So this week was so different then a year ago. What a difference to see what kind of missionary I have changed into. My birthday last year totally through me for a lope. I wasn’t focused as I should have been, I was not in a great place with the companion that I had, and my birthday made me really home sick; just wanting to spend a birthday with friends and families it was a real problem for me.
This year was 100% opposite.
I was focused on what I was doing with the work it never made me skip a beat, in fact it even made me think about how I could use it to help. As I was thinking about that for a couple of days a member family ask me at church if they could throw me a party that I could invite all those that we have been working with in the two wards to. Prayers were answered I got to use this wonderful moment on the mission to further the work to have people that are investigators meet member and recent converts. It was such a great environment to have them all to, even had Dallen thank me for the invite saying “we dont ever get invited out to things”. They really had a great time mingling with everyone that was there, and got to meet the most recent member of the ward. Got to share my testimony to each of them personally and even got the time after ward to have a lesson with Flor about the Holy Ghost.
The whole week it kept me focused on my purpose as a missionary, help bring people closer to Christ and Help them become converted to the gospel, and a part of that is helping them mingle and make friends with people in the church, and help members mingle with investigators and nonmembers, and teach in members homes. Which all happened in one event. VERY COOL.
I am also in a much better place as a missionary then I was a year ago. I am so grateful for the direction that has taken place in my life and missionary work with the absolute direct help and guiding hand of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I am so grateful for the gift of repentance to be able to make changes in our lives and to become better and not the to change behavior but to be able to change our very nature. When that kind of change happens you never go back to who you were before, so little by little you can develop in the person that God needs. You are humble enough that God can work through you and with you to do miracles in the life that He has given you. Alma 19:33 …-that their hearts had been changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.
That is the heart that He needs. That is the heart that is applied to understanding the Holy Ghost and the direction that it gives you in your life. So that we can all be a lighthouse of the gospel to the world and to everyone that we come into contact with.
What a Great and wonderful week we have ahead of us to look forward to general conference.
Pray for answers to questions.
Love you all so much.
So this week ended in another Great Brother of God joining the ranks and entering into the waters of baptism. Mike Gilbert was baptized and then confirmed Saturday and Sunday. Sunday he had a miracle opportunity to share with someone who is making that step here this weekend in Richland his testimony of the whole process for him. SO Very Cool. Already being a missionary and sharing it with people.
I love seeing the fire that is in the new converts, burning so bright and they don’t know what to do other then share it with those around them. So great to see how much of a change happens instantly when they make a sacred covenant through priesthood authority.
We went over to Tiffany’s and had a very good lesson on faith with her husband. He is a very open minded person but his default is the world and science because it is easier. So we will have to work on that. :)
Flor and her husband Dallen was at church another awesome miracle. ( sadly their was a member that got a little over zealous in inviting Dallen to sunday-school and grabbed his face :( he left mad. Later when we saw him he was not that mad anymore so hopefully that doesn’t harm him coming to church when he can again. He has a crazy work schedule and doesnt get many sundays off.
Linda was a new investigator that we had at church. We had a lesson with her and her husband, Mike, 2 weeks ago and then their life got a little crazy, she had to get her wisdom teeth out so we have not been able to meet with her sense. SO it was so awesome to see that she came to church as soon as she was able. She also stayed for all three hours, and loved it! She and her husband were found and invited by their member neighbors and are going to be taught in members home every time!I am so grateful for all the miracles that are happening in the area and all the wonderful ways that the Lord is moving his work forward.
Love you all so very much
Elder Steven Cordon
Well another wonderful week with a baptism ending.
Eric was baptized this week. His wife (atheist) came to the baptism and wants to take the lessons. She doesnt know how it will all turn out but she is willing to listen because of her love for her husband.
We had dinner at Tiffany’s house this week, her husband was there and was very nice. He has also come to 4 parties of members that have invited their family. The members of the willo**** ward are amazing. We have great members in both wards, we found 3 new investigators in the ranc***** ward last week and they were all from members. So we know that the miracles could be flowing like crazy if we could get some more members as excited.
