(This is Emily’s mom):  We were glad to see that she was able to go the mission Christmas activity.  We were worried she’d leave before they had it.  It was held at the Xuanzang temple at Sun Moon Lake.  It is dedicated to Buddhist monk Xuanzang and his 16 year pilgrimage to India where he translated the sacred scriptures of Buddhism from Sanskrit into Chinese.  Sister Emily Turner flies home December 16th!  🙂

There is ALWAYS one more miracle!

Hello everyone!

It’s amazing to believe it, but this will most likely be my last report from Taiwan. There is always one more miracle at the end of the day and I am so excited for what’s coming up this week. This last week has been so full of miracles I can’t even believe it. Every day is full of miracles in the work of our Father in Heaven. I’m sorry that I don’t have enough time to write everything that happened this week, but I can share a couple of things at least!

10 weeks ago at the English party, I set up to meet with Cao Jiemei the next P-day over dinner. She is an awesome student from Malaysia who just started school here. Sister Tapia and I’s first day together we were able to meet with her and teach her about prayer and start to share with her about our purpose as missionaries. A couple weeks later we invited her to church and to be baptized. She has begun to make the gospel a huge part of her life and we have become incredible friends as we have worked to help her accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. She has changed so much as the light of Christ has come into every aspect of her life. This last week she had to make the choice to sacrifice a Sunday class in order to keep the Sabbath Day holy and prepare to be baptized or to continue to take the class. As she fasted and prayed, she decided to make the sacrifices necessary to attend Sunday meetings. Then, Heavenly Father provided a miracle so that she will be able to attend the class and church and be baptized this upcoming Saturday. I love her so much and I’m so glad that I have been able to see the gospel come into her life.

Last night we had a wonderful Christmas fireside that the missionaries suddenly had to be in charge of. We were able to bring the Spirit and feel the power of the birth of the Savior.

We had an incredible MLC last week where we really focused on the needs of the people we serve and the people we are. I love the direction the mission is heading.

Thanks so much for everything that all of you are doing for me. I love you all so much!

We’ll see you on the other side 🙂

我知道神是我們慈愛的天父。 我知道耶穌基督是我們的救主。我知道摩爾門經是神的話。 我知道天父愛我們每一個人。 我超級感謝我能夠來台灣傳教。我愛你們!

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

A New Apostle!

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This week has been incredible. I am so grateful for every minute of my mission. It is a joy to experience the Atonement of Jesus Christ and see myself changed by it, as well as see those around me changed by it as they come to know and love Jesus Christ. He is my Savior. I know He is. And I love Him. I am so glad to serve Him and represent Him in doing His work here in XiaoGang. There is nothing better! 

 This week was yet another incredible week in missionary work. We were able to have a Thanksgiving dinner with some wonderful members who worked really hard to make some American-ish food for us and it touched my heart. I love the people of Taiwan SO much. I really feel at home here with these wonderful people. Heavenly Father has opened my eyes and opened my heart to let me see just how much He loves these people and I’m telling you he loves them SO much. I do too 🙂 And I’m thankful for the service that they are to me and all of the love they are showing me everyday. I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to bring them the gospel – which is the source of all happiness in this life and the next. 

 Last P-day we went to the 85 with our wonderful investigator and best friend Cao Jiemei! It was SO much fun. We went to the very top of Gaoxiong. It was a clearer air day and we were able to see a lot and ride up the elevator in 45 seconds! I love this city! Cao Jiemei is doing amazing! We really love her and have become like the three amigos basically. We call three got distracted on the way to the 85 to look at a second hand book store, so that tells you that all of us are really similar in that way. Keep Cao Jiemei in your prayers 🙂 She is really accepting the gospel and changing and learning and it is amazing to see the blessings coming into her life as she does so. 

 Last Saturday, we went contacting in park and I felt like we needed to go talk to a woman from the Philippines. I was really surprised when she said she was a member! She moved to Taiwan several years ago and attended the English branch in Taoyuan for a couple of years, but then when she moved down south to Gaoxiong, she wasn’t able to find the church and there isn’t an English branch down here either. It’s been almost three years since she has been to church. I was so glad that we stopped to talk to her. We ended up sharing Mosiah 2:41 about “the blessed and happy state of those who keep the commandments” and inviting her to come back to church. We offered to translate for her and she was SO happy to have the church back in her life. She wasn’t able to make it yesterday, but she is planning on coming as soon as she can. What a wonderful miracle and a testament that Heavenly Father will place the people in our path that need us- whether or not they were who we were looking for! 

