June 2, 2014This week was pretty hard because I got a bug.
This week was pretty hard because I got a bug, so I was sick for a few days. It wasn't super bad, but I just felt really uncomfortable and just tried to rest. I didn't really have much of an appetite, ESPECIALLY for any Taiwan food. I'm still trying to get used to the food here. :) I got a blessing from our district leader, and I've been feeling a lot better!
Monday was super sad because we had to drop off the FengJia sisters at the train station. Sister Haupt and Sister Harper were living in the same apartment as Sister Chang and I and we had SO much fun every day together. I love them both so much, and it was super hard saying goodbye. But I know that now they are where they're supposed to be. It's been an adjustment coming home to an empty apartment every night, and only having Sister Chang and I there. But we get along really well, and we still have fun. We just really miss the sisters! Sister Chang has been on island for over a year, and she said this move call has been the hardest for her to adjust to. But we're working together and I know everything will be okay!
On Wednesday, we had a training follow-up meeting at JiaYi!! It was SO fun! Everyone who came on island with me and all their trainers were there. It was so awesome seeing everyone from the MTC - I missed everyone so much! I got to talk with my companion for a little while and see how other missionaries are doing and try Sister Blickenstaff's famous cinnamon rolls! President Blickenstaff asked us to go around the room and describe our mission experience so far in one word - I said perfect! We had a meeting with all of us together - the trainers and trainees, and then we split up and President Blickenstaff talked with all the trainees. He said a lot of things that really helped me, and it was just a really good chance to see how far we have all come and see that we're all facing the same kind of challenges, even though we are in different areas in Taiwan. It was really awesome. I'm so grateful for everyone in that group. Ah, so awesome!
This week we met with a few less actives from our ward. In one of the lessons, we were teaching about the plan of salvation. Last week, we invited her to read the pamphlet about the plan of salvation and a chapter in the Book of Mormon. Before last week, she could not remember anything about the plan of salvation or why it's important, but when we went to visit her this week, she basically taught us about the plan of salvation. She read the assignment and explained everything to us. It was really sweet. We testified and answered her questions and invited her to pray about what we had discussed. It was a really great lesson. This gospel is so simple, and when we understand the basic principles of the gospel, we can feel the Spirit affirming that it's true. I love those lessons when the person we're teaching just understands the principles and has a desire to know that it's true. That's when the Spirit can work through them and testify of God's plan and Christ's teachings.
The other day we went to a stake family history activity! We went with one of the members at the end. The activity went for like all day, but we just came at the end. They were having an auction and they gave away prizes at the end. Sister Chang won a xylophone!! I think we'll have too much for with that in our apartment. She was SO excited because she's never won anything ever in her life! Haha.
This week we saw a lot of miracles, but one of the biggest happened the other day when we were at the night market. We had just finished a lesson with a new investigator, and we had a Book of Mormon that we wanted to give to someone at the night market. We weren't sure which way to go. We decided to go one direction, so we started walking. I stopped Sister Chang and told her I really felt like we should pray about it. It was a small decision, but I felt prompted to check with the Lord first. So we backed up a little ways to where it was less crowded and said a prayer together. Right after we finished the prayer, our phone started ringing! It was a recent convert from our ward! She saw us from down the road and really needed us at that moment. She had had a rough day, and she just needed to talk with someone. We got to visit with her for a little while and encourage her and help her out. It was such a miracle because if we hadn't stopped and gone back and said a prayer, she wouldn't have seen us, and we wouldn't have been where the Lord needed us. I know that prayer really does work miracles. That God puts each of us in others' paths to help and lift them. I'm so grateful for prayer and for our loving Heavenly Father who hears and answers each of our prayers.
One miracle that the elders told us about happened yesterday before church. They were just riding their bikes to church when someone in a suit stopped them on the side of the road. He told the missionaries that he had moved to Taichung a few months ago from Taipei and had been less active ever since, but that he really wanted to come back. He asked them to bring him to church and help him do everything he needed to to come back. They brought him to church, he got to meet with the bishop, and he bore his testimony in sacrament meeting. I know that so many people are relying on us as missionaries to do what we're supposed to do. To just be where the Lord needs us. We are His representatives, and if we do our part, He can use us as an instrument in His hands.
I loved church this Sunday - the second counselor in the bishopric bore his testimony first and I started crying. I understood about 95% of what he was saying. He was just testifying of Joseph Smith and the restoration and Jesus Christ and really simple truths of the gospel. I could feel the Spirit so strongly and I was reminded that those simple things are why I'm on a mission. I know that this Church is true, and I know that it really does change lives. By remembering the simple truths of the gospel, we can strengthen our testimony and remember the importance of this gospel. I'm so grateful for all the people here in Taiwan that I have met. So many have sacrificed their entire lifestyle for this Church just because they know that it's true. They are willing to sacrifice habits and addictions and family relationships just because they know that this truly is the restored gospel.
I love the verse in the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 15:7. "Yea, even so he shall be led, cricified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father." I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He has experienced every joy, sorrow, pain, and feeling that we ever experience. We can always rely on His atonement to help us through all of our trials. He is the light of the world. Through His sacrifice, we can become perfected and once again live with our Heavenly Father. I'm so grateful for His sacrifice. I know that He did not deserve anything that He went through, but because He loves us each so much, He was willing to sacrifice Himself for each of us.
I love this gospel, I love being a missionary, I love being happy! This gospel brings so much happiness and joy. I'm so grateful for all of you and for all of the experiences I am having here in Taiwan!
Love, Sister Berrey