June 22, 2015
My english is getting pretty poor. Almost every day I will be talking with Sister Rumsey...I'll say something and then stop and think and then say "wait...can you say that?" Ah, it's such a struggle. This morning I tried to tell her a story and it sounded something like this: "yeah, that's how lin jiemei renshi jiaohui. an elder put one of those stickers on his bag, that renhe chenggong dou buneng mipu jiating de shibai ranhou ta jiu wen nige zhang lao what it meant and then she started like shanging ke and then got baptized." Oh man. It's really bad!!
Also, another thing that's been kind of a struggle lately is how I've gotten pretty good at typing BPMF on our cell phones...it's just a bunch of symbols they use to make the sounds of each word, so you type out the BPMF and then find the character that you need. It's hard to explain. But I've realized that I'm like mom and type things out in my brain when I'm reading or when I'm listening to people talk. But now, I type things out in my brain in BPMF. Or I'll be trying to find something in a dictionary and will quickly go through the alphabet to find the right letter and start saying b, p, m, f, d, t, n, l...instead of a, b,c,d,e,f,g..... ahhaha. It's a struggle.
Some cool experiences from this week:
There is a former investigator we found in our area book who has met with missionaries. She had a baptismal goal and was getting ready to have her baptismal interview, but I don't know what happened, she just decided that she didn't need to be baptized and kind of disappeared. But this week we met with her and invited her to be baptized and she told us about how she's really been thinking about it lately! We're praying and praying that everything will go well and we will be able to help her make that covenant! We know it's so important!!
We scheduled a lesson with an active member a few days in advance, but she forgot we were coming over. She was having a pretty hard day and decided she should pray. Right after ending her prayer, we rang her doorbell and visited with her. The spiritual share we had planned to share was exactly what she needed to hear that day!
This branch is so amazing - I love it so much! But it has really been having a hard time keeping people active. There are hundreds and hundreds of members in this area but not many actually come to church on Sundays. Sister Rumsey and I have been working a lot with the elders to try and focus our efforts on those who could help this area grow. We've been working a lot with members, trying to strengthen and encourage them, as well as with less actives, trying to help them remember their baptismal covenant.
We have been trying to do all we can to help these less actives come back to church and help strengthen this branch. We felt a little disappointed when only five sisters were in Relief Society and one investigator attended Sunday School with us missionaries and two leaders in the ward. But I kept a prayer in my heart and after Sunday School our investigator called us! She came to church! We have been working with her for weeks trying to help her come! It was her first time coming to a church and she had a really good experience! As I looked around the chapel during sacrament meeting, I saw that five of the less actives we've been working with made it to sacrament! I was so excited!! It's the best feeling being able to see people exercise their faith and trust in God to do what He has commanded us!
We rode forever one day this week trying to find a less active. We had to stop and couple times to ask for directions because the maps in that area were really not clear. I just love Taiwanese people, they're so sweet. We asked a mom and daughter, they told us they didn't know where we were supposed to go, but immediately drove up to another person and asked them. Once they found someone who knew the way, they then just drove us in the right direction and made sure we knew where we were going. They're so sweet and thoughtful! I love the people here! They might not have any interest in the message that we are sharing, but they are always willing to help us out!
One of the members in our branch got his mission call this week!!! WOHOO! He's going to the Australia Melbourne Mission like Jacob! But he's speaking English. Super super exciting! We drew a world map on the white board and all guessed where he would go. He hasn't even been a member for a whole year and he already has his mission call! I'm really excited for him!!
Sister Rumsey really loves the rain, but it hasn't been raining that hard lately. On Sunday, we were doing studies and it just started pouring out of no where! There was thunder and lightening...the thunder was louder that I have ever heard it!! We went out and rode our bikes after studies - the thunder and lightening were gone, but we got totally soaked from riding through puddles and all the rain pouring down. I love riding my bike in the rain. It's so much fun!! When we stopped at a red light, Sister Rumsey was just smiling. She told me "yeah, I prayed that it would rain more!" hahaha, God hears and answers prayers!!
I was really struck this week by a verse in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi 9:14 says, "Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness." I think this verse is so interesting - how it says we will have a perfect knowledge of our enjoyment. In this world, often wickedness and unrighteousness is viewed as enjoyment, as fun and entertaining. But I love how in this scripture, it says that the righteous will have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment. This gospel, being obedient and faithful and choosing to be righteous is what will bring true and lasting enjoyment. Remember to choose the right!
It was a really good week! We're happy, we work hard, do all we can, and see so many blessings in our work! I'm so grateful I am here serving with Sister Rumsey! I love her so much!!
Love you all, Sister Berrey