Monday, August 4, 2014

Dinkytown: Week 43 "Be thou Humble"

Helloooo all me lovelies!
Wow, time sure speeds by and by and by when I'm not thinking about myself, about school, about my friends/associations and etc.
It's something about the mission that makes me feel like we're in some sort of time warp or something. Are you all feeling that out in the real world? Or does the mission really suck you into some kind of vortex?
This week has been filled with a lot and a lot and a lot of blessings from all of our lovely new converts, investigators, and members.
We are getting fed SOOO often now! Seems like every week we have big gatherings and meals with all of our wonderful new converts and investigators and members.
Minglong, our investigator who I literally met when I first got out here last October is leaving soon to go back to China..booo :( He still won't be able to be baptized here because of his school contract that he had signed when they started funding him to come to school here for this past year. Minglong is practically a member already though since he's been teaching us a lot of the lessons now and sometimes even coming in to sit in our lessons with other investigators.. He fed us a delicious meal this past week and spoiled us with Tang Yuan. Ya, in Minnesota! I am gonna miss that kid, but good thing God has placed him in our lives, and thank goodness for technology, we'll get to keep in touch with him. I really really hope that he will be able to find time to go to HK to get baptized!
Chan Family.
We had the wonderful opportunity on Saturday to go over to Sherry and Howard Chan's family's (Chang Qing's sister's) home to enjoy dinner and Family Home Evening with a bunch of other Chinese families and our recent converts and investigators. Biggest gathering of Chinese people here in Minnesota probably for a longgg time! haha
It was amazing to have our recent converts there meeting the other members and sharing their stories and being strengthened by each other's faith and testimonies. I love seeing the growth of our Chinese! Sometimes, I just wished I could see the future and fast forward just  a little to see what greater things they'll be doing with their lives in the future. Will they continue to stay faithful, will they build up righteous families? Will they enter the temple to be married and sealed for all time and eternity? They have so much potential and I just know that Heavenly Father is preparing them to become great leaders in His kingdom in China one day. Also, I just know that Heavenly Father placed them in my life for a reason, perhaps they will be of great help to me in the future, who knows? I can sense it though! And I'm grateful that I have been able to work with so many of the people of mainland China so close-knitted these days. Heavenly Father is still giving me the opportunity to continue my redemption /repentance process from those years where i was prideful and rude while living in China. What was I thinking, Sister Pao? haha
Guess it takes quite a lot to finally knock some sense into me to continue and STAY humble. That truly is the way to be in this life. I still have a lot of work to do, but I am grateful that Heavenly Father is mindful of my weakness and continues to refine me through my investigators, through the experiences that I face here, but most importantly through my loving eternal companion Sister Huang. WE are just oh sooo the same in so many things, hence we clash at times. But because we have been able to work through so many ups and downs, you know, fighting off fire breathing dragons, and falling ice daggers, and scaling walls and such, my future husband should be very very happy and should be EXTREMELY grateful to Sister Huang for helping me overcome and continue to triumph our weaknesses, and to become the kind of person that our Heavenly Father wants us to become. It's a journey. It's hard. But it is sooooo worth it!
Love you all long time, and miss you tons, but would not want to be any other place but here at this time! Until next week me loves!
Sister Pao

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