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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last Week in Liverpool!



Hello,  Hello!
What a week here in Liverpool! 
As you can see from the pictures we had our Megwatzi (American Food Party) get together this past Saturday. Not as many showed up as we expected but it sure was worth having. Everyone in the picture to the left of Elder Eggers (middle of picture) is a convert. (from R to L)-Eric Soom Hoaran. Everyone to the right of him are investigators...from (L to R) Xiou Zhu (Todd), Gillian and Regina. And yep, we gave out prizes. The best one indeed was the Texas flag! We cooked tacos and they brought the Chinese food. It was like a mix of Taco Bell and Panda Express. I dont know what could be better!
We also had an amzing week at Sacrament Meeting. We were blessed with 4 people attending: Xiou Zhu, Nicole (finally), Du Xin, and Patrick (an Indian that we have taught once). It was the greatest day to come.  Elder Jin and I taught the Gospel Principles class, half Chinese/ half English on the symbolism of the Sacrament. And then we had a great testimony meeting to end it all (In Liverpool we end with Sacrament Meeting). All four that came loved it, mainly because the fellowshipping of the Liverpool ward is top notch. They all flock to the investigators and welcome them in.
Update on Du Xin:
Du Xin came to church yesterday but it was only to the last part.  He is struggling to find time to make it to all 3 and that is worrying us a bit. He also didn't seem as interested as he usually is during church.  We are having a lesson on Tuesday, and we are going to be pretty bold with him.  He is such a good friend but he needs to understand church isn't just a social gathering.. and the magnitude of the gospel.  We don't want him making sacred covenants and then walking away from it all when we get transferred or he heads back to China..The lesson should prove to see if he is ready for his date on the 19th. 
Update on Xiou Zhu (Todd) :
Xiou Zhu is the first person I have met with the name Todd. And he happens to be Chinese.. so great.  He goes by Xiou Zhu but it still counts...Xiou Zhu is doing amazing! We had such a good lesson with him this past week. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he was fascinated. He understood it all and the implications that it brings. We followed up on his prayers and he told us that he prayed about the Book of Mormon. He then went into great detail about the answer he received. He kept using the would "fell" I could just "feel" that is was true. He is such a stud! He just gets it! He understands all that we teach him and is proactive to all the commitments we leave him with...going bigger and better.  He even went out and bought a shimmer silver suit, and bright brown shoes for church, haha. He looks so English. I cant stop talking about him, he's just a stud!
Update on Nicole:
She finally came to church! And she loved it! We called her at 9:00 and woke her up, she came and especially loved the "Sacrament" lesson we taught. Elder Eggers was a star answering all questions she had, and even translated five of the testimonies given. I love having the bi-lingual companions!  She is doing well, Im excited to see her tonight!
Speaking of the bi-lingual factor. It has been the greatest thing to serve with Elder Jin. We are from completely different backgrounds and cultures yet we get along so well. I have learned so much from him and will remember my two transfers with him for a long time.
By the way...I have picked up a thing for reading while I have been out, which we all know is not my forte. I am 506 pages through the Book of Mormon, and 140 pages deep into Jesus the Christ. I am so grateful for the time that I have to focus on such things.
Our WML (Ward Mission Leader) gave a great lesson on the "Restoration" yesterday that stuck with me. I have taught it probably 200 times but every time I hear or teach it I'm amazed. I know growing up I took for granted the blessing  to be living in this dispensation--the time of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel.  To be apart of the "marvelous work and a wonder" spoken about by Isaiah, a prophet of God. This is real, and we are blessed to have what we have. A prophet, 12 apostles, the Book of Mormon. I can't even comprehend the magnitude of the message that we share. It's something that I love sharing with others!  It brings peace to people that the world doesn't understand or can comprehend.
This week ended well with a miracle we saw last night. We had a scheduled appointment to meet at the Library. After waiting we soon realized it had fallen through. We then headed to a street to tract. On our way we street contacted two Chinese girls, Ting and Wendy. They let us teach them on the spot and after a 15 minute lesson even accepted baptism. With that spiritual high, we headed to try by a P.I..

He too fell through, and again while walking we contacted this time an Indian man in an upstairs window. He was interested and let us in to teach him. This was a witness to me that the Lord is guiding this work. People are placed in our paths, He is in control.With that said, we still must do the contacting, we must run across the street to stop them, we must talk to people in windows---all to find who it is the Lord has placed in our path.  I'm grateful for the "forever finding" attitude this mission has!
Last Monday we headed to China Town and shopped for some new Chinese food. It was worth it, so we are headed back. And this time we are shopping for items for a "Hot Pot." Apparently it's something they do in China, Google it...It's also the celebration of our last P-Day together.
The picture with Elder Jin is China Town here in Liverpool.
The next time you will hear from me is next Wednesday because of transfers! Woo!
Elder Eliason


  1. YOu are awesome. We are praying for you.

    Aunt Annie

  2. Cody, Our son Robert who lives in Euless, served in Cardiff. His mission was the Bristol mission which doesn't exist any more. so there are Ford roots there somewhere. he loved Wales. Linda Ford from Mongolia