Expecting Miracles

Hello world!!

One thing I love about being a missionary is being able to wake up everyday and thinking, “What amazing miracle does Heavenly Father have in store for us today?” This week was a spiritual roller coaster. I felt like it was the biggest exercise of faith that I had ever experienced on my mission. But I believe it was because of our added amount of faith and higher expectation of miracles that we were able to see so many miracles this week.

Here are just a few from this week:

Miracle 1: On Tuesday, we had a lesson fell through so we decided try out TRACTING!!! Heavenly Father blessed us with a good first experience. We met an old German man who just opened his whole life up to us – his wife died a year ago right before Christmas, his parents dying in a plane crash, etc.. We testified to him of the Plan of Salvation and he agreed to meet with the missionaries! So we passed him off to the English elders. He also suggested to knock on one of his neighbors’ door! So after we said bye to him, we went to go find apartment number two and guess what? We saw an old Chinese man coming
out of apartment number two to take his trash out! We offered to take his trash to the dumpster for him and HE LET US! This was such a tender mercy for two reasons. The first is because that morning, I asked a Heavenly Father to let us be able to contact someone through an act of service and BAM there it was. The second reason is because a Chinese person accepted our service! This NEVER happens. I have never been so happy taking garbage out to the dumpster.

Wednesday was a rough day. El Niño came for a bit so it was down pouring. We were so fortunate though because unlike most missionaries, we had a car so we could still make our appointments. Well, all our appointments fell through so we decided to go through our list of formers. Some other names popped into my head so we decided to try them too. No one was home. We felt so lost and I felt like we were wasting our miles trying a bunch of people who weren’t even home. We probably said more prayers together that day than I have ever said with any other companion. And tender mercies and miracles happened.

Miracle 2: While we were getting gas, one of our potentials called us and we were able to finally set up a time to meet with her and share our message! We had been trying for two months prior to this phone call. WOW!!! And our lesson (which was the next day) was awesome. She is so open and willing to learn and begin to develop that relationship
with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love her to bits already.

Miracle 3: After about two hours of knocking on empty house, I had a feeling to try to visit our dear friend, G, again. She’s the one who was doing all the commitments but not getting any feeling or answer whatsoever. Her daughter in law recently had a baby so she has been helping her do that traditional one month of confinement after childbirth thing that Chinese people do. So basically, we haven’t been able to see her in over a week. We tried knocking her door earlier that day, but no one answered. When we went back the second time, I had a sure feeling that she was going to be home. We knocked her door
and no one answered. I was so determined that she was home so I knocked and knocked again. There was still no answer so with a heavy heart, we decided to walk back to our car. Right when we turned around, we saw G pull in the driveway!!!!! I couldn’t even believe it.
GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES. I was so happy! I gave her the biggest hug.

Miracle 4: We had the best phone call on Thursday night. We wanted to double check our appointment with L (our ten year old friend who has been making SO much progress recently) so we called his mom. But instead of his mom picking up, he did! So we got to follow up with his Book of Mormon reading and praying. He told us he has been reading the Book of Mormon more and he prays before he reads EVERY time!!! And then he was like “Oh I have something else I want to tell you!” He told us that he felt like the Holy Ghost was with him because there were a lot of times where he didn’t know what to do and then he would have a feeling to do something and then the result would be good!” OH MY GOODNESS. I was on the verge of tears. And miraculously, Sister Gong even understood what he said (he was talking in English)! He said he is ready to be baptized on the 24, the only thing is to get official permission from his parents. His mom hasn’t been very
supportive recently so please please please pray for our friend and his mom, that her heart will be softened and that he can get baptized on the 24!! That night when I was saying my bedtime prayers, I literally just started sobbing. I felt like Ammon in Alma 26:11. My heart was brim with joy.

Miracle 5: This week was one of the hardest weeks in terms of finding but  miraculously, we were able to hit our mission’s standard of excellence for new investigators! We were able to find FIVE! It’s another testament to me that this is definitely the Lord’s work and when we completely humble  ourselves to Him and acknowledge the fact we can’t do anything without Him,  He gives us miracles. Also, eight of our friends came to church! That was  definitely a sweet blessing, especially since no investigators came last week.

We also had a great Stake-Missionary coordination meeting on Thursday where all the missionaries and ward mission leaders in the stake got together and  discussed how we can do better at member-missionary work. President Terrill gave a powerful talk on how faith and obedience leads to revelation and miracles which are necessary in order to succeed in doing the Lord’s work of salvation. He wrote two numbers on the board: 300,000 and 3,000. He told us that there are 300,000 people living in our stake boundaries and there are 3,000 of them that are  members. He then asked us a question that I invite all you to think about in regards to your own stake: “How many of the 300,000 people do you think are ready to accept the gospel this very moment?” We all agreed that there are a lot. He told us that there are a lot, but we don’t know exactly who they are and where they are but the Lord knows and THAT is why we have to have faith and be obedient, so that we can
receive that revelation in knowing who those people are! And then he reminded the ward mission leaders that there are only 20-30 missionaries in this stake, but there are 3,000 members. We NEED the members’ help! He said that the Lord has already prepared many people to receive the gospel, He is just waiting for the members to start participating in the work of salvation!

So please everyone! If you don’t have a copy of your ward mission plan, get one. Put it somewhere where the whole family sees it! Commit yourself to be a part of accomplishing the ward mission plan! Then set a family mission plan! Decide how many people you want to help join the church – it can be one or two, but just set a goal! It’s just like what they sing in High School Musical – “We’re All In This Together!”.

Wow this was a bit of a longer email. But this week was seriously awesome and just ahhhhh!!!! Okay I love you all so much! Please pray for our 10 year old friend who wants to get baptized on the 24th!!

Love,
Sister Huang

Sorry, no pictures from this week 😦
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