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Monday, February 24, 2014

Xinzhu # 38

Happy Birthday to Jesse, and Jason :) Old Men!! :P Yeah I forgot to tell you something last week... Elder Jeffery R. Holland came to our mission this week, and we were spiritually feasting for two hours with him on Saturday night. My heart is so full, and I feel that the experience this week will be a major changing point in my mission. Here are some things that were awesome from Elder Holland's talk: · “We only send the world’s best to Taiwan.” · In 24 months of his mission, everything was “turned upside down—or right side up” and he said, “I want that for you.” · “Don’t you ever leave anything to carry off the field.” · “We didn’t get up this morning and decide to come here and share a fairy tale.” · “I want you for the rest of your life to feel like I did about my mission.” · “This is real life. You will never come closer to real life than right here.” · “Everything you want for your investigators, He wants for you.” · “A ‘Preach My Gospel’ missionary is so in tune with the Spirit they can teach what they need to teach…” · “’Preach My Gospel’ says missionaries are to go to the people. We are going to find them where they are and take them from the Sacred Grove to the Garden of Gethsemane.” · “I think this [Taiwan Taipei] mission is poised for the hastening of the work.” · “Why is this so hard?….Because salvation is not a cheap experience.” · “God never intended a mission to be easy.” · “It cannot be easy for you because it was never easy for Him.” · “A little bit of your mission must be spent lugging a cross.” · “The road to salvation goes through the Garden of Gethsemane.” · “Don’t think you’re going to have a picnic in Taiwan.” · “You have to sign on for the whole experience.” · “Don’t spend time wondering why your mission is hard.” · “You are being shaped and molded into disciples of Christ.” · “Difficulties will make you more like the Son of God.” · “Your family has you on a pedestal.” · “Everyone wants their children to grow up and be just like you.” I want to share with you my Thursday night journal entry: "Right before I was going to bed, I had a lot of stress and was really distraught about the current state of our are, and I was sad. Then I saw my scriptures, I grabbed them and said a little prayer in my heart to bring some comfort to me, and then I opened them. My eyes fell upon D&C 111:7, which reads, "Tarry in this place, and in the regions round about;" I read this verse, and I was so full of gratitude, and peace as I pondered on the people that I have met and the experiences I have had. I read on: "And the place where it is my will that you should tarry, for the main, shall be signalized unto you by the peace and power of my Spirit, that shall flow unto you. This place you may obtain by hire. And inquire diligently... For there are more treasures than one for you in this city. Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin; and I will order all things for your good, as fast as ye are able to receive them. Amen." I was so comforted to see this and I am really so excited, that as I heed to the admonition of the Lord through my personal revelation, and obtain by my own hire, the signalization by the peace and power of the His Spirit, the main, why I should tarry here. I know that to do that I must be without sin, I have lots of repentance, and need to continually use the resources that the Lord has given me to do that. To listen very carefully to the Spirit, and obey. I am so blessed to be here, and although it is really tough right now, I just want to tell you that I am all in. "I signed on for the whole experience", and I will "tarry in this place." I will do all that I must to go to my investigators, and walk the path through Gethsemane, up to Calvary. I will go to them. I will not make them come to me. I want to testify as a representative of Jesus Christ, that I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it testifies of the Savior of the World, and that there is so much in this world that our Father in Heaven has given us to learn from. We have our trials, and we have the tools and resources necessary to have hope and peace in this life if we have faith, and act. I know that those who heed to the teachings of the prophets in the scriptures, and the Word of God speaks to our souls, and brings more strength than anything else in our lives, and on our paths back to our heavenly home. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of our souls, and He calls to us, "Come follow me". He has promised us that if we come follow him the Father will give us the Spirit to guide us in all that we do. Go and Do. Have faith and see the miracles come in your lives. Share the blessings of the Gospel with your friends, family, and make new friends to share it with!! Remember that you are also a representative of Jesus Christ. Hurrah for Israel!! Love, Elder Westover

