Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 29, 2010‏

Dear Family and Friends,

Nimen hao again! It was another fantastic week full of blessings!

First off, last P-Day I learned the magic of ChiDaoBao - Eat until you are full. Basically the most amazing Taiwanese buffet ever. I don't even know how to describe it. It is kind of like that bowl of soup where you can add anything you want that we ate once as a family at Sakura. Ok, pretty much that is exactly what is is, except there are NO LIMITS! You can eat anything, and you can eat as much as you want. And then there is also a ton of tasty desserts that are also all you can eat. Yes, it was fantastic. I attached a picture.

Other than that, the week was full of great teaching experiences. We have been teaching a wonderful woman named Liu Xiaojie, and she is fantastic. She truly is one of the people the lord has prepared to hear the gospel. She has such a spiritual and sensitive nature, and believing the story of Joseph Smith and understanding the importance of the sacrament is not problem. At church in Sunday school we learned about the atonement, and the teacher asked her if she had any questions, and she said, "Completely none." She just understands so fully the principles of the gospel, and her prayers are so sincere. Sometimes I feel like she is teaching me how to feel the spirit and seek answers from our father in heaven. It is great.

We have a couple other investigators who are also fantastic. We are working on getting them to come to church this coming week, and I think we can do it. I just know that church is such a blessing, and I am so excited when our investigators accept the invitation. They are so full of faith and hope to find the happiness that this gospel brings.

We also have the most amazing members in our wards. I am so impressed with all the people in Danshui and Beitou. They are so helpful for us as missionaries! We have received referrals, and people are so willing to go out with us to teach. Especially at church, the members are so friendly to new faces. Everyone comes up and introduces themselves to our investigators. One of the members even gave our investigator her phone number and said, " If you ever need anything or have any questions, please give me a call." Wow! That is member missionary work at it's best. These people are truly the Lords chosen people.

We also have amazing and strong new members. They are so fantastic. We often do new member lessons, and they are so full of faith it is truly inspirational. We present our lesson, and they get insights that I never would have imagined. It is amazing! I am so grateful for their example.

Something kind of funny about Taiwan that is different from the United States that kind of surprised me is how open they are. One of the greetings that is commonly used is "Chibao le ma?" Which means, "Have you eaten yet?" And then people will tell you! You could use this when talking to a stranger you have never met before. Pretty cool, huh? Also, they have a great sense of humor. One of our new members gave us candy the other day that was shaped like poop. :) and the attached picture, despite what is looks like, is actually a package of marshmallows! Yeah, the Taiwanese are great!

I was reading my scriptures this morning, an I found a verse that was really great. It is describing Captain Moroni and why he was a great man. In Alma 48:12 we learn that he was such a great leader because he was, "a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly." Moroni was grateful of the blessings he had, and liked to work hard! I hope that as I continue to serve the Lord here, I will learn to truly have a spirit of gratitude and learn what hard work really means!

I love you all!


Sister Collyer

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