Taipei Taiwan

Taipei Taiwan

Monday, March 30, 2015

Xinan #92

Dear Family, This is our generation picture right before we went to the temple here. The temple is closed the next two weeks for cleaning. It was a wonderful experience. Very spiritual and a wonderful opportunity to be with these, my brethren :) I was so torn... and after the temple it just makes me even more torn that I have to leave. I really love what Tarah wrote me this week... "testify with all the passion and love and genuine sincerity that you have in you- EVERY time you testify until you go home and even after." I'm going home in two weeks, that's true, but while I'm here that fact has nothing to do with the work that I have to do here now. I was looking in my past journals from earlier in the mission and I really love it the way I said it back then. Just as the Savior did, I'm not here just because I want to impress someone or anything for my own benefit. "I am about my Father's business." #BecauseHeLives (#因爲祂活著)I can say that I am a son of God. I have worth, and He loves me. My purpose is to help others (my brothers and sisters) come unto Christ. To help them Discover, Embrace, and Share the Atonement of Christ. That we can be saved. (3 Nephi 9: 22)
I had a super cool experience with sharing the gospel through Family History this week!! :) We have a Recent Convert (Brother Lee) that is almost up to a year and we have always been trying to help her have interest in learning about the Gospel, and this week we went over to their house and we were about to sing an opening hymn to invite the Spirit, but the Lord had his intervention to add to that Spirit (THE SPIRIT OF ELIJAH) when my companion saw a picture on top of the piano that hadn't been there the past visits :) The picture was of Sister Lee's father and his family when he was a teenager, and she just went on, and on :) eventually we got to sing and she loved it!! In prior visit she had never commented or anything, and she accepted the invitation to watch the #BecauseHeLives video with us. There was a long pause afterward, and the Spirit filled the room. It was almost tangible!! Then I just had a feeling to share my testimony of the Atonement and the ability it has to unite our families. And then my companion asked them how they felt, and she said, she felt very 舒服(translated as: comfortable). Eventually, we started to talk about Family History and we invited them to come to the Family History Center and learn more! And another great thing is that we have been really wanting to try to get her husband ready to go to the temple, so we are super excited about that miracle :) Our ward is getting super ready for missionary work too :) The Bishop is super stoked about Family History, and using social networks to do missionary work :) I love this work and I'm happy to be a part of it!! :)  Hurrah for Israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Elder Westover

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