Elder Matthew Gummow

Monday, May 19, 2014

We're Building a Stake here in Jiayi!!

Elder Gummow sang and played the guitar in a special Mother's day activity for their ward the week after Mother's day.  I am so glad he gets to use his musical talents!  We look forward to hearing him sing when he returns.  He us accompanied, but didn't sing much before his mission.
Hello Family,

This week was crazy and awesome!  I feel like this week could really possibly be my last week here in Douliu, but I don't want it to be.  This place is awesome and it's starting to pick up like crazy.  This week we had about a thousand miracles, I can't count them all and I'm not even sure why they came at this time and so many at once.

This week we were blessed with a bunch of progress in our area.  A..., the investigator that came last week is doing awesome.  We met with him this week and he's been reading and praying and he's felt something from it.  He absolutely loves Church now and he's looking forward to his baptism on the 31st of this month.  Pray for him!!  We almost finished all the commandments and he's ready for an interview this week.  He also brought two friends to Church this week, they are both super awesome too!!!

This week another huge miracle, we met this guy named D.... on the street one day and he said his friend was one of our members and if the friend went to Church, then he would be willing to go with him.  Turns out the friend is our Young Men's President of this ward and super active.  So right after we met D...., he called his friend and they set up a time to come to Church.  

The best part was that this member gave a talk in Church on Missionary on Sunday and he was so grateful. As he was giving the talk to be able to say that his friend had come to Church that day for the first time.  He could say 1.Through being an example he helped his friend come to know the Gospel and 2. God gives us miracles if we are willing even just in the smallest way to share the Gospel we just need faith.

This week was super crazy! Almost every night we were just packed with new investigators coming in and out.  We don't even know where they all came from, some were self-contacts, some we met on the street, others were just crazy miracles.  

The week ended well with 7 Investigators at Church and 8 total new investigators, (including a new family that Elder Zhu found)  Douliu is crazy right now and we are so excited for it's progress!!  We're building a stake here in Jiayi!!!

Also another crazy thing Nick Smith the Return missionary met one of our RC's we met in Pittsburgh!! I don't know if you remember Chase but he went to Pittsburgh for school and then he just met Elder Smith there.  Chase is doing awesome!!

This week I'm just filled with gratitude and thanks.  I have a new testimony that God is truly merciful and graceful.  He knows we're trying and he's helping us to keep progressing all the way.  I find that I need to be more aware everyday of the blessings he gives us. He is truly a loving Heavenly Father and incredibly patient with us. What a great thing to know!

Oh and I just realized HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!  Elder Zhu and I just realized that our older sisters are only 2 days apart in age.  His older sister's birthday is on May 18th!  Happy Birthday Sara!

Thanks parents for being so awesome, for being such a good example of faith and solid determination in following the Lord.  You guys have truly paved a way for us kids by letting us know the blessings of living according to the Gospel.  You guys are truly examples and representatives of Christ and that's something I feel I will be eternally grateful for.  Love you Guys.

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