Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last Email EVER!! Holy cow!

July 23, 2017 email

This week was a lot of fun, full of great memories. 
ok, first really funny story from this week. :)
This tuesday morning, sister xie and I were just coming back from exercise and we see this old grandma babbling with the grandpa that lives below us. We overheard their conversation and it turns out there was some dead animal that they were trying to clean up but both of them were too scared to do it. They saw us walk past and they were like, "the missionaries! They can help us!" So of course we put on our brave face and followed the grandma to wherever this animal was. I was expecting like a rat.. or a kitten maybe. we get to this part of the road and lying in the gutter is an ENORMOUS badger.

WHAT?! 
This is taiwan?! A BADGER?! are you kidding me?!!!!! i was dying. They badger seriously looked like he just got really tired, laid on his back, and then died. it was hilarious. Literally massive.

then...I had to pick it up and throw it away.. 
aghghghghghghhhgghhhh! Xie jm, this grandma, and me were like three squealing 6 year olds. I was so dang terrified, but I knew I just had to man up and pick it up!! Top 5 bravest moments on my mission.
the grandma was super grateful and then we had a really good laugh about it later:)
Agh taiwan is nuts.
:)



Now for some other cool miracles from the week.
This wednesday we had a pass off lesson with the 2nd ward elders, it was with Lin Wen Jie Dx. He is amazing and basically the most prepared person in all of Taiwan. So earlier in the week I was talking to Lin DX on the phone and he told me about how he actually has  a 4 year old son that died 3 years ago in a motorcyle accident. We planned with the elders that we would teach him the plan of Salvation when we met with him instead of our original plan. The lesson went amazing. We all taught it together so simply and the spirit was so strong. Elder Johnson shared a scripture about how little children have eternal life and he testified to Lin DX that his son was with God in a place of peace and happiness. Lin DX just burst into tears, then I burst into tears...AGH It was so sick! He just understood the plan and how important it was to him! I'm so grateful that Heavenly FAther gave us the chance to meet Lin DX and get to help learn about our Savior.
I love this gospel. It is so dang true!

This week I also had my last interview
and last sunday
and last coordination meeting.
gonna have  a lot of lasts this week! kinda scary but really exciting:)

I have loved serving a mission in Taiwan. I know that God lives, He LOVE US!! I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today that receives revelation directly from God. This church has been restored! The Book of Mormon holds the restored truth. I know that if we live Gods commandments and follow Christs example we will be HAPPY. Dad told me something super awesome and true today. Missions don't change lives, purely living the gospel changes lives. 
I have seen a lot of unhappy people and a lot of happy people. The ones who are happy are the ones that choose to trust in God wholeheartedly, follow his son, repent, and keep his commandments. I love you tons)
SEE you all in a hot minute!!!!
xoxoxoox
emma

I Love Being A Missionary!

July 16, 2017 email


My beloved family and friends!!!! This week was great. I think last week I had one of the coolest pday in maybe my whole mission. We woke up early with our Member Zheng JM and her family and went to a little town on the outskirts of TAidong called Luye. It's beautiful and SO GREEN. So we went up there to see a performance. It was done by the aboriginals of Taidong, They sing and dance together! It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen and I may or may not have cried at one point because I thought it was so cool.......Agh I am a baby now...I cry really easily. but for reals it was the sickest thing in the world! afterwards we drove around and saw all sorts of cool mountain scenery of Taidong:) and then before we went home we stopped and saw Hot air balloons!! IT WAS THE MOST MAGICAL THING OF MY LIFE!!!
All in all it was a super duper fun pday:)

you guys this week saw a lot of cool miracles. But I just don't have time to write the nitty gritty details. But I promise I will tell you in person soon. I'll give you the quick run down of the amazing things that Heavenly Father was able to help us see this week:)
First off was the LA's that we were able to contact this week. The first was Chen JM. We simply got to know her and shared with her a mormon message about healing. She cried and cried and said that she hasn't felt the Holy Ghost for such a long time. she said she has the biggest desire to start coming back to church. 
the next Was Fan DX. He said that he hasn't been contacted by missionaries or members in 18 years. He has a big desire to quit smoking and drinking again but doesn't believe in himself. We invited him to come to church. Yesterday he was flooded with members loving him and welcoming him! AGH THIS WORK IS SO GOOD! LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR PEOPLE!

