I've been waiting for Mama pugs to text you back cuz Sis Pugs said she'd do something like that haha Well, have loads of fun eating together and meeting their family(: They are great people cuz their daughter has that fraction of that greatness. And that fraction of greatness is immense. Like how can someone be that nice, genuine, and funny? You'll love them <3
i dread the day when Pugs and I part. And it's right before Christmas! BAH! At least, we have BYU and family friendships(:
This past week was great. We met with Flora. She is so prepared to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and just GREAT! We planned to teach her the Lord's law of health - the Word of Wisdom. She brought up the WoW before we even started the lesson, we thought 'oh no, she's going to have loads of probs with this.' We started with the Book of Mormon first. She believes it's truly from God. She feels loads of peace and comfort when she reads and believes it's true. That's great! When particular verses stick out to her, she WeChats them. She posts them on social media. She posted 2nd Nephi 9:51'Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.' So she's already doing missionary work! And then she told us, 'I told my mum a few days ago, I had my last coffee. And it tasted so bad.' Cuz she's going on a no-sugar diet, so her last coffee was a bad experience, which is great! So she heard about the WoW before she met us that day and decided to keep it! Flora is a miracle.
Lesley is staying in England, she's found a job is Oxford! She's been struggling over finding a job here in England. She's been praying loads. And she even decided to fast, and when she did a few days later the Oxford offer came! She fasted on her own, and her faith has brought her a job! It's so amazing to see the growth of recent Converts to the Lord's true church!
We met a Chinese family on the street and met them yesterday in their home...the mum is a bendiren 本地人 (native Chinese) - only speaks Chinese. She's got 3 kids ages 10, 8 &5. They speak Chinenglish, more Chinese than English. Meeting this family is the closest experience I can get to the Taiwan missionaries. Mum (ayi 亞姨 Aunty) is from Fu Jian 福建 in China. But her accent was Hong Kongese. So as she spoke I had to mentally translate to Hk to me own accent, to english haha Their family is very nice and polite. I tried to be as traditional as I could get. I brought over gifts for the kids - Chocolate Belgium Wafers and a kid Book of Mormon Stories book, and a regular BoM for mum. I accepted eating a dried olive, but I didn't know it was an olive at the time. We shared something that was pleasant, the hope of Christ. Ayi was really open minded to our message. I've never taught a family before, so I was a lil shaken on what to do next. But we prayed with them, kneeling prayer - the first one I've done in someone's home. While talking to Ayi, I could understand about 75% of what she said. i was a lil scared to speak too much Chinese, I didn't want to say the wrong things or, by accident, rude things.
Oh and they live really close to the chapel! We taught the Gospel Principles class in Sunday School this week. We based it on President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's October General Conference talk 'it works wonderfully' Talked about how hearing, trust, love, and action is necessary to build our faith in Jesus Christ. We had almost all recent converts there at church. But it was great, we invited them to share their testimonies about the topics we shared. And, mate oh mate, their faith and testimonies are loads stronger than I thought. When Lesley shared her exps, it was perfect. the only thoughts I had whilst she was speaking were 'She'd be a perfect missionary.'
But First Chinese family and Church was the highlight of this week! And pugs and I are doing great as comps. The 'honeymoon' phases will be forever haha