Thursday, January 19, 2017
Hi from rainy California!
"As we acquire this eternal perspective in our lives, our capacity to endure grows and we come to appreciate and even express gratitude for the experiences God allows us to have as tutors in the path to eternal life. If I may speak to you individually—“all ye that labour and are heavy laden”—may I suggest that your personal struggles—your individual sorrows, pains, tribulations, and infirmities of every kind—are all known to our Father in Heaven and to His Son. Take courage! Have faith! And believe in the promises of God!" -Elder Schmutz
Oscar and David came to church! They are both doing better than ever. We had a lesson with Oscar about families and temples at the Visitors Center. He said it was his favorite lesson so far. He said he loved how our church focused so much on the family. He also said that now he is starting to see the reason that we have so many commandments is to keep the family together. WOW. David and Bee broke up last week. He texted her that he knows the church is true and he still wants to get baptized with or without her!it is! They are back together haha but we know that he is investigating for himself and his faith is growing so much. They both came to the Why I Believe fireside and we heard some great testimonies. It is always so neat to hear people's stories and their conversion!!!! MIRACLES! Oscar said afterwards, "I was thinking about what I am going to say when I speak as a recent convert." AAAAAAAHHHHH
Daniel is doing well! We had a lesson with him and his cousin Robert is coming back to church!but he will be back soon.
Last week when we were at the Berkeley family ward for church, there was a young Asian guy looking around like he was lost, Frank. We went over to him and talked to him. He has a few mormon friends and just came to check it out! He is YSA age. We NEVER go to that ward. The onewe go, he is there. The Lord places people in our path. No one probably would have talked to him! We set up a lesson with him and we had a lesson last week! It went so well. He prayed and committed to come to church and read the Book of Mormon. He has great questions. Another male Asian investigator added hahaha.
One night we had about an hour before a lesson started so we went to the Berkeley campus and talked to people in the rain. It was so windy that our umbrellas kept flipping inside out and I was laughing so hard. To our surprise, there were actually some people there! The way we approached people was usually, "what are you doing out here in this weather?" I am sure they were wondering the same thing about us. I know the Lord sees our efforts. Talking to strangers in the rain makes you really feel like a real missionary. I love the rain. And neither of us are sick, which is a huge blessing!
We had a big meeting called Missionary Leadership Council where the leaders of the mission get together and discuss the missionaries and issues and how to improve, etc. This is where we discussed the 2017 goal. As we began to discuss, we were just led to keeping the 400. We didnt even discuss changing that aspect. We knew we needed to keep the 400 goal. We added a few aspects, like focusing on a Christlike attribute as a mission every transfer, and setting baptismal goals each transfer as a zone and district. I volunteered for Sister Chiang and I (Sorry Sister Chiang, jk she was totally on board) to present the mission goal to a big meeting we hadwih 4 zones of missionaries. I loved presenting the goal and bearing testimony that I knew it was from the Lord. After we finished, the other leadership bore their testimonies. It was so powerful! I remember when we did this last year, when they were presenting the 400 goal for the first time. All the missionaries are on fire now! Let's carry this fire throughout the year!!
We have some awesome potentials who want to meet with us this week. We are going to work hard and see miracles!