January 19, 2015First of all, missions are hard! So hard. This is the hardest thing I have ever done.
So much to say. Every day, we work hard so hard trying to help others come unto Christ. I feel like I get pushed past my limit each day. Right when I feel like it's too hard, The Lord lifts me and helps me realize that I CAN do more. Today, our mission president emailed us a quote from President Hinckley, "it isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. If we put our trust in Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers."
This week we went to visit Katy! She's a less active member that we've been working with. She's super funny. Always talking about global warming and how everyone is so lazy now! She always asks us questions about America and what it's like there. She came to our activity this week and just sat there the whole time reading the Book of Mormon. I went over and talked with her and she told me she feels like when she reads from the Book of Mormon, it's like wise old men giving her advice on how to live her life. She's so great, I love her!
We went to her house and her dad was home! He sat down with us and we had a discussion about how the gospel blesses families. The Schwieders were there with us and they showed him their family pictures. He was SO interested! His job is driving tourists around places in Taiwan, so he knows all the cool places to go and see! As Sister King and I left, the Schwieders were standing there outside of his house looking at a huge map, figuring out where they wanted to go! It was so great to see this family be influenced by the blessings of the gospel. Heavenly Father gives us the people that He needs us to learn from in our lives. He needed to meet the Schwieders and see their example!
For english class, we always spend the last 30 minutes discussing the gospel with our English students. This week we taught the kids about how they are children of God. It was so sweet! Sister Schwieder wrote on the white board the words of the song, "I am a child of God and He has sent me here. Has given me an earthly home with parents kind and dear." She sang it for them once, and then pointed to the words on the board for them to sing it together. They all sang in unity, pronouncing the words correctly! The Spirit was so powerful! We ARE children of God. And He has sent us here. I know He loves us so much!
Such a cool experience! We were riding our bikes in GuiLin and Sister King was in front. She all of a sudden stopped and started turning around. She told me that we passed a lady who smiled at us and she wanted to go back and talk with her. We went back and she immediately invited us into her house. She was SO cute! She grabbed all these english books that she has been studying. We sat in her barber shop - the walls were covered with colorful flowers that she had painted. She talked with us for a long long time about how she's Christian and how important religion is to her. We had a good lesson with her and she started to cry as I said a prayer at the end. It was such a sweet experience, Heavenly Father helping us find those who need Him. I'm so grateful Sister King had the courage to stop and turn back.
After a scripture study class at the Church, we went outside and talked with our recent convert. We just sat on the steps for a really long time, helping her with some things she's been dealing with lately and testifying of the power of the atonement in our lives. I am so grateful for the blessing that I have to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ each day as a missionary. I know that because of Him, we can receive a remission of our sins. We can be clean and fix the mistakes that we have made. I know that Jesus Christ's atonement is real. It is personal.
On Friday, we had a crazy day. So crazy. Doing weekly planning took a lot longer than we were expecting, then I accidentally ran into Sister King when we were trying to ride to our area. Then we missed the bus and had to wait for forever for the next one to come! We finally got on the super crowded bus and I started talking with the girl next to me. She replied in English and explained that she just got back from studying in America! She remembered meeting missionaries at the bus stop over a year ago. She had a lot of interest in learning more about our message, and we got her number. Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways. But He knows His children.
We finally got to LinYuan, and then followed the map that the ward gave us to find two bikes that were locked up at a members house for us to use. The seat wouldn't move on the bike that I used, so that was kind of uncomfortable, but funny. I felt like a little kid riding on the busy streets next to cars and motorcycles. We met so many amazing people there and found a few members who haven't been able to come to church for a long time. It was a really successful day and a fun adventure! LinYuan is SO pretty! Factories, rice fields, busy fast city. It has it all.
We had a Relief Society activity this week - SO much fun! Sister Schwieder taught the sisters how to make crepes and another sister taught us how to make Indonesian wraps and there was a ton of other food there. It was so good to have the sister strengthen their relationships and have fun together! They loved it.
Sunday was a miracle day! One of the investigators we began teaching we had to refer to the elders because we found out she doesn't live in our area. She had so much interest and she was reading the Book of Mormon really fast! The elders told us a miracle story that they had with her and she came to church on Sunday! She looked so beautiful! A traditional Chinese dress and super fancy earrings and her hair put up. She held onto her Book of Mormon so tightly all throughout the meetings and cried as she partook of the sacrament. It was such a special experience. I absolutely love her!
We went to a less active's house on Sunday night. We have been meeting with them for a while. Super awesome family who's mom LOVES us missionaries. We brought the elders with us and a member and had FHE with them. It was so fun! We played a card game and then taught them all about the plan of salvation. The Spirit was strong and they look forward to us coming back to continue teaching them. I love them!
I absolutely love being a missionary! I look forward to another awesome week! I'm praying for all of you and hope you all had a great week! Never worry about me, I'm happy and working hard.
Love Sister Berrey