Yep you read right! Sister Xia and I got a call from the APs yesterday telling us that we will be training the new sister together! Sister Xia really is my partner in crime. We have been trained together, moved together (twice), had the same companions together, and will now train together. Conjoined twins I tell you. I think that right now, we have been so caught up in the excitement of getting a new Chinese speaking Sister (it’s been over five months since Sister Gong came in) to even think about the training aspect. I am grateful to have Sister Xia – she will be a great trainer.
I know I usually put this at the end of my emails, but I would like to just say how much I appreciate all the support and love. Thank you for the emails and letters. I truly believe that many times, God answers our prayers through other people. So thank you thank you thank you!
As for this week. AHHHH. It was so amazing. And so painful. But more of amazing than painful so I’ll start with that haha. I feel like this email still might be a little spastic so please forgive me.
So since Sister Xia and I came back to Arcadia, we decided we wanted to ride our bikes basically everywhere because 1.) it’s been about 2 months since we’ve last rode our bikes and 2.) we felt like we could talk to more people biking than driving and 3.) biking is more safe than driving for me since I still kinda get sleepy when I drive (don’t worry mom, it’s gotten better hahaha). It’s crazy how many more people we meet and how many more miracles we receive when we start biking. One tender mercy is that more people are willing to talk to us – maybe one reason is because we are two asian girls biking in 90-100 degree weather wearing skirts and sweating a ton and so they feel bad for us. Just kidding. But another part definitely has to do with Heavenly Father blessing us. We also made it a goal to talk to EVERY person we passed while biking. I think it was just natural for us to only talk to Chinese people, but we are to talk to EVERYONE. This week, we ended up talking to a man that recently came from Uganda (totally thought of you, Sister Proctor!) and a man from Persia who could only speak Farsi (wooo Elder Sugden!) and other fun and cool people.
Another miracle that came from biking happened yesterday. Well, yesterday overall was basically the best day but I’ll start with our biking adventure. So this past week, we decided to set aside some time everyday to bike and find/visit less-actives. Throughout the whole week, we didn’t have a whole lot of success – a lot of them moved, changed phone numbers, or weren’t home. It was discouraging, but I kept getting this feeling that Heavenly Father was going to give us a miracle the last day of the week. And He did. We were biking to a less active yesterday evening when we passed a man walking on the sidewalk. Without hesitation, we pulled over and started talking to him. Long story short, he and his wife went to BYU and got married in the temple and had four kids and then became inactive. He was on a way to a meeting, but he said we could meet his family who were at home just a few blocks down. So we did and it was wonderful. And the crazy thing is is that they aren’t even in our records! Some people might say this is luck, but I know that this is another one of Heavenly Father’s perfect orchestrations. We are excited to see how God will help this family come back to the church 🙂
Fast Sundays are always the best Sundays. I feel like there’s always an added amount of spirit and miracles on these days. And the amount of spiritual nourishment I receive each Fast Sunday is the greatest. Yesterday, Heavenly Father prepared the way for so many of our investigators and less-actives to come to church. During sacrament meeting, my heart was just overflowed with gratitude for my Father in Heaven. This work is true.
This work also involves a lot of heartache. I still can’t find which talk it is (which is killing me!!) but in it, it says that every missionary will have to spend some time in Gethsamane. It’s true.This past week especially, I have felt my heart ache in ways it has never been before. Several of our investigators have had and are continuing to face very difficult trials. And because we are Christ’s representatives, they know that they can share it with us. And because we are Christ’s representatives, we feel the burden and sorrow that our brothers and sisters are feeling. And because we are Christ’s representatives, we can declare boldly and lovingly that it is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they can have this burden lifted and face the future with hope and optimism because they will know that they are not facing this trial alone. They have God, the Almighty and Jesus Christ, our Savior, by their side. It is the greatest privilege to be a messenger of this truth.
I wish I could write every detail of every blessing in this email, but I can’t even fit it all in my journal so I guess the only record of it is in heaven. But I want you all to know that this gospel is true! The Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses each person and family in ways nothing else can. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are right by your side, arms outstretched, ready to help you and embrace you. Reach out to them. Pray to your Father in Heaven. Use Jesus Christ’s Atonement.
I love you all!
It’s great to be back in Arcadia! Even though Sister Xia and I were only gone for 6 weeks, Arcadia has changed a lot. Sister Huang and Sister Chan left us with a pretty solid teaching pool. It’s kind of nerve-wracking “pink washing” an area, but Heavenly Father is definitely helping us every step of the way. Also, did I mention how much I LOVE doing missionary work with Sister Xia? And being in my first two-person companionship, I think it’s pretty swell. Both trios and duos are great, but there’s definitely a reason why us missionaries are called two-by-two.
Anyway, after being together 24/7 for almost half a year, Sister Xia and I have a really great relationship – missionary wise and friend wise. I am definitely sure that we will be eternal friends. I told her that I’ll probably start developing “princess syndrome” soon because she is seriously just too good to me. I am so blessed. She’s also a really hard worker. We are both on the same page as to what we want to accomplish on this mission so it’s pretty awesome. Being unified with your companion is one of the biggest blessings on the mission. Once the two of you are unified, the work can progress with faster speed and more success. We hope to see much success during this transfer! We have set several goals – personal, companion and area – and you bet we are working hard to accomplish them!
So as for the miracles of this week. On Wednesday, we planned a list of potentials and investigators to visit. However, things just weren’t happening and our spirits were pretty down. We planned to contact for the last 1 1/2 hours of the day but by that time, we just weren’t feeling it. However, we decided to muster up our faith and just do it. Heavenly Father blesses His missionaries when they work. We were able to have two lessons while contacting and also get a referral! Sister Xia and I went to bed with a happy and grateful heart.
Another sweet tender mercy. As we were going through and visiting potentials this past week, we were able to contact the mom of a potential. The son (potential) wasn’t home, but she said we could come back on Saturday morning. We were pretty excited. So Saturday morning comes and we bike to this person’s house. On our way there, a lady stops us on the street and asks for directions. We helped her and quickly told her we were missionaries (she was late for work) and gave her an English class flyer. She seemed interested and also appreciative of our service and very willingly gave us her phone number and then drove off. When we got to the potential’s house, he told us he wasn’t interested and that his friend pulled a prank by referring him to us because they didn’t think that we would actually come. My heart literally ached when I heard that. It was disappointing but as we were biking home, Sister Xia and I said that it was definitely Heavenly Father’s plan for us to bike to his house and meet the lady on the way there. Even though meeting her and getting her number didn’t seem like a big deal, it was a blessing for us.
I have decided to go back and start reading and studying the Book of Mormon from the beginning. What a difference it has brought to my personal study! Everyday this week, I felt like Heavenly Father was POURING out answers, guidance and motivation to me through The Book of Mormon. I have read 1 Nephi so many times, but there have been phrases and verses that I felt had a completely different meaning to me compared to the previous times I have read it. It was a reaffirmation to me that this book is the word of God. I know that The Book of Mormon is true. I know that through earnestly searching and pondering its words, we can receive revelation. Heavenly Father will let us know what we need to do. We can better understand His will and plan for us through this book. There is no way this book was written any other way EXCEPT by divine guidance and revelation. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. It really has become my favorite book. So if you haven’t read it, READ IT. If you have read it, READ IT AGAIN. Read it over and over and over! Let Heavenly Father to help and guide you!
I know this church is true. I love this gospel with all my heart. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ even more. I am forever grateful to be a part of this great work.
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