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Xinzhu #37

Hey ya'll!! Happy Birthday to Callyssa and Joshua, and I'm super stoked to see that little new baby boy next week, or as Jacob said, "he's going to come when he's good and ready. And not a second sooner...! :)" This week was wonderful! I am so stoked to get to work with Elder Zeng. He is a wonderful missionary and is doing a great job. We saw many miracles the past few days and were very blessed to have the experiences we did. "If we recognize the miracles, no matter how small or big they are, the Lord will work more in our lives"- President Day. I need to make more time in my reports and in my life as a missionary to recognize those miracles and thank Father in Heaven for those blessings often! In our area, we gave the Sisters two of our investigators because those investigators did not make their baptismal dates, and dropped some about five other investigators that have not been answering their phones, and so we kinda back at ground zero, but that's okay. We are going to see some new miracles, as our members get together with us and find, fellowship, teach, and testify! :) My companion is very inspiring, and makes me super happy and pumped to go and get these members pumped up to go work with us!! We also have a baptism this week!!! Zhou Dx!! It's been forever to get him to this point, but it will be great. My companion, Elder Tseng is also waiting for his Visa, and is from Taipei. His English is so good, and we are going to have a lot of success together, I know it! I know that we are going to work together with the Spirit to find those that will receive us and help them receive the Savior. I really love him.We have fun together and we see miracles. :) One thing that I learned in the scriptures this week, and I didn't realize till right now that I had strengthened my testimony of them, is that the scriptures give us strength. I was reading in 3 Nephi 28 and it was just incredible to ponder on the things that the Savior promised the 12 that He had chosen. The scriptures are like an energy drink, that will feed and continue to keep the Gift of the Spirit string and bright to guide us and to inspire us. Though it might not help us right at that moment, it will help us in the future when we really need it! I just want to share with you one miracle: When we were out tracting and got fanged by our investigator, we had knocked just for about 30 minutes, and there was a lady (Chen JM) riding her bike past us. She had already gone past us quite aways, but I just felt like I should ask her to stop. So, I said, "qing wen yixia", and of course she stopped. We shared that we were missionaries, and she said that she thought we were cops so when I called out to her she definitely stopped, but she ended up really wanting to hear the message of baptism! She said that she wanted to, but she would get back to us and come to church after she had some time to read the Book of Mormon. :) She is a wonderful daughter of God, and although she did not set a baptismal date or give us a number or come to church this week, I know that because she is important, that I am accomplishing the work that I have been sent to do. Although I am not the perfect teacher, but the Spirit is, and by listening to the Spirit and calling out to her I was able to give her an opportunity to receive the Plan of Happiness that Heavenly Father has for us. I am so happy. That's all I have to say. I love this work and I am so happy to wear the name tag that I get to wear every day. To represent Him. I love you. Praying for you and thank you so much for your love. Love, Elder Westover

Monday, February 10, 2014

Xinzhu # 36

Oh boy :) I can't tell you how happy I am. I have a little nephew coming this week, I am training this transfer, I'm so pumped for the district I'm serving in, and I am so grateful for this Gospel. My new companion (Elder Chen) is wonderful. He is going to the Indiana Indianapolis Mission, reporting to the Provo MTC on March 11. He , and we had a wonderful week last week. Unfortunately he is leaving. He is leaving and I'm getting a brand new one from the States!!! :) I am so excited! I still don't know who he is but I will be going up to Taibei this week on Wednesday to proselyte up there while I wait for the new missionaries to finish their training, and then we'll come back here for some real missionary work! I'm super scared... I've never been expecting my own child, but I imagine it's kinda like that! :P (I know I'll get an ear full from my sisters about that ;P) I'm super stoked for him to get here and to start learning with him. A new wonderful experience that will be full of learning. Christlike Attributes Chapter 6 of PMG will get me through it :) This week was awesome! We had a wonderful Mission Leadership Conference on Thursday and Friday, of which I got to be temporary companions with the Assistants. I learned so much, and I am so amazed by the spirit of prophesy and revelation in those two days. I actually had the opportunity to do a training within those two days on the importance of the member present at a lesson with an investigator. I was thinking of the covenants that we make in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I read this scripture. Including the temple. In Alma 37:6-7 it speaks of the strength of "small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls." The Salvation of many souls that is spoken of is the Salvation of the missionary, the member and the investigator. We are all working out our own Salvation. Just know that through the small and simple things of helping the missionaries, and your ward mission leaders how you can help in the Work of Salvation, will help you in your effort to have an eternal happy life :) I love you all. Have a wonderful week this week and make sure to do the Small and Simple things :) "Hurrah for Israel!!" Love, Elder Westover

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Oh boy did I eat well!!!! Hahah we had a lunch and dinner appointment with members for 6 days straight, and they stuffed us full every time :) It was a great week, I actually got a new companion :) He is an Aborigine and he is so much fun :) I'll tell you more about him next week. Happy Birthday Tate and Tallie!! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad :) ( 43 Years) This week there is so little time today because we had the temple today, but I just love you. I know that this Church is true and that there is so much that we have to learn. We are nothing without our Father and His Son. Love, Elder Westover