This week I also went on my last exchange! I went with Sister Austad. It was a lot of fun:) and we treated ourselves to not one, but 2 MANGO ICES!! the best.
I actually feel like this week was also just full of a lot of delicious foods.


And we got HUGE news for the week. Guo JM finally set a baptismal date!!!!!!!! She has been to church 4 times, reading the BOM, praying. agh she's awesome. But she was always just a little unsure about setting a baptismal date. This week we shared with her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and asked her how she felt about baptism. She just smiled and said she was excited about it. We then invited her to be baptized on August 26th and she just so pumped and said, "Ke YI!!!!!" 
perfect!! We are so excited for her and her cute cute cute family:)
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!
I know this gospel is so true. I'm know that Christ lives. He's the perfect example. Literally all we have to do everyday is ask ourselves,What would jesus do. If we can all have this attitude and follow his example and use the  Atonement daily in our life, we will be happier and see miracles everyday:) I LOVE YOU GUUS!!!!!!!! ONE MORE EMAIL!!!!!!
OXOXOXOX
EMMMA

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thanks Dad For Teaching Me To Be Extemporaneous!

July 9, 2017 email



Making Shuijiao's with a member family.  This is our family's favorite thing to eat on the planet!!!
My beloved family! THis week was super fun and I love being a missionary. This Pday we went to a mystical place called Taimali. We explore a super cool waterfall, everything about it was beautiful even though the water was like chocolate milk colored....no problem, still beautiful! Afterwards we went to the beach, cause it couldn't be a P-day in Taidong without going to some beach:) It was beautiful! Good start to the week!

This tuesday we had Zone Conference in Hualian. It was my last zone conference ever.... kinda weird, but it was an awesome one for sure. It was all focused on how we can be more powerful and simple teachers. We all came prepared with 2- One minute lessons on a gospel principle and roleplayed our guts out! It was so dang awesome! It forced us to keep our teaching simple and powerful. I loved it. It has helped us so much in our teaching and finding this week. This whole training just reminded me of this one time where I was driving in the car with Dad once and I asked if we could stop and get an ice cream or hot chocolate or something! He looked at me and said, "We can if you give my a one minute persuasive speech on why we should stop and get a treat." hahahahha thanks dad. 

I am now and effective one minute persuasive speech teacher:) xoxo

A cool miracle from this week! We got this super long referral text from Taizhong this week. It was a man named Lin Wen Jie who apparently had met the missionaries a long time ago and is looking for God now more than ever! I gave him a call expecting to have to talk to him for a second before he would set up. When he answered the phone I told him who I was and then this is basically how the rest of the conversation went... 
"Hey can we meet with you this week.?"
"yes!"
"Wednesday?" 
"Yes!"
"3?"
"Yes!" 

hmmm. yes! easiest set up ever.

Anyways we met with him this week and he is hands down the most prepared person that I have met in all my mission. He is so great!!! So humble and willing. Too bad he's a man...so the elders will continue to teach him and help him be baptized. but hey! Team Jesus! It was a great opportunity to be the first ones to meet with him and set a baptismal date with him:)

Other fun bits from the week include:
-going member visiting with our bishopbric! (What?! this never happens! yes!)
-made delish chocolates for our investigators and members. (We are the See's Candies of taidong)
-Our Member Cai JM called us tuesday morning and told us that her cousin was going to meet with us THAT night! (Out of the blue referral!)
-Met someone from Muzha!
Our investigators are all doing so great too:) 

Waterfalls P-day

I had the most tender moment yesterday in church! We were sitting next to our investigator Guo Mama and her 3 little girls. Someone was giving a lesson and they were sharing about Alma the younger. All of a sudden Guo mama's eyes got so big and she looks at me and says, Ke Jie mei!!! I read this yesterday with my kids! then she goes off and tells me about how her an her girls read this story together in the book of mormon. She said how important it is for us to always repent and keep gods commandments. 

I AM SO HAPPY!

