Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dear Family and beloved friends, There have been a ton of miracles this week especially with "HE is the Gift". So many, but I will share only one... actually the very last one of last week. We had felt that Yun He Jie would be a really good place to go the night before in our planning and it worked that we were right on schedule to go there at the time that we had originally planned. WE got there and started to Christmas Carol... just the two of us. It was great! You know me I love singing, especially Christmas songs, and we had some people buzz us up to their apartment but there was no success. Then there was one house on the 5th floor that let us up! Hahah and it was not a Taiwanese, European, American, or Australian, but rather 2 Mandarin Students from Honduras here on a 5 year scholarship to learn Chinese. Thankfully their English was like perfect, and after we asked if we could share a short message about Christmas, and watch "HE is the Gift" video, they let us in :) Elder Huang blew them away with his Spanish skills when he said, "GATO!" Hahah! It was awesome. We watched the video and the Spirit was super strong as they were able to watch this video in their own native language. We shared with them about the message of the Restoration, about restored priesthood power, and baptism. And they accepted a baptismal date commitment. :) the best thing is that their other roommate came home and we got to watch the video with them again and they said that this Christmas they wanted to let Christ into their lives more. They are in the same situation as I am with being away from family this Christmas season, but as we testified of the eternal family that we have and invited them to come unto Christ... they felt that warm tender love that their Father in Heaven has for them. :) Super awesome :) So many miracles that we can invite people everywhere to come unto the Savior. All People Everywhere. I know that boldly following the Spirit is so important and acting upon the feelings that we have will bring so much happiness to the Children of God. Share the Gift!!!!! :) Love, Elder Westover
Sunday, December 7, 2014
This week Brother Huang Qi Ru brought his girlfriend, Sister Wu Hui Yu, with him to church!!!!!! She has a great desire to be baptized and have a new start. Two weeks ago we boldly invited her to come to church this week and start planning to come the weeks after that and she said that she was willing to do it and she did it!! She seemed to like it quite a bit. She loved the Christmas hymns and had a grin on her face the whole time :) Her work is really quite busy, but we are sending her texts with scriptures daily. We are hoping for her and Brother Huang to be baptized this month. They need prayers to know that they should be baptized and we hope that she will quit her work and that they will get married so they can give Christ a gift this year. Please pray for them!!! We really need some miracles to happen for them. This week my studies were almost nothing... (because of all the training meetings and transfer week). I hope to have more in the following weeks I will be able to do more. I need to at least make sure that I get some reading in the Book of Mormon daily. I want to give Jesus a gift this year and it is to read "Jesus the Christ". I have about 200 pages left and less than a month to do it... pray that I will be able to use the time that I have to read it and learn more about how I can give more of myself to Him and to those I teach. I really love Elder Huang. I feel like most of the lessons we have taught have been really good. We haven't been able to find too much together, but I'm excited this week to do that more :) No pictures this week because my camera is broken.... I'm going to get if fixed this week... hope that all goes well. Haha I love using the "He is the Gift" video we have really been able to see alot of success with it from sharing it with the members in our ward. They are sharing it and getting excited for Christmas. Too many experiences, but we look forward to it this week with using the little biyu that Sister Day used with the candy cane and visiting our members and asking for LA referrals and finding some more low hanging fruit for the coming months. Also we want to make more calls to our potentials :) This is my week!! Even though it was absolutely crazy... it was still really great. I'm excited to be here with Elder Huang and to have the opportunity to serve so closely with President and Sister Day and work together to bring forth the Work of The Master. :) I love you, Elder Westover
Monday, December 1, 2014
Dear family... We had a baptism!! Brother Hu!!!! :) I have sent some pictures for this week to my blog, and because I don't have too much time, I just want to share a miracle or two. This week we had the Mission Leadership Council and we got to receive some training on Receiving Revelation from the Taiwan Taipei Temple President and his wife and also do a session and put into play what we learned. Everyone that was present learned a ton from on high, and will bless the whole mission :) The Church has invited us to use the "He is the Gift" initiative very intensely here and we have seen so many miracles. :) I want to share an experience that I had in Zhunan at the area that I was born in on exchanges with the zone leaders there. We were at the park and We maet a man and his daughter that were playing. We asked them if we could share the video with them on their cellphone and as we were watching it the little daughter was just reading the captions and after it showed all the pictures of Christ and his birth... she said, "He is the Son of God." "Ta shi shen de erzi"... Oh my goodness. I can't even tell you how wonderful that was to me to hear those words come from her mouth as she felt the Holy Ghost testify to her that Jesus is the Christ and is the Son of God. I know that God gave us a very great gift and it is His Son. :) go to mormon.org and watch the video and share it!!! Invite everyone everywhere to come and discover the gift, accept the gift, and share it :) I love you!!!!!