Yizhi: First things first. She's got a HEAVY duty Buddhist background. When we met with her on the street she was not willing to change her religion but as we have been teaching her, her heart has been softened like melted butta. It's been an amazing experience to witness. She's accepted a date for baptism. She is willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray to God to ask about its truthfulness.
April thru May are college exam months so getting church investigators to Church is very difficult. Especially if your church investigator is a student, a Chinese student at that! But as we discussed Church and the many blessings of it. YiZhi said if she got enough homework and studies done during the week she would be willing to come to Church. Such great progress from her!(: Oh and she LOVED the lesson on the Plan of Salvation, she was so engaged. Loved the fact that families can be together forever(:
Ryan: This mate is amazing. When we met him on the street, I didn't think he was interested in Christianity. He had no emotions when talking to us but he gave us his phone number and we invited him to come to Family Home Evening. He came and rather enjoyed it. We had the first lesson (The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with him last Thursday. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and pray to ask God if it's true and come to Church. He's got such a willing heart to learn. it's great. And he came to Church that Sunday and has been reading and praying! He's definitely a person that the Lord has been preparing to receive the gospel(: We originally scheduled his baptism for the 30th of May...but the Zone Leaders want to move him up to the 16th of May...we shall see if we can prepare him for that date.
Elva: We found out that Elva has been exposed to Christianity from her friend in China. She's got a powerful testimony of prayer. She definitely knows God is there and listening to her and helping her(: We just need to get her to Church, but she keeps travelling! Agency (freedom to choose) tho, gotta respect it.
We also had a great iPad meeting last Friday(: Nothing concerning iPads were discussed haha but Elder Stephen B Allen (managing director of the church's missionary department -- spoke twice at the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center while I was there) and Elder Timothy J Dyches (of the Seventy) spoke about principles and technology. I learned loads of great things to apply to my life as a missionary and for my life after the mission. Elder Allen said' 'This meeting will change your life.' And in me mind I was like, 'I've been to loads of meetings how is this one going to be different?' But I learned so much that I want to apply to me life now and have it as a habit for when I return home. The main things I picked up from the meeting was:
-Technology is a device, just like how a pen is.
-Agents have control and objects are controlled. We are agents.
-To use tech for a specific purpose and then to turn it off. And this is a hard thing to do, because as humans we like to browse to kill time or because we are bored. I am so guilty of doing this haha
Listening and admiring the speeches given in a meeting is one thing, it's another to act on the message. So from attending that meeting, I plan to learn how to be a minister to help my church investigators needs. As I minister then I'll be focused on how to help and serve others.
I'm super grateful serving in the Newcastle Ward, I have seen many miracles and I'm enjoying my time here. The Lord's work is true. The gospel has blessed my life and I'm trying to keep working as hard as I can.