|This is Huang JM. She's a returned missionary from the Temple Square mission and we have some mutual friends! She's been an angel for us here in Xinan. We love her :)|
|This is the Chinese symbol for the name "Giles". In Chinese it's "Gu"|
It's been another week of fun surprises! We are now in a threesome!... this is only until Thursday when the new missionaries come and we actually have a transfer meeting.... but what that means is that Sister Fenlaw and I get to be Sister Training Leaders!... which actually doesn't mean anything because they finished all their important responsibilities before Sister Branch left... we did get to attend the official Zone Leadership meeting... which just consisted of us (Sister Fenlaw and I) being banished to the corner to eat mooncakes... which Sister Fenlaw can't eat. But anyways, Sister Aldous is our new companion! Which is fun because we were also roommates back in Zhubei and we were in the same Singles Ward at BYU. Eternal friends. Yes.
|Our threesome. Ready for anything:)|
|Taking care of Sister Aldous|
One of the sweet little miracles of this week was one evening when we we had planned to kind of man man qi and slowly ride to our appointment at the church while we street contacted. I saw this guy who had cool pants and so I immediately pulled over to talk to him. He started talking and I was having a hard time understanding him at first... I felt really bad about my Chinese... but then I noticed his hearing aid. This young man was deaf, but he spoke Mandarin Chinese and even a little bit of English! He was also Christian. We had an awesome lesson with him right there on the street. As he was about to say the closing prayer, he apologized and said "I'm sorry. I can say the prayer, but it's not going to be very easy to understand because of my disability." We assured him that every prayer was perfect and beautfiul. As we closed our eyes and bowed our heads, I started to cry. This young man was such an amazing example to me of humility. He was just a pure soul.
I know the church is true. I'm excited to be a part of this hastening of the work. I know God loves His children. I know that nothing is impossible with God. I know that we have to seek God's will and be shaped for it.
All is well. Thank you!
|We are always grateful for this colorful building that reminds us that we are close to our apartment. Still getting lost in the big city:)|