 The big highlight of the week was that newly-called apostle Elder Gary E. Stevenson came to visit our mission. He came to pick up his son Elder Stevenson who finished his mission here last week and on Friday we had a mission conference. The conference was absolutely amazing. Sister Blickenstaff spoke about Alma 56 and 57 and related us as Taiwan Taizhong missionaries to the stripling warriors. President Blickenstaff told us about when President Ezra Taft Benson came to visit his mission when he was a young missionary and then talked to us about personal revelation and how we need to open our hearts to receive it. Sister Stevenson shared an amazing message that really answered a lot of my prayers. She taught us about how to be a PRO- to pray, read, and obey every day. She showed us a picture of two pairs of shoes at the mission home in Japan when she and Elder Stevenson served as mission president and wife there- one of a newly arriving elder and one of an elder about to finish his full time service. The picture made me cry as I thought of my shoes that are currently super-glued together and worn. You have to give every ounce of effort every day- that’s all that Heavenly Father asks. Elder Stevenson was able to teach us for over an hour and it was INCREDIBLE. He talked to us about our missionary purpose, which has become everything to me- INVITE others to come unto Christ by HELPING them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. He shared with us that God really does qualify whom He calls. He really expressed how it feels to suddenly be called as an apostle and that he understands us completely when we feel inadequate as missionaries, but urged us to have faith and confidence and focus on the things we can do instead of the things we can’t do. He taught us the importance of obedience and said something that made me even more happy to be a missionary-“When you get up at 6:30, you get a blessing. When I get up at 6:30, I get tired.” Obedience leads to blessings which lead to happiness! He taught us of inviting people to do things to come unto Christ and promising them the blessings of doing so and leaving with an announced testimony of the restored gospel. It was Preach My Gospel chapter 11 but just a few steps deeper than I have ever taken it before and it helped me to know what I need to do in every lesson moving forward. He left us with an apostolic blessing with anything that we need, peace, comfort, confidence, power to endure, and to allow us to love fully the people we are serving. It was an incredible experience.

I love you all! Thanks for everything!

Have a great week 🙂

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

 

 

Hello everyone!

This week has been a wonderful week full of miracles!

I am so glad that I can be a missionary here in Taiwan. Every day I am just so glad that I can do my small part in the work of my Father in Heaven.

This week the biggest miracle was our investigator Cao Jiemei! I set up for us to meet with her the very first day that Sister Tapia and I were together and she is really progressing along toward baptism now. She is a freshman in college here and is from Malaysia and she has just made the gospel of Jesus Christ her home in Taiwan. She has attended church almost every week the last move call and just loves all of the sisters. Last Saturday we were able to attend a baptism with her and just have a great time. She and Sister Tapia and I have also become best friends. She has taken to the gospel like a fish to water and it’s amazing to see the blessings that come from it.

Last night we were at the convenience store when we saw a sister who had formerly investigated the chruch. She is from Swaziland studying here and we were able to talk to her about the Book of Mormon. I was really awkward at teaching in English, but it was just amazing that God gave us that opportunity to meet each other in Taiwan of all places.

Some awkward and hilarious disappointments:

1-We went to monkey mountain last week for P-day and took directions from the wrong guy and went to the side of the mountain without monkeys. Palm to the face. But it’s okay! No one moved this week so we’ll have an extra p-day to go back to the correct side of the mountain 🙂

2-We attended a ward activity to watch Meet the Mormons and no one showed up like at all, only like three Priesthood brethren. We were super excited to watch with Cao Jiemei though! The next day I read the poster advertising the activity again and realized that it was…wait for it…the elder’s quorum activity. Yep. The wrote elder’s quorum abbreviated and I didn’t quite understand it and I read it too fast. Chinese is still hard sometimes haha. It was basically the funniest thing that has ever happened. BUT, Meet the Mormons was really good!

3-For our English party we made a bean bag toss and the kids tried to use my face as a backboard for a minute. I told them that wasn’t cool.

This is a picture of a family that hadn’t been to church for a long time, but as we worked with them while I was in Tainan they became active in the church again. I got an email today that the boy in front- my little bro Cheng Rui- got baptized! I am so excited for their family 🙂

LOVE YOU ALL!

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

 

EVERY LITTLE ACTION

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Hello EVERYONE!

