Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Wonderful week but also hard because we didn't have a car.  We've been on foot walking and walking and walking.  I've realized how inconvenient it is to live in America without the use of a vehicle.  One night, we were trying to get to a lesson three miles away.  We walked but needed to get there faster so we ran about 3/4 of a mile.  It was fun... not...

We went to the Temple as a mission this week, then, later in the week, we got to attend the sealing of members in our Chinese group.  It was the cutest thing ever when the five year old came into the sealing room after her parents had already been sealed and just gave us a huge smile and waved!  We had our "Families are Forever" ties on (our Chinese ones).

Another of our investigators got baptized too.  She is from Chengdu, where Elder Zeng lives, so during her baptismal interview with him, they had a lot of fun talking about their "lao jia" [old home].

We sat down to have a lesson with this eight year old investigator and his parents asked what he had learned from church.  He started to sing the hymn "Praise to the Man" (he didn't have a hymn book).  I don't know how he remembered all the words because he's only been to church four times.  It was a very spiritual experience listening to him sing.  

We were sitting in a class on Sunday, and one of the member's sons (Peter) didn't want to go to his own kid’s class.  I had him sit next to me and asked him if he wanted to go to Primary.  He replied in the negative so I asked why.  He then said "because I love to cry" ("wo ai ku").  I couldn't hold in the laughter.  I got him to sit reverently on his seat though - by bribing him with Hershey's kisses.  

During English class we were talking about food and how to order at a restaurant.  We decided to bring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone to try.  I expected everyone to think it was gross, but out of the 25 students that came that day, only one of them didn't like it!  One of them asked us for the "recipe."  "Three ingredients" I told her!  They asked if they could add egg or cheese or something like that.  I told her that would probably taste weird but what is that to them?

We got visited by Elder Christofferson in our mission this past week.  It was an amazing experience to hear an Apostle speak to us.  He held a question and answer session and joked about how Mission Presidents cringe during this session because they worry the missionaries will asked "dumb questions."  It went well though. He joked about how the Apostles don't travel to Israel in pairs because of Revelations 5.  It was a very spiritually uplifting and inspiring experience.

Our group at the temple

At the baptism!

Selfie with our investigator last week during her baptismal interview

My piranha shirt for kick-ball

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