June 1, 2015
I think this week was one of the craziest so far. We traveled to TaiZhong, GaoXiong, and JiaYi for meetings and activities! Lots of pictures are on dropbox. Lots of time on the train this week.
We called one of our investigators this week to see if she had time to meet. She said that she's been having a hard time lately and didn't think she would have time. After hanging up the phone, we both really felt like we needed to try and help her the next day, so we planned to go heart attack her house. We had never been to her house before, but the next day we spent SO LONG trying to find her house! After a while, we just stopped and said a prayer and we finally found her street. When we were putting heart post it notes outside her house, she opened her door and just started laughing at us. She told us that we had to come in and sit down and it was just a big blessing. That day had been especially hard for her,I know that because we followed the Spirit we were really able to help her at a time when she desperately needed it.
Another one of our investigators, Xu JM really really wants to be baptized!! We were a little nervous for her because she was going to talk with her mom about her decision to be baptized, but her mom was totally fine with her decision! We taught her the doctrine of Christ, about faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. She has so much desire to learn and understand this message and loves reading the scriptures. We read a verse with her from Alma 32 and she was just skimming over the chapter during the lesson and shared with us a few verses that stood out to her - she loves this gospel! It's so fun to teach her!
Last week in my english class, there was only one student, but this week SEVEN students came!!! It was so awesome! One mom came said that her husband went to Utah and encouraged her and the kids to come find our english class because he liked the Mormons that he met in Utah. That experience made me think about how important our example is as members of this Church. One thing I've really learned on my mission is that people don't remember the things that you say, but the way they feel when they're around you. You make an impact on everyone around you! Be happy!
All the Sister Training Leaders and Zone Leaders went to Mission Leadership Council on Thursday - it was so so so good! I think my favorite part was when the Assistants did a training on being united and swimming together! They showed a short clip from the movie Finding Nemo - the scene where Dory gets stuck in the net with a ton of other fish and Nemo and his dad see the net coming up out of the water. Nemo tells his dad to tell all the fish to swim down and you watch them spread the word and the unity of the fish as they put all their energy into the same goal and break away from the net.
We discussed about the power that comes when we are united in our visions, goals, and plans. At first, all the fish were just frantically swimming in all different directions, but once they decided to work together and all swam in the same direction, they were able to survive! It's the same in missionary work. Our Mission President has established mission vision, goals, and plans. As we focus our energy to accomplish these things, we can become more united as a mission and accomplish great things!
After coming home that night, President Blickenstaff called me and asked me to train again! I only have seven more weeks left on my mission, so I will train my new companion for six weeks and then she will get a new companion when I leave. I'm really grateful for this opportunity to help a new missionary start off her experience here in Taiwan! I know there is a lot that the Lord needs me to learn through this! It will be so awesome!
When I first moved to DouLiu, I had a really strong feeling that I needed to just step up right away and get to know the area and members as fast as I could. I'm really glad that I followed that prompting and started taking lead from the first week I was here in DouLiu. I've been really blessed with the ability to learn the area. I remember at the beginning of my mission I had absolutely no sense of direction, but through prayer and work, I am a little bit more comfortable. I don't know most things, but I know that the Lord will help me! I just feel like I just got here and Sister Tapia is already leaving me! So crazy.
Sister Tapia and I traveled to GaoXiong on Friday for a train the trainers meeting with President Blickenstaff! So grateful I'm not in GaoXiong right now...it's SO HOT! President Blickenstaff always tells us that the best bullet point ever written is "love, serve, and listen to your companion." It's so important and the work is so much more fun, more successful, and more worth it when you have a good relationship with your companion.
On Saturday, Sister Tapia and I went to JiaYi for a District (we're in a district here, not a stake) missionary activity for the YM and YW. We did a training with the JiaYi sisters about how to work with the ward. We had them take 15 balloons and tape them together to make the tallest and most stable tower. They got pretty creative with it, but balloon towers can only be so stable. We then showed them ours - we taped three balloons together and then stacked them together, five levels and compared it to the leadership in a ward or district. Bishop and his councilors. Relief Society and her councilors. YM, YW, Primary.
All the youth got an assignment for what missionaries they would serve with and we then went out and did missionary work with them for a few hours! One of the YW we served with grew up in the church and both her parents and her siblings all served missions. The other YW was just baptized two weeks earlier. We had fun together teaching, contacting, and tracting. It was a good experience and the Spirit was SO STRONG in the room as the youth had a testimony meeting in the chapel. This work is so important and so hard!! They were able to see a little glimpse of it.
We had a ward fireside that night in DouLiu - lots of food and an awesome fireside. One of our members bore his testimony. He will be leaving for New Zealand on his mission in July. Something I really liked that he said is that we come to church to learn and we learn to share. This gospel is for everyone and the reason it's here on earth is to help and bless us, but we have to open our mouths and share it!
I love this gospel and I love this opportunity to be a [Chinese charaters.]
I like Chinese a lot more than English. Sorry. :) Love, Sister Berrey