Monday, July 11, 2011
Well, this week was a fabulous week, and it all started out with pumpkin, chocolate chip pancakes!! One of the families in our ward spent a few years in the States and picked up a few good recipes while they were there. We went to their house for dinner last Monday night and we had pumpkin pie and mango pie for desert!! Then they sent us home with the leftover pumpkin pancake batter that they had for us to use the next morning, and we sure enjoyed it! Another awesome breakfast was a plate full of 3 of my most favorite tropical fruits: guava, mango, and lychees! Just look at the picture and see if your mouth doesn't water :P
We've been having fun trying to teach the rainbow bird outside our apartment how to say, "Bei Jie Mei," Sister Brownell's name in Chinese. You can only imagine what a joy it is for me to say good morning to that rainbow bird every morning! His name is Bibi, and he loves honey :) He's so cute! And really amusing too :)
There were so many good things that happened this week, and I've been learning a lot and pondering how to make significant changes in the way I serve as the Lord's representative. I recently read President Uchtdorf's talk in the Priesthood Session about living up to our privileges. As I read the talk I substituted the word "missionary" or "missionary work" every time it said "priesthood" and it was shocking how applicable it was to my work as a missionary. Sister Brownell and I have been "setting goals and making plans" to help our investigators in even more significant ways and to be more in tune with the revelation the Lord wants to give us. After all, He knows each one of the people here personally, and He's the one that can best help us know how to help meet their spiritual needs. We've seen miracles happen already as we've sought to do so. I just love being a missionary!
The best part of the week, well, one of them, was that Zhuang Jiemei had her baptismal interview this week! She's SOOO awesome and has such a solid testimony. We also discovered this week that she makes the BEST fried rice ever!! We're definitely going to her shop more often :) We just love her SOOOO much!!
I'm so excited to share more of the miracle stories that will happen this week as we work even harder to help our investigators get baptized! The Lord has been sending us so many people, and we currently have 9 people that we're really hoping to help get baptized before Sister Brownell leaves in August. It's going to be tough, but we're going to work for it in faith. We just recently found another family of 4 that we're going to meet with this coming Thursday. The Lord is preparing so many people for us, it's incredible. I feel so blessed to be able to have this experience in the service of the Lord. It just keeps getting better and better!
Thanks for your awesome letters, your love and encouragement. It means so much to me.
All my love,Sister Morey