August 18, 2013


Alright!! So, Sister Liu! She's awesome!!!!  She's from Taipei, and we are getting along SUPER well.  We love finding new ways to make contacting more interesting!  :)  This week, we handed out a lot of restoration pamphlets out on the street, family proclamations, and of course --- PAPER CRANES!!!!!  YEAAARRRHHH!!! 

Anyway, she is great, cooks well, and is super loving, experienced, and kind.  In all of our teaching situations, the spirit is so strong, and we are able to take turns teaching as well as asking questions of the soul.  Our investigators and our ward are starting to love us more and more. 

Also, on Friday, Sister Blickenstaff (President's wife) came down to Zuoying and served with us from 2-5 in the afternoon.  She BIKED with us to Chen Mama's home and then to a recent convert family we taught that day.  It was her first time biking in a skirt!! She took a picture and might have put it on the mission blog, so look out for it! :)  It was awesome because she got to hear us play violin for Chen Mama.  When we visited the recent convert family, she started crying because she felt the Spirit so strongly as I played violin to "Families are Together Forever."  On the way to/from each appointment, we contact a TON of people, especially since there are so many stop lights.  Sister Blickenstaff was awesome and talked to EVERYONE.  She even got us a referral! What a wonderful example.  We love her so much, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to serve with the President's wife! YEA!

It was really funny because when she started biking, her skirt kept flying up a little, but we were able to teach her how sister missionaries deal with those kinds of problems. (tying the front to the back of the skirt - It works magic!) 

Well, our investigators are doing alright! We have a wonderful investigator who is on-date for the 14th of September.  She has already read to 2 Nephi all on her own in a week, and she's always feeding us dumplings.  We love her and are working hard to keep her on-date! 

This week, I've learned how to be a happy missionary!! I've learned that loving yourself is just as important as loving others.  Being happy is just as important as bringing others a message of happiness.  Having a unified companioship is just as important as teaching a family how to be together forever.  I'm loving and learning so much about being a missionary, being a child of God, and most importantly, doing HIS will.

This morning, when we left the apartment to come email, it was raining a little, and it was beautiful!!! :) I absolutely LOVE the rain.  Since it was just raining a little, and the email place is super close, we decided to bike without our raingear on.  It was so much fun!! :) I took a picture, so you can see my happy face. 

Other pictures are of me and my recent convert Xu Nuo, Sister Liu, and a polaroid that we took this morning. :) YEAH!

Love you all too much. 

Sister Verina Chen

Scripture of the week: Alma 41:10 - "Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness.  Behold, I say unto you, WICKEDNESS NEVER WAS HAPPINESS." 

What a wonderful scripture!! This week during personal study, I realized how similar the restoration and the resurrection are.  Both processes include a renewing of body or church.  Think about it.  :)

Remember to ETTE and CPR!

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