Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Letter #6

Hello Family.
A lot of things happened this week Wow!
So it's STILL raining non stop. Not kidding. We will be riding our bikes down a street and it will seem sunny and fine and then we turn the corner and BOOM! ...a wall of really heavy rain hits us and then just stops. It is the craziest thing. The weather here is more unpredictable then Utah! But I am getting used to being soaking wet, I guess.
Oh ya, I got in my first Earthquake. We were teaching a lesson and it sounded like something was banging against the apartment building we were in. It was weird. Then before I realized it we were shaking. The lights and lamps and stuff were all moving. Ha ha! I was way to shocked to be scared. Then the lesson just ...continued. (kinda funny I guess!?)
Things really started to pick up with investigators. Not only have we been finding some new people to teach, but we are really seeing success with this inactive member. He is 20 and lives in the tiniest thing I have ever seen in my life! His house is literally 8ft by 8ft. His bed IS his house so we have to teach him on his bed. He was baptized about a year ago but moved into our ward from the ward he was baptized into. The first time we met with him was about 1 month ago and he was not doing to well. He was not leaving his room or anything. He wasn't even really eating, and had some issues with the word of wisdom. We have seen him twice a week since then and have been really working with him. I am really thankful that we were able to meet with him. He has completely turned his life around and he comes to church with us every single week. We take him to firesides and all that good stuff. One of the last times we went and met with him he had church music on when we got there.
It was awesome.
I know before a missionary comes on a mission they think a lot about baptisms and things like that, but seeing him has made me just as happy if not happier then a baptism. It has taught me a lot about service and the blessings that come from Charity.
Ah, awesome!
Last night something interesting happened. The sisters in our district were on the street and some person ran up to them saying that their father was in the hospital and that he was going to pass away within the hour and needed help. The guy told them that he needed people that believe in God. "Church People", he said. The sisters initial reaction was to get some of the elders to go give a blessing. We had someone for the lesson at that time but they didn't show up so we were the ones that had to go. When we got there the father had already passed away. The kids were all older 30's and 40's but they were just sobbing and they wanted us to come in and say a prayer with them. So my companion went in the room with the two kids and the Dad who had already passed away. My companion offered the prayer asking for blessings for the family and peace to be with them. When the prayer ended we both had a very confirming feeling that the father was exactly where he was supposed to be and that the family would understand that. The son was just crying and saying sorry to us for making things inconvenient for us.
We left and my companion made a comment how humble the Chinese people were. He said, " There Father just died and they were saying sorry to us for bugging us". I started to cry a little bit realizing what my companion had told me.I felt so bad for the family. These people are so unbelievably soft hearted and humble. That was a really interesting experience.
Well Elder Bednar came on a mission tour to our mission this last week and we all got to sit in a room with him and ask him questions. It was a amazing. I got so many answers to prayers.
He could answer every question with the scriptures. I learned so much about prayers and the power of the scriptures and the true importance of a missionary. It helped me better understand that we are to be teachers and to serve. And that these people are our brothers and sisters and should be treated as such. We all got to shake his hand afterwards and I looked at him straight in his eyes. That was a feeling I have never had before! I wish I could talk more about that. But I gotta run.
The scripture for this week is in the Words of Mormon 1:7. It comes along with a lesson I learned about receiving answers to prayers. Sometimes we wonder why certain things happen in our lives and how could that happen to us if we are doing the right things. It is God's Will. He has a plan for everything. Just trust him! It's a great scripture.
- Love you all so so much!
Your in my prayers,
Wei Zhang Lao

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