This mom has had a struggle reading the scriptures, but after a lot of prayers, reading together, getting them a childrens Book of Mormon to go along with the normal version, they are getting it!!!!
agh:) yes!
Ilove being a missionary!
 I miss you guys a ton:) love you so dang much!!
xooxoxox
emma

Happy 4th of July!!

July 2, 2017 email


Hello my beloved family! this week was blast. A lot of super awesome miracles, lessons, and funny random moments.

To start off the week we went back to our favorite park Shenlin Gongyuan. It is absolutely beautiful! but this time to took an adventure path and went and explored for a little bit. It turned out to be this sick path the lead up to the beach! So then we all skipped rocks at the beach for like 20 minutes. One thing I've realized. Throwing or skipping rocks into a body of water is a big things amongst americans, Taiwanese not as much. But don't worry, Sister Xie is a pretty great skipper now. We had a tender bonding moment as I taught her how to skip rocks. Just like a date! hahaha. FUN  Pday:)

This weeks English Class went a lot better and we had 13 kids instead of 15 come:) I did some serious prep this week. Games, songs, races, you name it, we did it all! I think teaching english once a week on my mission has made me never ever want to be an english teacher! Way too hard! Its harder than teaching people about the gospel! 

This is Zhou ZiChen and her cute kids!  Emma loves teaching them:)
Anyways we had some incredible times with our investigators this week. Zhou Zi Chen met with us on saturday and was SO happy. Her countenance has changed so much:) She has been eating food more, happier, better relationship with her mom. It's ridiculous! WE asked her why she thinks all these things are changing in her life and then she went off for like 10 minutes on prayer and how she knows that God loves her and wants to bless and answer her prayers:)
eeeeeks:) yassss!!

We love her so much and are so dang excited for her. 

This Saturday we started our weekly summer festival activity! so every saturday throughout the summer from 4-6 is a different activity. this weeks was a giant water balloon party. All of us missionaries filled up hundreds of water balloons and invited everyone to come! We played volleyball, capture the flag, and had a war at the very end. EVERYONE was squealing and smiling it was so dang fun! over 50 people ended up showing up and it was such a success! We all got new investigators from it and a ton of happiness. 

This was a happy visit from friends from Muzha and HYRUM UTAH!!!  The dad in the back on the right is Brother Roe.  He was Emma's seminary teacher at Mountain Crest.  Emma said he walked into the room and gave her a huge hug!!  It made her day.  His son Elder Roe is on the back row with his sister.  He was the AP when Emma first got to Taiwan, and was a friend of Emma's from high school as well.  He was a happy, familiar face when she got to a new country.  And then there is the Chui's!!!  The greatest family from Muzha!  Emma loves them:)

Taidong, Taiwan
Sorry I don't have a whole lot of time today but I'll tell you all sorts of stories for the next 3 months after I get home! I love being a missionary and I love this gospel! God loves us and he wants us to be happy! This is why he gave us repentance and his son jesus christ! I love you guys so flipping much! have fun in my favorite place in the world this week:)
xoxoxoxo
emma


Hotter Than Sin Over Here In Tailing!

June 25, 2017 email


What a fun hot week! Ok quick story from last night just to explain how hot it is. Its about 8pm last night and we went to visit a member who hasn't been to church in the past couple weeks. We got up to her house and she was so excited to see us but didn't want us to come in because her house was messy. No problem:) so we sat in her menkou with her and shared a message with her. THe sweat, was a constant drip from my forehead, down my face, down my shirt for like a solid 20 minutes. Sister Xie and I both looked like we had just gotten out of the shower! We finished the visit real quick cause we were literally going to melt and die if we stayed a minute longer!!!!!! agh but don't worry we were full of love and charity for this member even though we were drippin sweat:)
Taidong is something else. 

SO DANG HOT!!!!!!

so sticky, so wet, but so many cool people!

This week we met some of the coolest new investigators, and there background are both very similar. Both are in the army but have a huge desire to treat their kids better and help them grow up in a more loving atmosphere.

The first family is the Zhen Jiating! WE met the mom a few weeks ago on the street, I remember her very vividly because she is actually brazilian.....but doesn't speak a lick of any other language except chinese! she moved to taiwan when she was 5 and hasn't left since. She is a soldier and that's how she met her boyfriend. They have 3 kids now and really want to get married and have a more stable family! They are both so cool! It's so weird to talk with a foreigner that's basically taiwanese on the inside! WE are excited to help them and their family!

