Favorite Scripture

Favorite Scripture:

“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” (Alma 37:37)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Missionaries and Monks Having a Birthday Party!

Dear Family and Friends,

Hello everyone!!!  It is another awesome day here in Taiwan!  So grateful to be out here serving the Lord and meeting these wonderful people and sharing this wonderful message with every living soul. It is so joyful.  This week was crazy... so hold on!

On Tuesday, we set up this basketball thing with a RC (recent convert) because he has really been struggling lately and hasn't been coming to church and every time we call he says that he is super busy and that we can meet some other time.  He really likes basketball, so we asked him if we could meet him at this school and shoot hoops with him!! We showed up to this place and it was packed with people all playing ball!!  So when we asked if we could join these random guys game, he said yes!! haha Oh was it a sight to have these two white guys playing ball in their church clothes!! It was really fun and it really helped.  I think he was able to see us a friends who really wanted to help him.  It was fun!!  Also on Tuesday we had our DTM meeting and it was such good weather we sat outside of the church and had it.  It was so funny because as people walked by they would just look at us like zoo animals!! haha we laughed pretty hard at that.  DTM was awesome though.  We talked about the Book of Mormon and using it to address concerns! It was really powerful and I it was super cool to practice addressing concerns and solving them with the Book of Mormon.  
Cab Rides in Taiwan are Crazy!!!

This week we also set 3 baptismal goals for this month!!  It was so great!!! We met with D and he is getting baptized this Saturday!!!  I am so excited and so happy for him!!! I can't even tell you how much I am hoping and praying that everything follows through this week for him and that he can really feel the love and power of the Savior this week!!  We also set goals with J and L for the 28th of this month!!  L will hit it, and we really hope and pray that J will too! She has read the Book of Mormon twice already, and has met with the missionaries for 2 years!!  We are hoping and praying!!  So this next week is going to be awesome!!! 

The craziest day happened this week... haha! We set up with this guy and his wife to go to their house,which is rare!  So we look for their house forever!! (That is something super hard here) We finally found it and they had us come in and were so nice and feeding us these healthy snacks!!! Then they told us they wanted to take us out to eat!! haha so we went to this vegetarian place.... and had so much food and I thought I was going to throw up!!! They ended up telling us that they believe every religion.  It is really common here and is really hard.  It was so weird because the guy just kept saying the same things over, and over, and over.  Then I just decided that we needed to share something, so I asked them if they had ever heard about Joseph Smith, and we told them about the restoration.  We tried the best we could to share the opportunity we had.  They were so nice.  As we left we heard this voice to our left and it was these monks and they were telling us that it was this one monks birthday!! hahah So we started singing Happy Birthday to her!  After, they like made us sit down with them and eat cake!!! hahaha!!! It is not every day you get to sit down and have birthday cake with monks!! hahah it was so fun!!! They were so old and so funny!!!  It was quite a sight I am sure!!  The missionaries and the monks having a bday party!! It was awesome!!

We met this really cool guy last week who speaks really great English.  His name is V and he was really cool!! We met with him and it was going really well, until we got to sharing the gospel.  He told us that he was old and more experienced and didn't need any help.  It was interesting though.  He shared so much about his life struggles with us, and I just felt so grateful for the peace the gospel brings.  I just wanted so bad for him to feel it too.  He needs it!!  We set up to meet him again, but right now he is not to focused on the gospel.  That is one thing that is really hard.  From the outside you can see how the gospel is a perfect fit for someone's life, but they just won't accept it.  Just keep going forward with faith!!  I have hope for him.  

This week we didn't get the new missionaries because of visa issues, so Elder Munger and I are still comps for the next week or two!! That will be exciting!  Thank you all for your prayers and for your faith.  I love getting your emails and letters.  They really give me extra strength and motivation!!!  I love you all so much!  


Elder Redding

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