It has been another wonderful week here in XiaoGang! I love it so much down here and I am learning so much every day as a missionary.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard from the sisters serving in Tainan 2nd Ward that Ke Jiemei got baptized! My first week in Tainan, Jiang Jiemei and I went on splits after English class and I taught Ke Jiemei for the first time. It was my first time ever splitting for a lesson and Ke Jiemei’s greatest characteristic is that she talks A LOT haha. I was so nervous, but I really felt Heavenly Father’s love for her and invited her to be baptized. Since then, she has been working hard to overcome some things in order to prepare to be baptized. I was so excited to hear that she has done it! I’m so grateful for the time that I was able to spend teaching her and for answers to so many prayers that helped her to get to this point. The gospel is so real and I am so excited for her to have it in her life forever.

Last Monday on P-Day, Sister Tapia and I got permission to head up to Tainan to see Sister Murdock and Sister Porter! Best. We started this together back on June 11, 2014 but the way the move call worked out around Christmas and the start of a new semester, we won’t be going home at the same time-they will be headed back next week. It was really fun to be able to go see them-they will definitely always be some of my best friends. It’s cool to see how we’ve changed and grown as we have come to see the power of the gospel in our lives and in others. We love Taiwan and we love this work here! There is nothing better than being a Taiwan Taizhong missionary.

Sister Tapia and I have really done some good work with the members here lately. We have been very focused on helping them do their own missionary work and they have been so willing and incredible. I love the XiaoGang ward! I have been so impressed as they have started to set small goals- like telling their friends or co-workers that they have prayed about that they are members of the church- and hitting them! Then, setting the next small little goal and really doing all they can to share the gospel that they love.

Last week we exchanged with the GangShan sisters- Sister Payne and Sister Hughes! It was the best. They’re both super happy, hard working sisters and I have learned a ton from their examples while I’ve been here.

Samuel got baptized last week! He is Annie’s son, who is an awesome new member here. We are super excited for their family 🙂

This week I learned a really big lesson. One day during this week, I got a little less faithful and less full of real intent in my contacting. We were out contacting all day Thursday and at the end of the night, I was hit by the Spirit hard  with the feeling that I had not given it my all with the people I was talking to. Even though I had still been talking to a lot of people about the gospel, I had missed the mark. Ever since I learned how to overcome my personal fears and put my whole heart and strength and testimony into a contact when I was being trained, I have tried so hard to do that in every contact and it has brought me so much joy here as I have been out sharing the gospel. I have come to know that the people I am talking to truly are children of our Father in Heaven. He LOVES them and they need the gospel of Jesus Christ. It can be really hard to put your whole heart, might, mind, and strength into every person you meet on the road when so many just say no, but I have learned time and again how worth it that is. But, on Thursday, I gave in to the natural man. I am so grateful for the power of the gift of the Holy Ghost that helped me to recognize my mistake, and called me to repentance. That night, for the first time in my entire life I was able to go through every step of repentance-including forgiving myself-in just one night. I felt true sorrow for my mistakes, grew closer to my Heavenly Father through prayer, felt His love for me and for all us, felt the joy of true forgiveness, committed to NEVER go back to that again even for a minute, and forgave myself. The atonement of Jesus Christ is real. As Preach My Gospel teaches us, “Through continuing repentance, we may obtain forgiveness and be cleansed of our sins by the power of the Holy Ghost. We are relieved of the burden of guilt and shame, and through Jesus Christ we become worthy to return to the presence of God.” I love the work of my Father in Heaven and I am grateful so much that He calls us in our imperfections to serve Him and builds us up in so many ways. Since that moment, my contacts have had more power than they did before this experience and we have found many people willing to listen. Heavenly Father loves His children and His greatest goal is for us to have the eternal joy that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring.

On Thursday night, we were out contacting and a wonderful woman came up and started talking to US. She was amazing and brought us back to her house to meet her family. We started talking and getting to know them and taught them how to pray. Then the dad in the family went to a drawer and pulled out a picture of their family from around 30 years before at Taroko Gorge in Hualien with an older couple from America. The American couple- named Gellert- had met them there, taken a picture with them and written their name and the address of the stake center in Gaoxiong. The dad of the family showed us the pictures and asked if this was the church we were talking about. It was! Because of that experience around 30 years ago, they were willing to let us in and hear the message of the gospel. EVERY LITTLE ACTION to share the gospel has an impact. No matter what. I am so grateful to that couple for their small act of faith and service so many years ago and so excited to teach this little family more about the gospel.

