Okay, we had some great things happen this week. Things are getting a lot of momentum in our area. We are finding so many new people, and the best part is that they are all families. I have never taught so many families before in my mission. One of the biggest blessings is that they are actually doing it. They are all progressing, coming to Church and preparing to be baptized. The two main Families we are working with right now are the Teng family and the Kuo family. The Teng family consists of the Mom, Dad, 15 yr old son anda 2 year old daughter. They have come to church the last two weeks and they seem to be enjoying it. I think most importantly is that they enjoy the feeling when they are there. As for doctrine and the understanding of the gospel, their knowledge is very limited but if they keep following their feelings everything will be fine.
Its actually kind of an interesting story why the husband was so willing to hear the gospel. He told us two weeks ago that he had seen the movie The Passions of Christ a long time ago and that he cried through the whole thing. He said from that time on he always had interest in learning about Jesus Christ. He has told us that is just feels right, and that the Taoist and Buddhist religions are something he doesn't agree with.
The mother is investigating the gospel mainly just for the kids. She is scared that her 15 year old son is going to get himself into trouble. What Mom doesn't?.... The Son actually has warmed up to us a lot. At first He didn't really like us but after a couple visits and joking around with him a little bit he realized that we were normal people and so he actually started paying attention to what it is that we had to say. I love this family.
* * * Please pray for them.* * *
Unfortunately the Kuo Family was not able to make it to church yesterday. It was Fathers Day yesterday here in Taiwan. But they promised next week that they would make it.
That being said, one of the biggest miracles this week for us was the turn out to church. We had so many investigators that came to Church. One of the most successful Sundays on my mission. The Ward was really excited about it. It seems that the Wards here base a lot of a missionaries' success on the people they bring to sacrament meeting, which can make that difficult. Bringing people to Church on Sunday seems to be one of the harder things to do here. People in Taiwan are usually busy or really just like to relax on Sundays, which I guess does not sound that much different from the States.
One of the miracles I want to share from this week is awesome. (One of the best in my mission.)
So the story starts on a rainy night in Taipei (Go Figure). It was last Saturday night. My companion and I were heading back from the other side of the city. We had to Bike over there to give a baptismal interview.
As we pulled up to our apartment we parked our bikes and started heading to the elevator. We both kind of looked at our watches to see what time it was and we realized that we still had 5 minutes before we had to be in. We decided that we were going to say a quick prayer and try to get a quick set up with someone. As we walked outside and were getting ready to say a prayer we both spotted a family across the street. We quickly said a prayer and asked for help and hurried and biked over there. We knew we only had a few minutes at this point, But we were able to use our missionary tactics to corner them - Moreno came from the side and I flanked them from the front, so they didn't have a choice but to listen to us introduce ourselves.
As we introduced ourselves they knew who we were. They said they had seen missionaries before. At this point we only had a minute to share something with them. We shared a quick message about families and asked if we could come over. The mom was more interested in learning English, but the dad invited us over for the next day.
We went over the next day and had a great lesson with them. They are the Chang Family. They have two kids, a thirteen year old girl and a five year old boy. The Five year old reminded me so much of Zeke and Grant it was hilarious. He kept coming over and sitting by me during the lesson while he was playing his Nintendo DS.
The lesson went well. We taught them about prayer and the relationship that God has with us. They agreed to meet with us again next Sunday. I'm so excited about this Family.
* * * Also please pray for them. * * *
Okay, I am a little out of time but the scripture this week is Alma 16:16.
And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming
I think this scripture is very appropriate for what is going on in our area. My companion and I are seeing so many miracles. I really believe with all my heart that there are so many being prepared in our area.
Have a great week everyone.
Love, Elder Wei
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