Taipei Taiwan

Taipei Taiwan

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Xinzhu # 31

I survived with the transfers!!! :P Haha, I'm still here in Xinzhu with pretty much the same district except for one new sister missionary. The Lord has some great plans for this area and it's going to be great!! Included in the Message of the Restoration is the invitation to follow the example of Christ, and once an answer and confirmation by the Spirit of the truthfulness of the message, be baptized. As a result of that, I have set a goal that no matter what, to invite to baptism on the 1st lesson. I have loved it. the miracles and the experiences have been great!! Saw some wonderful miracles. I'll share my favorite one with you: We were out finding on Saturday, and we weren't finding anyone that really wanted to listen for about the 1st hour, but then I had the feeling to ask Elder Huang to lead us. He led us for about 45 minutes and not anyone, but finally we were riding back into town, and there was a man (Gu Dx) riding a bike by the Airforce Base Entrance (oh yeah, I forgot to tel you... Xinzhu has an Airforce Base... :) ), we were going the same direction. I just slowed down to his speed, and started to chat. I just got to ask a little about him, and found out that his parents had passed away. I had the feeling to ask him what made him happy. He just thought, and didn't have an answer. I then shared that family was the thing that made me the most happy, then shared that we had a message about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and asked if he had some time to listen. He ACCEPTED!!! It was so awesome. We went to a park bench, and shared a short message about families and how the Gospel blesses them, and about prophets w/ the Book of Mormon. We invited him to be baptized and he ACCEPTED!!! I know that God the Father, is a loving Father. He knows us all completely, and knows what our needs are. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share that message with the people here in Taiwan. Especially here, there are so many that rarely, if ever, hear the word "love" directed toward them, and when they hear that they have a Father in Heaven that loves them... they feel the Spirit. Whether they know it or not, and whether they choose to accept it, is another thing, but as they act on the invitations that we as missionaries give them, they are able to go and understand what kind of a loving God He is, and how He loves them. Actually, yesterday in our Sacrament meeting, we had an old guy from our ward get up and bare testimony of the divinity of the Father. That we are created in His image, and his characteristics. I can't tell you how wonderful it was and how clearly profound that truth spoke to me. Although there are alot of Christians in America, there are few that know what kind of a personage God is, and what characteristics He has. I would like to invite you to study that... and think about how that knowledge effects you in your everyday life. Once you have done that, pray and ask Heavenly Father, who among your friends, classmates, co-workers, or family members you could share your testimony or give them a reminder of that simple truth. Nimen yuanyi ma?! (Are you willing to do that?!) :) I know that there is someone in your life that can be blessed by your testimony. And I want to bare testimony that there is nothing that brings greater joy in our lives than, sharing the truths that we know. I know that The Savior Jesus Christ lives. He loves us, and wants us to return to our Father's presence. Love, Elder Westover

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