Nihao Dou Henshuai!
What another crazy week in the mysterious land of California!
This week was hard but also very rewarding. Elder Willes and I have continued to hit the ground running and are continuing to give it our all!
Some highlights of this week are: we were able to teach one of our investigators named Sister Lin. We actually almost had to drop her because she hadn't had contact with us in 2 weeks. But she showed up to our apt and man was it AMAZING! She loved all of it and she is keeping her date for baptism (Apr 9th). At the end she gave us a prayer and she started crying saying she hasn't felt peace like this ever since she got here to America! Just another sweet tender mercy I have been able to experience on the mission!
We taught pretty much all of our investigator's this week and they all did great! They are progressing so much and keeping all of there commitments! This week in our English class we had 7! Going from 2 that's a nice jump for us. It definitely makes us super grateful! Another one of our investigators Brother Zhao, wanted us to give him an English name because his name is hard to pronounce. His name starts with an H so we handed him a huge list of English names that start with H. He chose the name Hank! LOL I just love them so much <3
The pinnacle of the week would probably have to be Sunday! We played my favorite game again called "Are My Investigators Coming to Church!?!?!
We get the first call from Hank & Tina and we got to go get them! Then we see Hank in a full suit and Tina in a dress!!!! The first Sunday they both came dressed in full Adidas gear head to toe jump suits (which I thought was AWESOME) to looking like full on members. I talked to Hank about his suit and he said he went shopping the day before with Tina and he bought it for church!
Halfway through sacrament Jay Yang showed up super sweaty. We found out that he had walked an hour to come to church! Just so amazing!!
Then the last hour was approaching and we assumed Sister Lin wouldn't be coming but then she had arrived!!! She got there in time for Relief Society so we took her to class and sat her with some of the members! After Church we were able to talk to her and found out she loved it!
So in conclusion my investigators could beat up yours LOL! They are super awesome and growing so much!
We are currently teaching 7 people and couldn't be more grateful!
Wo Ai Nimen, hope you have a great week!
I love hearing Ben go into a little bit more detail about his experiences. The prayer that Sister Lin offered was one of the most sincere prayers he has ever heard. She was crying and really pouring her heart out to her Father in Heaven. It brought Ben to tears to hear her be so sincere and really ask for direction and guidance. What a great thing for him to witness and feel the spirit so strong with one of Gods children.
Ben had his first exchange where he had to hold down the area all by himself (meaning he is the only Elder that speaks Chinese) because Elder Willes was on an exchange with another Zone leader. In the past Ben has had someone to fall back on with the language, but this time he didn't. He ended up having a conversation with Jay, one of their investigators and Jay really put Ben through the ringer. He hit him with all the tough questions which is difficult in English let alone trying to do it in Chinese. Ben felt like it went OK, but it was definitely a humbling experience for Ben and a good opportunity for him to rely on the spirit for guidance.
Jay is the one they have been teaching who is a student who is Majoring in Science. He has really been struggling to understand how the church and science coincide. He has told them that what they are teaching him goes against most everything he is learning. But what I love to hear Ben talk about is that Jay is at least willing to try to learn and understand. The fact that he walked an hour to get to church when he is having such doubts is an inspiration to me on so many levels. I know many who wouldn't walk 10 minutes to get to church let alone 1 hour in 90° weather.
At the end of Ben's recording he spoke of how much he loves his investigators! He has encountered a lot rough and mean people but says the joy he feels from the people they are teaching makes it all worth it. He sounds so happy which in turn makes this mama happy! 😀
A fun hike with the Zone
Tip of the week from Ben: place your Oreo's in the fridge for awhile. Eat. You will then realize never to eat Oreo's another way again! 😀