February 2, 2015I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ! I'm so grateful this week we were able to celebrate His birth and remember the importance of His life.
A year ago today, I was set apart as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ is Latter-day Saints. I was called of God to be His messenger to bring the gospel to the people of Taiwan. I am amazed at all of the miracles and blessings I have enjoyed as I have worked in His vineyard and lost myself in this work. I am so grateful for this humbling and strengthening experience I have had as God's missionary.
I would like everyone to start praying for the missionaries to be able to come to Taiwan! This move call, almost no one in the mission is moving because we are all waiting for the new missionaries to come. They have been waiting for months for their VISAs to come. There have been changes in the laws for us to come to Taiwan, so they are still trying to figure everything out. We hope to have new missionaries come this week and we have been praying together as a mission for months. Please pray with us so that these new missionaries can come and we can continue the work here in Taiwan! It's so important! We are waiting on the Lord for the way to clear.
This week was full of REJECTION! A lot of rejection. It was pretty difficult!! But we also had some miracles, I like those!
We have had several really cool people that we've met on the road because we feel like we should talk to them after we pass, so we turn around and go back to talk with them. One was as we road past a park. There was a man sitting in a wheelchair. We were able to talk with him a little about Jesus Christ and the power of His Atonement. I could see the desire and light in His eyes as we testified and invited him to learn more!
We also met a man walking down the road with a guitar on his back. We talked with him for a long time, he was from FengJia, the area right next to my first area! We shared our chapel with the FengJia ward!! I got so excited, and it felt so weird explaining how to get to the chapel...it's been so long!! Haha. He talked about how much he loves church. He's played the guitar with kids at another Christian church and he just loved the feeling he gets from being at church.
We had a really great lesson with one of the less actives here in XiaoGang. We read together from the talk Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth and I learned a lot! President Uchtdorf shares a way that we can receive a testimony through four simple steps. First, study the word of God. Second, consider, ponder, and fearlessly ponder to believe. Third, ask through prayer to know the truthfulness of the gospel. And fourth, live the truths of the gospel. I love these steps. I've been thinking more about this simple way that God has given us to know the truth of the gospel for ourselves. I hope that we can continually go through this process, amplifying and strengthening our testimony in the Lord Jesus Christ. Conversion is not a one-time experience. It is an on-going, continuous process. I have seen these steps work in my own life! Choose a principle of the gospel that you want a stronger testimony of. Study about this topic, ponder and believe, pray, and live this principle. Heavenly Father will be able to help you strengthen your conviction in the restored gospel.
Vivian and Casey are still working towards their baptismal goal coming up on the 14th! We're meeting with them tonight, to make sure they are ready for their interview!
Isabel came to church yesterday!! She told us she decided to forget about all the things her friends were planning on doing and come to church because she knows it's really important!
Sister Morales finally came to church after not picking up her phone for weeks and weeks. The Schwieders picked her and her kids up and brought her to sacrament meeting.
So many other things happened this week, but I think the main point is that I know this Church is true. I know that Heavenly Father needs me here in Taiwan right now. He has called me to be His messenger of the truth, to bring people unto Him and help people be changed through the Savior. I am trying to continue to do my absolute best every day. This time is so precious and short, but I know that as I do all I can, Jesus Christ will make up for the things that I cannot do. I love the quote by Elder Gary E. Stevenson, "the miracle of the Atonement can make up for imperfections in our performance." Keep doing all you can every day!
I love you all so much! Sister Berrey