Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Elder Winters - February 25, 2013 元宵節快樂!

That's a happy lantern festival to you, family!  Well, it was yesterday, and it means that Chinese New Year is over.  But a big thank you for all of the emails and pictures and updates from this week.  Also, congrats to Brighton and his call! I can't believe it - now Brighton will replace me as Alison's favorite cousin.  

We did get some teaching in this week, thankfully.  And we set a baptismal date with someone!!!  So exciting.  Not quite like Becca's eight people, but when this guy (Vincent) accepted the baptismal invite, his mouth was slightly open, and then he started nodding really fast, so it looked hilarious, so we've got high hopes for him.  

Hello everyone, and Happy Lantern Festival Day.  It seems like the Chinese have more festivals than a Cafe Rio has Mormons on a Friday night.  Actually, I'm fudging it a bit, because the Lantern Festival was yesterday, but still.  

So exciting stuff from this week, one thing being there will be a new Irvine Mission starting in July.  I'm guessing that I'll be a part of it, mostly because I'm attached to the Chinese branch, located in the Irvine Stake.  We're still not sure about the boundaries, but I heard from a reliable source, AKA the elder quorum president's seven-year old son, that the Irvine Mission will have six stakes in it.  We'll see how it all turns out, but in the meantime we just want to concentrate on the work.  

Yesterday the other Chinese elders had a baptism, so that was super fun to attend.  It was pretty hilarious as the guy being baptized wasn't really instructed to plug his nose when he went under water, so he ended up putting it on the side of his face, resulting in a lot of water up his nose.  And then because it looked so funny, all the little kids that were invited up to watch the baptism were pointing and roaring in laughter, making it a pretty loud room.  But!  Despite all this, I still felt the Spirit, which I thought was cool, because "in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest" (D&C 84:20).

So I've got to head out, but this work is definitely, positively, 100% true.  How could it not be?  Anyway, have an awesome week, everyone.

- Elder Winters

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