How are you guys doing????????
This week was another good one on this end. Still striving every day to better understand the spirit and use it to not only preach the gospel, but live my life.
Senor: On sunday evenings we're normally tracting because that's the only time in the entire week when there are whole families at home. It's the best finding time that we have.
Brother Wang is getting baptized this Saturday! He passed his interview and everything and is ready to go. The man loves his family and has seen the positive change that living the gospel has brought into his family members' lives. He himself hasn't had a ton of spiritual experiences himself but he wants to be with his family forever and he believes this is one of the things that he has to do for that to happen. Our ward is pumped, first baptism ever in the An Ding ward.
I can't remember if i told you guys about Danny but he continues to be awesome. He has really good questions about the Book of Mormon and has a big desire to learn. Problem is he only has a bike and the church is like a 30 to 40 minute bike ride away from where he lives. Hoping to get him there this sunday.
We found a cool family this week, of course on the last house that we tracted. The mom and dad both came to church this week for 3 hours. They're main problem is one that is an idea that a lot of people in Taiwan have, which is that all churches are the same. Like as long as they teach people to do good that's good enough. And we're like well yeah but no not really..
One of the coolest experiences though was in working with Sister Lin. It's been such a neat experience to be able to get to know her. Her biggest question was about whether the worshipping that her parents do or Heavenly Father/Jesus Christ was correct. And we've essentially just been reading the Book of Mormon with her every night as she searches for this answer.Seeing how the Book of Mormon changes peoples' lives has been a testament to me of the truthfulness of the book. As she was reading one night she came across a verse that i had noticed before, but now serving in Taiwan has a lot more meaning, in 1 Nephi 20:5 "And I have even from the beginning declared to thee; before it came to pass I showed them thee; and I showed them for fear lest thou shoulds say - Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image hath commanded them" To her this verse was Heavenly Father telling her that He had given her these previous spiritual experiences so that she could know it was Him and not the "graven images." Through reading the Book of Mormon together we've been able to become good friends as well as to have both of our testimonies strengthened.
Speaking of sister Lin, she got a bonus at work which she used to treat us out to the nicest restaurant that i have ever been to in my life. literally like 10 courses, where this chef cooks it in front of you. Seafood, steak, everything. They even torched these ice cream things at the end it was ridiculous.
This week i learned some new things from the story of Nephi on the boat on their way to America. As y'all know, eventually Nephi is bound by his brothers and it kinda sucks. In 1 Nephi 18 though, it talks about how the Lord lets these trials/experiences/tests happen to us so that he can manifest His power unto us. It's in those times of weakness that we truly come to know God. Sometimes i wonder though, what would happen if we didn't have to wait until we're weak to look upward.
I love you guys and hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Nelson