Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oct 20 Week 63 - Xu's, Winter, Elder Evans, Margaret in Corona, Deng's and 3 referrals, Wei Zhu, Brother Xiong, Home Teaching Morgan, Yuyi

Oct 13 Week 62 - Su's, Katey Zhang, Melody, Brother Xiong, Old Police Head gets them to Temple on time, Miaos and Louis Yu's Baptism

This week was good!  We got 3 new investigators!  The first was on Monday.  There is a family that lives in Corona named the Su's.  The dad got baptized when they lived in Utah.  His daughters are all into primary, but the wife has shown  no interest.  Well we went over and the husband sort of forced her to come in because we were Chinese speaking. The lesson went really good.  We are going back again tonight to teach the Plan of Salvation!  

Tuesday we met with some less actives.  Including that lady that texted you.  She is named Katey Zhang.  She got baptized when the first set of Chinese missionaries were here.  She is really nice. Elder Merriman chastised me after the lesson for giving her your number, she offered to send it to his mom, but he said his mom didn't have a phone.  It was a little weird having her text you while we were right there.  I didn't dictate any of those texts though so I technically wasn't communicating with you, but Elder Merriman is right.  Maybe next time someone wants to send a pic wait like 45 minutes before responding.  

Wednesday we got our 2nd new investigator named Melody!  She is awesome, she has come to church twice now and really enjoys it.  We committed her to read and pray and get baptized if she knows it's true.  Her response was, I don't know.  So we said just read and pray and then we will talk.  I have a testimony that anyone that reads and prays about the Book of Mormon will feel that it is true, no matter if they are atheist, Buddhist, or whatever.  The hard part is finding the people that really want to know the truth.  I think Melody does so we will meet with her on Thursday.  We also finally met with Brother Xiong again!  We put him on date for November 2nd!  He is super cool.  We went over all the baptismal interview questions with him.  No problems!  He just needs to show up on time for sacrament.  

Thursday we went to the temple.  I got us a ride with a member of the stake presidency who used to be head of Riverside police dept.  He is straight out of one of mom's crime shows.  He is a really cool guy.  He talked about going into the army, his son just did.  He made me sort of want to try it out.  I wish you could just go do the training for a while, (and get college paid for) but not have to commit so much time, or go overseas to fight.  But going in as an officer sounds pretty good, and you get some extra bonuses for being an Eagle scout and speaking another language.  Anyways we were sort of late getting out, so he used his years of car chase training to get us to the session with 10 minutes to spare.  It was really fun.  The temple was also really good.  Everytime I am in the Celestial room and pray, I have a really good peaceful feeling, and I know that everything will be ok.  Thursday night we taught Winter the Law of Chastity.  She lives with her boyfriend.  She was really upset afterwards.  She doesn't have anywhere to go, but also doesn't want to get married right now.  We talked to our Ward Mission Leader (Brother Miao) who is super cool as well.  He said just to give her time.  She still meets with us, she still came to church and Louis's baptism on Sunday.

Friday was ok, we did weekly planning and went to go see a former investigator.  English class we only had this one guy named Wei show up.  We taught him English for a while and also taught a lesson on repentance that we had prepared for English class.  He came to church yesterday and the members were very good at fellow shipping him. We gave him the Restoration pamphlet and that will be our next lesson on Wednesday.  

Saturday we met with Winter at Brother Miaos.  The lesson was good.  Brother Miao is probably one of the richest people I have met, He owns Taiwan's equivalent of Home Depot, but he doesn't show it at all.  He and his wife have a nice house, but they buy a lot of stuff at DI.  They are amazed at how cheap it is. :)  They spend their money on their garden in their  backyard and traveling back to Taiwan to visit family.  They are awesome.  Saturday we also met with Morgan.  He is doing good, but Katey is ordering a restraining order against him, so he can't come to church.  We also met with a less active named Yuyi.  He is also less active because his parents don't let him come.  He still reads and prays everyday.  He is 18 years old.  He is really cool. 

Sunday church was great!  I translated again.  Wei, Xiong, Melody and Winter all came.  We also got to go to Louis Yu's baptism.  (our investigator from Riverside)  I baptized him.  It was really good.  He is a cool guy.  

Well that is the week!  I hope we can keep it up!  I love you guys
I haven't gotten the package yet, I will go downstairs and ask.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oct 6 Week 61 - Sam Li, Fiona, Winter, Korean Member in Ragnar shirt, Car Recall, Chen Homemade Chinese food, General Conference

Ben and Kims email were really amazing this week... one day I'll get there.  

This week was pretty good!  Last Monday after e-mailing you guys we went to teach a recent convert/less active named Cheryl Zhang.  She was really nice, I don't think she got we were reviewing the lessons with her mostly just to practice Chinese, she kept going ahead in the lesson and saying that she already knew the stuff.  It was good practice though.

