Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WEEK 11 LANSING (WEEK 82 OF MISSION)

hey everyone! what a great week! happy new year!

so we have had some incredible things happen lately. richard li (different richard li than the one that got baptized a few weeks back) and his friend zilu have been loving learning the Gospel and attending church. their first week there they both stood up to introduce themselves and basically bore their testimonies. then they had us over for "hot pot" yesterday (traditional chinese style of eating). hopefully i wil have a picture soon! it was so good! they are doing great and we will be baptizing them in the coming months! 
Hot Pot with Richard, Elder Rhodes and Chris Jones.
Zilu took the picture.
we met another awesome chinese guy named chen. he had just purchased a philosophy book to teach him the purpose of life. he said he was looking for peace and purpose or else he would, "be very mad." so we walked him to the institute and taught him right there. he loved the restoration and at the end we asked him how he felt about all of it. he said, "like... a dream." 

"what do you mean chen?" 

"i believe this is true."

"awesome! that is great chen!"

"but... it is... so beautiful." 

chinese people are the best! haha sadly he feels too busy to meet right now. but hopefully he will come back around soon.

richard li (the one that was baptized in december) just returned from his trip. he is doing so well! it was so good to see him at church again! he bore his testimony again this week and told the coolest story. he was in New York with his friends and they all wanted to go see a musical, but he didnt want to. so they all went and he stayed and went to Times Square by himself. He was looking around and saw everyone with their families and all of a sudden felt very alone. he was looking at all the advertisements and suddenly, the "He is the Gift" add appeared on the giant electronic billboard in Times Square! he said that it was the last thing he expected to see! but when he saw it he said that he felt that Jesus loved him and that he was not alone anymore. 

He said that he had never been one to express emotion before or to tell his family or anyone that he loved them. but at that moment he felt he needed to call his mom and tell her he loved her. he only ever called her for money before. she answered the phone (it was the middle of the night in china) and asked what was wrong, assuming there was an emergency or why else would her son call in the middle of the night. 

He replied nothing was wrong, he just wanted to tell her he loved her. Knowing this was out of character, she replied, "yeah, yeah, how much money do you need this time?"

Richard explained that he didnt want money. he just wanted to tell her he loved her. He said he had felt God's love and now he wanted to share that with her and with everyone. 

What an incredible story right?? he is so awesome. i am so thankful to be serving here. The Plan of Salvation is incredible. you can see God's love all through the plan of salvation. we have few reasons to be sorrowful if we know the plan of salvation is true! 

Thank you all so much for the love and support you have given me throughout my mission! 

we are transfer planning this week and then transfers are next week! so that means no sleep, lots of logistics, and driving a giant van full of missionaries! 

have a great week!

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