|Mission Conference - International Zone|
I experienced like Christmassy-thingy things for the first time this Dec ( well, more like saw them). We went with the Korean Elder and I went caroling! We didn’t find any Asians but a lot of teenagers wanted to take pictures with us. This reminds me of the time that one of your younger investigators Mia, who is 19, took a selfi photo ( Melissa, you can explain to dad and mom what that is) with me in the middle of the ward thanksgiving activity. Everyone in the branch saw it and was like IIII AAAHH Bu Zhang Lao, Ni shi Chuanjiao shi. Bu XING BU XING ( ahh Elder Burr you are a missionary you can’t, YOU CANT!!) ahh classic. haha gotta love the branch members.
Samson and Tiffany went out with us to dinner with the Brother Chen to get some Japanese food. I am pretty sure he dropped like $400 dollars on them so they better get baptized now!!
Skyp-e skype-e alright, I will do it Christmas Morning, and by morning I mean probably like 1pm-3pm. I bet I can give you a call Christmas and set it up! Ahh I hope you all have so much fun this Christmas AND cherish the time you have together.
Time flies on the mission. Where the heck did these past 4 months go!! It’s crazy on the missions, and it is crazy when things go exactly like the scriptures say the will go. We were teaching Ji Wu, he is from Shang Hai and we pretty much were the first persons to tell him about Jesus Christ. We were teaching him the restoration and the atonement and I asked him why, why did he feel like Jesus Christ atoned for us. And he thought for a long time, a long time, and he said, “because he loves us." The truth makes sense, the truth is simple, and it is for everyone!! From the oldest of wrinkly Chinese dudes, to the youngest of kids. We took a family to the Visitor’s Center, and we sat in front of the big white statues of Jesus, and we played the recording of Jesus voice and at that time this family’s son, who is like in first grade, just closed his eyes, bowed his head, and folded his arms and just listened and prayed to Christ. JOY TO THE WORLD!!!! Our creator, the Master of the Universe ( He-man??) wants us to return to Him, so he gave us His only Begotten son to be our Savior, I know this email will get to you guys after Christmas but whatever! I love testifying of Christ!! It’s so lame when we walk down the streets and people yell at us " blah blah I already believe in Jesus, you are wasting your time." He has given us so much!! and people, just like in ancient times, are rejecting Him. It stinks!!
I have been thinking a lot about love and charity. This is the season of giving, it is the time we could help other people, everyone understand this. In Mark 12 it talks about the 2 greatest commandments, love thy God and love thy neighbor, that these are the most important things anyone can do!! Then in Ether 12, it talks about without love, you cannot inherit the kingdom of God, you can have faith, and hope, but without charity, without love, you will not make it. I didn’t understand this, I did not get it. We have a ton of commandments, why this one?? Luke 7:46 (I think) explained it to me ( I love the scriptures. read, believe and obey them family!!) Luke 7 talks about a lady, who was a sinner. But she showed great love to Jesus, even to the point of washing his feet with her tears. And Jesus said " her sins, which are many are forgiving, for she loved much, and to thee that loves little, the same is forgiven." Love saves us because loving another person allowed us to understand the Atonement. Jesus Christ atoned for us because he loved the fathers will more than his own ( thy will, not mine be done) he loved us more than his own well-being. We like wise need to turn out, to think of others, to love others. Only then can we understand the Atonement and allow it to change us and improve us. Eventually making us perfect alongside Heavenly Father!! This Christmas, we are so lucky we can be reminded to help others, to love others. And remember that Heavenly Father loved us so much SO MUCH, he gave us a Savior. I love you all, sorry for the ranting!!!! Merry Christmas!! Sheng Dan Kuai Le!!
P.S. Amanda, I love away in a manger too! (does Taiwan have Dai So?)
|Pres. & Sister Weidman|
|Ricky and Mia|