The other soldier is Song Yun LIn. WE met her at the night market a couple weeks ago while she was playing with her son. she was sooooooo willing to meet with us,  I was chatting with her and then she looked at me and said, "I want my kids to grow up in church!!! can I meet with you and learn more?!" 
Yes. Willing!

haha. we met with her this week and it was magical. she ate up our message and opened up so much. She really believes that it was Gods plan that we met her at the night market, she said she hasn't been for 2 years but had a feeling that night that she needed to go.

agh!! goosebumps!!

She has not changed!

oh man this just reminded me of another sick miracle this week. We were meeting with our investigator Zhou Zi Chen and were trying to think of a member that could click really well with her, we had a feeling to call up an RC from the second ward, Guo Shi Yun. She said she could come help us with our lesson! We all met up at the church and then it just turned into magic, turns out that they both have the same health problems, interest, desires, you name it! They literally became best friends! Guo JM even said that she usually has violin lessons the same time as our lesson but he had surprisingly canceled. God planned everything perfectly so that they could meet! 
WE CANNOT DENY THAT THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN AND THAT HE LOVES US ALL.
yay:)
It's been amazing to see how things are really starting to change here in Taidong. Especially in the ward. The love is growing! I love it so much!
xoxooxoxoxxooxox family!
emma

The LAST Transfer Has Begun!

June 18, 2017 email


This week was a blast! We are so blessed to get to serve in the greatest area of our mission:) Today I want to share some cool lessons that we had this week. Man it is pretty dang crazy how different every single person is. Every lesson we have is not even sorta the same as the other. hahaha.
This week we had another lesson with Wang DX. He has been doing some serious homework on the things that we have shared with him! But he asks the most intense questions ever! Do you think plants have spirits? How would you describe the atonements effect in your life? And many many more! After his lessons I am whooped. Like so tired! His questions are soooo awesome and he is learning a lot. I just have to take the time to ponder and think before I answer. I'm so grateful for all the investigators that we meet! I think we learn just as much from them as they do from us!

The other is the cute Guo Family! This week going to their house was so awesome! They 3 little girls had memorized "secret Prayer"! It was so cute to sing it all together before we prayed. This week we shared the message of the Restoration and it was so cool to hear ALL the questions that the mom had for us. She wanted to know everything! They even came to church yesterday and the little girls absolutely LOVED it! They didn't want to leave. I know that God is constantly preparing people wherever we go! We just have to prepare ourselves well and then the blessings just flow:)

We had one night this week where we had planned to go visit an LA but turns out he lived farther away than we thought and we weren't going to have enough time to visit him and make it home at 9:30 so we just decided to talk to all the people that we saw around us! We saw a couple, said hello to them, and started to chat. Turns out that they just moved to Taidong from Muzha!!!!!!!!!!!! I freaked out a lot:) They are tour guides! Cool job. AND They are Menonites.....oh. First menonites I've met in taiwan!
actually ever...
haha.
But anyways they are really cool! They have searched so many churches trying to find the one that is the best for them. We gave them a quick low down of the restoration and asked them if we could share more with them later. They were all over it! We are so excited. Heavenly father blesses us so much when we open our mouths;)

Ok last cool miracle from the week. This was last night:) As Sister Xie and I were doing our planning that morning we had a feeling we needed to go and visit this LA that we had never met before. She is 16 years old and apparently had been baptized 3ish years ago. We biked our way over to their house and knocked on the door. we could see that there were 2 scooters outside, lights on, dogs barking, but nobody was coming to the door. The neighbors came out and told us that the parents of the house were both deaf and can't talk either. 
oh.
So.... we just kept knocking and waiting;)
FINALLY the mom came down!!!!! We were basically dancing at her front door to get her attention!! She saw the two of us and came outside.
for the next 20 minutes we talked to her using charades and a piece of paper. she was so cute, loving, and patient. We learned that her daughter, (who is the LA that we wanted to visit) had left home a year ago to live with her boyfriend. The mom is sad and worried about her. We shared with her a little bit about why we come on missions and told her that through Christ her whole family can be helped and healed. It was so tender!!!!! Literally one of the coolest experiences of my mission. she agreed to meet with us next week. Heavenly Father's plan is bigger than we can comprehend! he knew that Sister Xie needed to be here at this time in this place to write in chinese to communicate with her! THIS GOSPEL IS SO TRUE. GOD AND CHRIST LIVE!!
This week was a lot of fun.
Love you tons.
xoxooxoxo
emma

Tribulation Is The WORST!

