Date

September 24, 2018

Area

TaiNan

Companion

Elder Ruan

Are we not all beggars?

Hi family,

First off, I would like to make an apology for being so informal in so many of my emails. I realize as a missionary, and as a representative of Jesus Christ, that does not work too well, but I am not perfect and hope to continue to become better. It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to improve and become more like our Savior everyday. 

The life of a missionary in Taiwan is one of bliss and miss, mostly bliss. Elder Ruan and I have been helping some wonderful people learn about the gospel and realize their divine potential, Sophie being one of those. She has been investigating for awhile and has already read the whole Book of Mormon. She also reads in the Bible and from LDS.org for at least an hour a day.  She sees nothing wrong with being baptized but just feels unprepared, not up to par with the gospel knowledge that we have (though we can attest she understands so well!).  We invited her to the baptism of Chicken Dragon and she said no, "Your church is too serious. I'm not prepared." BUT, the next morning she called us and said "I'm coming. I really want to know what it's like.” She came and LOVED it and was asking questions the whole time. Afterwards, she was talking about wanting to go visit Chicken Dragon to keep supporting him after his baptism and wanting to go on a mission!! The desire is there, but she needs to enter the waters of baptism, and it’s going to happen—maybe not this week or this month, but it will happen!

So many of my experiences bring me back to the question posed in Mosiah 4:19 "Are we not all beggars?" Yes, so many do know they are beggars, asking for a nicer phone, wanting more likes on a photo, and just keeping up with the Jones', but who do you turn to when you have your needs? Alma 7:23 says "And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive."

I know that as we let go and trust in Heavenly Father for all of our needs, he will bless us beyond comprehension. This is true!

I love you all!
Elder Marsh




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