Monday, September 30, 2013
I don't have much time to email today so I will try to keep this email short and sweet. I don't know if it is possible because so many great things have happened this week but here we go!
So last week I did not write about Yan's husband, C Minor (they get to chose their names when they come to England. He loves music if you can't tell..). Yan is a recent covert who was baptized back in August. Sister Loh and I got to teach her before she was baptized. I remember the very first time I had met Yan, C Minor was home too. We invited him to sit in on the lesson but he said he wasn't interested and just went to his room next door. Over the weeks, he started coming in to talk to us but still didn't want to sit in for the lesson. When I first arrived here in Liverpool, C Minor has always come to church with his wife. He is so supportive of her. Right after Yan was baptized, we taught her about temple marriage. Ironically, this was the very first lesson we ever got C Minor to sit in on. We told them there was no pressure for him to become a member but we did explain that marriages can be eternal if they are done within the temple. We expressed our gratitude towards C Minor for being so supportive of his wife. We later told Yan when he wasn't around that we know that one day her husband will accept the gospel. The next lesson C Minor was there for was five or so weeks later. We had a lesson at Yan's house with a Cantonese investigator and C Minor sat in as well, but the focus of the lesson was toward the Cantonese investigator. We taught about the Godhead. We asked C Minor how he has felt as he has been coming to church. He said that he felt that his heart has been changing and ever since he started coming to church he has less of a temper. Woah! What?! Fast forward to two Sunday's ago, the 22nd. Sister Loh and I felt impressed that it was time to teach C Minor the restoration and invite him to be baptized. We brought Yan and C Minor to our tea appointment with a ward member that was two weeks ago and we were up front with C Minor that we were going to teach him as well since he is already coming to church. The Spirit was so strong in the lesson. We invited him to be baptized at the end and with a smirk on his face he told us maybe. We then told him that we were thinking about November 2nd as the date and once again he said maybe. We went over that following Tuesday to their home to help him on his thesis and before we left we shared a message. We asked him how he felt during the lesson on Sunday and he told us it wasn't a peaceful feeling and it was hard to describe. The best word he could use to describe it was ''marvelous''! He is in London this week but when he gets back we plan on teaching him. The gospel changes hearts!
Now for an update on Kirk. We love him so much! The Lord has prepared him for this moment in his life for us to run into him. We taught him and his 7 year old son, Owen, with two members on Wednesday at his home. It was funny because he brought us tea and coffee and we were all like ''uhh... we don't drink that.'' He told us he doesn't even drink tea or coffee and that he just had brought it for us. He had some questions about why and we told him we would explain that the next time. We taught the restoration but didn't get that far before it was time to go. The lesson actually took a turn away from the restoration so we had to bring it back at the end. I explained to Kirk that the peace he has felt at times in his life was because of the Holy Ghost and that to have that more fully he needed to be baptized. We invited him to be baptized on November 2nd as well. While he was thinking about it, I held my breath because I was uncertain about what his response would be. After what felt like ages, he said he was willing to be baptized! Since then, he has already attended a baptism and come to church. He is progressing well in the gospel for someone we just met only 2 weeks ago. We taught him last night and finished the restoration after explaining the Word of Wisdom. He has no problem letting go of what the Lord has asked us to stay away from. We stated the first vision and afterwards asked him how he felt. He said he felt peace. We explained that this was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to him that what we had said was true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored His church in these latter-days.
These two children of God have been so prepared to hear and accept the glad message of the gospel. All of it has caught me by surprise. What they feel in their hearts continues to amaze me. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to see many miracles on my mission. I feel so blessed.
Love you all!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Quick update on the wind.. They were so strong one day last week that I could lean on the breeze for a couple of seconds. It was pretty fun!
This week I gained multiple witnesses that Heavenly Father hears our prayers and that He answers them.
