When it rains in Riverside, it pours! Not really, but for Riverside, it's like we're in a typhoon. The roads get really slick and people can't drive properly. It's pretty funny! At least I got to break out my rain boots and rain jacket for the first time on my mission!
We really have great solid investigators. It's lovely hearing their prayers. When they say things like, "Dear God, how are you?" it just amazes you how genuine people can be. They're so nice. I have invites to places all over China, Chongqing, Harbin, and Changchun, to stay with families. We get invited to eat with them all the time too! So I'm not in any shortage of Chinese food.
One thing that is somewhat annoying is when people shout things back at you. We were at an intersection and we offered some guy a card about the Christmas video. He said no but in the middle of the crosswalk just shouted not very nice stuff back at us. It's like, just say it to our face... His friend apologized for him though.
When we were on the way to a Christmas party with one of our investigators she suddenly got super sad that she didn't bring any gifts for the party. We told her she had to bring gifts for baby Jesus! She was very worried until we laughed and told her we were joking!
A huge downside to being a missionary is not having Google to answer questions or to resolve arguments. If only!
Every lesson is a very spiritual experience. The Holy Ghost comes to confirm truth! We are having lots of success explaining Christmas with the “He is the Gift” video - have you seen it yet?
It's just amazing to hear genuine prayers from investigators - something I think we can learn a lot from - one said, "Dear God, how are you? I am doing okay. In fact, I'm pretty stressed. I have my Graduate school applications to worry about."
Some of the kids of the investigators are hilarious. We took a bunch of investigators to a church Christmas party. And this one "Di di" [little brother] (he calls me "shu shu" [uncle]), answered my offer to find him a friend with, "zhi yao zhong guo ren" [only if it’s Chinese people].
I'm like what?... and so I introduced him to a little Chinese girl, and he's like "bu yao nu peng you, zhi yao nan peng you" [I don’t want girl friends, only guy friends];
And I'm like why??? he's like "yin wei wo zhi yao zui piao lang de nu peng you, bu xi huan bu piao liang de nu peng you"[Because I only want really pretty girl friends, not girl friends who aren’t pretty].
And I'm like she's pretty though! and he said "ta zhi shi yi ban piao liang" [she’s only average pretty]. I was laughing so hard!
Love you guys!
Elder Dyer, investigator friends, and Elder Heaton