Friday, June 21, 2013

Week 51, in which I am SO hungry, and in which I meet a child who may grow up to be the next evil Transformer. Watch out, Shia LaBoeuf!

First of all, how in the world do you spell Shia Lebuf? I can't figure it out. Poor kid, kindergarten must have been rough.

Also, that subject might have been confusing. I haven't been hungry all week or something. I'm just really hungry right now, and I couldn't think of what else to say because that's all that's on my mind at the moment.

Today's t-shirt of the week! Okay, actually, it's not a t-shirt. I've changed it to anything-that's-weird-and-written-in-English of the week. This is written on the cover of a free photo album that I got after printing pictures:

The moment I saw you

You felt like a dear old friend

I want to know everything

About you

You said your name is Komi, the polar bear

You are a silly boy

But your heart is pure and kind

Makes my heart filled with joy

Yeah, it didn't even have a polar bear on the cover. So weird.

So this week a man named W joined our Cantonese class, and a few days later we visited him at his apartment and had one of the more interesting, engaging lessons I've ever had. He studied Theology at university, and he quoted all these scriptures that I say all the time: James 1:5, Amos 3:7, John 3:5, 2 Timothy 2:3-5. It was really neat actually. He seemed to really understand the concept of a restoration of the original church, and was super interested in the Book of Mormon. He was a little... quirky, but it was a really fun lesson! We met his baby and his housekeeper has well. His son? Yeah, he's the one Shia whatever-his-name-is needs to watch out for. His name? METATRON. Apparently he's named after the highest arch-angel or something? But it sounded more like a transformer to me. Anyways, he looked like a pretty normal baby, but I just kept thinking, "It's not what it seems... it's NOT what it seems!" (Name that movie and you get 100 points. Unless you're directly related to me, in which case if you CAN'T name that movie you lose 100 points and I'll never speak to you again. Exaggeration.)

So apparently they have this new assignment for some sister missionaries called 'sister training leader,' which just means that you go on exchanges with the other sisters for training purposes and you go to some other meetings, and now I'm the training leader for Macau! I'm happy about it for a plethora of reasons, one being that I get to go to Hong Kong every month haha. Obviously I'm excited to get to serve and all that stuff too. I really love the sisters here in Macau--we have six now! The sisterhood that comes from serving together is like nothing else out there.

We had so many miracles and new investigators this week! One of my favorite miracles was when we found Lorna. We usually walk the same way every time we're headed to the lighthouse for finding, but this day I just felt like we should take a different way. On our way there, we crossed over a big public square which is usually very busy, but that day it was empty. But when we got almost all the way to the other side, I felt like I needed to turn around. I did, and we saw a young woman sitting at a table in the corner, just reading. And I knew we needed to talk to her. Her name is L, and turns out she was baptized into the church when she was 8 with her mother and brothers, but her father is pretty controlling and doesn't treat them very well, and he forced them to come back and join the Catholic church. Now she's in her 20s and doesn't remember much at all about church, but she said she felt really good talking to us and has a huge desire to come back! The next day we met with her and taught her about Joseph Smith, and afterwards she said, "It's unbelievable, but I believe it!" We all felt the Spirit so strongly, and it was one of the most powerful lessons I'd ever been in.

And finding her was an answer to many prayers I prayed before my mission. All growing up, I felt like I didn't know how to listen to the Spirit and act on promptings. But I'm realizing now that that doesn't mean I'm not as good as God wants me to be. It just meant that I hadn't had enough experience yet. It takes time to really understand how the Spirit speaks to us, and as we just live our best and don't stress about it, we can trust that we're being led. Slowly, we'll learn to recognize those feelings more. But sometimes, we still won't know we're being directed by the Spirit. But it's true. God guides those who want direction. He loves us all so much, and all we need to do is listen and give him a chance to help us know what to do!

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