August 18, 2014Sister Graham is going home and I have a new companion, Sister Peng!
Today is move call! Sister Graham is going home and I have a new companion, Sister Peng! Sister Graham seriously changed my life - I'm so so so grateful I had the opportunity to serve with her. I love her to death!! I can't even explain everything that I learned from her, but I think the biggest thing was just to WORK HARD and to always keep improving yourself. I think she is someone who just really enjoys life, and the best that life can offer. Everyone in this area totally fell in love with her. It was hard to see her say goodbye to so many people. So many people are finishing their mission and going home this week. Ah, so many amazing missionaries!
Well, this week was super good. My favorite part was probably when we went to the Dan Jones activity! Every time new missionaries come to Taiwan, they do Dan Jones. They bring all the new missionaries to the middle of this huge night market. It's super super crowded with people, and it smells really strongly like stinky tofu. So nasty. Missionaries were invited to come help, we sing a hymn together in Chinese, and then all the new missionaries take turns standing on the box and shouting out their testimonies while holding up a Book of Mormon. It's really really cool and powerful. The missionaries are totally terrified. It was so awesome seeing them all up there, I feel like it was just yesterday when I was standing on that box after first coming to Taiwan. After a missionary is done bearing their testimony, a missionary who has been on island for a while runs up to them and they go proselyting together. So after Sister Pi bore her testimony, the assistant to the president asked me to go with her! I ran up to her, and gave her a hug, and we went to work. We stopped and set a goal for how many numbers we wanted to get, said a prayer, and then talked to a bunch of people. She was really really terrified. She didn't really know what to say or who to talk to, but she was really bold when she testified to people. I loved watching her overcome her fears and opening her mouth. It was a really fun really powerful experience. I loved it!!
Our area here in DongHai is pretty small - we usually ride our bikes everywhere. But it's a hill. So if we want to go proselyte at our night market, we have to ride up this really long hill. It's not that steep, but it's just super long and all uphill. This week we rode up there about three times, I think. Riding uphill in the heat of the day is super tiring. I get so so so sweaty. By the time we got to our investigator's house, I was just dripping in sweat! It takes about 25-30 minutes to make it to the top, and probably less than five minutes to get back down. It's so fun going down, we sometimes go faster than the scooters riding next to us.
One of our lessons this week was with one of our investigator families. We taught the two 18 year old girls and 10 year old son, We taught them the first lesson, and they were so focused and interested the whole time. One of the girls was just looking at us so intently. She was really touched by the things we shared, and she was so excited when we gave her a Book of Mormon at the end of our lesson. So cute. We asked them if they had a chance to pray this week, and they said "of course! Didn't you teach us how to pray? Didn't you ask us to?"
One little miracle that happened this week was on Thursday. We had set up to go visit a less active. I had been to her house about three times before, but it had been several weeks and I still don't have a great sense of direction. We took the maps with us and I planned to just use that to find their house. After making it all the way up the hill, through the night market, and down the street to the address on the maps, I realized it was the wrong address. I remember being in that area before to get to her house. I remembered that it was past the big McDonald's, the one we had just passed. But I could not for the life of me remember which ways we had gone at that big intersection! I was really sweaty and tired and frustrated that I just could not remember. So Sister Graham and I stopped and said a prayer that I would be able to find her house quickly. I decided to go straight, but a little ways down the road, nothing looked familiar, and it just didn't feel right. We turned around and I thought maybe I needed to turn at the intersection instead of going straight. As we rode back to the intersection, I felt prompted to go turn down a road on the right. As I went down the road, I started to recognize things, and slowly I realized I knew exactly where I was! We made it to her house quickly, and had a really good lesson with her. It was such a miracle, it was really a testimony to me of the Spirit, that through his still small voice, we can be guided by him and find answers to our prayers. But I think it all starts with faith and action on our part. As we do what we think is right, the Spirit will help us know what to change or help us distinguish what is right. I'm so grateful for the Spirit!
I love you all so much! But God loves you more.
Sister Berrey :)