Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday October 20, 2014-the end

Monday August 20, 2014
Dear Family,

This past week has really been a good one. For a few weeks there it seemed like nothing was happening: we couldn't find new investigators, the investigators we had weren't progressing, etc. But the past couple of weeks the Lord has been pouring down His blessings on us. I wonder if all He really wanted was to teach me that it is HIS work, not mine, and that things go according to His plan. And it's important that I work hard, but even then, it is still in HIS time.

Last Sunday night we had dinner with a member.  At the end of our share we asked for a referral. The Dad told us about a girl in is Cram school that he has invited to church before. She is really interested, but her family owns a breakfast shop, which is opened the same time church is, so she hasn't been able to come.  He said we could come Monday night to meet her. When we went over on Monday night, not only did we meet her, but we shared the first lesson, set a baptismal date, and set up a time for our next visit! I think she was supposed to be doing homework at that time . . . but I figure that lesson was more important than any homework she ever has, is or will do. We met with her a few days later, and she'd already read to I Nephi 10, which was way more than we'd invited her to. After teaching the Plan of Salvation, we asked her if she believed it was true. She said yes. When we asked her why, she told us she believed because it was just so GOOD. The Spirit was simply THERE. It was a neat experience.

This week we had an incredible experience with a member. She's been struggling lately. We didn't know that. We asked her to Peike. She didn't want to . . . but decided she'd better since she has some history with that particular investigator. Then, the investigator stood us up. We asked our Peike if we could pray for her, and then shared a scripture with her. She began to open up to us about some of the spiritual struggles she'd been having lately. As we talked there were tears in both her eyes and ours. My wonderful companion received pure inspiration. She invited this member to ask her wonderful and loving husband for a priesthood blessing, and she agreed to. Sunday morning she and her husband were assigned to speak. The change in her was obvious. When she first got up she bore powerful testimony of Priesthood leaders. Later in her talk, she spoke about meeting with the missionaries, acting on the invitation they (we) had given her, and about the impact it had made in her life. At that moment I knew that I was fulfilling my purpose. And oh the joy! God guides us more than we know.

Missionary work has been exhausting but so wonderful this past week. And it looks to be another really busy week this week. I hope to end with a big bang.

Saturday I finally finished the Old Testament. I had a great sense of accomplishment. While reading the Old Testament I was struck with several things. One of them is the sameness of God. Although people tend to talk about the God of the Old Testament as one of wrath . . . I feel that that is not exactly true. Oh it definitely talks about His wrath, but I feel that there is much more going on then what we read on the surface.

I have come to believe that the ancient laws of sacrifice are essentially the exact same as they are now. This life is all about sacrificing our wills and turning to God. The Old Testament CONSTANTLY talks about trusting in the Lord. The gospel then and the gospel now is the same-- built to turn our hearts to God. And that is the way to happiness. I feel it, I feel the light that comes, and the understanding and joy that comes, as I strive to follow Jesus Christ. I fail all the time, but those moments where I draw closer to Him are so . . . filled with sunshine :) No matter what the weather outside is there is sunshine in my soul! I love you! Thank you so much for all of your support and love and prayers!

Sister Rachel Caroline Edwards

Dear friends and family,
This will be Rachel's last blog as a missionary.  She is coming home Saturday October 25.  Her homecoming is November 9th at 12:30.Our church house address is :
1834 East Creek Road
Sandy, Ut
We would love to see you all there.  Just give our family a few days, maybe 48-60 hours to get reacquainted and Rach get her feet back on the ground.  Any more time then that and we will probably be ready to strangle each other.  It has been quite an adventure, and even though everyone tells me how quickly it has passed, it still seems to me that she has been gone forever.  I can't wait till Saturday afternoon.  Teresa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday October 13, 2014

Monday October 13, 2014
Dear family,

Yesterday we turned to talk to a girl at a light. We asked her if she'd ever been to church before and she said, "Not for a while . . . " As we continued to talk to her, it came out that she is a less-active member! She joined the church a long time ago, but when she moved away from home she became less-active. She now has a little baby and is working, and set up to meet with us! Heavenly Father will guide us to them, or, as seems more frequent, them to us!

Also yesterday we met with Lesly Ann, a Philippine lady working here. As we read 1 Nephi 1:1 with her, she began to reflect on the way God had blessed her during her trials. As she pondered, tears came to her eyes and began to stream down her face. She bore powerful testimony of the way that God had never left her, and had always watched out for her. THAT is the power of the Book of Mormon. I Nephi 1:12, as she read, she was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. As we read with her we were too.

Back in April or May, we started meeting with Andrea. She did not believe in God, but she wanted to know. God quickly answered her prayer, and she began to believe in His existence. As we continued to work toward gaining a testimony of the Restoration and preparing for baptism, Andrea had a big argument with her devout Buddhist mother. Her mom then blocked our number from her phone. I really love Andrea, and feet that she is one of the  big reason that I am in Taiwan. So I continued to send postcards to her at work. This Saturday we met with Andrea again! Our number is no longer blocked, and she has been reading the Bible and praying!! That was a huge miracle for me.

I love being a missionary! Sister Hibbert and I are having SO much fun. We finished up exchanges this past week, and I got to go down to Taidong again, which was fun, but it's nice knowing that this week will be spent

in Hualian.

I love you!! Rachel

This was a qingke from Allen. From left to right: Sister George, Sister Walker, me, Sister Hibbert, Elder Michaelis, Elder Pincock, Elder Montierth, Allen, and then in front is Elder Larsen

Danshui ward after conference.

After all of these months we finally see Rachel's biking form.

Rachel and Sister George with their beloved convert Angel

More with Angel and Zhuang Zhi.

Allison's, the American  right next to me, birthday dinner

At the beach celebrating Angel's birthday

Our Zone! Including all 12 missionaries in Hualian/Ji'an plus 4 Yuli missionaries. From left to right: Sister Walker, Sister Hibbert, Sister Keung, Sister Mao(slightly in front), Elder Senkans (behind Mao JM), Elder Whitlock, Elder Michaelis, Elder Marks, Elder Wang, Elder Chand, Elder Larsen. Then in Front: Sister George, me, Elder Azua (bottom), Elder Montierth (top).

Your guess is as good as mine.