Monday, April 30, 2018

The 3 Musketeers

Trust in him. Proverbs 3: 5-6
只要信他。箴言书 3:5-6
Good Afternoon everyone! 

This week has been quite the eventful change for my mission! I am now back to my area I started my mission in and I love it here! 
First, to help you understand what we do out here as Chinese Missionaries, we walk a college campus by the name of UCR and look for Chinese people. We look for something or someway we can stop and talk to them as they are headed to classes and such. I have to say it has been a lot more fun this 2nd time around, now that I can actually communicate with the students and get to know them on a more personal level. I have already made some fantastic friends and we are working with some great people at the moment. But before I get to that let me tell you about my companions.

I first met Elder Johnson on Monday when I came into the area, I will be finishing his training these next 6 weeks! He is a great person with a very large desire to do the work. He is fearless in contacting and working very hard to learn the Chinese language.
I then met Elder Maxwell on Wednesday at the trainer meeting. He originally had come out a little after me and I had met him in the MTC! However, he went to Taiwan for about 4 months then got a nasty stomach virus that had him home for about 11 months. It was great to get to know him better and I am so excited to work with him! 
I am excited to train these 2 missionaries and help them both prepare for their missions in Taiwan! 

Now moving on to the rest of the week.  We had the opportunity to teach a student by the name of Qinsong. He is a great guy with a very large desire to be a good person. We are still working with him and hope to help him understand that God does exist and loves him very much! 
On Sunday I got to witness a miracle!!!! Sara Guo made the decision to be baptized and follow her Savior! I have taught Sara for about 8 months now and we had invited her and her husband on many occasions to be baptized. We had been rejected and given many reasons as to why they could not do that. However, Sara decided that this is what she needed to do and is setting the example for her family! She said in her testimony "One of the children asked me why I wasn't baptized at 8? I responded at that time in my life I was lost, but now I have found my Heavenly father and going down the path he has set for me". I am so happy to have played a small part in her conversion process over these past 8 months. She is a light and has helped me grow immensely! 
I love the work and I am excited for the new week! 
Elder Maxwell is the redhead, Elder Johnson is not the redhead haha
Elder Nelson 孙长老

Back to UCR with Elder Johnson & Elder Maxwell

Goofy Elders!

Sara Guo's Baptism

Monday, April 23, 2018

Back To The Old Stomping Grounds

So this week was quite an eventful one which I will explain below!
A few highlights would have to be first Sara Guo had her baptismal interview and is ready to go for this Sunday! She is super excited as are we. I have been teaching her since last September and we are excited that she is willing to follow her Savior! 
We also taught Mr.Wang and Mrs. Zhang this week. They are doing super good they have been keeping commitments and took a baptismal date for 5/13! They said, "We need unshakable faith and we know by doing this we can obtain that". They have been progressing very quickly and came to church on Sunday. They loved it and always contribute to the lessons! 
We also taught Amy again. We taught her Tithing, Fasting and the 10 Commandments. She is doing great too. We followed up if she was still willing to be baptized on April 29th and she agreed! We will be having her baptismal interview this week! She and Sara will be baptized at the same service WHOOT WHOOT.
For sake of time, the last very surprising thing and why I wrote that in my title is I am leaving Eastvale! I have been here just under a year and have not moved the whole time. It has become my home and I guess it's time to change. I received a call from our Mission President on Saturday. He called me back to UCR campus where I will be training 2 new Chinese missionaries. They are both Visa waiters going to Taiwan. I am very interested to see how it goes, this is my first time training and I will be pretty much doing most of the speaking. I am excited about the new adventure and hope to set an example the Lord expects me to set.
We also said goodbye to some great missionaries who I will miss dearly.
I have to go love all of you! 

Elder Nelson 孙长老

Had a wonderful opportunity to go with Shannon Yang to the temple for her first time today! Fantastic experience! She is an amazing person and it has been such a blessing to see her grow in such a short time. We truly love her and she is a light in our life. 😊
D&C 18:15-16!

