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Monday, October 3, 2016
Well, it was a good week. Monday was uneventful.
Tuesday there was a typhoon which didn't seem like much until about 3pm where it got super bad and we had to stay inside until 6.
The typhoons are alright, I just don't like all the rain when we have to be out in it. If it's so serious that we have to stay inside, it's alright, because we don't have to be out in it, but if it's not so serious, then it's kind of annoying because we have to be out in it. :) Typhoons kind of remind me of micro-bursts with rain. It's not too bad. I see people driving around in cars in typhoons, so it doesn't seem like a big deal to me. :)
Wednesday was alright. No one came to English class, though... :o Hopefully it was because it was still raining pretty hard and there was just a typhoon and not because we taught an awful lesson last week... I thought it went ok, but you never know, I guess... :)
Thursday we contacted all day.
Friday we did weekly planning then contacted all day.
Saturday was the same.
Sunday was church. Woohoo! We met someone who said they'd come to church and had potential, but then she didn't come. Bummer. We called her and she set up to meet with us this Saturday after General Conference.
That's about it. :)
Whitewashing is exhausting! :o Lots of time out on the streets and not many lessons. Hopefully, there are good things in store for this week. :)
Here's my letter to President:
This was a pretty good week in Jia Yi. There was a typhoon that made it hard to proselyte on Tuesday, but at least Tuesday night, we were able to go out and proselyte. This week has been good for Elder Chen and I. He seems to be doing pretty well! I am really glad to have this opportunity here. I'm still trying to get used to the area. Many of the people here seem to have seen missionaries a lot before, and aren't as willing to talk to us on the streets, so I'm still trying to figure out how to best contact the people here. We have been asking the members for referrals, because I believe that is the best way to find constantly, teach repentance and baptize converts. We haven't been able to contact referrals yet, but we're still trying. I have high hopes and expectations for this week. I think there is a lot of potential here. Hopefully it will come together.
This week's miracle was after the typhoon we went tracting. As we were looking for a place, I had a feeling that someone prepared was down a certain alley, so we went there. After getting rejected a lot, a man answered the door and because of the weather said it wasn't convenient then, but invited us to come back later. We exchanged information with him and left. That alone was a miracle! Sunday we went to visit him, but he wasn't there, so we decided to go find another place to tract in that area and see if there were any other prepared people there. Elder Chen led the way to a different alley in the same area as the other person we met, and we knocked on one door, when two women came walking with their dog from around the corner. I didn't think they wanted to talk, but Elder Chen started talking to them, and we talked with them as they walked their dog. We ended up sharing most of the first lesson with them and one of them was really curious about our church! She said she was going to be out of the country on business until November, but she exchanged contact information with us and we left. At that time, our time was about up and we had to return to our apartment. We went back out and said a prayer, one of my previous companions, Elder Ward, liked to say prayers every 30 minutes, and it's a habit I've tried to keep. As we were praying, someone rode by us and stopped just ahead of us. Curious as to why, we said hello to her after our prayer. She said we looked like we were having a hard time or something like that (she saw us with our heads bowed and didn't know we were praying). We shared with her about prayer and she seemed really interested to learn more! So we exchanged information with her.
Love you all!
Our empty English class and the typhoon. The typhoon doesn't look as scary on my camera pictures... :)