Thursday, February 16, 2012

Today is my Six Month Mark!

I feel so old.  It's crazy that my mission is now officially 33% done.  Three more months and I'll hit halfway :( I have so far to go, so much to learn--but I'm realizing that this feeling never goes away.  The best missionaries still feel like they just got here and are still trying to get a hold on things.  I think it's supposed to feel that way.

This week was cool. Sister Kubota and Sister Rinet came to KK for two days--they are "Travelling Sisters," which means they get to  go on splits with all the sisters in the mission and uplift/train them. They are amazing missionaries.  The first day I went out with Sister Kubota and Sister Song was with Sister Rinet, and on the second day we switched.  I learned a lot about teaching from them--to be more myself, to ask better questions, to be more excited/show my true feelings about what I am teaching people.  It was a really good experience.  They are great missionaries.

We had many little miracles this week--I remembered this man Sister Wong and I contacted months ago, for some reason, and we dropped by his apartment and he invited us in.  Then we taught him and his family about the Restoration of the Gospel. The Spirit of God was there.  Their hearts are so good.  The dad didn't grow up Christian, just became Christian a few years ago, so he is full of sincere questions.  He assured us that he would pray about what we share with him so he could find out the truth. His wife was also very open and gracious, which was a huge blessing.  And their kids are so cute.  I love this family.  We're going back soon.

Also, there was this 18-yr-old girl that Sister Song met at the mall, and she said she'd meet us later that week and bring her friend to the appointment (which she did).  She told us where her friend works so we went to it, and that girl said that as soon as she saw us she felt a feeling of strong love enter her heart and she came up to us and greeted us with tears in her eyes, saying that she was blessed to be meeting us.  It was amazing--she felt God's Spirit just from looking at us.  So her friend brought her to the lesson and we taught her and gave her a Book of Mormon also.  We invited her to be baptized but she wasn't sure because she doesn't know if she'll still be in KK by that time.  (Her friend accepted, though!!)  But it was a really cool experience. Meeting them again soon also.

Oh also, while we were teaching these two girls the Restoration (in a restaurant outside), there was a boy who was cleaning up a nearby table and he stopped to look and listen to us.  We thought he was Muslim so we were hoping he would leave actually, but after we finished the lesson he came up and told us that he was Christian and that he wanted to meet with us the next day.  So basically he referred himself.  He is FULL of questions about religion, and he accepted a baptismal invitation and picked his own date.  So that was so awesome!!!  There are prepared people out there.  Faithful prayer and fasting brings about stuff like this.

Our zone is doing this thing where we make sure there are missionaries fasting for the missionary work every Sunday--like KK fasts every 2nd Sunday of the month.  So there's always someone fasting for us on Sundays.  It's working.  Not kidding.  Heavenly Father is amazing and indeed fulfills his promises.

Fast and pray. It works.  That's all.  Life here will never be without its challenges.  But God will be with us and will make our burdens light.  He is a God of miracles.  I bear testimony of that.  (As does the Book of Mormon.  Remember Mormon chapter 9?)

Sister Gopinath

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