Later that night we went to see a referral from the 1st counselor in our ward.  It was this guy named Sam Li.  He just came here and is a Christian in China.  He said he is looking for a church here that is the same as the one in the bible.  Bingo!  Unfortunately he left for China the next day to visit his mom, but will be back in a week from now.  

Tuesday we went out in the morning to parks to look for Chinese.  Not to much success.  Old Chinese people (which are the ones in the parks in the morning) are less receptive than young ones.  On Tuesday we also helped a family move  for a bit,  Then we went and finally met with Fiona, the potential that Heaton and Huggie left us.   She goes back to China in November, but she is really interested.  Her only thing is she is worried about keeping the commandments.  Our plan is to talk more about the atonement and repentance to help her understand that she doesn't need to be perfect, she just has to try her best.  At night we went to Corona to visit a less active Chinese guy and his wife.  They were busy but rescheduled for tonight.  So we will see.  We also saw a former investigator named Margaret and her 87 year old dad who is a member.  They were good, we had a quick lesson with her, and then went to see Winter, we took a member named Brother Zhang.  The lesson was pretty good, at least we had some good fellowship there.  Winter's boyfriend and room mate sat in on the lesson too!

Wednesday we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders.  It was good.  We oymed in the morning again at the parks.  I ran into this guy wearing a Ragnar shirt that is Korean and already a member, we got his information and asked to stop by.  In the afternoon we went in to get our car looked at because there was a recall on it, but they were too busy so we left and met Winter again.  The lesson was not so good, the ZL kept trying to cut in and help, but with the language barrier it sort of wasn't helping.  She said she really doesn't want to be baptized because she doesn't want to be put into a box and have all these rules to follow.  Li Rui actually showed up for the last bit.  At night we had a good English class.  This old guy and his wife we oymed came, they were really nice!

Thursday we went to the car shop again and got it all fixed.  At home we did studies and planning, then we went to Rancho Cucamonga.  We visited some potentials they left us and tried to go see some less active members.  We got one quick little message in with a sister on her door step, because her husband wasn't home.  They are named the Su's, super cool family that got baptized in the Arcadia mission.  At night we saw a less active named Selin.  We had a good lesson with her on faith and repentance.  Then we had a lesson with Fiona at the Jiang's  house.  Bro Jiang talked a lot...  but I think it was ok.  He shared his testimony and how he came to know this was true.  I enjoyed it.

Friday we helped the Chen move a fruit tree in their backyard, then we had a nice ZDM.  After ZDM the Chen's made us lunch.  I love homemade Chinese food.  At night we had a good English class and then went to meet the Hu's (that family that has 7 kids!)  We sort of just ended up talking with him and inviting him to start reading and praying again.  

Saturday CONFERENCE!  so good.  In between sessions we taught Winter.  We taught how God loves us and gives us rules for our benefit.  We committed her to live the Word of Wisdom and she accepted.  The best was her prayer at the end she said, Thank you God I love you!  She came to church the next day even.  She is progressing well.  Next step Chastity.  She lives with her bf.. I will keep you posted.  Also sad news.  Annie and Jonny,  the family I oymed from the car offically dropped us.  They said they want to stick with buddhism.  Sad, but the Jiangs said the same thing and a year later the missionaries found them in the formers and saw them again and now they are sealed in the temple!  At night we saw the Korean guy I ran into.  He is an RM.  He saw some stuff about the book of mormon online that really shook his testimony.  We committed him to start reading and praying again.  Hopefully he does.  He is super cool.  He got baptized at West Point and he has been to Iraq.  His name is Lawrence.  Oh and I have kept him and not passed him off to other missionaries, because he speaks some Chinese... we still mostly talk to him in English, but oh well.

Sunday conference was great again.  I really liked Elder Scott's.  I love just having specific, simple things we can do to help us be truly happy.  Pray, read, FHE (I loved our FHEs)  and going to the temple.  

Ok I typed a lot.  


Monday, October 6, 2014

Sept 29 Week 60 - Winter, Jim and Mia, Moving Service, Meet the Mormons, "Burn in Oven like cookie dough"

Ok another week over.  This week I worked really hard, but nothing really has happened.   I have been making a lot of calls and trying to visit people, but the only real investigator we have now is that Winter girl.  She came to Church yesterday!  Yes!  

Monday night we met with Winter and Jim (Mia's husband who was Muslim but got baptized.)  It was an ok lesson we just recommitted her to read and pray.  

Tuesday we had DDM and it was awesome to see Sister Sterner!  She and her companion seem solid!  In the afternoon we had an appointment with this girl name Fiona that Elder Heaton said had real potential, but she goes back to China in Nov!  We had to reschedule the appointment for the next day, because I couldn't find a team-up.  We also met this old couple, whose son joined the church.  They were nice, but teaching old Chinese people is probably the hardest thing I've done here.  They told us not to come back to November as they are going back to China for a while.  At night we had correlation meeting with our Ward mission leader, Brother Miao.  He is a super solid member from Taiwan.  It was good to talk with him.

