Monday, May 5, 2014


"Obedience, Faith, and Trust in the Lord really does bring blessings."

Elder Willes, Zhou1 Chang2 En1, and Elder Westover
Zhou1 Chang2 En1 is 13 years old and a very tall Taiwanese young man.  He was baptized Saturday,  May 3rd, 2014.
He has been investigating the church for 6 months.
"Hands down the coolest thing I've seen on my mission!" -Elder Willes
This week was truly remarkable. The baptism went great! It started out pretty hectic because as we were filling up the font  the water pressure was super low so we were worried it wasn't going to be filled up in time. Some members came and helped us and we figured that out. Then Elder Westover had what is called a "pocket puke."  We have our planners and pamphlets in our shirt pockets. When he leaned over to feel the water temperature his planner and pamphlets all fell in the water so I had to hold him while he was reaching down and pulling things out haha. When it was all said and done everything worked out great. :) 

Zhou1 Chang2 En1 asked if I would introduce him at the pulpit so before the baptism I introduced him and that was really cool. I love that kid so much. Then four of us missionaries sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing which was super cool. We had no time to practice so it was a little rusty, but the spirit was so strong. All of Zhou1 Chang2 En1's family came. He has a less active mom, less active sister, and the rest are non-members. Cool seeing all of them! The baptism was great. Elder Westover performed it and the spirit was so strong. When they got out of the font I asked Chang En how he felt. He said hen3 hao3 (Very Good)! He had a huge smile on his face and he was super happy. Then yesterday at church a member confirmed him and he received the Holy Ghost. Standing in that circle and participating was truly a blessing.  Seeing this 13 year olds faith is truly remarkable. His family didn't come to see him get confirmed, but he was so happy :) He is going to be such a great missionary in 5 years! Hands down the coolest thing I've seen on my mission!

Zhou1 Chang2 En1 and his family with Elder Willes and Elder West over
Habip is doing fantastic. He and his wife keep praying every day. He reads the Book of Mormon in Turkish every day because we were able to get one for him! We asked him to pray about baptism and we followed up with him yesterday at church and he said he had a good feeling and a great experience! He is super great. His testimony is great. You can see that spiritual light in his eyes and desire to follow Jesus Christ. We are hoping he is able to be baptized on 5/24/14! We haven't taught the word of wisdom yet and we know he smokes so pray for him that he will be able to overcome that! He came to the baptism.  He and his wife also come to family home evening every week!
Shi2Di4Xiong1 is doing good. He has great faith in Christ. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom and he has struggles with tea and coffee, but said he would try his best to stop. He didn't show up at church yesterday when he said he would. We are a little worried, but not too much. We are trusting in the Lord that he is doing great! He is also shooting for a baptism on May 24th as well.
Sui2 Jie3 Mei4 is great. She didn't tell us this but she called one of our members who has accompanied us and met with her and told the member she is worried her family will get mad if she goes to church. She hasn't come to church yet, but she reads and prays every day and has a great testimony. We are praying for her to talk to her family about this! We know that when she comes to church her testimony will be solidified. It's just right now taking that step and coming to church.
Ivy has been busy and unable to meet. We are hoping to find a time this weekend though!
Lee3 Jie3Mei4 came to church again!  3rd straight week! Her son had a fever so was unable to come. They are great! We invited them to pray about baptism and are praying for them to gain to a desire to find the time to meet with us haha. They love church but their time during the week is super busy! 

Bless the Yu's for taking care of Elder Willes

Overall an amazing week filled with miracles! Obedience, Faith, and Trust in the Lord really does bring blessings. I love this work! So remarkable!
Have a great week everyone!!

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