Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015 Trials and Tribulations

It's been a pretty difficult week out here, but that doesn't stop us from having a good attitude. We got to see Lan Yi this week and started her ABL's. A member helped us teach the first lesson again and it's amazing to see her just glow as she starts to make more and more sense of the things she's been taught. We arranged for her grandson (the one who isn't on a mission- but who is a ward missioary) to help us teach the rest of her ABLs before he returns to America for college, and he's super excited. I'm so grateful to have his testimony to help us teach her the gospel. This is clearly something he's wanted for a long time but has had the patience that God wanted him to have to wait it out until she was ready to hear the gospel.

Saturday we had a rough day. We planned to do a gauntlet find- not leave one area until we've taught a lesson. We have always had good success with those kinds of finding days (6+ hours) and find that finding in that way gives us something to think about and look forward to, and gives us a goal. Well, things didn't turn out as we'd liked... As we were walking to our first destination we took Elder Ballard's challenge and tried to talk with as many people as we could. One older lady (we're not sure if she had jingsahnbehng or not) talked to us and seemed friedly enough, until she offered us money to stop bothering her. We politely refused her money and told her what we were doing and why, where she proceeded to walk us to the bus stop and tell us how to leave Tsing Yi. So that was a pleasant start to our finding. It just seemed like every corner we turned there were more people willing to refuse our message. Lots of people rudely walked or ran away from us, and we were feeling down. There just wasn't much success in that chyun. But we told the Lord we'd stay there until we taught a lesson. Needless to say we never did leave that chyun except for our scheduled lesson and dinner, but it's okay. It taught us a good lesson of patiece and diligence in all that we do.

Yesterday I was feeling kind of down about that experience. We had only taught one investigator this week- the rest of our lessons were RCLA's or members. But looking back, the Lord blessed us in ways he hasn't in a while- being able to schedule a less active that we haven't been able to schedule in almost three months! What a blessing. Though we worked really hard on the streets and did our best to talk to every person that came at us, we just weren't seeing success. Reporting almost all zeros in numbers was hard. I spent my personal study yesterday studying on patience and diligence and how I can more fully develop these Christlike attributes. I walked away from that personal study with a bigger commitment to talk to even more people and a better view of what the Lord wants me to be. Last night's finding was not successful in that we taught lessons, but we had several really great conversations with some people about their lives and a little bit about religion. If anything, we opened the doors for them to receive the gospel even if they aren't ready just yet.

If there's anything I've learned this week, it's Doctrien and Covenants 58:2-4. After the trials come the blessings. The Lord is trying our faith this week to prepare us for the miracles that we're expecting. Though our numbers are down this week, we're not going to let our spirits be that way. We're going to push harder and pray harder than ever before and expect the miracles. It's been a good learning lesson about not letting your focus get lost, even if you have a bad week. The best thing is today is a new day. It's not yesterday. it's today. and we get to have a brand new start.

Thank you all for your love and support. It's been a rough week but it's a brand new day and I'm excited to see the miracles that are expected to come. Love you all!

-Kuk Jimuih

PS. Last P-Day we visited a pretty park in Mei Foo and had a picnic. The weather was beautiful (overcast but didn't rain on us) and I found lots of bamboo. and that's what my oboe reeds are made of. so that was exciting. Good stuff, la. good stuff.

P.P.S. temple day is next week- p day is on the 24th for me.

(In reference to favorite Mormon Messages): I really love the Hope of God's light. go check it out. or Because of Him, or the spirit of thanksgiving, just for the guy with the skateboard. hahahahaha.​

Homemade guacamole!

Real bamboo!  The stuff my reeds are made of!

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