Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I'm just gonna go right for the good stuff... We taught an amazing lesson this week. Brother and sister goue have a friend (song Thao) who they took us to meet this last week. We were going into the lesson thinking there would be maybe 4 people there... NOPE! They had their family there, about 10 or 11 people total! They listened intently, participated, and asked great questions. Coming from a completely unchristian background, that is saying a lot. Not only was the lesson great, but afterward we had pho, cake, fruit, nava (a coconut, tapioca pearl drink) and talked for about another hour or so. We SO look forward to meeting with them, and I would ask that you all keep them in your prayers. On a sadder note-- I sent my SD card home last week in a package and in transit the package was damaged, and the SD card fell out. Frustrating!! There will be a little wait before more pictures are going to be put up.... But the gospel is still true :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
We had one of our best weeks this past week as far as getting out and talking to people. We had 17 other lessons which just BLEW our goal out of the water. We met with a lot of people and are going back to talk to a couple of them who showed great interest. Our biggest miracle this week was Song Thao. She contacted a member of our ward and said that she wanted the missionaries to come over and teach her entire family. Not only that, but her father is a clan leader, which would give us a great amount of influence with the Hmong people if we are to be received well. And to cap it all off: last night we had a madison Hmong family home evening. All of the Hmong members gathered, cooked, ate, talked, sang, and yes, played a little bit of football. We had an amazing time, and it was the perfect end to a nearly perfect week. LOVE
Monday, September 8, 2014
Well, on this short week, again, not very much to report on. It does seem like I was just writing you all, 6 days is not a long time to a missionary. Elder Lee and I didn't have very much time to be out, about and teaching people, but we did have a GREAT Saturday where we taught 6 lessons in about an hour and a half. It has gotten to the point now though where we were weekly planning and we kind of just stopped, looked at each other and kind of came to the realization that we really didn't have anybody that we were teaching. We have had a couple lose interest, and a couple that have moved away. This week will be largely focused on finding those new people to teach. I just have to make a little mention of how excited I am for this weeks weather.
Current Temp: 70°F 21°C
Friday, September 5, 2014
So with a holiday weekend, this last week we saw fewer people than usual, but it was compensated for by service opportunities and a great conference yesterday!! The conference was for every single HMONG member in Wisconsin. We were able to make it (the conference was in Sheboygan, 2 hours away) and we had a blast! There were more there than was expected, between 100 and 150 people I would say, and we had 4 hours to socialize, learn, teach, and, my personal favorite, EAT! All I can say is that it was a major major success, and this is the sort of thing that will accelerate the work here in Wisconsin.
Due to a lack of super super exciting stories, I will share some brief (and very random) thoughts that I have recorded in a little book I carry with me. Bear with me...
God is a family man.
There are such things as bad questions: The bad questions justify; "How little can I do?" Good questions bring knowledge and understanding; "How can I more fully..."
How could I trade what I know for what I don't know?
The only gift we can give God is our will. It is the only thing that he does not have.
Why settle for blessings when you can have miracles?
The Spirit is a most eager missionary.
"Don't kill, don't steal, no adultery, respect your mom and dad, and be nice to everyone so God lets you live a long time. I'm 6 years old, so I must have been good!!"--random lady at the bus stop
To know and not to do is to not really know.
The heart to the brain is the longest 12 inches in the world.
Choices are the little hinges of this life. Everything revolves around these little moments in time.
"Women have been at the blunt end of a man's stupidity" --Sister Martin
We can cause earthquakes directly where people stand.
"8 years ago I came to this church with a plethora of problems. 8 years later I still have a lot of problems but I'm a happy man" --President schubert
If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.
The chief reason for unhappiness and failure in this life is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.
If being a Christian was against the law, is there enough evidence to convict you?
"We might not be sleeping through the restoration, but some of us are dozing off" --Sister Braun
As a missionary, savor every chance you have to look at a calendar, because before you know it, it will change.
--LOVE YOU ALL!!