Ben with a dog😁
Ben sent this picture with no caption. I don't know why I think this it is so funny, but I do. Lol It may be the way he is posing, or the look on the dogs face, or maybe just the fact that he has a random picture with a dog on a couch. But without a caption or story from is hilarious to me. 😁😁

I have mentioned before that Benjamin made some AMAZING friends in the MTC and formed some bonds that will last a lifetime. I am convinced that all these wonderful Elders/Sisters he served with those first 9 weeks gave him the confidence, positive outlook, and trust in the Lord that he could DO THIS! 
Knowing he was having to learn one of THE hardest languages, while still learning and growing in the Gospel himself seemed at times rather intimidating. Having these companions and friends to go through all the same emotions with, at times was a great comfort.

Ben knows how important that FIRST part of your mission, (the MTC and then right out into the field), is to set the tone for the emotions and trials to come over the next 2 years. He expressed how excited he is to be with Elder Johnson and Elder Maxwell, but worries about shouldering the responsibility of "setting that tone". He wants them to be successful and knows that a mission, at times, can be hard but wants to show how blessed and life-changing it can be. 
What a great example my son is to me that he is not just training these 2 Elders in the logistics of a mission, but that he cares about their well being, not just right now, but for when they have moved on. He wants to instill that same excitement, trust, and love that he felt from all those friends in the MTC and that I'm sure has played a small part in helping him through some of those tough times out in the field.     

Monday, April 16, 2018

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Update on this week was quite crazy. We taught some great lessons, I'm going to focus on this weekend though. First, we had an exchange where Elder Crowther went into our area and I went to English land. He had the opportunity to teach Sarah and we have been working with Sarah since last September. We went in very bold actually, Elder Crowther went in very bold, and taught them about baptism.
Sarah agreed to a date for April 29th... it is a complete miracle!!! We have been working with them for so long and they have said no to baptism so many times but she testified that she knew this is true and will bless her family.
Second, we had the treat teaching a man by the name of William Troy this weekend. He is absolutely insane! We went over to teach him and he was spraying down the inside of his car and spraying the whole garage and getting everything soaking wet. We had met his wife previously and she does not like us so when we came over for the appointment she invited a pastor over. However, it backfired! The pastor was extremely polite. I had met him before and I am friends with him. He said, "These are good people and invite you to sit down with them and he left- so that was very funny. Then he turned on Chinese opera and started screaming at the top of his lungs. It was very entertaining to watch as he was running around his whole room dancing and screaming at us in Chinese singing Chinese opera. Very, very entertaining.
However, when he sat down he focused the whole time! He loved everything we taught and had no questions. So fun week full of MANY miracles!!

Elder Nelson 孙长老
Ben and his companions "Scared of Carwashes" LOL

Ben and his little lizard friend he met doing service

Monday, April 9, 2018

When You Get The Chance To Teach Master Oogway

Welcome Back Summer

It has been another very very fast week out here in California.
The weather has completely done a 180 on us and I don't like it. It is currently around 94 degrees outside and I am not excited for the heat to be back, but such is life! 

This week was very fun and we had the opportunity of teaching some great people.

We first got to meet with Amy again who is doing really well, she has been praying and reading. She said she is still willing to be baptized and we are very hyped for her. However, she has been having some issues with her husband which I will not disclose. However, she kind of poured her heart out to us in Chinese with him right next to her! She was balling and they kind of were arguing in the lesson. We hope all goes well with them which we know it will, she is just going through a rough patch but has grown a ton! 

We then later that week had MLC which is Missionary Leadership Council, we discussed technology the whole time! We are hoping to have technology full blown by the end of April. We have already seen some amazing miracles that have come from it and are excited to continue to use it! 

