The weeks just go by so quickly as the mission goes on.... this one was KILLER!!
So I had a stomach bug starting Thursday afternoon and the only thing that stayed in my system between then and Sunday evening was 10 saltines, a banana and a bowl of tomato soup. It was the first time I’ve got something other than a cold my whole mission! We were fasting Sunday to find people to teach, since we haven’t found anyone new to teach since I’ve gotten in the area and all our plans and appointments were falling through. We remembered that a member at church told us to stop by his neighbor who had taken the discussion before, so we book it over there before dinner to meet him. He went to Columbia, Stanford, Notre Dame and UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND!! He’s 85, loves God and said that he would love to learn more and about Christ again! We taught him at his doorstep and we were feeling great. Until he closed the door, then Sister Hayes’s head started pounding and the 3 days of essentially no food caught up with me and we both almost collapsed! God gave us the strength that we needed to have one last miracle during the day! Our district leader also got us milkshakes from Starbuck’s on Monday, on the condition that we find someone to teach, so we were able to fill our end of the bargain!
We taught our investigator K again. She'll be going to Utah with the family that introduced her to the gospel for Thanksgiving and she’s been having a hard time getting her grandparents to open up to the church. She’s been hesitant to set a date but she told us that she wants to get baptized within the month so that she can go to the temple with over Thanksgiving!! It was the coolest thing ever, she ALREADY has that goal and she isn’t even a member yet! We've been going over the commandments but the White’s essentially taught her all the lessons already, and she is seeing how the gospel is blessing her every day!
Most of the people we are teaching were sick, so is everyone in town, so this week was a little slower, BUT we had an old woman we do service for, who survived WWII in Croatia, Germany and eventually California, come and speak to the Young Women in mutual and it was awesome!
We went on exchanges in Oildale (hometown of Merle Haggard) and yet again, I have been companions with both my Sister Training Leaders! The last 3 transfers that’s been the case, it’s awesome! So I got to go out with Sister Larsen and it felt just like old times, haha.
OKAY, so I’m in Alma for my Book of Mormon reading and I’m reminded of how much I love the book of Mosiah! My favorite part is when Alma leaves all the wicked men he is working with and starts teaching the people in the city about Christ and what he’s learned and felt because of the Savior. They learn about baptism and are so excited for it that they literally clap their hands for joy! They describe baptism in chapter 18 and it says:
"8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?"
I love how it shows that baptism, and the gospel in general, better enables us to serve those around us, to help others as Christ would, and to especially come even closer to Him!! I love this gospel SO MUCH and am so blessed to teach other about it every day!
Sorry it’s short, I’m in a rush, but I love you all so much :D Have a great week!
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Sister Kuang is from Taiwan.