September 29, 2014So I did get transferred! My new area is Puli, and my companion is Sister Rohlfing.
So I did get transferred! My new area is Puli, and my companion is Sister Rohlfing. She's the one in this LDS video, she has an INCREDIBLE testimony! I love her so much and I have learned so much from her after only a few hours. Ah, SO excited about our move call.
Imagine what the landscape is like in the movie Avatar, yeah, that's what our area looks like. It's so beautiful! I don't think the people see foreigners as often in this area, because everyone keeps eye contact with me and a lot more people say hello. It's a lot different than DongHai, but we're still doing the same work! Just another part of the Lord's vineyard.
It was really hard saying goodbye to DongHai. They actually closed down the area. Sister Peng also moved out, and there are no new sisters coming in this move call. There is a shortage of missionaries in our mission right now because the 20+ missionaries who are supposed to come from the MTC are having problems with their VISAs, so they have to wait.
As I have thought back on all the experiences I had in DongHai, I have kind of wondered if there was something more I could have done. At church, the Relief Society President thanked Sister Peng and I for our service. I don't remember everything that she said, but I remember feeling really strongly that I did everything I was sent to DongHai to accomplish. I worked as hard as I could every single day, and I saw people change and really be impacted by this gospel.
This week we had a lesson that really touched me. We were meeting with one of our investigators. She has been to other churches before and as we taught the first lesson, she asked Sister Peng and I about the first time we felt moved by Jesus Christ. We each shared our own experiences and the things that we have learned, and the investigator also shared her own experience. There are so many people on this earth, but the Savior Jesus Christ has atoned for every single one of us. We can each feel His love for us individually. The Holy was so strong as she expressed she was having warm feelings. We taught her the role of the Spirit, that He testifies of truth. I love these experiences that we have as missionaries. I love seeing people be touched by the Spirit, and recognizing the importance of their Savior Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for Him.
One day this week, we were sitting in a 7-11 making phone calls, and a lady comes in and sits next to us. She plays with her dog for a little while, and then starts talking to us. We talked with her for a while and when I asked her about work, she explained that she was recently fired and about how her boss did not treat her well. We tried to comfort her, and I testify of the fact that Heavenly Father loves her so much and that He has a plan for her. She almost started crying, and I think we really helped her. She recognized us as missionaries, and came to talk to us during a time of need. I am so grateful I have this time to be an ambassador of the Lord. I am so grateful that each day I am able to represent the Lord and do His work.
One big thing that I learned this week is the importance of having your own testimony. Having friend and family and missionary support is so important to members, but having your own testimony is so much more important. It is through having a relationship with the Savior that we are able to withstand and overcome anything. No matter what happens, as long as we have a solid foundation of a testimony in the Savior Jesus Christ, we really can face any challenge. I hope that we can each increase our testimony of Him each day.
Love you all so much! Sister Berrey