Sunday, May 27, 2012

Polishing and Refining

Dear family and friends,
 How's it all goin?  Hope all is well with you, just like all is well going here in HengChun.  Well, lets get right on into this week.
 Monday went by super fast.  We began by heading on down to the very southern tip of Taiwan to go play at a lighthouse they have there.  We then began our proselyting time and ran into a pretty awesome man.  He is what is called a Daoist "jitong" (i'll explain what they do another day).  Basically what he said is that his role is very similar to that of a prophet, looking for truth.  We shared the 1st Vision with him and his family and he was very open to reading the Book of Mormon.  We have been looking for success down here and we are hoping that it begins with this very young family. 
 Tuesday began with an amazing DTM on how we can work better with the ward members and how to properly receive member referrals.  It'll be great to see how applying that in the future plays out.  Today we ran into another great guy, Lai, and visited him for a little while.  He mentioned that he had made mistakes in the past and that he's trying to mend things right now.  He gave up drinking as a result of that.  He really wants to learn more and he is such a humble man. 
 Wednesday was a great day to find the man we run into most here in HengChun in the most random spot in the area.  We call this man Political Huang because as we run into him nearly everyday he always talks about the government here in Taiwan and how bad the economy has been lately.  Well, like I said, we found him in the most random spot in this area and told him that it had to have been arranged by God.  From that he was willing to meet with us the next day so we could share more about God our Heavenly Father.
 Thursday we went and visited with an investigator, Dong.  It has been a struggle to actually get him to keep committments and so we re-emphasized why we have been inviting him to do these things like reading, praying, and coming to church.  We focused not on why we missionaries are inviting him to do them, but on why God wants us to read, pray, and come to church.  He recommitted to do those things as we went on our way.  We then visited with Political Huang and found out that he has met with missionaries before.  We retaught the Message of the Restoration and how he can come to know for himself.
 Saturday was a wonderful day to go out and find former investigators.  Today was a pretty crazy day in HengChun.  Why?  I don't know either, but the streets were just full of tourists.  We went and did our best to work with these tourists along with trying to find these former investigators.
 Sorry these days don't have a lot of interesting or miracle stories.  This was the best I could pull out of each day this week because the miracles and interesting stories decided to wait and come this upcoming week.  We are excited to go forth each day of this week to find those miracles and to run across those interesting stories.  Although it has been super rough in the beautiful land of "eternal spring", I personally have learned a lot that has strengthened my testimony and my own desires.  I had a wonderful experience just last night that has changed how I will work and act for the rest of my mission and life.  I absolutely love the talk given by President Eyring entitled "Mountains to Climb."  He talks about how his mother went through life battling through cancer and how President Specer W. Kimball said that God only wanted her to be polished a little bit more.  I know that the trials and challenges we go through in life are for our personal benefit to polish and refine us for what is ahead.  I have seen how this has been played out in my life and how I've been blessed from it.  I'm grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and how by living it's principles my life has been changed for good.  I'm grateful for this time to serve a mission to help others come unto Christ, to help them realize how the gospel can continue to refine and polish them for the rest of their lives.  I love and miss you all :)  Til next week.
Love the One and Only,