COSTCO // CHASED BY DOGS // IN HIS TIME
Where do I even begin? I would like to start off with a word of appreciation to my wonderful mom who sent me a waterproof bag. Currently I am sitting at this computer, soaked. But hey, my bag is dry :) Rain season has officially started here. I just experienced the joy of riding a bike, in a skirt, while rain is pouring down. All you missionaries that are in driving missions? You are very lucky. But biking has it's benefits too, at least I get a full leg workout every day :)
Oh and the apartment is now fully functioning. Sort of. Some doors don't really close but there is AC in the bedroom, and we have water and gas to cook food. so yay :)
Ok here it goes:
March 30. Monday. Day 83:
BEST PDAY EVER. The bishop and his wife bought a new car that day, so they offered to take us to Gaoxiong (高雄) and just look around the city. First, it was so weird being in a car, I felt like I was living the life :) They took us to a thai restaurant for lunch, and probably ordered enough food to feed a small village. But, we finished everything. We were full till Wednesday... Then they took us to Costco! It was so nice to actually be able to read the labels on food. I am definitely very lucky to be in a ward with such a nice and caring bishop and his wife. On the way back in their brand new car, another car bumped into it. Sister Defranchi and I thought the bishop was going to be so mad. The person who hit the car was an old man. The bishop walked out, looked at the man, waved his hand, and said it was all ok. It made me see how the bishop tries to emulate Christ everyday, I think I will be learning a lot from him here in Chao Zhou.
March 31. Tuesday. Day 84.
On tuesday we had Zone training meeting. It's where a bunch of the districts gather together for training. We learned about how your attitude can determine your success as a missionary. Quote of the day: "A good attitude results in good success, a fair attitude results in fair success, and a poor attitude results in poor success. The choice is yours." Woah.
April 1. Wednesday. Day 85.
We were able to teach a girl named Yang Lili and her son. She used to meet with missionaries a while back, but stopped. We taught her about prophets and invited her to come to general conference, and she said yes! I think she has a lot of potential to really grow in this gospel :) Oh and this is the best part of the week. Ready? You know those stories about missionaries getting chased by stray dogs? Yup, it happened to yours truly. We were biking to english class when all of a sudden, three dogs came out of no where and started chasing us. Very fast. It's funny though, I was so tired, and barely able to bike, but when dogs are chasing you, you somehow get this unexplainable energy, that allows you to bike faster than you've ever biked before. It was, well, terrifying.
April 2. Thursday. Day 86.
It was a rough day. We got cancelled on, and weren't finding anyone on the streets to teach. It was long tiring, but I feel like Heavenly Father has his ways to make our days better :) When I got home, I saw that I had gotten some letters and a package from my mom! It's little things like that, that remind me I still have a family who loves me and a Father in Heaven who is watching out for me.
April 3. Friday. Day 87.
Contacted on the streets all day, still no new investigators. But, the bishop owns a shaved ice shop, and the ward was having a get together there that night. We still hadn't found anyone, but the free shaved ice made up for some of it :)
April 4. Saturday. Day 88.
Got cancelled on again.. :/ But, we were contacting in a park and found a girl named Jesmine. We were able to teach her about the restoration in the park, and she seemed really interested. We thought we had finally found someone to teach, but she actually didn't live in Chao Zhou. So we referred her to other sisters in the area where she lives and they set up an appointment with her! Even though we can't teach her, I'm glad we were able to meet her and introduce her to a little bit of the gospel :)
April 5. Sunday. Day 89.
Whitewashing, meaning there were no sister missionaries in this area before we got here, is a little difficult because we aren't able to set up a lot of appointments and lessons. But, during church I was reading in the scriptures and I came across Isaiah 49:15-16.
15. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Sometimes I feel like Heavenly Father has forgotten about us, and that's why we aren't able to find people to teach, but like that scripture says, He will never forget us. I know that right now it might be hard, but it is all in His time. I am super grateful for this opportunity to serve and I have a feeling that the coming weeks are going to be great :)
Love, Sister Liu
劉 姐 妹