Flor in the willo***** ward is moving along and she is reading the BoM and praying with her husband.
We are going to be starting the New Member lessons with Tiffany this week and getting the HT & VT involved. Bishop met with her this week to talk with her about her temple recommend. She is very excited to get to the temple with her own family names. She got to bring her son to church with with on Sunday, he had a huge smile on his face.
And then to end it all off I got bit in the face by a dog on sunday night and had to go and get 4 stitches in my lip. It is from a PMF that we are trying to work with so I do hope that they are not to embarrassed when I have to go back and tell them today, to find out if their dog has had all the shots it needs.
Elder Steven Cordon
So the Baptism of Tiffany went Awesome, you were there so you now that. :) There was so much support there from the ward and she is ready to move forward she is excited to receive a calling and to go to the temple. She fasted yesterday and learned how to paying her fast offering. JUST LEARNED you can do that online now! Crazy. Her husband came to the ward picnic that night and had a good time. He was invite to dinner with the family that we are eating with on wednesday and he said yes!
We had our second lesson with Flor last night and we had a followship family there for her besides her own active inlaws :) she seemed to make a great connection with them and they are a great family. I am so grateful to be doing the work the Lords way, It is amazing.
We have another baptism coming up this weekend for Eric and the another coming for Mike. The Wards are coming together to help with the work and it is making all the difference.
So this week I am working on charity Well I am probably going to have that as a focus for the rest of my mission and life. :)
I love you all so very much. Thank you for everything that you do.
Ok so there are miracles happening, well duh because when faith is being used miracles follow. And right now there is a ton of faith that is going up to God! Tiffany is so strong in her faith that this is what she needed to do and pushing forward knowing that God would help her, AND HE IS. Her husbands heart is being softened in huge ways, we are meeting with him (yet) :) but he is asking her about church and he asked her about stake conference, and he even said that David their son could come to church if he wished and go to primary!!! He might even come to the baptism! That has all happened in like 5 days. It is crazy to watch the Lord really work in someones life that is willing to act in such great faith, what a great example to just go and do when you get and impression from the spirit. Which is something that I am trying to work on.
We had another amazing miracle that happened with a Part Member family, that is living with the active Rind***** family. So we had scheduled a time with them to help give them some boost start on there family mission plan and show the video that was given to us by the Zone Leaders. So we went to the home and taught about missionary work and the purpose for it and the doctrine behind it, all while Fleur the nonmember is seating in the room listening to everyone and even her less active husband answer questions about the gospel and why it is that we would even want to share it. And then we did the activity and we didnt leave Fleur out. She wrote down names of non members that she knew and then even circled, after the prayer people that came to her mind to share the gospel with. So once we were done we asked her if she would like to learn about this gospel before she shares it with those people and she said that she would like to.
It was funny because she looked at the family that was all sitting there and said to all of them, “I was waiting for one of you to ask me” It was really awesome, the spirit was strong and we were able to give an example of an invitation right after the challenge to them.
That happened just last night to what a great way to end our week.
Thank you all so much for everything that you do. And just know that GOD LOVES YOU.
Elder Steven Cordon
Dear Family and Friends,
What a wonderful week. We went out and found two new investigators, well really we where led to them.
One was a part member family what a great family that has a strong love for each other and knows that family is the center of this plan for us. What a better way to strengthen their family the through the temple.
We also have started to teach Tiffany, she has a husband that is not super supportive of her decision to get baptized but she is going through with it. He didnt want the teaching to happen in their home so the ward is really coming together to support her in this. She came to church on Sunday All three hours and loved it. We cant give her chapters in the Book of Mormon fast enough she is just eating it all up. She has known the church was true for 6 years and has been to afraid to act on it. Well I guess it has been more like 18 years. When she was a teenager she took all the missionary lessons and wanted to join the church and was told by her parents she couldn’t and then six years ago was told by her husband she couldn’t now she is just doing it, and it is looking like God is softening hearts already. At first when she told her husband she was going to be baptized he said that he WAS NOT going to be there. Yesterday he said that he would THINK about it. MIRACLE ALREADY. She is on date for September 5th and couldnt be more excited about it. She knows that it is going to be hard and is aware that right now she is moving forward “alone” but she is putting all of her faith in God as her foundation and knows that whatever comes, as long as she is following the commandments, is what is supposed to happen for her in her life.
