Hey everybody! I will soon be entering my fourth week of being in California. Crazy how fast time flies. As an advance notice, please excuse my English. It's a weird thing here because the Chinese are somewhat scattered throughout the white people so their Chinese kind of atrophies a little, but their English is also somewhat not perfect. And sometimes while speaking rapid Chinese they'll throw in a random English word. I am now adopting this form of Chinglish, though I'm still going for all Chinese if I can manage it. The problem right now is that if I say, "excuse me, please, but I have no idea what you just said," people will just switch into broken English for the white guy. It's all going great, though, so no worries.
Speaking of all going great, that is just what the work here is doing. The work here in the Yale Branch is on fire. I don't know if there are pictures out there, but if there are, I'll let them explain everything - that's 1000 words fewer for me to type. The members here are awesome, feed us a ton, refer their friends, and teach with us. They really take over when someone gets baptized.
In other news, I think I may be getting struck down by the destroying angel sometime soon. This past week I went to two all-you-can-eat BBQ buffets, Asian style. They have a wide selection of raw meats that you just grab and cook on a little grill built into the table. Needless to say, we tried to eat our money's worth, and are now paying the price for it.
My favorite thing so far has probably been talking with people from Mainland China. Their stories are so incredible because they are so ready for the Gospel. I have already taught a few people who said their first prayer, who were unfamiliar with Jesus Christ's name, and all sorts of other things. It is amazing to witness them grab hold onto Gospel truths and find out very, very quickly that they are true. It is my simple testimony that they are true and they are available to all who are humble enough to accept them. They are from a God who loves us as His children, because He is our Father. He has provided us with a way to be happy - it is just a matter of us wanting it, taking action, and following the plan He has given us.
Have an excellent week, everyone.
Baptism 3/08/12 -
Baptism on 3/11/12 -