"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
-Alma 5:45-46,48-49
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
-Moroni 10:32

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Sister Zhenya Plumb
California Arcadia Mission
614 W. Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006-2030

Monday, April 25, 2016

勤勉 Diligence

Our mission scripture is- Doctrine and Covenants 4- Now behold, a
marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve
him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand
blameless before God at the last day.
Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that
thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store
that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; And faith,
hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God,
qualify him for the work. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge,
temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity,
humility, diligence. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you. Amen."

We recite this scripture every morning. It holds a lot of significance
to me, because I read Doctrine and Covenants 6 before coming on my
mission, and it answered my prayers about whether I should go on a
mission or not. Of course there were many answers that I got, but this
scripture has a special place in my heart.

So! Going a long with that Sister Gong and I worked our tail ends off
this week trying to find new people. Literally it got so frustrating
because well you know, people. BUT it was super rewarding!
We picked up 8 new people and 2 of them are super solid. Unfortunately
none of them are Chinese.

We met with Steven twice this week and are seeing him tonight. He is
super psyched about baptism and starting over. He loves God and Jesus
Christ but he knows what's going to be hard for him. I think it's so
amazing how self aware he is and we will lay out a plan for him
tonight to help him reach his goal.

So yesterday, was not our pday (obliviously, because I am emailing
y'all now). It was like 90 somethin degrees and I brought my ukulele
to block the sun and make the walk more enjoyable. Then this guy asked
us if we go around healing people with music. His name is Thomas. We
talked with Thomas for 3 hours! (In the shade). Usually when people
want to talk to us for that long I can tell it will be a while. So I
told him who we were, what we do, and then asked what he was searching
for, and he said "truth". And we were like "well that's perfect! We
got it!" We taught him almost every principle of the gospel. He
genuinely wanted to know, and that is what kept us standing there for
so long. We asked him what he wanted to do when he found truth, and he
said become a minister of the truth. He is so prepared, but it still
may take a while. He is asking all the right questions, now it takes
action and faith, which I know he has!
Please pray for Thomas, and Steven.

We have been praying with all our heart might mind and strength, to
try to find new people to teach.... Actually no. We have been praying
to find the elect people to teach. The people who want to hear what we
have to share with them. The people who want to exempt Christ in their
lives and live his teachings taught by prophets today. Diligent
prayer, and focus on work has brought so many miracles. Sister Gongs
English is improving so much! My Chinese is getting there (As you see
I had to practice the scripture above).

It's been a tiring week, and I love being tired in this marvelous work!

Sister Plumb

Chinese food for life! Btw. Went to the temple today! In two words-
LOVED it. There's no other feeling that matches with being inside the
temple. I will send more pics when I have an adapter!

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