Taiwan Taipei Mission

Taiwan Taipei Mission

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!! Celebrating the Chinese New Year has started! Celebrating lasts about a week and our schedule is full eating lunch and dinners with members in our ward!! I am looking forward to all the food and being able to get to know the members here in SanChong! 

So, I don't have much time because we are going to eat at a members home soon. Here are a few miracles from this last week. 

EARTHQUAKE: Yes, the 6.4 earthquake did hit Taiwan in the middle of the night--early Saturday morning. Yes, I did feel it. It was pretty long. Sister Wong didn't feel it though. :) We live on the 9th floor of our 24 Floor apartment building and it literally felt like we were swaying back and forth. Nothing fell in our apartment. Everything is okay up here in the North. :) The South got hit pretty bad and we have heard a little bit about the disaster down there. Please keep the missing and their family members in your prayers! 

We met with one of our new investigators we found on the street last week: Zhu Di Xiong. Zhu DX is in his 40's, not married and is preparing to try and test into a Religious Institute School to study different religions. We didn't know this till we met with him but he was baptized when he was young but then hasn't been to church for many many years. He lives alone here in SanChong and is looking for more peace and comfort in his life. In our first lesson with him, he asked some really deep good questions about the Restoration. Long story short, we ended up talking about the Priesthood--Aaronic and Melchizedek and the roles of it all in our lives. He seemed fascinated by the fact we have another book--The Book of Mormon--that we can read from. We invited him to baptism, he didn't accept a certain date but is really willing to continue learning. He committed to coming to church with us on Sunday--until Saturday night, when we were making daily follow-up with him, he told us he couldn't come anymore because some things came up in his family. We talked to him a little bit more about it and turns out, he is really nervous to come because of how many people are going to be there. I believe Zhu DX suffers from depression. Over the phone, we bore powerful testimony that this gospel can help him be happy and find peace in his life. He replied by saying, "Really?" We promised him and he said then, can I meet with you again? We set up for Tuesday night. He made sure it would only be us, him, and one other person (a female member since he is a male)  and he said he will read the Book of Mormon every day until then. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to teach this man and watch how the gospel will be able to change his life. 

Sister Wong and I filled this week with finding again. Probably one of the most neatest, spiritual contacts of my life occurred this week. We were waiting for the Elders and our Mission Leader to eat dinner together and we decided to contact around the area. We started talking to a Du JieMei. She is the cutest thing. We started talking to her about Jesus Christ and she really wants to know more. She told us she has been thinking recently about trying to start going to a church but then just hasn't put in the effort to go look for a church to start attending. As we started talking to her more, she lives literally right behind the building that our church is in! There on the street, we set a baptismal date with her for March 12th. We have to wait until the end of this week to meet with her again (due to Chinese New Year) but we are all really excited! 

I just want to bear my testimony that I know this work is true! I am so grateful for the gospel in my life. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves everyone of us so dearly. He sacrificed for us so that we can overcome our weaknesses and sins and to also overcome death. Our Heavenly Father has prepared a perfect plan for every single one of us. When we seek His guidance, He is more than willing to reach out and help us! I love representing Jesus Christ. It is honestly and honor to put His name on my chest everyday. I know this work is a work of miracles. I have truly seen the Lord's hand in my everyday life. Especially this last week as we have been striving to build up our investigator pool. 

Have a great week! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!
Sister Haacke 
 Du JieMei, a member, and Sister Wong and I eating dinner.
 Sister Wong and I
 The start of 過年!!!
 王家庭. Lunch #1.
 Annie and her mom. Annie is a member who got baptized while she was going to school in America. This is her mom, Zhu JieMei. From China. She came to Taiwan for the Chinese New Year. Annie asked that we teach her about the Plan of Salvation so that she could know more about what Annie believes. We did and we had a great lesson. China better be opening up soon! The people there are so prepared!
 So, I forgot to mention, the SanChong missionaries moved right before Sister Wong and I whitewashed this area. We now live in literally the nicest apartment. This is the few from the roof going over to Taipei.
 Our District 
 Sunday night Dinner #1

李姐妹 (a member) and her daughter.

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