Let me tell you about some people Sister Loh and I met this week:
The first young man we met one day while we had a few minutes to street contact the Chinese students at the Uni. I told Sister Loh that I would stop someone as long as they were alone. This is a rare thing, however, because Chinese students tend to travel in pairs or packs.. Pair and pack contacting= ineffective. If one shows disinterest the rest tend to follow. Anyways, we spotted a young man who seemed to be standing alone so we ran to catch up to him before he crossed the street. We casually said hello to him and started talking to him. He told us his name was Loh and we asked him how to write his name. He ended up showing us the characters for his name on his phone and his number was conveniently there too on the screen. We didn't even have to ask for his number, he just gave it to us! He was like ''oh, you can have my number.'' So great! We invited him to the Chinese Activity we were having on Saturday and he said he would come! The next day we went to call and confirm that he was still going to the activity and we realized we were missing the last two or three digits in his phone number.. Whoops! Sister Loh and I prayed fervently that we would be able to get in contact with him and that he would come to the activity.
The next person we meet this week is an English man named Kirk. Sister Loh and I meet him at the bus station. He was staring at our name tags and both of us felt that we needed to talk to him. We introduced who we were and he ended up telling us how he has been trying to be a good person. What happened next I can only explain by saying that the Spirit was able to talk through me. Out of what seems like no where, I ended up talking about how the gospel of Jesus Christ can help us become better and that we can learn from our mistakes and be forgiven. Again, I have no idea where the thought to say that came from but I guess that is what he needed to hear. We were all going to the same place and we got on the same bus. I ended up being able to sit next to him on the bus and share the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants about forgiveness, introduced the Book of Mormon, gave him the Book of Mormon and then asked if I could say a prayer. He told me that he didn't feel comfortable praying on the bus so I asked if we could get off the bus at his stop (only a stop before ours) and say a prayer with him. He agreed. Before we got off the bus I was able to find out a little bit more about Kirk. He told me that he was a 7 year old son who is half Chinese. I thought to myself, if his son is half Chinese that means he must have a Chinese wife. That then started to explain why he was staring at our name tags. I then asked how long he had been together with his wife and he told me that they were no longer together and he has his son every other week. When it was time to get off the bus, I told Sister Loh that we were getting off. She looked at me with a confused expression so I was like ''we are going to pray with Kirk.'' It was a little awkward because I am pretty sure the whole bus heard haha. When we got off the bus, the flood gates of information opened-- Kirk told us that he used to have a gambling addiction but he gave it up this past April. He told us he wasn't expecting to quit but some how he did. He also told us how he has stopped drinking alcohol too. I just stood there thinking ''Wow! He has been so prepared!'' We invited him to the Chinese activity as well because he expressed how much love he has for the Chinese culture and the Chinese. We prayed that he would be able to make it to the Chinese activity.
Saturday, the Chinese activity came around and the weather was so perfect! The activity took place here in Liverpool at our church building. We have all been praying that the weather would cooperate with us since the activity would mostly take place outside. The day of the activity had some of the best weather I have witnessed so far while being here in England. It was like a beautiful summer's day. All of the Chinese missionaries in the mission and their investigators, the Mission President and his wife, most of the senior couples, and the ward members from here in Liverpool and elsewhere came to the Chinese activity. Right when the activity started, Loh showed up! Prayer answered! We were so happy to see him! We were also able to get his correct phone number. Not too long after greeting Loh , we got a text from Kirk that he was in front of the church and wanted us to come meet him. What?! Such a miracle. He had been worried that he would feel uncomfortable but we were able to introduce him to the people we knew and a member from a different ward ended up taking him under her wing and kept him great company. Sister Loh and I were not able to stay with him the whole activity so this was a blessing. Some time during the activity I looked over and saw him talking to President Preston, who was also in attendance. It looked like they were having a good conversation and I didn't dare interrupt haha. The Chinese activity was very successful and we had almost 20 investigators come.
As you all know, missionary work is not easy and it can sometimes be discouraging when you are not able to see the fruits of your labor. In other words, sometimes the results of the work are not immediate. I understand that everything happens on the Lord's time but I have been discouraged and started to wonder if I was even making a difference so far on my mission. I went to my Heavenly Father and prayer and let him know how I was feeling. A couple days later, the other Sisters in our flat told me how they had met multiple people I had talked to on the bus. Each one of them reported how friendly I was to them and at least one of them remembered my name. None of them may have been interested in learning more about the gospel but it let me know that my Heavenly Father wanted me to know that I was making a difference in the lives of those I meet every day. He let me know that He loves me and does not want me to feel discouraged. Remember the words to the song a Child's prayer:
Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
but I feel it close around me as I pray.
