Monday, April 5, 2010

"A Ministering Angel"

The blessings that Heavenly Father provides to his children truly do come at the times when they need it. Our past few weeks, as I have mentioned have not been the best, but, this past week has been wonderful. The hard work that we put in has really paid off. This week was record-breaking week for Elder Rothwell and I, with 14 people at Church and 29 new investigators. They came as a result of the people who we've talked to, but also referrals from members. I think that Heavenly Father wanted me to remember that missionary work is not easy, because, as Elder Holland has said, "salvation is not a cheap experience." But, as we have worked hard, I have come to appreciate more what it really takes to be able to find those who are prepared to find the joy that "surpasses all understanding."

We have a investigator, Lansi, who we were able to teach yesterday. She had canceled a few appointments with us, and we had almost given up hope, but she agreed to come to Church. We found out that she didn't really believe in God because her Dad had been killed in a car accident a couple years before, even though he was a really good person, so she was trying to reconcile the concept of a loving and caring God with that. We talked to her about the plan that the Lord has for each one of us, and though we might not fully understand His ways, He has assured us that if we obey His commandments, we can find eternal life and happiness with our loved ones one day. She still seemed a little skeptical, but very sincere in her desire to find out. She asked us why we were giving our hearts and lives to this cause, so we shared with her Alma 31:32-35, and another one of my favorite scriptures, 2 Nephi 1:15. When she asked why I believed, it was a moving experience to be able to share with her why I love to serve the Lord. She going to read and pray, so we'll see how that goes! People like her keep us going!

Leo Kong is on track to being baptized! She has a great desire and understanding of the gospel, and she should be baptized in a couple of weeks. We also have a member referral named May who we accepted on date, and we plan to put quite a few more on date this week, including May's daughters. We received a referral from Taiwan, three girls who are studying here. Things are starting to look up. I am grateful for the blessings that Heavenly Father has showered on us this past week. The lessons that we have taught have been alright, but not particularly spectacular, mostly because of our limited Chinese vocabulary. But, the Spirit has taught with us and borne testimony of what we have taught, and that has made all the difference.

From all that contacting that we have done, a couple of girls who we had met called and asked to meet up. It hardly ever happens, and was another sweet blessing that lifted our spirits.

I was reading from the Doctrine & Covenants today and came across Doctrine & Covenants 7, where the Lord is talking about John the Beloved. The Lord said, "my beloved has desired that he might do more, or a greater work yet among men than what he has before done. Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a ministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth."

I hope that I can do my best these last few weeks and have that authority and power to accomplish that which the Lord has asked me to do.

Have a great week! Here's a wonderful Easter Video!

-Elder Chua

1 comment:

Jared and Laura said...

We both so enjoy reading your's so uplifting. I know you're doing an amazing job. Thanks for sharing the Easter video...that's very touching.