Ha, funny you should mention Sister Salcedo. She's in my zone and I've met her a few times. She's so nice and funny and crazy like me. We got our transfer calls last night and Sis Salcedo is coming up to Newcastle and is going to be Sis Wu's companion! Sis Lu will be going to York 2. Sis Larson and I are the same, no change.
When I get home, I don't wanna be addicted to the TV haha I'll make mom exercise instead, or we can have companionship study haha. I have talked to the Chinese people about the jumping ghost things and they are surprised I know what it is.
Lucky you guys have a mild winter. Winter here isn't too bad. There are a lot of days where the wind is raging and a few days where it's icy cold. But it's still all good(:
So last Preparation Day we went to the Discover Museum, It was a lot of history. History about wars, a soldier's life, machinery, and such. There was also history of the Tyneside. It wasn't too bad, it's interesting to have a background in the area you are serving in.
After that, we went to Breadpoint. It's where they have all the good Asian bao's. So heavenly. They had that Asian angel food cake bread that I like, Portuguese tarts, coconut bread, and lots of other Asian baked goods. I am planning to go there later today to get some more bao. yum.
On tuesday we went to Institute class with our church investigators Valentine and Crystal. Brother Broffey is the teacher and he is an excellent teacher, it was a very good lesson on Doctrine and Covenants section 84. I learned that there is just one priesthood but two branches of it, the Aaronic and Melchizedek. In the lesson he emphasized that stakes of the Church are a refuge for all that are in its boundaries. Not just church members. A stake blesses all people who live in its boundaries. And when we act in righteousness and keep the commandments, the more blessings we get. So according to our status with the Lord, we gain different levels of blessings, it all depends on our faithfulness. It is always an inspiring lesson at Institute. I just wish that our investigators could understand all of it, at least they got the Spirit(:
Ah, I think on Wednesday night I had a dream in Chinese. I was dreaming that sis larson and I were street contacting and we stopped two asian girls and I was talking to them in Chinese! Ha, I remember saying "wo xue si ge yue de Zhongwen 我學四個月的中文" But I was really happy I dreamt in Chinese
We scheduled a meeting with a new church investigator this week and the fantastic thing is that she wants to join the Church and be baptised because of the blessings she's seen in her life from praying and reading the Book of Mormon. She is Chinese and she talked to her parents about getting baptised over the Christmas holiday and they didn't object. Many Asian parents oppose Christianity so this was great. The stories and experiences she shared with her parents about the Church surprised them. This newly scheduled investigator's name is Mandy and she has a huge testimony of prayer. Because she prays with real intent and sincerity, she prayed for her sick dog to gain health and prayed that she would be able to renew her passport in time to return back home for the holidays. In both incidents, Heavenly Father blessed her and helped her develop her faith in Jesus Christ. When we teach her, she understands it so well. I am so grateful for the opportunity to find and teach those that are prepared by the Lord. I hope to continue to find more to bring closer to Christ.
Sis Larson and I went out to contact some prospective elders, people that have become less active at Church. The first man we went to contact was 103 years old! He lived through WWI and WWII! He was in great shape for his age as well. He could walk, talk, and hear all on his own, no assistance of any kind needed. He was slow moving though of course, but it was just amazing to witness a 103 year old man, living independently. He invited us in, we chatted, he was watching some old films with Jimmy Stewart in it.
And that was all for the week! i'll stay for another six-week transfer in wonderful Newcastle(: