"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."
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
To Celebrate Zhenya's year mark, we sent a Vera Bradley bag for her new Missionary bag. It is the Rio design to also celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio! She got it early however. Her year mark is August 19th.
Sister Karen Kopp and the Roxborough Ward Relief Society Presidency (Sis. Layne, Sis. Anderson, and Sis. Rothey) sent care packages to the missionaries as part of a Relief Society mid-week activity. Thank you Roxborough Ward!
Zhenya asked me to send
this for her this week. Her P-day was on tuesday instead of Monday
because they were having interviews with their Mission President on
Monday. Her and Sister Xia are doing well and have 2 baptisms this week!
We had interviews yesterday with our Mission President
love our Mission President, President Villanueva and his wife so
much. Seriously. Some of the
most hardworking, selfless, kindest people you will ever meet. I
to be them.
SO this week was kind of crazy but I loved it. First off
we thought we were going to have a baptism for Sister Feng this
but we were kind of unsure because she was MIA. We
finally met with her Thursday and she said that she
was still up for
being baptized. So we scheduled an interview for her on
Friday but she
missed it because her work is CRAZY. She works with people in
and in America so she is literally working 24/7! I love
her. If you
all want to pray for her, pray that she will be able to have the
and courage to stand for what she believes in because her boss
really just not nice. That's as kind as I can put him. But
her baptismal interview after church this Sunday everything went
she's going to be baptized this Sunday!! We went to
the temple and walk around the temple grounds, and she
I am really looking forward to her baptism!
David is doing well. He is a bit grumpy, but ya know giving up
after taking it for over 40 years is a MAJOR struggle. But he
says that he is grumpy with a smile. He is probably one of the
courageous people I've met. But to be honest, everyone I have
on my mission and who I have seen make a covenant with God are
courageous. There are many heartaches and struggles and
that come from making this decision. I admire them because even
Satan is working hard against them, they stand for what they
know to be
true, because they felt something powerful. Something that
the world cannot duplicate in any way, and they did not deny it.
did not ignore it. They acted on it and now they are seeing the
that come from sacrifice and obedience.
David will be baptized this Saturday! Keep praying that he
strength from the atonement to resist the temptations he has.
I know for a fact that prayers work. I have felt them and seen
work. So thank you for remembering David and Sister Feng in your
I know that there is a lot.... A LOT to pray for now a
days, but in a funny
way I know that there is not too much to worry about. As long as
keep the faith and always keep Christ as our focus.
Well what an adventurous week this week. Of course every week is
adventure. Well well well.... This email is entitled trees. Why?
tell you. You know when a storm comes or when winds hit trees
take deeper root in the ground so they don't fall? Well. Now you
It's the same with all of us and our testimonies. Helaman 5:12
now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our
Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your
foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty
yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his
mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over
drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of
rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a
whereon if men build they cannot fall."
We shared this scripture with David this week because man oh man
did some winds, and storms come in the whirlwinds. But he pulled through! It's
amazing to see the progress he is making and has made in his life. So yesterday
was the first day in 50 years that he went with out smoking. Ya. That is HUGE. It
has been a really big step for him.
I know that all of us in our lives have experiences and events
in our lives that help us take deeper root. I know that it is
of those experiences that we are able to make it through the
life. I know that we would even be able to grow and be where we
now if it wasn't for a loving Heavenly Father to send us a
help us over come the storms of life. It's amazing how much you
learn from his gospel everyday.
People have been asking how my Chinese is coming. I'll just say
of course I am not fluent. Yet! Haha no actually far far from
are speaking mandarin at night after nightly planning though. So
gets..... Confusing. But it is definitely helpful!
We spent the day with our recent convert Josie. She is a great
missionary! That's the picture attached. And we also had to move
sister Fengs baptismal date to the 24 because she didn't come to