We haven’t heard any news as of today. All we know is we are getting three new districts this week and we’re running out of teachers…and room. Brother Hodges (who is in charge of all the Mandarin teachers) told us he got off the phone with Salt Lake and they said they’ll have us out of the MTC by Christmas, but they always tell us different things. If they don’t have us out by this week, we’re staying in the MTC clear until January because they have the blackout dates where they don’t have any missionaries travel during the holidays. We’re just waiting it out here…we all feel like bums because we have nowhere to go haha. But once we get travel plans, they’ll let us email to let people know when we’re leaving! At least I’ll know that my Chinese will be killer when I finally get to Taiwan in a year…
Since all of the Taiwan missionaries have been getting really down with this visa thing, we all decided to get together and have a huge prayer one night. We’ve all gotten so close…we’re just one big family now. I ended up volunteering to say the prayer. I didn’t ask God for our visas, but for him to reveal to us why he still wants in the MTC. And you’ll never guess what happened the next day. Heavenly Father answered my prayer. At the MTC, people who are really investigating the church, we call them Gold Tags because they wear gold tags, can come and walk around the MTC and talk to missionaries. While the two sister companionships (Sister Oviatt and Kirkham = Kirviatt, Sister Good and Hendricks = Hood) were in the French building looking for our old substitute teacher, Brother Cottle (went to Paris on his mission to speak Mandarin. He’s fluent in French and Mandarin, and was one of Henry Chou’s teachers while he was in the MTC), we ran into a Gold Tag couple. Jose and Hely, from Guatemala. They had so many questions about Joseph Smith, and families, and why bad things happen to good people. We talked to them for an hour, answering all of their questions, sharing scriptures, and sharing our testimonies. Jose started to cry at one point, the spirit was so strong! When I testified about why bad things happen to good people, he literally said, “Wow, you could be prophet one day!” Haha he is so adorable. What’s even crazier, is that we were in the FRENCH building, and there was a SPANISH Book of Mormon sitting on a table right where we were. I know that was NOT a coincidence! God had us there at the right moment, and he had someone place that Libro de Mormon there for Jose! We made another appointment to meet with them on Tuesday. We ran into them again today and talked to them for half an hour. We were so happy to see them again! Jose told me that Thursday and Friday, he was having a really bad day, but he said after he talked to us, he just felt so much peace. He described it as a miracle that he felt that much peace. Then he said “You know those times when someone is really thirsty and all they want is a drink? You gave me that drink that I was longing for.” DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!?!?!?! YES IT DID!!!! THIS IS WHY I AM STILL IN THE MTC!!! For Jose!!!!! And what’s even better, is that Hely said she’s been wanting to learn Chinese for years, and we offered to teach her! So not only to we have a lesson with them tomorrow, Hely said she wants to meet with us on Wednesday for a Chinese lesson! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! I can’t wait! We better not leave this week so we can keep talking to them. And I honestly can’t believe the amount of love that I’ve already developed for Jose and Hely. They love God so much (Catholic background) and they just want know how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can help them. IN SO MANY WAYS. THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW! And we’re going to teach it to them!! AGGHHHH!!
We’ve already had our third “last” Sunday and “last” temple walk. I got chosen to say the talk this week in Sacrament Meeting. They make everyone prepare a talk for Sunday, and they announce who gives the talk after we partake of the sacrament, so it’s always really nerve wracking because you don’t if you’re going to get picked or not. The sigh of reliefs from everyone that doesn’t get chosen is so funny.
Elder Zwick of the Seventy spoke at Tuesday Night Devo! I remember him speaking at the Houston South Stake Conference in March. He showed us a video his 4-year-old granddaughter took on his phone for the missionaries when he told her he would be coming to the MTC. It was the cutest thing ever! She said, “Whenever you’re sad or grumpy, turn to Jesus, because when you get closer to Jesus, Jesus will get closer to you.” All of us Taipei missionaries really needed to hear that! Then, she said, “I hope to be a missionary someday…I mean…I WILL be a missionary someday!” Then all of the Sister Missionaries ‘aweeeed’. SO CUTE! And Elder Zwick also brought Lexie Walker to perform for us! She is AMAZING. She’s only 12, and she’s performed for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, with David Archuleta, Lindsay Stirling, Alex Boye, and performed at Carnegie Hall. After she sang three hymns for us, Elder Zwick brought her up to the podium and asked her how it felt performing for us. She said, “Performing at Carnegie was great, but performing for the missionaries was indescribable!” Then she thanked us for our service and sacrifice, and said she wants to be a missionary too. But she already is!! God definitely gave her a special talent to spread the gospel. For Sunday Night Devotional, BYU Men’s Chorus performed for us! They were SO GOOD! For one of their songs, they sang a song from New Zealand and did the Haka. It was a party! I have some homework for y’all…look up Lexie Walker and BYU Men’s Chorus on YouTube, and be amazed!
Scripture of the Week – D&C 58: 2-4
- For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
- Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
- For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.
This explains why we go through trials. It really got me through this week. The scriptures are amazing.
Well, that’s all I have for y’all this week. I love y’all and remember that EVERYONE is a missionary! Spread the Gospel whenever you can! And if you’re not Mormon, GET MORMON BECAUSE YOU GONNA BE BLESSED!