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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Mission President Called--Begins June 30th

Hello Hiya Hello!


This week has been a blessed one indeed. We had another amazing Zone Conference up at the Chorley Stake center this week. We found out who our new Mission President will be...President Preston is the name.  He is from the Ashton Stake, which is near Manchester. President said it is not often that a Mission President is called in his same country, but it does happen. So he will be the new man in charge as of June 30th, which will be here in no time with the way time goes.

Update on Du Xin:

He did not come to church yesterday, BUT is still doing amazing. We met with him this week about the Word of Wisdom. He knew it was coming and is grateful for a chance to give up smoking. We set goals for each day and the amount of cigarettes he can have. We met with him again last night and he seems to be taking it on like a champ! We still plan to see him twice a week. His testimony during lessons has greatly improved, he talks about the "confidence" he gets when he "prays to the God." Du Xin is just a star and we are blessed to teach him.

Update on all of other Chinese investigators:

We have taught about 30 Chinese students in the past 3 weeks and not many of them have caught the vision to come to church. They all have hectic schedules (at least that's what they say) and can only see us once a week. I am sick of teaching someone just once, so we as a companionship have made some changes in our teaching style to help us understand what they need. We hope in doing so, we will get more return appointments. We also have binned the English Class idea, we cannot find a place to hold it. But we have decided to throw a "Meguatzi" (American food) party at the church. We have told all of our investigators about it and they are excited. All we had to say was American...

We had an interesting experience this past Tuesday. We taught a man named Mike and his two friends in a cafe. We thought they were solid, but soon found out they came to "teach us". They had many different ideas than we do... It was frustrating. It is frustrating with all the confusion in this world of how to interpret the Bible. I understand Joseph Smith when he explains his confusion between sects. We knew we wouldn't be able to do much so we just invited them to read the Book of Mormon. They declined, saying it was not of God when they have not even picked it up and read it. 

I wish I could have told them all of the blessings I have experienced because of the Book of Mormon. But some people just do not have the ability to open up their hearts. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know it is sacred and revelatory! It is the compound of hundreds of years of pure teachings and doctrines that is for our benefit, to answer our questions and give us direction. I am fascinated with what I find inside! I know it is true!

In my reading I am now going through 3 Nephi and the words of Jesus Christ himself. One of my favorites this week was 3 Nephi 20:8: "He that eateth this bread eateth of my body to his soul...and his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled."

I love how it explains the sacrament as "filling our souls." I know that is true. When we partake of the sacrament we are remembering the Savior and his sacrifice. This gives us comfort and peace that in a sense "fill our souls." I know that is what every human being desires, whether they know it or not. That is our mission as missionaries to lead them to it. To lead them to  remembrance of what they knew before this life.
Today is our ZONE SPORTS DAY...Tuebrook Elders are taking it to 'em...Ball Up...

Elder Eliason

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