November 3, 2014"There is absolutely no point in doing missionary work unless we hold on to the fruits of that effort." Gordon B. Hinckley
We went english proselyting this week at the morning market. When we were there, the elders ran into our investigator Jannie and her husband! He hardly gets work off, so it was a huge miracle that we found them on a day that he wasn't working. We asked them if we could come visit them. We shared with them a part of the proclamation to the world and testified of how the gospel can bless families. We invited Jannie's husband to pray at the end of the lesson. It was his first prayer - everything he said was so sincere and from the heart. Jannie cried after the prayer and told us that this is exactly what their family needs.
We had a lesson this week with Victor and Cornelia! They are a couple from South Africa. They have a really strong testimony of the Bible. Victor has read the Book of Mormon but doesn't really understand why we need it. He just really believes in the Bible. We got to know them more, and they explained their own religious beliefs and we set expectations with them. They really do want to know more, and they said that if we help them understand that this Church really is true, using the Bible, then they have an obligation to believe what we say.Before meeting with them, Sister Rohlfing and I were really nervous about how the lesson would go. But we prayed a ton and trusted the Spirit and felt good about how it went. I know that this Church is true.
Saturday was super crazy! We were on exchanges - Sister Mancilla was here in Puli with me. We woke up early to go hiking with some members. We hiked with a sister in our branch. She bore her testimony about how she really felt like giving up at one point. But she kept walking and realized how close she was to the top. She testified how we can never ever give up. We have to keep moving forward, keep moving upward. Life is hard sometimes and we all have trials, but one day we will get to the top. One day we will be able to look at all the things that we have done and how far we have come and we will be so grateful that we didn't give up.
After hiking, we had a short personal study - I finished reading Preach My Gospel for the third time! :) It's so important to stay strong in the gospel. A quote by President Hinckley really struck me, "There is absolutely no point in doing missionary work unless we hold on to the fruits of that effort." We have a lot of baptisms in Taiwan, but it is so so important to encourage and help all these new members.
Huge miracle this week happened when we were talking with one of our investigators. She told us how whenever she feels sad she reads from the Book of Mormon. This week, she had a time when she was going through a really hard time. She was crying and praying to Heavenly Father for more strength. Then she just flipped her Book of Mormon open and found a scripture that was exactly what she needed. It was really touching to hear her experience and help her understand that the Book of Mormon is not just any book. It is the word of God. It really is Heavenly Father's way of communicating with His children.
We were able to meet with of our recent converts! At the beginning, it was just the three of us. She was asking us a ton of questions and we tried to answer, but we felt like we didn't know how to answer her. About half way into the lesson, the member we had invited to help us finally came and she was really able to help this recent convert. The Spirit was really strong, and the member bore a really strong testimony of the plan of salvation and that everything will make sense one day. There are a lot of questions in this life, a lot of things that we don't understand, but because of the plan of salvation, we can have an eternal perspective. We can change and repent and become better and better and prepare ourselves to see God again.
I love this gospel so much! I love this area! I love my companion! So sorry this email was not very good. I'll try harder next week. Love you all!