Hello everyone. a ni ho
Well this week had its sweet mixture of disappointment and joy at the same time.
However the Lord the Lord is always better to us than we realize. I just need to get over my self pity. The Lord wants us to focus on different areas of the work. Last week we had prepared Nian Cong ming to get baptized, he was doing good. He was good on all the questions and could share his simple yet firm testimony of the truth he had grown within his heart. We tried to find out if he had any last concerns or things that we could help him out with and he said no. He said that he was ready for baptism. So we set up an interview. Well Bro. Nian never showed up. We went over to his house and he was sitting outside on his little bench having a nice little afternoon. We asked him why didn't he didn't come. Apparently he is daoist now. So we sat down and talked to him. A friend had given him yi guan dao stuff and his sister wasn't supportive of him getting baptized. We went over and let him talk and ask questions. He then asked him a few questions and let him share. He told us he doesn't believe in any of the daoist stuff, just its the culture and he doesn't want to let go of his culture. He is afraid of what it might do to his ancestors. We started asking about the book of mormon, jesus christ, heavenly father and so on and he shared how they are true and how they have brought peace to him and has felt of the truthfulness. We will still work and see how we can help Bro. Nian but in the long run its his decision and we have to respect that.
This week we have been trying to share all the lessons with an investigator so he can get baptized next week. As we were sharing with him it wasn't feeling quite right so we continued to share with him. As we sat down on sunday we decided to postpone his baptism a week. At that point it felt right and we were able to have a nice flow of the spirit as we continued to share with him. It was funny during the lesson we shared tithing and why we have it. Well during on the parts, he raised his hands up over his head, looked up and said hallelujah! Amen. And my reply is yes bro liu, yes, Hallelujah amen. During the lesson we also focused him relating the sacrament with the atonement. It was really powerful. He was really touched we also showed him pictures in Gethsemene and on the cross in the Gospel art book. He was really touched and a acted as if he was stroking the picture and oh lord, Jesus in a tender voice. This man really does love Jesus. I told him we would get an artbook for him. It made him really happy.
One of the big happy things was the You family! (say it like a rapper "yo" what's up, fool). So this last week we invited them for baptism. They still haven't accepted however, they came to English class which sparked interest in his wife at what happens at church, and the second taught their little boy how to pray. He now prays everyday and gets the whole family to pray together. Well on Saturday we went over to do drop off some study material for the sunday lesson and we ran into their boy. he was going to go buy eggs so he asked if we could go with him. So we went and helped him buy eggs. Well apparently that little small act of service really touched Bro. You. That night they came attend the baptismal service and yesterday on sunday they came to church as whole family. What a giant blessing. Now tonight we are going to go have FHE. Let's see how it goes!
Well the pictures are from when Zhang mama taking us for fun. She took us to the beach and gave us fruit. She is so funny. Right now she wants to teach me amei. (her aboriginal language)
Well lots of Love, lots of work to do!