Heavenly Father, I remember now
something that Jesus told disciples long ago:
''Suffer the children to come to me.''
Father, in prayer I'm coming now to Thee.
Pray, He is there.
Speak, He is listening.
You are His child;
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav'n.
Heavenly Father is there. He does hear your prayers. I know this because He hears and answers mine.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sister Loh and I have a new profession here. It is editing our Chinese investigators/ members papers for school. I guess this is why I took a writing class my last semester at BYU? Who knows. Unfortunately, my missionary brain has pretty much eliminated all of my pre-mission knowledge so I wouldn't say I am all that good at helping them edit just yet.
We taught a new investigator last week. He is a professor at the Uni. One of the Chinese recent converts was his student and we already knew that he knew she was a member. Turns out that he shares an office with another one of our investigators and they talk about the church. This man is meant to have the gospel. The last time we met him he asked if he could add us on facebook and I was like ''sure! but I won't be able to accept your friend request until after my mission.'' He is very friendly and told us that we could call him any time we were down by the Uni.
Thursday was another day of exchanges! I got to stay in our area while Sister Smith (she trained Sister Merrill) came in Sister Loh's place. This was only my second time leading my area and things went pretty well. We went to call by an investigator (call by= visiting someones house with out an appointment). As we were walking to our various destinations, Sister Smith and I met a couple people on the street that said they would be interested in learning more about the gospel. Some of my favorite memories from this exchange was when we went to Liverpool One to street contact, chased down an Asian man who turned out to be Japanese (oops), and then we met a young man from Malaysia who spoke Mandarin Chinese. He was in UK on holiday with his mom and sister and he was waiting for them to come out of Primark. We explained to him how to pray and before I offered a prayer, Sister Smith told him that at the end of the prayer, if we agree with what was said, we all say Amen. He didn't exactly understand what that meant so as I am saying the prayer he said 'amen' multiple times. It went something like this: ''Please bless Yan that he and his family will be blessed with health (amen) and happiness (amen). Help them enjoy the rest of their trip (amen). We are thankful for our families (amen).'' The first time he said amen I was confused and opened by eyes to see that he still had his head down and arms folded so I continued praying. By the second one, I realized what was going on and I started laughing to myself. Needless to say, it was hard to keep a straight face during the prayer. I felt like a preacher at church that had a great sermon. We meet a really interesting man before we returned home for the night, not that that is unusual here in Liverpool. He started talking to us about how we could shampoo and wash our hair outside when it starts raining really hard.. never thought of trying that before haha.
This weekend we were able to visit a less active that we have been trying to get a hold of since last transfer. Sister Loh and I have only been able to text her and not ever able to see her in person until this last week. She has told us via text message that she has been in a lot of pain so we told her we would bring someone with us to give her a priesthood blessing. We brought a couple of members with us and I was so grateful that they were willing to come see her with us because she was in great need of a loving embrace. Before we arrived at her flat she texted us that she was afraid that we wouldn't like her but I told her that we did love her and so did God. It is amazing how much compassion and love you can have for a person you have never met.
Sister Loh and I will be going out of our assigned proselyting area to St. Helens to teach a Chinese investigator that has a baptismal date. The Chinese Sister missionaries that were teaching her were transferred out and there were not any Chinese missionaries in their area to teach her so we have the great opprounity to pick up where they left off in teaching her. She is 17 years old and despite her mom not realy wanting her to be taught at her house some days, her mom has given her permission to be baptized. Sister Loh was actually able to teach her once last transfer while she was on exchange. Since she understands English pretty well the English speaking Sisters have met with her a couple of times to teach her but we think she is more comfortable asking questions and able to undertand more when her lessons are in Chinese. We taught her the library and after our lesson her siblings came over. Our investigator needed help on math so we were going to help her with that but her little sister also asked us for help on her sceince homework. Chem 105 was waaay too long ago. Her twelve year old sister can't read and understand English and doesn't understand it when it is spoken to her. Oh boy! On top of not being able to remember Chemistry I also didn't know how to explain everything in Chinese. Good thing I had my langugage study edition of my Book of Mormon and I was able to look up how to say some words since my companion didn't know how to say it either. I think I helped her understand what she had to do for the assignment. I think.. haha. The sister kept asking us if we would come back the next day to help her again but we kept telling her we couldn't. It feels so good to be able to serve in any capacity and you can't help but love those you serve. Our investigators siblings aren't being taught right now but I want them to be baptized so badly! After meeting them once I love them all. Maybe one day they will all be baptized. We ran for our train to get back to Liverpool but we missed it by 30 seconds. Ahh!! Everything happens for a reason though and Sister Loh was able to give a lady a Book of Mormon and I met a young lady named Carla. What is with this trend of meeting people with the same names as by parents? Same spellings and everything.
