Yeah, somedays you really don't know why you are doing something, but you do it anyway because you feel it's the right thing to be doing right then. Sometimes we also get discouraged because we know our young women can't get baptized right now, or we have new members who are already starting to go inactive. But our mission president gave us a great reminder and promise concerning these things. During our last combined district training meeting he let us know that all of our efforts are not wasted. The teaching we do now will be remembered and just because right now they can't be baptized or people are not going to church does not mean that they never will. Just keep doing our best and letting them know what they need to do for the Lord's blessings. It was a really great comfort to me to hear that and we can only do our best.
One thing I have loved the past week is learning from our investigators. That one investigator I mentioned before, Momo, (the one who liked the idea that in order to be baptized you needed to live to a certain standard)-- We met with her last week she said something that really made me think. She mentioned how she really feels like commandments are a good thing because it makes so much sense. Commandments are also not just for us individually, but for everyone. Keeping the sabbath day holy lets everyone have a rest and everyone go to church. That's why we don't buy things on sunday--we spent time resting, going to church, and being with our families. I always say those words but I never realized how much it makes sense and every commandment makes sense.
And, then with another investigator, she is a Christian and from what I understand she is pretty much inactive because she doesn't like how hypocritical the church members are. While we were at her house explaining the plan of salvation she stopped us and said, " you know, the difference between your church and our church is that we believe we are sinners and that we should fear God because we sin. We are not worthy to be in His presence. But you teach that He is loving and will easily forgive us." And it is. We know about a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to repent and to return to His presence so we don't have to fear because His son, Jesus Christ, already paid for our sins and when we repent we receive remission of our sins. I am so thankful for the restored gospel that brings all the truth so that we are not confused on who God is and what he expects of us.
We also have a fantastic new family we found while we were putting flyers in mailboxes for English class. She was so funny and she had actually been visited by missionaries before and had a Book of Mormon but hadn't really read it. She has the cutest little daughter that we think is a little special but is the sweetest thing ever. She plays with my hair during the lesson and loves hugs. When we met her and knocked on her door she was so sweet and welcoming and was just the most chatty person you ever did meet. We didn't get too far into any sort of lesson but set up to meet with her the next day and gave her a part to read in the Book of Mormon. That book is a book of miracles. Miracles, conversion, and changes. Yesterday when we met with her she was so excited to share what she thought was great in the verses she read and she listened so intently and has such a desire to learn about the truth. Really wants to find truth. And, desire to know how to help her family. So great... more to come :)
Yes! We got to go to the temple! It was amazing. And I love being able to go as a missionary and every time I realize that there are so many people around the world praying for us and for missionary work. Transfers will be in the last week of november. I'm pretty sure I will move because Sister Lin and I will be together for over 2 move calls :) Thank you so much for your encouragement and words of love, I am always so thankful for them and they are always the perfect things I need to hear. I love hearing about the family happenings and what is going on.