ALOHA, Family & Friends!
It's my last week in the Missionary Training Center!!! It's so exciting and nerve wracking! Here's the update that I've recently heard. I might not be going straight to Taiwan because Taiwan visas are apparently hard to get these days :(
I've heard rumors today that my Elders & us, Sisters, are on the "reassignment" list. Nothing for sure here at the MTC because they don't know till reassignment day, which is either Thursday or F!
I had my heart set on going straight to Taiwan, Taipei but now that I'm thinking about it I wouldn't mind going state side for awhile, so I can practice my teaching skills :) It's so exciting that I don't know how to feel anymore!
Anyways, please pray for me and my district that we still leave on our assigned date which is . As long as I'm out there teaching I'll go where the Lord wants me to go. :)
In other news, yesterday was Fast ! It was the best ever! It was testimony meeting and everyone got up to bear there testimonies it was the best! I thought my Chinese was so bad because my talk last week didn't make sense but when I went up to bear my testimony I was surprised that my Chinese was better than I thought! Heres a bit about what I shared:
Family and Friends, I love Missionary work. I love serving others rather than myself. This is the best work ever! D&C 11:3-4 "Behold,the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God. Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle, and reap, the same is called of God."My Chinese is horrible and my teaching skills are pretty bad but what I learned being here is that- This is the Lord's work- Not my work. Even though I am inadequate I know that the Lord's work will still continue. The Savior will make up the difference. Again, this is His work not mine. I am not reliant on my abilities but my Saviors. And He can do so much more than I could ever do in a lifetime. I love my Savior. I know He will help me teach. I know He will help me say what I need to say in the language. Missionary work is a work of love. Christ will change the people I teach and He will change me. Last week Tuesday Devotional we had a member of the Seventy, Brother Perkins, talk about change. He said, "As you help others to change, the greatest convert will be you." I do know thats true! I can't wait to get out there!!
Mormon.org is a site for non-members and investigators. Last night we had Night Devotional and Bro. Greg Droubay talked. He is apart of the Missionary Technology department. He taught us missionaries last night on how to better use technology to reach out to those that don't know about the Church or even Christ. They are updating the site and they were showing us some new videos. These videos are 60 seconds of giving a brief overview of a gospel topic. It's amazing! They did a study on those that watched it. And they received it very well. He showed it to us missionaries so that we are aware of the Church on media and can better teach and make conversation with people. It's awesome how advanced the Church really is. I'm so thankful for a Church that is willing to be in the world and not of it. We use media and our advanced tools so that we can better spread Christ's gospel.
HAPPY NEW YEARS!! Wow, can you believe it's 2015! I can't. The year went by so fast! I can't believe I'm on my mission. So much has changed since the JAN 2014.
2014yearinreview/index.html -Here are some things the Church has done this year.
It's amazing how much we do in a year. I believe we have a year as long as we do so that we can mark our achievements, our failures, the things we need to change, the things that didn't work out, the people that changed our lives, and the heartache we've felt. This new year is a restart. A restart of trying new ways of living a better life. I mean thats why were all here to have trial and error trial and error. We are to become celestial beings. Worthy beings to live with our God again. We are striving to be perfect. But we cannot in this life. The mark of a new year is one that I'm sure everyone holds deep in their hearts. People make goals and new plans for the new year but lets be honest here: Have any of those goals really worked in making your life better or happier???? Maybe for the first few months but not the whole year. This year I don't have any goals or hopes or dreams. This year it isn't about me. And I feel like there comes a point in the year that people say this to themselves. They say "Hey that goal I made in the beginning of the year what happened to it?" It disappeared because we see the happier and better things that lie in our lives. We realize that spending time with family, helping a friend through a hard time, or deciding to serve the Lord is much greater than losing 10 pounds or going to the gym everyday. We miss the point sometimes of a new year. It's a new year to learn from what happened last year and make this year better.
I can tell you that I've changed since last January. I am much more happier than I was. Because were I am right now is the happiest time in my life. And it's because I learned from trial and error. My life wasn't great. I wasn't in a good place. The days I only thought about myself and my schooling and my grades and my social life the more I was unhappy. When I started to think about my friends my family and lastly my Savior in Heaven I knew what I needed. The life I lived was too selfish for me. I've never been happier to serve others. I don't have to worry about me. Others is what helps me get up at every morning. I love it! This is what life is about. And everyday I'm serving others I'm becoming a better me. I'm changed for the better. I'm so thankful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord.
Love yah! Sincerely, XiaoSong JieMei Sister Komatsu