When we finally made it back to our area, we went to the church building to help prepare food and set up for the ward activity. It was so much fun! It was great to see all of the ward members come together and build unity.
The crazy winds that have been known for breaking umbrellas are back.. We were on our way to an appointment yesterday with our recent convert Yan and she left with an umbrella because it was sprinkling. We weren't even half way down the street before we almost got blown away by the strong winds. The winds were so strong they flipped her umbrella inside out. We were able to flip it back everytime it was flipped inside out but there are only so many times an umbrella can take that sort of torment. Let it be publically known: umbrellas are just not able to survive out here. I guess I will continue to brave the rain with out one.
My lightbulb moment this week would have to be the moment the scripture ''if ye love me, keep my commandments'' made so much more sense: If we truly love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we will want to return back to live in their presence. If we want to return back to them, then we need to follow the guidance they give us through the conditions they have established. The overall condition is that if we keep the commandments, we will be able to return to live with them. Maybe you have already realized this connection but it finally was clear to me. Although we may not understand all of the reasons why we are given certain commandments, we should still obey them because by obedeince we can return to live with them again. The gospel is simple. If we do not already love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ then we should seek to develop that love because once we love them we will willingly keep their commandments.
Love you all!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Hello Friends and Family!
This week I have seen the pattern of how the Lord will always give us promptings from the Spirit that we can understand.
This past Saturday was ''consecrated finding'' where every companionship of missionaries sets aside 4 hours devoted to finding people that are interested in learning more about the gospel. We do it the Saturday after every transfer. So Sister Loh and I brought out our recent convert, Yan , to go street contacting down at the university. Yan was on fire! She is just so exicted to share the gospel with everyone and she needed little advice on how to street contact. We had no idea where we should start and so we stopped and prayed. I had the thought to head towards a park but I wasn't sure where any parks were. We started walking anyway towards the one park in sight and we started seeing Chinese students every where and I took that as a confirmation that we were on the right path. A lot of them we were able to stop, we invited to the Chinese activity that is this month on the 21st and a lot of them seemed interested.
The greatest miracle that I would count towards consecrated finding would have to be towards the end of the day when Sister Loh and I could not decide whether we should go to our teaching appointment, which was a risk because we would have returned home really late, or go home to do some well needed study. To buy us some time to think (no pun intended), we decided we were going to have dinner out since we were already in town. We stop at the first restaurant in our sight called Nandos, look at the menu, and neither of us were all that interested in the food or the prices. We spotted a restaurant that served Mexican tapas and the thought of Mexican food sounded good so we went to check out that menu. Still not too persuaded to decide on this restaurant, we stood there for awhile trying to decide what to eat. Sister Loh looked around and spot this little sundae/ice cream hut and she was like ''want some ice cream'' and I was like ''yep!'' . It was strange to want ice cream because we had been bearing the cold all day but we went anyway to check it out. After looking at the menu and trying to decide which sundae we wanted to split, we started talking to the young man named Jack who was working at the stand. He told us that his usual job is being a bartender at the Marriott hotel next door but this day he filled in at the ice cream hut and had to read the ingredients to how to make each sundae. He noticed our badges and we explained how we were missionaries. He ended up telling us that he comes from a very religious Christian family and that he was still on the quest to find the truth for himself. He also said that he desires to have evidence of the truth just how science has evidence to its theories. With smiles on our faces, Sister Loh and I were probably both thinking how prepared he was to hear the gospel. I told him that there was evidence of the truth and we introduced Alma 32 to him. He was impressed by this scripture. We told him he could have his own copy of the Book of Mormon and he told us that he would give it a read. We also gave him the address to the church, which is not too far from where he lives. He told us that he probably could not make it to church this past Sunday, which he didn't, but next week he would be free. Keep Jack in your prayers! Looking back to how we met Jack, I realized how we were prompted by our hunger to go from one restaurant to the other until we finally got to the stand where he worked. The Lord works in mysterious ways? haha.
