March 8, 2015
This week was POWER WEEK in our mission. Each day there was a different challenge for us to do. Monday was have two lessons from tracting houses. Tuesday was give out 13 copies of the Book of Mormon and exchange details with each person. Wednesday was add 20 people to meet with us another day. Thursday was set baptismal goals with two investigators. Friday we didn't have a challenge because we had a big mission meeting. Saturday was talk with 20 families. Sunday was get four investigators at church. It was a really really busy week and FULL of miracles!
Here are some highlights:
An investigator told us that she believes in God because she reads from the Book of Mormon and feels that He's there!
Started doing english proselyting and Sister Schwieder handed someone a tract. We were standing together talking and she came up to us and asked if we will share about our church at english class because she has a lot of interest in learning more about Jesus Christ.
It was getting late, but we felt like we needed to go find someone from our ward list to meet with...we decided to stop by a less active's house. She came out and talked with us for a long time and then brought her husband out to meet us. He explained to us how he and his friends drink a lot and how he doesn't like it and wants to change.
Decided to contact at the bus stop and met two ladies who both have really great english. One has a friend who's a member of our church and the other has a cousin who's been on a mission. They both expressed interest in learning more about our church.
Contacted a girl on my bike at a red light, started sharing with her the blessings that come from baptism. She pulled over and we set up a time to meet and everything. The next day, we went to Zone Conference, and another set of missionaries told us that they had met that same girl in their area the day before. They called her the next day to set up with her, and she told them that they met us and already set up an appointment.
Filled our boxes with copies of the Book of Mormon and gave them to EVERYONE!!!
Was at the bus stop talking with people when one of our investigators steps off the bus and is super surprised to see us! She then tells us that when she was getting on the bus, she was reading a text message we sent her. She wanted to get off the bus earlier, but the bus driver wouldn't let her and she told us she knows that God needed her to meet us at the bus stop!
Cried with one of our investigators as we testified of Christ and His strength to help and lift us from our burdens.
Were picking out fruit on P-day and started talking to a girl next to us because she kept looking at our name tags.
A former investigator who used to meet with missionaries here called us and wanted to meet with us as soon as possible. She had been going to other churches for a while, but decided she needed to come back to our church and learn more.
Planned to go to the community center to contact families, but there was a concert going on and no one seemed to want to talk with us. Went across the street to the night market, but more of the same. We decided to say a prayer and decide what we should do. After praying, Sister Johnston suggested we call the investigator we were going to meet with. He said he had something come up and couldn't come. As we talked about what to do, a girl on her scooter came over and asked "Are you two the sisters from the church in Caoya?" She passed us and had a really strong feeling to turn around and come back and talk with us. She had met the elders the other day and then saw Sister Johnston and I at the park the next day and then again that night. She had a friend who is getting baptized in another area, this friend shared with her about the word of wisdom and she started keeping it! She doesn't drink tea or coffee or alcohol anymore and she feels so much better! She had so many questions and was so curious about everything! She also had amaazing english, which I was super grateful for because Sister Johnston could understand everything that was being said!
Contacted two sisters on their motorcycle. We gave them a tract and they gave it back to us so we could write our number so they could call us!
Had dinner at a member's house and her husband actually had a conversation with us! He doesn't seem to like missionaries very much and I've never really had the opportunity to talk with him before. He was asking us questions about our church and we were all even laughing together!
It's been such an incredible week! I have tried to be more bold and more diligent and have seen so many blessings come from it! I love being a messenger of the Lord Jesus Christ and I love all the people here in Taiwan! They're so amazing! I am serving my mission in the greatest mission in the world! I know that this is where the Lord needs me and I know that I am doing His work and it brings so much joy to be doing it is His way. I love Him and I love this gospel!
I am almost done reading the Old Testament. This week I was really struck by a phrase from Amos 5:4. "Seek ye me and ye shall live." We are here on earth preparing for eternal life, preparing to return to God's presence. As we seek Christ and help others come unto Him, we can prepare for salvation, for eternal life. I think it's very simple, but so beautiful. As we come closer to Jesus Christ and really use His gospel in our lives, we have been promised life. I love the quote by President Monson, "as we strive to place Christ at the center of our lives by learning his words, by following His teachings, and by walking in His path, He has promised to share with us the eternal life that He died to gain. There is no higher end than this, that we should choose to accept His discipline and become His disciples and o His work throughout our lives. Nothing else, no other choice we make, can make of us what He can." I know that He lives and I know that He is our Savior and Redeemer!
I love you all so much! Sister Berrey