My second companion from the mission left today. That's the second missionary I've "killed" in almost 5 months. People say it's hard but I guess it’s good that I'm doing it, because I don't really get homesick that easily (sorry mommy). Sad to see him go, but two years is a long time!
You teach and teach and teach, and hope people understand, then they don't get baptized. Frustrating, but still a thing we have to deal with. We can just hope they make decisions that are good for them.
It's interesting, one of these guys, after Heaton went really hard on him about baptism, said we planted a seed. He said the seed hadn't yet blossomed and his belief in everything we were teaching was about 60%. I don't know about other people, but 60% to me, sounds like a lot. We still have a week left to work on him though!
One of our investigators is a last year undergraduate. He's really stressed right now with exams and everything. During a lesson, he said he would think about a topic we were discussing for a minute. He fell asleep for ten. Some things about being a student, you don't miss. In a later meeting, on the topic of prayer, he said he was going to try an experiment. Try praying to God in the name of Jesus Christ like we teach, then try again just closing his eyes and talking to himself. He was going to see if he felt a difference. That was a very interesting idea, and I encourage everyone to try that. I know you'll feel a difference.
We try to contact all the Chinese/Chinese looking people on the street. Inevitably we run into people who are not actually Chinese/from China. Most are not phased by us, but one guy a couple days ago took offense to Elder Heaton asking if he was from China (he was an American born Chinese). He got really angry and really sassy with us. Sorry your parents are from China bro...
For a goodbye party for Heaton, we had a big hot pot party at the institute. It was delicious! A very good taste of home. The Spanish elders that were with us were interested at the hua jiao, peppercorn pieces in the hot pot, how it numbs your tongue!
Handing off the Chinese children's teaching Book of Mormon
Bye Elder Heaton!