Wednesday we did studies then met with this guy that I oymed in June that Elder Heaton and Huggie hadn't gotten a hold of.  His name is Tyler.  We met him at the church and taught the restoration.  It was a good first lesson, but when I asked for a return appointment he said 2 weeks.  I should have tried to move it up, but I didn't... live and learn.   We then were supposed to have Fiona come meet us.  She stood us up though.  So we went out to visit the potentials that were still in our area book.  Every time we went to a new house we'd also hang up English class signs in the area and knock some doors that looked Chinese to me.  At night we had English class.  We had 4 people come.  It was all their first time.  Heaton and Huggie had ended the English class for a bit.  The class was good we had a good spiritual thought on prayer, I was too chicken and didn't ask the people if they wanted to learn more about the church, I was too afraid they'd not come again and we'd have no one.  I should have just asked though, again.. live and learn.

Thursday we had a good weekly planning session!  Then this family that lost their job called us for help moving so we went there for a couple hours.  After that we went out to try to see other potentials and investigators that didn't answer calls or texts.. no luck.  At night we met with Winter and Brother Miao!  It was also an ok lesson.  After we went to meet with Jim and Mia.  Only Jim came though.   So after meeting with Jim I asked if we could say hi to Mia.  She came and said hi to us and was nice, and they said they wanted to come to English class the next day.

Friday morning we went to help do a little more moving again, then we went to have interviews with President.  Mine was good.  President really trusts me.  I got permission to go out earlier in the mornings to look for Chinese doing morning exercises, and he suggested just biking around neighborhoods instead of tracting.  We haven't had to start tracting or biking around yet, but I think this week we will!  I am really excited. I love finding and talking to people.  I fasted yesterday to find new investigators and I will do everything I can to make it happen!  After interviews we watched meet the Mormons and ate lunch with President.  I loved the movie!  Then we went to go to an appointment with another potential from the area book, but they called on our way and very rudely dropped us.  Then our car had low oil so we took it in for an oil change which took forever.  We walked around on the street and got oyms.  This one guy rapped to us about how "we gonna burn in the oven like cookie dough"  and then this other lady said she only needed the bible and then told us about this other "very deep" book called the book of Enoch.  Turns out the flood of noah had to happen to destroy all the fallen angels and demi-gods on the earth... like Hercules.  Who knew?  Well after that we met with a member had practiced teaching and asked for referrals.  No referrals though :(  English class started with 2 girls.. I was a little unsure on what to do.  We have the class in the community center so there are other people there and I just propped open the door.  After a while more people showed up including Jim and Mia and this family with a cute 8 year old kid that doesn't really want to learn English.  It was a good class.

Saturday we had a stake breakfast for missionaries which was fun.  After 2 Elders asked us to drive them home, they lived forever away so we didn't get home till 10:00.  After studies we met another member who ranted about how much she doesn't like Mainland Chinese, but she gave good tips on improving Chinese.  After we went and visited potentials again and hung up signs.  Lots of rejection or no answering.  We ate dinner at a Chinese place which was just ok.  Then we went to meet Tracy and Morgan and show them this silly movie from the 90's called "On the Way Home".  I love it.  Bro Miao gave it to us to show them.  Tracy didn't watch it she cooked dinner.  Also the appointment we had set up with a part-member family that night cancelled and then showed up at Tracy and Morgan's. Haha.  They didn't really watch either and then when we shared our testimonies and invited them to read Alma 40-42  pray to know if the Plan of Salvation is real.  They critized us for not reading the Bible as much as the book of mormon and said that they think the bible is easier to understand.  It was an awful lesson.  After that we went and tried to visit potentials again.  No luck.  So frustrating.  We also visited another member to practice teaching and asking referrals, but I forgot to ask for referrals... dang it.

Sunday we had Ward council, Church was great! I had to translate sacrament and it wasn't so bad.  My Chinese has gotten better.  After Church we went and helped an old Chinese couple with their computer... well Elder Merriman did.  I need to learn more.  Then we saw a less active lady, but her husband wasn't home so we couldn't go in.  Then we went to see a referral from an oym that turned out to have already been baptized in Macau China, but said he was too busy to meet us.  Then we went to a meeting for the Zone focus this month.  Then we met with Bro Jiang, a super awesome member that has been baptized for 2 years now.  His sister was in town.  We talked about the Plan of Salvation and praying to know these things are true.  Bro Jiang bore his testimony and his Sister cried.  We committed her to pray to know these thing are true and said we'd follow up when she comes back. (she goes back to China tomorrow)  Bro Jiang also asked us to give her a priesthood blessing, so we did that too.  It was a good lesson.
Dinner was a Tongan family that gave us fried Oreos.  

At night we met with another member and practiced teaching and asking referrals.  Our other appointment fell though.  So tired to see potentials and hang up English class signs again... ugg I hope we find some new people soon, or the old investigators start replying to us.  

-Elder Murray