As you read the title of this entry, I think you can tell that I had a really bad week. And I really think that it was the worst week since I came out. My companion and I did get along 2 weeks ago, but last week we had TONS of argument, more than I've ever had with my first companion.
Well... I'm not going to write what we argued about as I couldn't even remember. All I know is that we argued a couple times every single day. And I was frustrated with everything that I just wanted to go home. Last Thursday, I think I cried twice in the morning if not more, and I asked Elder Larsen for a Priesthood Blessing. I felt a bit better after that, but my companion and I still didn't talk to each other. And I have to admit that I really didn't want to talk to her at all. The only thing she said to me that afternoon was "Do you want to check the mail?" when we went home for dinner, and of course I said yes. That day was soooooooo bad that I really felt like I would get a letter from my cousin Elder Leung. His letters always came on the worst days! I opened the mailbox, and I saw a letter from him, and it put the first and the only smile on me for that day. I'm still wondering why all his letters came on my worst days. It can't be coincident. And in his letter, he shared with me his thought about being a trainer, and he told me that his trainee remembered that I complimented his Cantonese at the MTC. The world is so small.
Last Saturday was the 3rd Saturday of a month, so we had the "Why I Believe" breakfast at Brother Schiel's home again. This time we got so many people to come! It was a great time for investigators and less active members to get to interact with members, and of course the food was soooooooooooo delicious. It was definitely the best breakfast since I came on my mission. And the best part of this breakfast is that each time a member would share his or her conversion story with us. We as missionaries always teach people what the Restoration is, but sometimes hearing testimony from members is so much more powerful. I'm grateful for Brother Schiel's effort on hasting the missionary work in this area.
Well... I really don't have much to say about the last week except the word "FRUSTRATING". I still have lots of letter to reply, and I will try my best to write as many as I can today. But I will definitely 100% reply all letters. You all have a wonderful week.
I will be home 15 months from now! (Oh yea, I like counting down...) The time has been going by so fast. I'm grateful for all the experiences I have had on my mission. It is definitely a humbling experience for me.
The past week has been a really great week, probably the best one since I came out. Sister Whetten and I are getting along well. She is amazing! She has no problem with being exactly obedient and talking with people. And I saw lots of miracles happened in the last few days, and I know that it was the blessing from exact obedience.
Last Friday evening, Emily, who were soon leaving for her mission, went tracting with us. We only knocked on 5 doors that evening, but we taught 3 lessons. It was my first time since I came out that people actually invited us to go into their house. We taught a man named Dale the full Restoration, and he said that we could come back to share the Plan of Salvation with him this Saturday. Yay 1 new investigator!
We also got a referral from Salt Lake that a lady may be interested in learning more the Gospel after visiting Temple Square, so we dropped by. She said that she was Catholic already, so she actually wasn't interested in learning more our belief, but she didn't shut the door right away. So we continued to talk with her about the experience she had at Temple Square, and she let us in. And we taught the whole Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. She said that we helped her clear some of the misunderstanding she had about our religion, and she would definitely recommend her friends to go to Temple Square. She didn't say we could come back, but she said that she would read some of the Book of Mormon:)
Last week we finally met our weekly goals! I know that the key to finding people is boldness and exact obedience. The Lord would not guide us to those who are ready for the Gospel if we were not exactly obedient. We sometimes may complain that there are no people ready for the Gospel, but I would say that our unworthiness may be the reason why we are not able to find them. I just got a letter from my BEST friend Sister Leung, and I really like the scripture she shared with me, which is in Alma 26:22, and it says "Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance". We as missionaries must always be mindful of ourselves as our conduct not only affects our Salvation but also our investigators' Salvation.
I know that the Church is true. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission. I know that my life has been truly blessed by the Gospel, and I want to share it with other people. I know that miracles will happen in this area soon if we continue to be bold and exactly obedient. See ya next week!
