It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Well, it was a week.
I never really know how to start off these emails, so we will just start off with the first thing I wrote in my journal and move on from there:
Exciting things that happened:
1. We bought a Christmas tree!
A mini one of course... but still! A tree!
We also bought spray snow and sprayed it everywhere.
Probably because it feels like it's 100 degrees outside....
2. We watched Meet the Mormons with some investigators. I don't really know what they thought of Mormons before.. but afterwards they said "Wow! I didn't know Mormons had talents! They are actually cool people !"
.... Well thanks...?
3. We went park contacting, but no one wanted to talk to us.
SO, we grabbed two of the
and started hula hooping in the middle of the park.
Then, a bunch of people started coming over and asking us what brought us here to Taiwan.
We were able to explain what missionaries were and our basic beliefs :)
Who knew that hula hoops would get people to talk to us??
4. Ahhh I forgot to mention in my last two emails:
We met this lady named Luo Jie Mei at the beginning of this month.
She previously met with other missionaries but then was transferred over to us,
She is what we call a golden investigator,
incredibly prepared and has a strong testimony.
She is getting baptized next week!
Honestly, Sister Lemon and I didn't need to do much, she was already so prepared.
But I am so glad that I am able to take part in helping her get ready for baptism!
5. One morning there was there this atrocious, horrible vibrating noise coming from the outside of our apartment. It literally made my brain shake.
We were in studies, and there was NO WAY we could continue studies anymore.
I had earplugs and a hat on my head.
but- nothing worked.
SO we left the house early and decided to make up studies later,
We biked down the road and as we were stopped at a stop light,
two people came up to us and asked if we were Christian,
we said yes,
and they proceeded to ask us like 500 more questions, about church, missionaries, what we believed in, Jesus Christ, etc.
We were able to sit down with them and taught them a lesson about our church's basic beliefs!
We will see how this week goes with them :)
I know that the Lord really does place people in our path,
even if it means that there needs to be a horrible noise that kicks us out of our apartment...
Well that's it for now.
Oh one last thing I wanted to share from studies this week:
This week I was reading a quote that Elder Holland shared from a swimmer talking about his secret to success: He said "I kick when I don't want to kick, and I stroke when I don't want to stroke." Sometimes on my mission I've felt like stopping, not stopping the mission entirely, but just stopping what I was doing at that moment (contacting at every stoplight, tracting the hot and dusty roads, etc.) I realized that when we push ourselves to keep going, that is how we can learn and change the most. The mission isn't supposed to be comfortable and happy at all times, then we would never learn or grow. There will always be times that we struggle and go through challenges, but when we feel like stopping, we just have to keep going, and then that is how we can become the best missionary that Heavenly Father wants us to be.
I love this gospel so much, and I am so grateful for the happiness and peace it brings to me.
Thank you all for your love and support!
Always, Sister Michelle Liu <3