It’s a great day to be a
missionary!! Every day is a great day to be a missionary!! I can’t believe how
fast this transfer has flown by. Having to do 9 exchanges a transfer makes it
fly by. I just learned that we have the biggest District in the mission. YEAH China
for over-population! But I love these guys. ahhh it is hard, I am for sure not
the perfect District Leader, but you learn every day, and just follow the
Character of Christ and serve and it works out.
I talked with President about Mojo
the other day, and after my mind drifted to Austin Powers for a sec, I
whipped it back and got some good advice. I have been stressing about
finishing the mission strong, I feel like because I have set that as a goal,
Satan is working on me to not achieve that. BUT my Prez just gave me the simple
solution and that is think of others, not yourself. Obviously, this is a simple
thing we learn in Primary, but really, it is one of the hardest things to do.
Especially as you get tired, or hungry, or frustrated, we as people can become
inward little selfish turtles. Just like Laman and Lemual. BUT now, it’s my
goal, not to do that, no matter the circumstances. Hold me accountable!!!!
This week, the Ward went to
Huntington Beach for a dodgeball tournament. It was awesome, we got 5
investigators to go!! And thankfully they all made it back in one piece. An
awesome couple that went was Jing and Ted, they are a newlywed couple and they
just love learning. It is all new to them. Jing, the wife said "I feel
like Christianity has something great inside it that makes so many people
believe, I want to find out what that great things is." My companion and I
testified that the great thing was the life and atonement of Jesus Christ and
how it transforms us! I am so excited to teach them. We had a lot of really
good lessons this week, we are truly blessed here.
I hear people are losing weight back
home, I am also on the path of slim fit BYU body 2015. My plan is basically run
a lot in the morning, and eat under 1600 calories a day....it kinda stinks. BUT
I have come to really love running, I think I want to get into Triatholans when
I get back. But that is talk for a loooong ways away.
I love you guys!! Thanks for
emailing me and remembering I am still in LA!
Soooo, I am emailing on Tuesday
because we went hiking on P-day to the Hollywood sign, and it took a lot longer
than we thought. We all realized that this mission has made us physically unfit
for these types of fun activities...but mostly it took so long because we had
to wait so long for another companionship.
For sure the highlight of the week
was Lorrie!! She is so elect and cool. Her major is game design, video game
design. So she can talk to all the ward members about Assassin’s Creed, League
of Legends, Deng Deng. She talked about how nice Church was and how
she wants to make it a weekly thing because of the peace it brings. She is
so awesome, #hastening
It is so crazy the stark contrast
between her and some other investigators. With most people, it is SOOO hard to
get them to do stuff. So much convincing and discussing and analyzing and
sometimes even bribing goes on with people, just to get them to do the smallest
commitments. But until they humble themselves and submit to the Lord,
nothing really sticks!!
I was reading in the Old Testament,
and in the story, the Joseph Smith Translation says, " and Pharaoh
hardened his heart." I realized that in my life and in my
investigators lives, it’s always a choice to resist God. So what we have to do
is soften our hearts, become humble and submit. And the best thing to soften a
heart is the Spirit, and one of the greatest ways to bring that in is to have
sincere care for a person. I know this principle applies to normal life to. No
one should be forced or convinced or bribed to do anything, because it
will just never stick. That's right up there with Satan’s plan. But
when you do something out of a sincere love for that person, and they feel
that, that's when hearts are softened and a lasting conversion or a change of
heart takes place. You see process happen to some degree in a lot of people,
but seldom does it fully take place....BUT when it does, it’s like
The name of the game right now is
finish strong, and it is so much harder than I thought it would be. I
could just feel myself just flying though those first 18 months, just
getting out and working and learning, but for some reason I feel
like I have hit a brick wall. BUT no worries, as things get better,
they will get harder, it has been this way since the beginning.
So my companion has introduced me to
WOW Hits, which are like Christian rock songs that sing about grace and stuff.
I lost my mood ring so I am not sure how I feel about them quite yet....
It has been cold, which I thought
would never happen in LA, but for the first week here I was wearing like
sweaters and double underwear and double socks (jk on the U-wear) to bed. But
no worries, we got a pan heater and it is warmer than a Gold Gym Sauna up here
in Jefferson Park.
So a cool thing that happened this
week was the other set of Elders here had a baptism, his name was Ding Cong.
The baptism was awesome! But what was also cool was we brought a guy named Shu
Yang to the baptism. So Shu Yang wanted to apply to BYU Law School and so he
walked into the church looking for an ecclesiastical endorsement. He had no
idea what the church was, but for some reason he just wanted to go to BYU Law.
So we brought him to the baptism that Sunday and it was pretty much his first
contact with the church, and at the end of it he was like. “wonderful, so
wonderful, I hope that I can do that one day!!" The Lord is hastening his
Also, if you remember the guy I gave
a baptismal interview last year, the one who didn't pass. His name was Anthony
Chen. He got up in the branch down in Palos Verdes and said that he wanted to
be baptized!!! That was a huuugge miracle this week. His wife got baptized back
in December and I am sure that played a huge part. Ladies always taking the
first steps, Eve, Mary, Neil Armstrong....
Testimony of the BOM was
strengthened hardcore this week. When I was talking to this well versed
Christian, he really was saying a lot of things that made sense to me and
caused me to doubt myself. But in the end, he asked me for a BOM and as I
testified of it, I just knew it was true and could never deny it and that is
why everything he said didn't matter, no matter how logical it was, because I
knew the BOM was true. That was an awesome experience!
whhhaaa Lindsi got home!! I remember
seeing her in the MTC!!!!
I love you guys, thanks so much for
your prayers for the investigators here and thanks so much for being active
back home. Read the scriptures every day, especially the BOM. I am so grateful
for the Spirit, and I am so grateful that we can so quickly feel while we read
the words of God!!
love you guys,
International Zone Conference January 30 at Torrance North Stake Center
Meet the first Chinese sister in the mission. Sister Yang