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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stranger Danger......

Elder Coletti's Letter 12/07/2015 Week 20
This week was super insane!  The life of a missionary is never the same and that is one of the things that I absolutely love about it!  Friday and Saturday were absolutely awsome!  I'm only going to talk about these two days because of time and because of significance!  

Friday Dec. 4, 2015:  
To start off the day we had a member pay for our lunch.  We went to an all you can eat meat place, basically like Rodizio Grill.  The only difference was we get to cook the meat!  After that Elder Scovel and I took a 30 minute bike ride up to the mountains to meet with Lu mama.  She was the one took us to lunch and she felt bad that she only fed us meat.  She wanted us to eat healthy as well. She invited us to her house in the mountains.  She has a farm and so we helped her farm for a little bit!  It was super fun!  Then she gave us a bunch of vegetables so that we can become healthy haha!  We rode our bikes back to SanXia and met with this family we met through English Class.  We taught them the first lesson which went really well!!  The highlight of that lesson though was their dog!  It is the cutest dog in the world and it reminded me of my dog Max!  He was just a super cute dog that just wanted to play the whole time!

Saturday Dec. 5, 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)!

Elder Coletti

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