One last experience I had with receiving promptings in a line of thought that I can understand happened this morning actually. I just received the banana bread recipe in the mail so I decided to make some this morning. I popped it onto the top shelf in the oven and timed it to be done after we all finished personal study. Twenty minutes into personal study, I realized the flat started smelling like pizza which is unusual because when ever I make banana bread it usually creates an aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Then I realized that I hadn't even put cinnamon or nutmeg in (awkward) so I ran into the kitchen to see if I could add it in last minute. I open the oven and notice that the bread had risen and hit the top of the oven and was beginning to burn. I pulled of the burnt part and thought it would be ok if I put it on a lower shelf. I sat back down to study for maybe 10 more minutes and still felt that it seemed smokey so I got up again to discover that this time it was even more burnt! Oops! I pulled the bread out and scraped off the entire top layer because it was as black and late. I managed to save the insides of the bread and rolled it into banana bread balls that could be dipped in Nutella. All was not lost! I think next time I know to not turn the oven on at the temperature it calls for in the recipe or leave things unattended during study time.
The work has picked up so much this week. We surpassed our goal of having 15 total lessons by having 17! The last transfer we hadn't been in a double digit total lessons since the first week so we were pretty excited to see more success and the fruit of our labors.
I read the September Ensign this morning and I loved every article I was able to read so far. There is one by Elder Uchtdorf called ''Saints in every Season'' and then I also really liked the one by Elder Holland called ''The Justice and Mercy of God.'' I encourage you all to read these articles. They are so good. I learned from Elder Uchtdorf's article that we must have stormy seasons if we are to return to live with our Heavenly Father. These experiences may be hard to go through but they are necessary and with the Lord's help they are possible to bear. From Elder Holland's article I realized how wrong the cliche saying of ''ignorance is bliss'' is. We can't be saved in our ignorance but we must diligently seek the truth so that we can unlock ourselves from the bondage we are under when we make errors. It finally clicked in my head today that the truth does set you free! God must follow justice but he is also just as merciful. May we all be able to have the humility and faith it takes to be truly penitent and start anew with the cleansing power of Christ's Atonement. I am grateful for the agency we are given and for the ability we have to overcome our mistakes and return to live with our Father in Heaven again because of the Atonement.
I think I wrote about Amy's family last time, the one family with 6 children. One of the last times we saw them, Kelly, Emily and Daniel told us how excited they were to be baptized. Only thing is, they currently aren't able to attend the full 3 hours of church because of the classes they have on Sunday which means they cannot be baptized yet since full church attendence is a requirement in order to be baptized. Their mom, Amy, has told us that she really wants them to have Chinese class because she feels like they will be missing out on their culture if they do not learn the language of their roots. Understandable, but it is nonetheless a road block that they need to over come in order to be baptized. It is sad that they aren't able to be baptized at the moment but we know that one day they will be able to be baptized.
I love you all!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It's transfer time here in our mission. I get to stay here in Liverpool! Sister Merrill is finally leaving Liverpool though after being here for 6 months :( She will be heading to Manchester to open a new area and to train. I know she is going to be such a blessing to her new area. We just dropped her off not too long ago at the coach that took the rest of the missionaries that are also leaving. To keep up with the tradition from when we leave Provo, Sister Loh and I ran after the coach.
I had 1st five weeks training last week where all of the missionaries who had came in come together with their trainers and we practiced contacting and we had other little training activities. It was great because I didn't get to know the other missionaries that came in this past transfer since I came a week after the official transfer.