The ward is just great! When she came to church I think that she was greeted by every relief society member and we already have people lining up to have her in there home to be taught. She has four members that are basically her neighbors that all are there to help her. WOW What a great ward.
The Other Great part is that we have scheduled baptism for three weeks in a row. One on the 5th, 12th, and 19th. We know that as we continue to find, especially using the members (which are really on fire), and teach we will continue to have this success that is causing even more of a fire in the wards.
It is all about building peoples faith in the work and in the plan that God has for us.
Thank you all for everthing you do for me. your prayers help and you are in mine.
Love you all soooo Much
Elder Steven Cordon
Dear Family and Friends,
This last week I could Honestly say was the most successful week of my mission! To give you a quick summary we are now working with three families and two will for sure be baptized! We found a lady who is likely to help us start a Branch in Tai O and We got to top the week off with Ho Siu Ming being baptized. The Lord rained down his blessing on us this last week. Me and my companion where brought humbly to our knees many times last week. I have no idea why its taken me so long to figure missionary work out and the saddest thing is now I am about to head home. Luckly I can apply what I learned anywhere I go. The mission has changed my life in Dramatic ways. I see now from a perspective that I never even could have comprehended. I really can reflect on my mission and see how all the experiences that I have had on my mission which where all so vital in slowly shaping and humbling me to the mold the lord would have. I know that God lives with all my heart and his love for each one of us is so deep and so strong.
We first have been working with a member in our ward who has been working with a Less Active and we helped him home teach a few weeks back and because of the way we taught we really earned his trust and so then he introduced us to another part member less active family and now that whole family has come to church except one daughter but we will see them again this next week. We taught them all twice last week and they are so awesome! 3 kids 15,16, and 17. Which is great because the branch could use some more in those age groups.
Another Part Member Less Active Family we found through our own efforts as Elder Dale simple invited this Sister we see all the time to church. She then came and with her kids as well then last week went to her house and taught her whole family and even her husband and set all the kids dates. The husband has not accepted yet but we will get him. They have 3 kids as well.
We also Helped a struggling Recently Reactivated member, whose wife is one of our Recent Converts, commit to keeping the Sabbath Day. Its a huge struggle in this branch among the brothren to not work on sunday and this brother had not come to church in 3 weeks. Which is totally his choice because he runs his own business. But after a powerful lesson and a lot of overcoming excuses, bearing testimony, and promising blessings I never seen anyone more excited to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. I love sharing the story of my own father and his own acts of faith keeping the Sabbath because many people here think Hong Kong is different than america, when really its the same.
We also got introduced to one of the nicest ladies in all of Hong Kong. She is this 65 year old woman named Diana who lives in the Stilt homes in Tai O. She is so popular among the Locals. Thanks to the Senior Missionaries the Chamberlains who found her on their own P-day. We went and visited her and her home already feels like a members home and she already has Christ in her countenance. We taught a powerful lesson and then she went and introduced us to the whole village we were in several other peoples homes. its amazing how nice and open people are when your friends with one of their friends. There is so much potential here. She will be coming to a ward activity this week.
I could keep going but really there is so much exciting things to be done in missionary work if we just open our eyes humble ourselves before the lord and don’t get in the way of our most creative creator, by really on the strick narrow minded tactics of the world. We really feel we have caught the vision and we met with the sisters last week to talk about how we could keep trying to help the other missionaries to do the same.
But the Success we have had is only possible because of the unity we have with the sister training leaders! We have worked so well that both of our companionships have seen so many miracles! Because we just bounce off of each other and fill each other in on our success which then gives us more ideas. We have been able to help so many others catch the vision as well.
Anyways I love you all and I want to bear my Simple testimony that Jesus Christ really is the way to true happiness.
Elder Jared Cordon