Another crazy miracle this week was a man by the name of Own Zhu.  I met Owen on exchanges with Elder Beddes at a park walking around with his Grandparents. We got his information through WeChat! He then randomly messaged me half way through the day looking for a time we could meet to discuss more about our church. We tried to set up a time and he said he was only available on Saturdays, so we met with him the same day we met him! 
Owen is 21 years old, so pretty close to us, he was very interested. He has lots of questions, he said he had been searching for years to find Gods' true church on the earth. He said he had been attending another church but it didn't feel right to him. We taught him the Restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon and he was very interested. He was very willing to read and pray. He said our meeting was set up by God and he was super grateful for the opportunity to meet with us. We pray that he will seek out his answer through the Book of Mormon, truly a miracle and we are very excited for him.

Overall another very fast fun week love all y'all almost at 17 months! 
Elder Nelson 孙长老

Ben with his mission plaque

Ben told us a GREAT story this week of teaching a man by the name of Mr. Jung and a woman named Mrs. Jung. Mr. Jung is the Father-in-law of Mrs. Jung and Ben refers to him as "Master Oogway" (from Kung Fu Panda)😁 A wise old man that spits out knowledge all the time. They began teaching them about the Restoration-Joseph Smith, the Apostasy, the Book of Mormon, things that are unique to our church. As they start to explain some of these topics, Mr. Jung stops them as says, "Guys! Guys! Guys! Hold on. I already understand your history." Ben was like-"Wait...what? No, you don't. Even when people say that- they really don't understand our history. But he proceeds to tell us all about Joseph Smith and how he came to know God and all about the BOM, it was crazy!" He did say, "I have 1 question. What is the difference between the BOM and the Bible?" Ben says they try to describe the difference and how the 2 books go together. The 2 are very excited to learn more so we will see where that goes in the future! 

Ben is LOVING having the technology! One of the main reasons is that they can speak to so many Chinese people through WeChat! What a blessing this has been for them for the work to move forward!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Come Listen To A Prophets Voice

"Fantastic first session of General Conference! I can not express how excited I am for this new chapter and to have a wonderful loving prophet.
I invite all this weekend to watch General conference. It will change you and shape you into a better person. 
I invite as our Savior invites to "Come and See". John 11:34"

Monday, April 2, 2018

To Find Christ-Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Easter and General Conference!

大家早上好!! (Good Morning Everyone)

This week has been an exciting one that just flew by (Just like every other week). 

We had the great opportunity of teaching some great people this week and the work is progressing very fast. 
First thing that was a huge highlight of this week was we got WeChat!! For those of you who don't know what WeChat is, it's like a messaging app that mainly Chinese people use. We had struggled in the past to contact Chinese people and this new app makes it very easy. We have already seen many miracles about people who are interested we wouldn't have been able to find any other way!! Another highlight of that is it allows us to contact our Converts in China. I contacted Alex who was just baptized and left shortly after. He said he is doing great and that he found a church in Beijing. He said "I loved General Conference and my goal when I return to America is to attend a live General Conference broadcast". We are very excited for him and that he continues to learn out in China! 

I taught a lesson in English this week, to a very LARGE white man by the name of Rick. Normally we don't teach anyone but Chinese but this was a special case which I will try to explain. 
A while back we had knocked a door we thought was Chinese, it ended up being a man by the name of Rick. We did a normal contact and asked if some other Missionaries could come by? He agreed. So the English Elders went by and they knocked the door and like 5 Chinese peeps answered! Not one of them knew English lol. They figured out that he was married to a Chinese woman so they sent it back to us and said just teach him too. So we went by Rick's and he let us teach him. It was a good lesson, however it is more difficult for me to teach in English now lol. He is willing to read and pray and he also wants us to teach the whole house which has TONS of Asians, so that was cool. We hope to also teach his wife who only knows minimal English, so I don't fully understand how they communicate! 

 We later this week taught another great family by the names of Mrs.Wang and Mr. Zhang It was a super good lesson, and Mrs.Wang who is Mr. Zhang's daughter-in- law was super interested! They both had a very little religious background so we went very slow, however they ate it up! We hope to continue to meet with them and help them come closer to God.

