how's everyone doing? once again the shift key isn't working, and neither is the exclamation point key. so, it all might seem a little weird, but it's all good. i can't believe another week has come and gone just like that again. it amazes me how quick time is passing and how much has happened here in such a short amount of time. i'm treasuring every moment of it though, and loving it with all my heart. what an experience these past six weeks have been. so much has happened, i don't even know where to begin...last week on thursday and friday, i was preparing like crazy for our lesson and task we have to do each saturday with a group of "fake investigators". this was the first time we had to do it all in cantonese. all we've done is the task in cantonese before that, which is usually only about 15 min., where you get to know someone, invite them to learn more, eat with them, or whatever it may be. but this past week, we had to do the lesson in cantonese as well. going in, i didn't feel as prepared as i could've been because i was already stressing enough about what doctrine to teach in the first lesson, based on their teaching record, what to say in cantonese, and what scriptures to use. i was so flustered and nervous that i went in shaking and with sweaty palms. midway through the lesson, i began teaching my portion, and some of it flowed pretty well, and some of it didn't. towards the end, i bore my testimony and explained to them that my cantonese was not very good, but i knew without a shadow of a doubt that this gospel was true and that everything we had taught them was true. there was silence for about twenty seconds straight and then tears began to well up in my eyes, i started crying, gave the closing prayer, and we were done. when my companion and i had a chance to review what we had gone over, we received feedback from the "fake investigators" and they exclaimed that they felt the spirit stronger than they ever have during a lesson given at the mtc. i couldn't believe it and was in absolute shock. that just went to show me that it doesn't matter how well i can speak the language, but rather how strong and firm my testimony is of this amazing gospel. i love it with every fiber of my being, and i don't know where i would be if it weren't for it here on the earth at this time. we teach again, and for the next six weeks, all in cantonese to random "fake investigators".
hey mom, it sounds like new beginnings is really taking off and becoming quite a success. that's so amazing that you were able to put on a presentation like you did. it sounds like you're working incredibly hard and loving it at the same time. i feel your pain now mom. the lord will only continue to bless you though, more than you could ever imagine. oh and by the way, i loved the st. patrick's day package you sent...so did all the rest of my district, as well as a few others in my zone. you're amazing and of course over the top. haha. i love you mom. hey steph, i hope things are all going well with you. everyone in my district and zone, for that matter, loves the pictures you sent and constantly comments on them. they all definitely approve of bobby. i told them maybe they could meet you someday. haha. i think about you all the time and i pray for you every single chance i get. i love you sis. hey dad, how are things at the office going? i hope stephanie is still "trying" to work hard. haha. just kidding steph. i bet things are going excellent and you're just chuggin along like you always do. it sounds like you were a major part in mom's new beginnings program too. that's incredible dad. i can only imagine what it was like. you're definitely the master at that kind of stuff, so there's no wonder why people commented on how over the top everything was. i love you dad and keep up the good work.
we just got two new districts today in our zone, so that makes for about 50 elders and sisters now. how blessed my companion, elder merrill, and i are to be the new zone leaders, setting an example for them, watching over them, and showing them the correct way to do things here at the mtc. haha. it undoubtedly is one of the most humbling experiences i've ever had. one district is in the classroom right next to my district. they're the new cantonese district, with a total of 12 people, which is pretty big. the other is an english speaking district with 8 people.
as for a list of things i want in upcoming packages, i honestly have no suggestions. just have people send their love and support, and that's already more than enough for me. i love everyone back home in the ward so much and always appreciate all they do. it's such a blessing to have a ward like that. i'm very very lucky and and i know the lord blesses me, as well as each and every one of us, every single day. we just have to search out for those blessings. i love you all and appreciate all you do.