Elder Fleming

Elder Fleming

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Emails 7/25/16

I miss US food. The food here is AMAZING!! :D but I still miss US food sometimes. :)
We've (Elder Ward and I)  got two more weeks together, then he goes home! :o I'll stay here probably one more transfer and have a new companion. After that, I'll probably move, but I'm not sure where. Haha he's only the second companion I've killed. :) It's super strange, I'm a pretty old missionary at this point--I only have about 3 or 4 more transfers left, but I seem so young still because Elder Ward is going home soon! :o Anyway, two more weeks until the transfer, and no, I'm not a grandpa yet. :/ Hopefully soon, though! :D
Eternal hardships are the most difficult! :o "I can do hard things!" haha! :) It has been kind of hard this week. :/ It's super strange because when you think about the work itself it seems so simple: ride around on a bike and invite people to learn about the Gospel. Teach people and help them come unto Christ. Help them repent. There's no quota, there's no being fired for not working hard enough. It's service. But the internal struggle is immense. It amazes me the opposition we face--and that most of it is internal. Our attitude, our resolve to go and talk to a person on the corner can seem impossible sometimes. It is another testimony that what we are doing is the Lord's work. Why else would the devil be fighting so hard against us and telling us we can't do things. I read a talk called the "circle of fire" this week. I loved it. I don't know if you can look it up, but if it's available, everyone should read it! :) It talks about how the most worthwhile and most valuable prizes are almost always if not always protected by the most difficult challenges. These challenges and opposition are intended to stretch us and make us better. The Lord puts us in the crucible to let us sweat a little. We sweat out the dross and become more pure, more refined, and more resilient. It's awesome! :D
So anyway, I don't know why I typed that up, it just came out. :) It's been a good week, we saw lots of miracles, and there have been some inner challenges that I've had that are hopefully shaping me into a better person. :)
Sorry not much time this week. :/
Monday was great! Pday! We played basketball with a bunch of the youth here, so that was super fun! Night time, we had time to talk with a bunch of people on the streets, met a cool guy and had a sit-down lesson with him, then met someone else we scheduled to meet with who was super awesome! He's got a Christian background, and is about 60. It's really different teaching someone with a Christian background. :o It went super well though and he came to the baptism on Saturday! :D
Tuesday was good. contacted in the morning (contacting=talking to people on the street) also there are a ton of people on the street here, which is pretty awesome! You can talk to sooo many people that way! Then we, well we contacted all afternoon, then ate dinner with a less active youth who said he's coming to church on Sunday, yay! :D Then we contacted some more at night.
Wednesday went well. We got to do interviews with our new mission president, President Teh! It was awesome! Then we came back, met with another less active youth right before English, and then had English class. That was pretty sweet.
Thursday was also pretty awesome. More of the same. Lessons and contacting. :)
Friday was pretty amazing. We were eating dinner outside a 7-11 (they just call them 7's here), and this guy was looking at us. As he was walking out we said hello. He chatted with us for a while. I guess he got in a car accident and just didn't seem like he'd been doing well lately at all. He said he wanted to learn a little more about Christ and how He could help us. He also set up a time to meet with us--two hours later--himself! That was super cool to see this man who was humbled and wanting to learn more about the Lord. We met with him and it went well. :)
Saturday went great! We met with our Christian-background investigator, brother Zhang. We talked about the Book of Mormon and where it comes from and its role. He then attended the baptism and read the Book of Mormon while he was there! :D It was great!
Sunday, we had a new investigator family come to church as well as one of our other investigators. :) It was really good! That's about it!
Well, time's about up. I love you all and I pray for you every day. I hope you had a great week!  Love you!

Elder Fleming
Oh yeah, I forgot. We went to a small island for pday and saw some sand castles and stuff, not basketball. :) Sand castles, beach, MASSIVE church! :o

On the ferry boat and a beautiful sunset the other day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Emails 7/18/16

Hello everyone! :) I love and miss you all! Great week this week! 

