Because Dad had to spend Thanksgiving alone... here is an email that will hopefully cheer him up!!!!
So... A couple weeks/months/years, je sais plus... Dad sent me a letter about his mission. He once ran down this kid on a bike (like the kid on The Best Two Years) because he had a spiritual impression to do so. I remember thinking... I could never do that. 1. I'd be too scared and 2. I hate running. Besides can you imagine me running after some random French man with my long skirt and rainboots screaming something in really bad French... me neither.
This is a long story...
So Saturday, after we had just seen two of the Zone Leaders amis get baptized, we were walking home for lunch. We were supposed to be contactin people but i was not in the mood. I just wanted to go home and put off the contacting until later... But my companion is awesome, and we just kept walking.
So I see this Asian guy on a bike on the other side of the street. I feel like I should talk to him... just like a little thought that I should talk to him. But he was on the other side of the big street. Unless I wanted to play frogger... you have one life, go!!!... i wasn't going to be able to talk to him.
But then, he got off his bike and crossed the street!! Horrah!!! A second chance. He stopped by my companion and was waiting for the light to turn green. I just starred. Then working up all the courage that i had... I told my companion to contact him... ya I'm lame. She just smiled at him. Green light. We walked awkwardly across the street behind him.
So I abondaned the prompting and just decided to contact some random people.
We walked a little farther up the road and saw that our asian friend was observing a new statue that they just put up in centreville. I thought: This is my kind of prompting. Heavenly Father is giving me like a million shots at this.
Then i thought of the story that my dad told me. Asian man. Bike. I didn't even have to run. Atleast it would be a funny story.
So i walked up awkwardly to the statue and after two minutes I just said pointing to the statue "Hey, do you know what this is?" But in French. It was lame. He could've easliy just said, "it's a statue" and walked away, BUT HE DIDN'T. He explained the statue. Then we awkardly transitioned to asking him questions about his life. He is from China. Studied in Paris to be a physician. etc. etc. Then he asked us why we had a badge that said Jesus Christ. Thank you for asking, we are missionaries. Then he told us that he has been started to ask questions and want to know more about God and Jesus Christ.
We invited him to church. He accepted. He came to church the next day.
Church went great... a part from sunday school where we talked about how you have to be married to be able to live with God again in the celestial kingdom... not the most ideal first gospel lesson... especially for someone who knows nothing about God. One of the Zone Leaders just interuppted and bore his testimony about coming to know Jesus Christ and how simple the gospel is!! The spirit was so strong!!! The last thing that the teacher said was that we have to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God.... direct translation (kinda) ... sorry.
Afterward, after all the mess that we talked about, Kejian (that's his name) had only one question: where can I find the word of God? Wow...
We told him. He wants to know more. When he saw the two people who got baptized the day before get the Holy Ghost, he turned to me and asked, "So now they are officially Christian?" You could tell he wanted to be too. It was too cool!!
En Bref, I love Asians. And I hope we'll be sending another missionary to China soon :)
So Dad, this lovely thanksgiving, I'm thankful for your example. I'm thankful that you told me once that I should "Run towards the things that scared me." i really hate running. But I'm going to keep trying to be better!!
I know that this Church is really the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that people can change and become better thanks to Jesus Christ. I'm so happy that I am "offically Christian"-- that i know that Jesus is my Savior and that He has prepared a way for me, and for all of us, to be happy in this life and return to live with God after this life. TOUS ENSEMBLE!!!
I love you all. Go do something that scares you. Don't do anything dumb, just something that you've always thought that you should do...
I write too much. Sorry. Have a good week!!
ps. i ate a good meal for thanksgiving :)