Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Couple of Miracles

April 13, 2015

          I had a nice week and topped it off with a wonderful conference weekend.  How blessed we are to live in this dispensation at a time when prophet’s words are so easily accessible.  I love the prophet and apostles and truly sustain all that they do.  They will never lead us astray.

          We had the privilege to experience a couple of miracles this week!  On Wednesday, we were waiting at the big bus terminal to meet our zone leader so he’d have a companion.  We decided to get up and do something while we waited.  We were taping an English ad to a post, when this college aged guy stopped and watched.  We said hello and complimented his hat or coat as we so regularly do.  He spoke to us in perfect English, asking if we were latter day saints from Utah.  He said he had recently been reading some articles on baptism and had encountered our church and had some questions, but no one to answer them.  I’d say he found the right guys!  We discussed the ordinance of baptism, the restoration, polygamy, the law of chastity, and homosexuality.  All of his questions and views were spot on!  It almost seemed too good to be true at first, but he was so sincere and had truly been thinking about religion and what it should be.  Our zone leader came, and this guy’s in his area!!  Nooo!!!  But it was a really cool experience. 

          We also found a less active just on the street this week who was offended by a mission president’s wife, and has not been able to get herself to come back since.  We visited her again at her door and had a long chat, and hopefully said things that were to her benefit. 

          Our Chinese guys are acting super strange and not wanting to meet because of school. 

          We were at the office one day and Pres. Shin pulled us in for a quick talk.  He talked about how difficult this ward is, but that he knows we’re working hard and doing well.  It’s hard when we just want to uplift the members, but they don’t seem all that happy to see us and avoid our questions concerning times when we could briefly drop by and leave their home with a spiritual message and a prayer.  But things are going well and I love it here.  It’s where I was meant to go.


          Elder Anderson
Bought me some sweet Korean ties

My sweet new gang

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Easter?

April 6, 2015

          So I had no idea that it was Easter until I saw Pres. and Sis. Shin after church and they gave me an egg.  But Happy Easter everyone!  And I hope you all enjoyed conference.  I know that I will next week.

          We met with Mark (one of our Chinese) this week and talked about baptism.  I said things and gave promises that I never thought I would, such as being a hero to the people of China as he helped to bring them the truth.  I really think that he would play a huge role and his name would go down in history and beyond.  Yet sadly he declined.  He doesn’t want to disrespect his parents by becoming a Christian, just wants to learn, not join a church, and frankly does not yet believe.  We met the other 3 ones at an authentic Chinese restaurant and talked about the Book of Mormon, but they don’t seem to care that much.  None of them, Mark included, came to church and we have not been able to contact them since we met last.  They are definitely more friend interested than gospel, and it’s sad to see them drift away from this great chance. 

          We did find a new guy on the street though!  Except he is obsessed with the Book of Revelations and is probably from this super crazy church here.

          We were actually able to visit with a few members this week which went really well, so I’m happy about that. 

          I had an interview with Pres (and passed our house inspection) and he said it seems like I have a lot more confidence now, which I’d say is true.  I’ve grown a lot myself.  Now I just want to find someone who is willing to do the same.  We’re meeting with several people but no one is really “investigating” the church.  But we’re giving them the chance and doing our best.

          -Elder Jace Anderson

                              me and my comp and the cutest korean elder haha