Today is transfer day! My companion got the phone call on Sunday night telling her that she would be transferred! So we have been trying to visit as many people as we can for both yesterday and this morning. This morning, we met up our Elders on the Temple ground to take pictures, and when we were about to leave, a man just came up to talk to us. He is from Federal way, and he told us that he would meet missionaries tomorrow for the first time. He has had some hard times in his life, and he came to the Temple to feel the peace. The Elders didn't really stay to talk with him as they thought it would be kind of weird for 4 of us talking with him at the same time. Sister Boyd and I stayed to talk with him and answer his questions. He told us that he has been baptized in another Church, but he still has been searching the truth. He also asked questions about where we came from, so we got to share a bit of the Plan of Salvation. He asked us if God loved everyone. We could tell that he was desperate. We testified to him that Heavenly Father loved us unconditionally, and we could always turn to Him even though we made mistakes in our lives. He appreciated for what we told him, and he was looking forward to talking with missionaries from the Federal Way mission tomorrow. I know that there are some people that are truly seeking the truth! I love being a missionary as I know how much joy the Gospel can bring us.
We got to the mission office at 2pm for transfer. I was told this morning that I would just get a new companion instead of training, but.... my new companion has just finished half of her training, so I'm training her this transfer!!!!!!! WOOHOO:) I'm very excited about it even though I'm a bit nervous. But I know that God will provide me a way to do it. And I know that I will be inspired by the Spirit to know what I should do. I don't have much time left as we have to do our groceries! Talk with you all next week.
The Zone leaders said nobody got packages as often as I did :D
Yesterday was Labor Day, so the library was closed. We were told the night before that we could go to the Church building for emailing yesterday in the afternoon, but since some missionaries were disobedient when using the computers, emailing of yesterday was cancelled! But later we were informed that we could email the next day, which means today:)
We worked super hard last week. My companion and I both agree that we had never worked that hard before. However, we got the least number on lessons last week within the whole transfer. We didn't get to teach any lesson during tracting. Still, I didn't get discouraged. I knew that there was something that the Lord wanted me to learn. I still don't know why we got so little done after working diligently for a week, but I am grateful that I could always feel the peace in my heart at the end of each day because I knew that I had done my best already, and I knew that Heavenly Father was happy with us as we worked hard despite rejection. And I know that the Lord can work miracles, but they will only happen in His own time and in His own way. In D&C 58:3-4, it says"Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand". I know that we don't fully understand God's plans, but we should know that He knows better than we do. So one of the most important things we should learn is to trust our Heavenly Father. He is aware of all his children's needs, and He knows when and how we can help them receive the Gospel. I know that because I have experienced it. Even though I was born and raised in the Church, I didn't gain a strong testimony of the Gospel until 17. Because of the hard time that I was going through, my heart was softened. And Heavenly Father helped me to gain a firm testimony of His Gospel by sending one of my friends to help me. My friend's example and his love for the gospel saved me. I know that Heavenly Father knows us perfectly, and He will place those who are ready in our path if we first put our trust in Him.
Even though we didn't get to teach lots of lessons last week, we had a wonderful lesson with a Korean lady. She was a referral from Sister Kim, a member of our ward. The Korean Elders from the Federal Way Mission have been teaching her since she didn't speak much English. However, Sister Kim still hoped that we could get to know more about this lady, so we met her in the Church building last Thursday. When we planned for her the night before, I was inspired to teach her how to receive personal revelation with the aid of the August 2013 Ensign ("In His own time, in His own way" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks). So we shared that article and some scriptures with her, and of course we used personal experiences to help her understand what she had to do to receive answers and how answers would come. The Spirit was there for sure, and she could understand us with no problem. And she said that she would continue to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true. I am very grateful for the Spirit guiding us what we should say and what inspired questions we should ask. I know that if we listen to our investigators with a real intent to understand, we don't need to worry about what to say next.
Hopefully I will have some wonderful experiences to share next time also. I'm sure I will:)
Our District of this transfer (taken after Temple session on Aug 27)