We are cleaning our apartment today, too. :) It's pretty dirty. I'm excited to live in a place that's not small and lived in with other 19-21 year-olds who don't take care of stuff very well.... oh wait, I fit in that category... ;) Hopefully I'll be better at that after the mission. :)
I like to hear you spend time with Tyler a lot. It makes me excited for when I come home and I'll probably be able to spend time with everyone, too. :D
Bummer about RSL lately. :/ I hope that they can pull it together. That would be sad if Cassar loses his job. That's one reason I wouldn't want to be a coach. It's so inconsistent. Hopefully they find their stride. Playing a game in LA probably isn't the best thing at this point for RSL, either... :/
The week was pretty great! Monday was Pday. We played football and went to Costco! :D It was pretty fun to play football in a park! :D Turns out, Elder Chen's never played before, but he was great!! It was a great day! I don't know if it's because on a mission I can't go out and run around or what, but right now it's super fun to play and do that stuff! :D Hopefully it's still fun when I get back and I can do that more when I get back! We've also been playing ultimate Frisbee as a district Monday mornings because there are 8 of us. :D We contacted Monday night.
Tuesday, we contacted, met with an investigator that went alright. I feel like the lesson wasn't the best, but it was ok. :) Then we had 3 lessons at night, and had to go on splits to teach them. :) That was pretty fun! I like it when it feels really busy on the mission and it feels like I'm getting a lot done. :) I feel like there is a lot of patience involved in missionary work, and a lot of the time it feels like nothing is really happening, but I love it when there are a bunch of things to do and seemingly not enough time to do them.
Wednesday we had mission tour and Elder Funk came and visited. It was pretty good. They talked a lot about using the Book of Mormon. It was interesting. They said when we contact, use the Book of Mormon. I tried it and got wrecked. I'm going to have to practice more at that... :) We taught English class at night. The kids were mostly alright. There was an uncontrollable one though, so the beginning of English was incredibly awkward as I began English class and had Elder Chen call the kid's parent. After that, it went better, though. :)
Thursday, we had 2 lessons set up, but they both fell through. Bummer. :/
Friday we weekly planned, met with a pretty cool Mr. Yang. He reminds me of a previous investigator we taught. He got super excited when we shared about the Book of Mormon with him! That was pretty cool. :) That night we visited a member family and then someone fell through whom we had set up for that night.
Saturday we went to our secondary area. It's super rural!! It was pretty great! :) It was pretty out there and the people were SUPER nice!! :D We met with our investigator, Brother Wu, that night, which was pretty cool. That lesson went really well. It was definitely by the Spirit, and what he needed to hear. That's one of my favorite parts of being on a mission is teaching a lesson according to the Spirit and seeing it help the investigator and his/her life. :)
Sunday was good. Church, studies, and a miracle--we helped two of our investigators come to church. We set a goal of three. Then, in the last hour, someone came in off the street to church, we taught her after church and set up a time afterwards to meet, giving us 3 investigators at church! :D This week, we were able to hit or almost hit most of our goals this week, including investigators with a baptismal date, investigators at church and lessons taught with members present. That was a huge miracle!! :D
Love you all!
Here is my letter to President Teh:
This last week was filled with miracles. It has been amazing to see the blessings of whitewashing and training pour in lately. I hope that I can foster an attitude of gratitude to accompany these blessings. I want to continue to work hard for the Lord and let Him know through my actions that I'm grateful for all He's done for me. Elder Chen seems to be doing better and better as time goes on. I'm very impressed with him. He is not nervous or apprehensive to share his testimony with others, lead in contacting or in lessons. It's been really great to see him change these past few weeks. I keep wanting to teach him so much, and take all the things I've learned on my mission and download it into his mind, but unfortunately, I have to share and teach him the things that have helped me the most and share those and let him learn the rest on his own. The time is so short.
This week after the mission tour, I decided to go out contacting with out tracts and only have a Book of Mormon with me. It didn't work very well, but it was a great learning experience. I am going to have to practice and try a lot to get contacting with the Book of Mormon down. On the bright side, we saw a pretty cool miracle from using the Book of Mormon in a lesson. We had a first meet with someone last week, Mr. Yang. We sat down with him and ended up sharing most of the 1st lesson. We then pulled out the Book of Mormon and talked about it a little bit. He was fascinated with it! He asked where he could buy one. We said we'd give him a copy for free, and he gratefully accepted and said the next time we came back, we would have to share more about that book! It truly is the most effective tool in gathering in scattered Israel. I have thought about the recent converts I have taught here, and all of them were well into the Book of Mormon and were gaining personal testimonies through it daily before they were baptized. True conversion CAN NOT come with out the Book of Mormon.
The really rural secondary area we went to. It was super pretty!! :D
I saw some old friends at mission tour (Elder Hanna and Elder June), beef noodles, one of my favorites here, and last Monday after playing football in the park. It's still SO HOT here!! :o We were all pretty sweaty and gross afterwards, but it was super fun!! :D
MASSIVE bowl of noodles I ate on Saturday! :) I didn't know they'd be that big! :o It was bigger than my face and almost my stomach! ;)