Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Exchanges, feeling nervous, following the Spirit

Hello everyone!

Things here in Songshan are going well. Sister Li is getting baptized this Saturday. There was also an investigator from Tianmu who called us last night wanting to let me know that he's getting baptized this Saturday as well. I'm very thankful for the opportunity I have had to make many new and hopefully lasting relationships.

Time is flying by super fast. It's starting to get to me. Especially after Skyping you guys last week. I feel like it's going to be over before I know it, and it kind of makes me nervous.

We had an RM who served in our area six years ago eat lunch with us today (He's in the picture with Wu mama). He was telling us how the world is falling apart. Super scary, but then he was sharing with us his experience through it all. It's cool to see that even though the world actually is falling apart, there are still faithful saints like him and you guys that can hold tight to the rod. Thank you for your example and efforts in saving souls.

We had a pretty busy week. Went on three exhanges.

Maybe one of my favorite moments of the week:
We were on exchanges with the assistants and I was with Elder Roe. We met with one of their recent converts named Christopher. He's actually straight from the Philippines. I've never met such a humble man like him before. Anyways, he was humbly searching for some relief from some personal problems. As I sat there listening to him, I immediately started feeling the spirit. Elder Roe shared some scriptures, looked at me and said, "What do you think Elder Matua?" I had no idea what to say, but as I paused I realized, I've been promised that I don't need to worry about what I need to say, all I need to do is open my mouth. I think it was the first time in my entire mission that I really just opened my mouth trusting that Heavenly Father will fill it for me. He did as I spoke directly from my heart. I have felt the spirit speaking through me before, but not as intense as that. Since then I have had other experiences of the spirit filling my mouth with the things that need to be said.

I'm grateful for this opportunity to be out here serving the Lord. It has impacted me greatly.

Much love,
Elder Chase Matua

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