Monday, June 16, 2014


Brother and Sister You2 with Elder Willes and Elder Westover.  They are heading out on their mission to the Taipei Temple. They are such a great couple and example in our ward!

Another great week. There were many miracles we saw this week. It started out with zone meeting which was super cool. President and Sister Day were there as well as Cai4 Hui4Zhang3 (our Stake President). It was really cool and the spirit was really strong. There was one thing that happened this week that was rough. We were at the school exercising one morning and our phone got stolen. We set it down right by us but when we were done the phone was gone. Someone stole it and it has been really hard to contact our investigators this week but we still had a great week!
We had lunch with Thomas this week. He bought us steak and it was soooo good. It was really cool hearing about him meeting you all! He loves you all so much! He had such nice things to say. He also showed me all of your videos. Thank you! It was good to see you all :)
I ate yellow watermelon this week. It's regular watermelon but it is yellow.  It is super super good.  Haha sorry that was random. We also went to Shi2 Di4 Xiong1's work place and they had a huge TV with the World Cup on.  He asked us to stay and watch it with him but we were like sorry we have a rule and we can't. It was hard not too.
Yesterday at church the miracles were present. Shi2 Di4 Xiong1 finally came to church! It was so cool! He loved it and said he felt really really peaceful and happy. He has a baptismal date for 7/5/14 and is looking like he is going to be able to reach that date. We are working with him and the ward to develop some relationships so he can have lots of members helping him with his conversion process. Also Zhou1 Chang2 En1 came to church, but his little brother slept in and we didn't get to meet with him and but we will try again this week. I still can't believe a 13 year old recent convert and how much he can influence with his family. He is so great! 

At FHE with Habip and his wife Yayi

Also Habip and his wife came to church! The Sisters are meeting with his wife and she is progressing towards baptism next month which is really exciting! In sunday school Elder Westover said, "translate for Habip" so I translated all of sunday school for Habip and it was super cool! I don't think I did too bad. Translating is really hard though but it was fun!  Also, we had 4 less actives at church which was really really exciting! We are working with less actives to prepare priesthood holders to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. It's an exciting time to be a missionary and one of the Lord's representatives.
Last night we visited our investigator Cherry. We met her 3 weeks ago on the street but lately she has been too busy to meet with us. Last night we were able to teach her the first lesson. She is super golden! The spirit was really strong. A funny moment: When I was sharing the first vision, midway through she stopped me and said I was speaking like a poet which apparently is a pretty good compliment!  Haha I said thank you and then I started over so she would understand. After we shared the first vision she asked, "How can I know these things are true?" She is such a prepared soul! We shared how praying about it, specifically the Book of Mormon, she will know that these things are true. We shared the remarkable promise in Moroni 10:4-5 and invited her last night to pray if these things are true and we are excited to follow up with her. Elder Westover and I have a really good feeling about her and feel she is going to get baptized! She has a baptismal date set for 7/12/14 so please keep her in your prayers :)  Huang2 Di4 Xiong1 [starts his mandatory military service soon] we feel like isn't ready right now. We are just going to read the Book of Mormon with him and try to help him quit smoking before he leaves for the army. He will get baptized in the future! He is super great.
Also this week a girl in our stake got her mission call and we were able to watch her open it. She got called to Korea! Isn't that crazy?? She is going to learn Korean. Super super cool.
The work is moving forward. It doesn't matter what goes on in the world. God's work will press on and we are seeing miracles every day. We also found a cute little family. We prayed right before we would find a couple. Right after this prayer they were the first people we talked to and we have them set up for this coming weekend! Lee3 Jia1 Ting2 (family) They seem really great!  A mission is such a cool experience and one I'm treasuring right now. I am so excited for Nate and Jake to have this experience. Happy Father's Day to everyone out there! Specifically you dad! I love so much and am so grateful for your example. Love you! Keep tearing up the golf course haha

I also just want to tell you how grateful I've been to work with Elder Westover. He's such a boss. Such a great trainer and I've loved my time with him. Such a blessing! 
Have a great week everyone!
Elder Willes

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