Love you all SO MUCH! Thanks for all that you do for me! You are amazing people 🙂

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

2 Weeks in XiaoGang!

Hello EVERYONE! The last couple of weeks have been absolutely amazing. I have learned and grown so much and I am just so happy to be a missionary. There is nothing better than being out here in southern Taiwan sharing the perfect gospel of Jesus Christ. It means everything to me to be here.

Because I wasn’t able to send anything too exciting last week, here’s a day-by-day for the last TWO weeks to make up for it!

10/26- We went out to the QiJin island for P-day! I swear that is my favorite place in the entire world. We had a really fantastic time. We ate my favorite barbecued squid and hiked up to the top of the fort on the north shore of the island. It was an incredible view of my beloved city Gaoxiong. That night we went up to college for our club and had a good spiritual share with them about prayer that went really well!

10/27- We were able to go on exchanges with the ShiZhong sisters. I went with…Jiang Jiemei- my companion from last move call! It was really cool to have that chance to go serve with her again for a day now that she is serving as a senior companion. We learned a TON together while we were companions and it was cool to see how much we had changed and grown because of it just a few short weeks later. We taught a lot of really wonderful lessons in ShiZhong to some really powerful investigators- including a 12 year old who loves the Book of Mormon and wants to be baptized for the remission of sins! Incredible.

10/28-We had a birthday themed English class that was really fun. Our students are kind of hilarious!

10/29-We were able to head up to Taizhong for Mission Leadership Conference. It was a really good one. We were trained on how to conduct exchanges and I learned so much. I have loved exchanging and learning so much every sister here in Gaoxiong West. It is just the greatest. At MLC, we also spent considerable time discussing our Mission Vision, Goals, and Plans and what we can do to more effectively implement them. I was able to very actively participate in the discussions this time. I have grown a lot as a person and am more confident in sharing my thoughts and convictions when there is an opportunity. I am just so glad for the chance to serve in the Taiwan Taizhong Mission and learn every day how to better accomplish my purpose as a missionary.

10/30-We went to a Young Men and Young Women activity and had the first hot pot of the winter! We also learned a lesson in the power of obedience. Because we had gotten up at 4:30 the morning before to make it to Taizhong, we accidentally slept in util 6:47 that morning and it just threw off the whole day. I love the power of simple obedience as a missionary.

10/31-We had an awesome Halloween party with the XiaoGang and QianZhen wards. Sister Tapia and I did a spiritual share with the Because of Him video- Because of Him, we don’t need to fear.

11/1- Our investigator Cao Jiemei was SO HAPPY to come to church. She just started college and has been homesick, but church already feels like a home to her.

11/2-We met with the club and shared the Plan of Salvation with them. The Spirit was SO strong and it just amazed me to be able to see the light come into their eyes as some of their questions about life were answered. We were able to set up times to share more with more of the students. It was amazing.

11/3-We biked all the way down to LinYuan! It was an incredible day. I love biking for a good couple of hours in a day like that. We planned to contact at the McDonald’s down there and when we got there, there weren’t many people. But there was one. And she needed the gospel message. We sat down with her and taught her to pray. She was so amazed that Heavenly Father would listen. I loved that Heavenly Father was taking such good care of her that we were able to cross paths. She’s not interested in learning any more now, but her life is forever changed by the power of prayer.

11/4-We were able to meet with an investigator who had been struggling to get answers, help her feel the Spirit and invite her to be baptized! She accepted and was able to come to church yesterday!

11/5-We had the super awesome experience to translate for a lost couple from Slovakia. It was amazing that people immediately recognized us as missionaries and grabbed us to translate. It was a really cool opportunity to serve and we were able to give them a mormon.org card and give them a chance to learn the gospel as well. I am so glad that Heavenly Father has blessed me to have the gift of tongues to serve His children in numerous ways.

11/6-We had our Mission Tour with Elder Wong. It was a really wonderful edifying experience. We learned a lot about working with our wards and building faith for ourselves and our investigators.

11/7- I went on exchanges with Yao Jiemei in training and we learned so much. It amazes me sometimes what an effect an exchange can have. At the end, I asked her what she had learned and she said the power of the Atonement and power to talk to everyone! I am amazed at what Heavenly Father can do.

LOVE YOU ALL!

Have a great week!

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

Pictures!

Hey everyone!

It was a great week. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

I ran out of time to write all of the wonderful miracles and things that happened this week, but I’ll send you some pictures and make up for it next week!

LOVE YOU!

凃納瑄姐妹 Sister Emily Turner

台灣台中傳道部 Taiwan Taizhong Mission

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