June 11, 2018


Taizhong Zhongming


Elder Olson

Time Doth Softly, Sweetly Glide

Hey!! How are ya?

The mission is just a non-stop tutorial for life. So good.

Our investigator Sister Xie is doing so so great! That's exciting. She was able to come to probably the best sacrament service I've witnessed in Taiwan, and she just loved it! She also recognized on her own how similar her situation is to Joseph Smith's in that she's looking for the right church as well. She is super prepared. Haha. She just texted me about how much she loves listening to hymns at home, especially Love at Home. Excited for her!

So yeah Sunday was ssooo glorious. It was filled with the Spirit and all the sacrament talks were just pure doctrine and basically about all their conversion stories and the main topic was on the precious gifts of the Gospel. I love the members of Taiwan!! Each one has their own story of sacrifice, truly putting them on similar levels as the pioneers of old.

I love the hope that comes from this quote from Elder Holland "however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines."

A lot of my thoughts this week have been about the principle of becoming, not merely knowing. Things are gonna get scattered for a bit. Think for a sec about what Paul teaches us: "Therefore if any man BE in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are BECOME new." Joseph Smith teaches that this kind of thing "comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances" like how we say when we're baptized we're born again. This also brings with it a remission of sins and a desire to no longer do evil but do good continually!! So that's great. Happened once. But how do we "ALWAYS retain a remission of our sins?" Elder Bednar teaches us that it's by partaking of the sacrament! He also says that "the act of partaking of the sacrament, in and of itself, does not remit sins. But as we prepare conscientiously and participate in this holy ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then the promise is that we may always have the Spirit of the Lord to be with us. And by the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost as our constant companion, we can always retain a remission of our sins." so cool!! And then he says this: "Ordinances invite spiritual purpose and power into our lives as we strive to be born again and become men and women of Christ. Our weaknesses can be strengthened, and our limitations can be overcome."

Hahaha I hope that was as exciting for you as it was for me! Haha love you all. Have a great week!


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