June 11, 2017 email

Moving Day finally happened!
This week was AWESOME!!!!!

I feel like I am getting more and more tired as the weeks go on. We have had some intense service projects the past 2 weeks. I don't know why, but moving the Su Family has been one of the hardest, most challenging things of my entire life!!! We faced so much tribulation it's ridiculous!
I'll share how the whole thing went down.

So basically I was the middleman for organizing a moving truck, members, and missionaries to help this family move from Zhiben to Dulan. These 2 places are literally in the middle of nowhere. And super duper far away from each other!
But after try after try after try I finally got a Member with a truck, others to drive us, and everything was looking golden.

then tuesday night 9:00pm rolled around and I had a feeling I needed to call our moving guy to double check he was all good to go. I called and he told me that he had to go to taibei last minute and wouldn't be able to help.......NOOOOOO. We were moving the Su Family wednesday morning at 9. We were biking back home and then slowly one by one, members called saying that they couldn't come help us anymore.

I was LOSING it! I might have cried a bit and biked REALLY fast to get all the feels out. We got home and to add to the list another massive cockroach was in our room. NOT IN MY HOUSE! I was a lot more brave this time and the cockroach was killed instantly cause I was so frustrated.

WHY WAS SATAN WINNING!? Why couldn't we just move this family? Why did we have to reschedule everything 5+ times already? I closed the door, cried, and prayed.
I told Heavenly Father EVERYTHING that was going and told him how badly I needed his help.
After I prayed, we went to work. My companion and I called everyone, trying to find people to help us. at about 10:45 we had found a moving truck:) but still no one could drive us missionaries. We prayed again to see a miracle and went to bed. The next morning we got all the other missionaries to find members to help us. 
and we did.
WHATTTTTTTTT?????!!!!!!!!!!!

Literally at 8:30 we had everything set and ready to go to help the su family move!!!

We met at the church, went to zhiben, dulan, got really sunburnt, and it was awesome. THe Su Family is FINALLY MOVED! Afterwards, we were driving back to the city with the Su Jiating and they were so grateful. They were so impressed by us missionaries and wanted to know more about what makes us the way we are. I am so glad that we were able to have this opportunity to help them soften their hearts to learning about the gospel. 

When we got home, I just prayed my guts out. I can't even explain how accomplished I felt and how grateful that Heavenly Father was able to come out on top and give us miracles.
I know he will always win. He gives us the hardest challenges so that we can become the best person he wants us to be. 

These 4 Sister missionaries all live together:)
So, If anyone needs to be moved. I'm your woman. :) 
jkjkjkjk it was super stressful and next time I will deligate a lot better:)
hahaha
Other than that we met so many great people this week. We met a new family that have been searching for true repentance. They are the Guo family.  We taught them repentance and they loved it! We are stoked for them!

Emma bought Sister Xie a Snickers bar one day.  The next morning Sister Xie made oatmeal for breakfast and said it didn't taste like anything so she added her Snickers bar to it.  I'd call that a breakfast of champions!
They next was a guy named Brother Wang. He is a funny person:) He is so good. He is a ponderer! YES! We shared with him about our Heavenly Father and his plan for us. It was really cool to see how his mind started filling with questions as he pondered about how he could personally get to know his father in heaven better.
Other fun bits from this week
-it was killer hot....ahhaa
-I met my new best friend! He is basically the taiwanese Jake. he loves bmx biking and I told him about how through Jesus all of his talents can improve! He was super funny:) we are excited to teach him!
-we drove to Hualian for stake conference and it was beautiful:)
-had a bike race with 3 little girls:)
I love taiwan I love this gospel:)
xoxoxooxoxox
love my family!!!
emma