talked about how important it is to take time every week with your spouse. You cannot be a leader in your home until you are one with your spouse. Sister Conner said, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." And that it's so true. But if Mom is happy, then the home becomes a refuge from the storms of life. So I invite you all, no matter your situation is, to make your home a refuge of safety by making Jesus Christ the center, and your spouse the priority.
This week is MLC again. Can't wait to see all the missionaries and President and Sister Poston. I just wish I could put all of Saipan on pause while I'm gone.... Always miss it when I leave.
"Press forward and do just what God wants you to do!"-Sister Conner
I love you all! Have a great week!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFUL MOTHER!! You're the best, Mom, hope you have an excellent day. Spoil her, everyone. She deserves it ^^
This week was super great. It's been really busy. Yesterday was transfer calls. Elder Taan (one of the Zone leaders) is finishing his mission, and Elder Meza (our district leader) got sent to Guam. So we are getting two new missionaries! Elder Ili, who came out on his mission the transfer after me, will be a new Zone Leader, and Elder Peles, who is a super awesome Pohnpeian missionary who knows a ton of languages. They'll be a good companionship. Elder Jensen is the new District Leader (he's the one singing the song in the video.) Really excited for this zone. Saipan is on fire and well on its way to amazing things!!
We went to the Mermaid last week. It's this old wooden/stone statue by a cave that leaks methane gas, so we couldn't stay long.
Yesterday we taught this new girl, Shella. She's soooo cool and very prepared. We asked her about God and why she believes in Him. She said it's because he heals us. The whole lesson was super spiritual, and she is really excited to prepare to be baptized. She's pretty busy with soccer and stuff, but we'll try to see her as much as possible.
I just love all the people I have met on my mission. It's going to be one of the hardest things I've ever done to say goodbye. But not thinking about that yet. Or trying not to.
Short one this week cuz gotta go get some more stuff done/finishing emailing everyone. Love you all!! Have an excellent week. Keep reading your Book of Mormon EVERY DAY!!!!! It'll help you come closer to Jesus Christ. And pray. We need these things if we want help being guarded from temptation and just all around Heaven's help in our lives.
Love you all!! Keep your spirits high! Life is so good, as good as you make it =)
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sorry. I realized my last email maybe sounded a little depressing, based on the responses I got.
This week was rough, not going to lie. But it's not in the calm sea that the disciples saw Christ walking on the water. It was in the storm, with the waves tossing and turning, that Peter showed the faith to leap out of the boat and walk towards Christ. And when he feared, and found himself slipping under the waves, he cried out for help and the Savior was right there to pull him back up. That's how I have felt on my mission, especially this past week. Sometimes in the storms of life, you feel like you are drowning, and you fear you cannot make it. But the Savior is always right there, to bear you up, to save you. All you have to do is call out to him. Saipan's theme song is "Peace in Christ". "When there's no peace on earth, there is peace in Christ. He gives us hope when hope is gone, He gives us strength when we can't go on. He gives us shelter in the storms of life."
Love you all so much. Stay close to the Savior, because He is the only way you can truly find peace.
This week has been a little rough, but, thanks to Jesus Christ, I'm still doing pretty great =)
Started out with exchanges. Sister Kaleopa is so awesome. I helped her a bunch with applying to college. She's going to BYU-Hawai'i. We also got together with the Zone leaders to plan for Zone Conference for this past. We finished planning our training, but President's flight from Chuuk got delayed so we had to postpone it. Oh well. Maybe it'll happen this week. I know everything happens for a reason, too. For some reason we needed to be out proselyting at that time maybe, or he needed to stay on Chuuk longer.
This week we found some more people to teach. We realized our teaching pool is pretty big, but because we've been doing so much finding, we haven't gone back to contact a bunch of them. So we'll focus on that this week.we went to an investigators father's funeral... that was pretty sad. It was held in the Mount Caramel Catholic Cathedral. Very different from what I am used to, for sure. Then a member had a viewing for his wife before he takes her back to the Philippines to bury her. She got hit by a car a while back walking to the store =( He was so devastated. Just looking at him reminded me of that song from Les Mis, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" "There's a grief that can't be spoken. There's a pain, goes on and on." So sad.
Church was a little rough. In summary, Emma decided to go to the Korean Church where they speak Chinese so she can understand, because it's just to hard. She knows this Church is the true church, but she cannot understand so it's very difficult to learn more about the Gospel. She still wants to one day be baptized, and she wants to continue to take lessons. One day when her English is better she'll come back here too. Or maybe someday we can have a Chinese branch, so all the Chinese can understand. That'd be super cool!
Well, that's about it for this week. I hope you all have a great week! Don't forget to read the Book of Mormon! Love you all!
Monday, January 15, 2018
Ni hao men!!!
This week was a super awesome week. I got a lot of extra study time in cuz Sister Jenkins was sick (less awesome) but I was able to finish the Book of Mormon!!! Didn't finish it by the end of the year, but almost. That Book is so true, I love it so much. Now I've started on the Pearl of Great Price and trying to finish Jesus the Christ by the end of my mission. Also started the Book of Mormon again. I'm reading it a little different this time: going through topics in the index and marking the verses I read. We'll see if every scripture is listed in the index. It'll be interesting for sure.
Went on some quick exchanges this week to visit a couple people while Sister Jenkins was resting. I love the people I have been blessed to meet here, so much. It seems like there's been a lot of deaths in this new year, all over the place. If you've had a lost loved one recently, I invite you all to read Alma 40:11-12. (see what I mean about the Book of Mormon being so awesome?)
Emma is still preparing for baptism. Hopefully it'll be in the next week or two. But whenever she is ready and prepared. She is sooooo awesome I love her so much!!! She is pregnant and finds out the gender of the baby soon ^^ Only sad thing is she's due right after I'm supposed to come home =( Maybe the baby will be born on Kalli's birthday though. That'd be cute =)
Went on a hike this morning with the youth. It was so fun!! We hiked from Paupau beach up to suicide cliff and back. Long hike, but soooo fun! And very beautiful! Ya'll would love the scenery here. Just saying.
Funny story: We went to go see Walter and XingJing and Jojo again this week (I love that family, they are so cute!!) and Walter introduced us to his work partner, Matthew. Matthew told us he met a Mormon once. But "maybe it was the wrong timing." He was in Washington in a thrift store looking for ski pants. He saw a man who looked like a worker, so he asked him where the ski pants that were his size were. The man said, "My friend, there is more to your life than ski pants." Then he went into a 15 minute long discussion on the Plan of Salvation. After, Matthew was like, "so.... do you know where the ski pants are or not?" The missionary replied, "After all this time all you want are ski pants?" Hahahahhaha that is soooo funny!!! Missionary approach at it's finest ;) Haha just kidding.
Well, gotta go. I love you all and I miss you. Keep reading your Book of Mormon!! Don't stop!! Make it a daily must!
Have an excellent week!