Friday Dec. 4, 2015:
Today we experienced an absolute miracle! Everyday is a miracle! I want everyone to remember that everyday is a gift from God and we should cherish it, but today was a more miraculous miracle! We were walking to the house of a less actives member, when all of a sudden a car pulls up in front of us. He asks us where we are going and we tell him to meet with a friend. He tells us that he'll give us a ride! I know in America, this would be a total "STRANGER DANGER" kind of a thing, but in Taiwan it is totally normal to give random people rides and to walk into stranger's houses. So, we hopped into his car and we start talking to him. It turns out that this man's best friend had died the previous day. He was telling us that he felt like giving service and helping others today. He told us that he could tell, just by looking at us, that we are good people. He then starting talking about how he doesn't understand why there is so much animosity between other religions in the world. We are all children of God. It doesn't matter if we are black, yellow, or white! It doesn't matter if we are Christian, Buddhist, or Hindu. We are all children of God and we need to love each other for who we are, not for who we aren't. Elder Scovel and I started telling him that he was exactly right and that God loves us all. We ended saying thank you friend. He looked at us and said, "First I let you into my car. We are now friends. Then you treated me with respect. We are now best friends. Lastly you comforted me when I needed comfort. Now we are family." This guy is so awesome! Afterwards, I looked at Elder Scovel and said, "I thought we were supposed to find people? What happens when they find us?" He simply replied, "That's when miracles happen!"
This week was an amazing week! I've been trying to enjoy everyday and treat it as a gift from God. A gift for us to forget what happened to us yesterday and to become better today. Stop worrying about what happened to us in the past. God's greatest gift for us is the Atonement. It allows us to overcome what happened to us in the past and to become better in the future. Like the investigator above said, love one another. We are all family. If a man in Taiwan can recognize this, then I know everyone can! I invite everyone to start enjoying everyday. Don't look at the negative of what didn't happen, but rather what did happen, and possibly why it happened. Then think about love because in life love is key. Love one another and enjoy one another because in the end we are all family. Treat anybody as you would family. I love you all so very much!!! Thank you for always supporting me. It's almost Christmas time! Time to start preparing for the festivities, but at the same time, don't forget the real purpose of Christmas....Christ.
我愛你們(I love you all)!!
一個大家庭(One Big Family)!