I also had my second exchange last week, and this time I stayed in my area while my companion left. I was kind of nervous because I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing and I had to lead the whole exchange. Luckily, Sister Embley, the Sister I went on exchange with, had served in Liverpool before so she remembers how to get around. Sister Embley is another Chinese speaking Sister. She gave me a lot of advice about how to best learn the language. We ended up doing some street contacting down at the Uni with the sole purpose of finding Chinese students to hopefully teach one day. So I came up with a good way to stop them-- I would go up to them and in Chinese say 'hello! can you help me practice my Chinese?'' And it wasn't a lie either because I sincerely did want the practice. This technique worked pretty well! As we were going to cross the street that same night, I made eye contact with this man who wasn't Chinese. We started talking and then he looked at Sister Embley and I and then to me and said ''do you have something you want to ask me?'' and I was caught off guard so I just said ''uhh.. want to come to church?'' haha. Thank goodness for Sister Embley because she saved it by asking if we could share more about our church. He agreed and we ended up having a lesson on the spot, teaching him just about all of the first lesson on the restoration. We got to know him a little more when we sat down to teach. He told us he was Nigerian and that he was a PhD student here in Liverpool. He has met missionaries before and already had a Book of Mormon but didn't know where it was. When we ended the lesson he told us how he felt that God was sending him a message. He was impressed by how young people as ourselves could be so passionate about what they believe in. We gave him another copy of the Book of Mormon and he said he would read it and pray about it! Miracles that come from exchanges!
Sister Embley and I had a lesson that night with the one family with 6 children. Sister Loh and I had discussed before she left on exchange our desire to help them prepare for baptism. They have been meeting with missionaries forever and the children know so much and one of them have already expressed a desire to be baptized. So this lesson I felt like it was time to suggest a date for baptism-- October 19th. Why the 19th you ask? Well the two oldest girls are 10 and 9 and the next oldest is 7 and his birthday is next month. The 19th is perfect because they could all be baptized on the same day! I know they have a long way to go, one of them being that they need to be coming to church every Sunday, but I am putting my faith in them. Their mother can even be baptized soon as well. She speaks more Cantonese than Mandarin so Sister Loh taught her one day and I was told she asked very good questions and that she said she would start reading. I am not sure how much she understands when we teach her kids in English, but she seems like she has been listening in.
This past Saturday, Sister Loh, Merrill, Hubbard, and I went sing finding down in town. We got to where we decided we were going to go singing and we pulled out our hymn books and we were like ''wait.. are we really doing this?'' haha. We all felt kind of silly standing there singing with so many people around. A lot of people stood by to listen though, some more obvious than others. Sister Merrill went over to hand pass along cards to some ladies who had got up to leave but had been sitting and listening and they told her that we had lovely voices and asked her if we would be doing this every week. We might have to make a tradition out of this.
The work has picked up so much this past week! I knew September was going to bring blessings. We already have two new investigators and the week isn't even half way done yet. Woot! Which reminds me, Sister Loh and I have been going through the potential investigator list that was left by the Elders before us and we have called just about everyone on that list. A lot of them don't pick up and we really want to be done calling people by the end of this transfer. Like I said though, September has brought miracles. I called this one man on the list and in the description box it had said he was very busy and that he is a professor at the Uni. I called and he answered! Miracle number one. I asked if we could meet with him to talk about how the gospel can bless his family (he has a four month old daughter) and that we only needed 20 minutes. He agreed to meet with us earlier this week, miracle number two. We have our appointment with him and we explained the Godhead to him, which is something we commonly do with Chinese investigators. I told him how the Holy Ghost is how God communicates with us and at first he was very skeptical and said that he never thought God could communicate with us like that. Then later, after we described how the Holy Ghost feels, he was like ''yeah, I think I have felt something like that.'' Woah. Miracle number three. We closed our lesson and asked if he would like to offer the closing prayer. He was nervous about it but he said such a sincere prayer. In his prayer he said that he hoped he could meet with us again and that we could share more with him. Miracle number four. We invited him to church and he said he will come. I am still amazed by how prepared by the Lord he is. The Chinese work here in Liverpool is a work of miracles.
I have been surprised how the days we are the busiest and the days that require the most work and energy are always the most rewarding. Before we leave the flat for the day with a busy schedule I always feel overwhelmed and dread having to leave at 11am or 12pm when we won't get back until 9pm. It is because we accomplish so much and we reflect on how many people we were able to bring closer to Christ even if it was just a little one step closer. It is true, missionary work is exactly what it's called-- Work. but it is also fun and it brings me so much happiness when I am able to work hard every day.
Love you all! Cheerio :)