Last but not least we had General Conference! Which was very lit-just one thing after another. The sustaining of President Nelson was a very spiritual experience. I have a full testimony that he is a prophet of God! President Nelson was dropping bombs all Conference which I don't think any of us expected!  I was also super hyped about Elder Gong! I am convinced they are going to open China next General Conference lol.😀 My favorite talk was Elder Uchtdorf's! I loved his thoughts about "Behold the man". 
I hope you guys also enjoyed Conference. It is always an edifying experience and gives me a new push for the work.  

Love you all tons! The work is going great! 
Elder Nelson 孙长老

"I find this quote to be very true. Lets all find a way we can share the Light of Christ this week. Find ways you can help someone grow and help them realize their Godly Potential; be the answer to someone's prayer."

Great missionary breakfast this morning! Always good to see some good friends. 03-24-18

Nothing says Atonement like your families faces blown up, covered in cotton balls
 and bunny ears! 😁

Monday, March 26, 2018

When You Use Your Chinese Language Skills To Bust Criminals

I can't wait for the part of the mission I know Chinese!!

SOOOOO it's a little late...

To explain my email caption. We spent a nice big chunk of our P-day today doing translation! Translation is always a stressful thing, especially when its very important. We had a family that had just moved from China. They requested we come do translation for them to buy a new apartment! So we did that for a good amount of time today which really, reallly stretched my Chinese. But we did it and it all worked out! I learned all kinds of new Chinese words and found myself a wonderful MIGRAINE! However, all went well and we loved to do the service.

So now we're here emailing tonight since our whole P-day got eaten up. 
One highlight of the week would have to be Amy's lesson. It was super awesome. We read Alma 32 with her and asked her how she could continue to grow her faith. She gave some great answers and accepted a baptismal date for April 15th. The Lord is blessing us a ton and we are hoping to have about 4 baptisms in April!! 
Church was also very fun! We had 6 investigators come and they all loved it. We found a new family this week and they came on Sunday. They ate it up... every second of it. When we taught them earlier that week the Mom got very emotional when we talked about the Book of Mormon. She was so excited there was another record to help her come close to her Savior! 

Great week and looking for another great one! Love all y'all! 

Elder Nelson 孙长老

Ben told us the funniest story from something that happened this week. 
"We were at our District Mtg. when we get a text from the English Ward Mission Leader. He says, "I need you to call me." I text back, "We are in a mtg. I'll call you in a bit." He says, "NO! I need you to call me back RIGHT NOW! I have a Chinese criminal that I have handcuffed and I need you to translate for me." I am thinking, "What the flip?" 
The Ward Mission Leader is a DEA Agent, so he busts people for drugs and Chinese launderers all the time. I walk out of the mtg and call him. Brother Gurero is pretty ancy and jumpy so to hear him all serious is weird. He says, "I need you to ask this Chinese criminal if he has keys to apartment C and what he's doing here." So I ask the guy and he says, "What?"  So I ask him again, "Do you have keys to this apartment?" He say no. I ask him if he lives in apartment C and he says, "No! No! No!" Brother Gurero asked me to ask him why he was here and the man said, "I am just here visiting a friend, I promise!" Then Brother Gurero says, "Bull crap! I want you to figure out why he's here!" The man keeps saying he is here just for a friend, he promises! I am aggressively getting the phone passed back and forth between the 2 of them translating. I am thinking, "This is super fun!" LOL 
Then Brother Gurero says, "Ask him if there are any drugs or weapons in his van." I ask him and he says no. Brother Gurero says, "Ask him again!" The man keeps saying, "I don't know what you are talking about! I have no weapons or drugs!" Then Brother Gurero says, "Ask him if we can search the van!" I ask him and the man keeps saying, "What? What?" Like he keeps playing dumb. He is stuttering Uh, Uh, Uh... and finally says, "Sure." Then Brother Gurero goes all back to normal and starts yelling to all the other DEA officers, "That's what's up baby! That's my homies! These boys speak Chinese! The 2 white boys, their 19 and they know Chinese! We got an up on the business now! That's my Elders, thanks guys!" and then he hangs up. 
So that was really fun!"