Sunday, May 19, 2013

Good week. I am tired. It was wonderful to talk to you. You asked about some of the people I am teaching. Here you go. We saw some big miracles.
FIRST: Brother Xu. I have written about him a lot, the 16 year old whose parents say no to baptism. We pumped him up to talk to his parents again. He did it, and they said yes and signed the paper. I don't know what it was that changed their hearts, maybe just his persistence, maybe time, no doubt God was involved. But what it means is that after waiting about 5 months he can finally get baptized. This is something we have prayed and fasted for many times. I have seen this kid from the first lesson to now, and he has changed a lot, still has a long way to go, but I have loved seeing this whole process occur. He will be baptized this Saturday. God has his time and his plan, family opposition won't stop it in the long run.
We have been trying really hard to help the members here do missionary work, share with friends, etc., and haven't really seen too many results. This week in a market we talked to two students that were willing to meet and learn more, and it turns out they are actually good friends with a young woman in the ward. When we told her that her friends were interested and would meet with us later that week, she was shocked, and was willing to teach with us when we met with them. You really never know who you know that will have interest in the gospel. Then we had the same experience with another guy who is friends with a less active here. I guess if we can't get any referrals, we will just contact members friends on the street.
We have been meeting with a really simple man, high school education, loves his wife and kids a lot, has a rice field and fixes agricultural equipment for a living. It has been fun to teach him. When we talk about dates like when Jesus was on earth or 1820 Book of Mormon stuff, he has to think of it in Chinese calendar, like what dynasty it relates to and stuff. He came to church this week for the first time. He has promised us he will be baptized. He is really very sure about it, but he can't promise he will go all the way under because it is a little scary. He did promise up to his knees at least. We'll work on that.
We ended up meeting a less active priest on the street, who at first pretended he wasn't a member, but we figured it out. We found out when he waits for the bus each afternoon, and we go and sit with him as he waits and read scriptures for 15 minutes or so. Good kid, he'll come back.
Talked to a cool guy at a stoplight. He is a goat's milk salesman and he spent years with heavy addictions to drugs, but turned his life around by finding faith in the Savior and has now been clean for 20 years. He met with us on Saturday and felt like this was God calling him back, because he hasn't gone to a church for a really long time, but has always felt like he needed to go back, and now the time is right. Came to church on Sunday for the first time in years.
I have lots of other stories I could tell. We have been blessed with many people to teach right now. Our triathlete investigator didn't come to church this week because of a race he had down south, but it turns out that the swimming part of the race had some sort of asian pirahnas (spelling?) and a lot of people were bit. I didn't know Taiwan had man eating fish. That's what you get for breaking the sabbath.
Love being here, love my life, God is blessing us and I have faith He will continue to, in his timing. Still love being a complete tool, in the hands of God.
Thanks for all the support, Love you!
Elder Braithwaite

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