Monday was great! Pday and basketball with some members, investigators and other missionaries. It was great to play and excercise a bit! I'm excited to do that more when I come home! :) Contacting at night.

Tuesday we had a great day! We have been having family home evening with a great family from Indiana (Their mom is from Taiwan and they've been living in Indiana for a while). It's been so great to have gotten to know them! They're wonderful! It's been really special to get to know them. I'm super bummed that they live far away and I won't get to see them much after I go home. Maybe I'll have to plan out a road trip to Indiana... :) 

We also had zone conference, where a bunch of areas in the mission got together an met the new mission president, President Teh. He's great! It was amazing to get that Spiritual confirmation that he is supposed to be leading the mission now. Afterwards, we went to a member's house with a less active younger brother, and met with them, which seemed to have been what his brother needed. We challenged them to read the Book of Mormon every day. They are pretty great! Afterwards, we contacted people at night. :)

Wednesday we had DTM because of the zone conference on Tuesday. At night we had English class. It was pretty good. :) Thursday was pretty good. We had a couple lessons set up, but they fell through, and we ended up doing a pretty decent amount of contacting people (contacting people = talking to people on the roads) :) Good stuff! :) Then we met with our recent convert, Brother Huang. He's great! 

Friday, went well, too! 

Saturday was good, lots of time talking to people on the streets. It went well, and I didn't get dehydrated or heat stroke, so that was good. :) 

Sunday was amazing!! :D Had a lesson in the morning, met with some very cool, very prepared people and a lot of investigators came to church! :D It was great! The Zheng family was also able to come, which was awesome! The mom loved it! The only bummer was that her kids were a little bored. (I don't blame them, it's also their only day they can go out and play as a family, so I can't say I blame them! :) They stayed for 2 hours of church, though. :D Hopefully we an keep meeting with them. 

That's about it for the week. Here's my weekly email to President: :)

Dear President Teh, 
It was great to see you last week, and I am looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. It was a great week here with Elder Ward. I am so grateful for the blessings that the Lord has let us have here. I have been trying to constantly remind myself to be grateful for the blessings that we have received. I don't want to be like the Nephites in the Book of Mormon who so quickly forget their God and who are constantly humbled with trials to remember Heavenly Father. I have been trying to study gratitude lately, and I believe it is another Christ-like attribute, and I think remembrance is the first step in gratitude. If we remember all the blessings the Lord has given us, we will be more grateful for him. Lately, not just Elder Ward and I, but the entire zone seems to have seen many miracles this past week. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father for giving us these blessings. 
I have also learned that when we do all we can to give everything to the Lord, making these sacrifices for Him, He will remember us and make up for those sacrifices.

I also loved reading Isaiah 1:18 this morning. I haven't read it in a while. It's such a beautiful verse. I love that the Lord wants to "reason with us" and through repentance, we can take everything we've done wrong and all the mistakes we've made--no matter how dark they are--through Christ, they can be wiped completely clean. What a miracle and a blessing! It's such an amazing gift to share with others! 

This week, we also had a family we've been working with come to church as well as two new investigators that we met after going out after the typhoon. I remember going out thinking, "there probably won't be many people out there, let alone very many who want to talk with us," but I remember that I decided to try and talk to people and be happy and excited to share the Gospel to anyone who would listen. We went out, and found a Mr. Lin. He ended up being really cool and told us his girlfriend was looking for a religion. We told him we were sharing about Christ and could help her with that. They came to church yesterday and really enjoyed it. Another example of the blessings that the Lord gives us when we try to serve him with our heart, might, mind and strength. 

Well, that's about all I think! I love you and I'm praying for you daily! 

Elder Fleming

Sorry it's been so long since I've sent pictures... :( 
 The family from Indiana-they're awesome!! :D
 I found macaroni and cheese!! :D It was super expensive but I bought a box of it anyway and ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. :) 
 Also a couple random pictures 
also a picture of the typhoon, but it doesn't really look like much :) It was intense, it just didn't look like it on the camera :) 
  Pictures of and with our RC Brother Huang! He's awesome! :D