Hello, everyone! I love you all so much! :) I apologize for failing to send general emails for a long time, but I'm hoping to fix that today! I love you all, and I try to talk with you all, but sometimes that doesn't work... so, I'll try my best to share my week with you generally first. :)
This week, we celebrated the Lunar new year! It's a big deal in Chinese and Vietnamese culture, and it was a lot of fun. The branch put on a big potluck and talent show, and we got to participate as singers and also wear traditional Vietnamese robes! It was very schnazzy, and a wonderful experience to see the diversity that we have around the world even though we are all children of God. Even the Vietnamese Elders from Springville (outside the city) were able to come!
I got a haircut from a Vietnamese barber, but due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, he practically shaved my head... that's why my hair is so short. It's still approved by missionary standards, but I feel like I'm in the military. Fortunately, hair grows back. :)
This week, we've been blessed to be able to meet and teach new investigators. It's been a little rough because our initial investigators, who seemed to be doing so well just a few weeks ago, have dropped us or disappeared from all contact. However, Heavenly Father is merciful to us, and as we've been working hard to be worthy of his trust, He's given us some of His children to watch over and to guide to the truth. The people we are teaching now are very eager to know the truth, but it may take some quality time with them to help them recognize it. I'm grateful for the chance to be able to go slowly and help others understand the gospel, for it helps me understand the basic fundamentals better myself. We also have a lot of investigators from Japan (I'm temporarily an English elder since they're transitioning the Vietnamese members out of the branch I'm serving it, but it's fun!), so it's interesting to be able to try and communicate feelings of the spirit through the language barrier. :)
This week, I've been feeling really positive and really happy! It's been such a blessing to be able to feel all of your love and faith for me. Thank you for sustaining me in my good times and bad times, and for helping me become a better disciple of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. :)
My Ponderize scripture this week is from D&C 84:33-40, the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. Throughout the week, I've been able to see the power and blessings of the Priesthood in my life, and also how that power and promise is available to all covenant keepers and all the children of God. How merciful is our loving Heavenly Father in allowing all of His children to enjoy the blessings of the priesthood in callings, leadership, families, and ordinances.
I love you all so much! I hope that you're all doing well. I love reading your letters and seeing your pictures, and I apologize if I can't respond individually, but please know that I pray for you, by name, every night. :) I love and appreciate your prayers and faith in my behalf as well. I hope you have a fantastic week!
Ps. What kind of son would I be if I didn't wish my mom a happy birthday? I love you, ma! :)
Elder Xiao (not my current companion) is a Chinese elder called English speaking. He's awesome! :)