So weird! My last movecall. I said goodbye to my "son", Elder Hintze, today, and welcomed my newest and last companion, Elder Zhu (a native!). Elder Hintze and I ended on a good note, and I'm very happy about that.
We met with the Xie family last week, and the mother is on fire! We feel confident about inviting her to do a baptismal interview this week. She attended church, and loved the lesson they had during Sunday School about Family History work. There is a Family History activity coming up, and she will be bringing her father with her so he can share what he knows about his family tree.
We also had a really cool lesson this week. We were meeting with a less active member, Brother Ke, and he loves philosophy. He answers most questions from a philosophical standpoint. This was always a concern to us, because it seemed he did not put much stock in the scriptures. One day we texted him and asked him to prepare a question for us to study about that night when we came to visit him. He later asked us how he could improve his relationship with his young daughter. We then turned to the scriptures and individually spent five minutes looking for answers. Afterwards, we went around in a circle sharing what we found. Elder Hintze and I shared scriptures about loving others and changing your own heart. After hearing these, Brother Ke was pretty blown away. "Wow, I normally think about what others are doing wrong," he told us. "I don't ever think about what I myself need to change. ...Thank you. That's an amazing answer." I am grateful for the power of the scriptures. We didn't have to tell him anything: the scriptures and the Spirit did all the teaching.
I'm grateful for my mission. I've learned so much about myself. I've grown. And sure, it's tough to be out here. It's hot, I'm tired, I make tons of newbie mistakes still; but at the day’s end, I look back and think, Man, that was good work. I love being out here. I love serving the Lord. Even when I go back home, I'm never gonna stop. This is where happiness is.
Have a wonderful week!
Etiquette Dinner Preparation
Sister Li and Sister Chen heart-attacking our bikes for my birthday.