November 24, 2014"I love you all! I know this church is true! I LOVE this work, I'm so happy!"
What a crazy week! I'm now serving in XiaoGang with Sister King! This Friday was move day. Sister Rohlfing, my last companion, is now training in Puli, so I had to move out. Super super sad to say goodbye to everyone and leave Puli. I absolutely loved it there!! We had so many people really progressing and really wanting to learn more about the gospel. It's hard to be away from them. I think on a mission I've learned to love people so much so fast. It's been really amazing, but that makes saying goodbye so hard. It's okay, I'll see them in the eternities! :)
My last few days in Puli were super super busy. We visited so many investigators and continued teaching them the lessons, spent time with members, and tried to organize everything before Sister Rohlfing's trainee came!
We visited our investigators who were married a few years ago from India. The elders came with us, but her husband hadn't come home yet, so they sat outside on the porch and we sat inside on the ground, in a circle until her husband came home. Hahaha she was so worried about the elders. We explained to her that it's a rule for safety that there has to be a male present for them to come inside a home. Ananta, the wife, told us about how she had started to read the Book of Mormon in Bangali! She hadn't read anything in her language for a long time, so she reads a page and then rereads it and writes notes and tries really hard to understand it. They are super super receptive to the gospel and the husband explained how much religion really means to his life. It was a really good lesson! I love them.
Right after that, we rode our bikes super super fast up the mountain to another family's house. One of the daughters is a member, and the parents have met with missionaries many times. They told us that they say prayer together and we testified of how much this gospel will bless their family. It really helps to have one of the family members a member. She's so strong!
Ah! We had family home evening with one of the families in Puli...the parents are sealed in the temple, but the husband has been less active for the past few years. We had a lesson on the plan of salvation, and the husband testified of the importance of doing all we can now to reach the celestial kingdom. He talked about how we need to serve others and be obedient. After the lesson, Sister Rohlfing went up to him and asked him if he would be willing to bring an elderly member from our branch to church on Sunday. She told him that he wouldn't have to stay at church if he didn't want to, but he then told her that he wants to start coming back to church, so he was willing to stay with the member at church. We were SOO happy! His family is amazing - his wife and two sons are super active, and the missionaries have been doing FHE at their house for months! I know that it is because he has been prepared by the Lord and because he has had so many good examples, he has decided to do his own part to change and recommit himself to the gospel. It was amazing to see that change!
We met with a couple who are members of the seventh day adventist church. oh man, so interesting. It was a pretty hard lesson - they had a LOT to say. But that experience really really strengthened my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel is TRUE!! Heavenly Father still talks to His children. He is not a dead God. He LIVES. He is in our lives. He wants to help us and guide us. It is through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ that we can have His help. How amazing! I KNOW that Heavenly Father restored this gospel through Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was given the necessary direction and priesthood authority to restore Christ's church to earth. We are now living in the last days. The latter-days. We are in the last dispensation of the fullness of times. Heavenly Father is moving His work forward. He continues to speak to His children through living prophets. I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to share this message with Taiwan! I love being a missionary!
I love my new companion, Sister King! My first night on island, we went proselyting together at a night market. Now we're here together in GaoXiong! Our area is called XiaoGang. It's sooo different from Puli. Instead of seeing mountains and tons of Buddhist temples in the distance, there's really polluted skies and a huge airport tower. Instead of binlang trees as far as you can see, there are palm trees and rows and rows of flood lights over the streets. Instead of small mountain roads, there is an eight-lane highway. Instead of a teeny tiny ward, there is a big stable ward with lots of families and several returned missionaries. It's a big adjustment for me, especially because I LOVED Puli so much!! Ah.
I love you all! I know this church is true! I LOVE this work, I'm so happy! Sister Berrey