Monday, September 28, 2015

Ni How

Hiya Mum, Dad, and family, 

I can't believe General Conference is this up coming week. I am so excited for it. I love listening to General Conference! It is seriously the best thing in the world. Being able to listen to a living Prophet who receives revelation for us is absolutely amazing! I can't wait to hear from Thomas S. Monson and all the apostles. It is very sad to hear that Richard G. Scott has passed away, but I know that Heavenly Father will call another. I CAN'T BELIEVE BYU LOST!!!!! That is so dumb! Tanner are you staying caught up with your homework? Don't kiss anyone at the dance!! But I hope you have fun. You will have to tell me about all the fun you have! 

My week has been so crazy! Half of it I haven't even been able to understand! Haha. President Pilkington asked us to contact Chinese people half the time. So we have been doing just that. Elder Zheng and I have found a few really good Chinese people who are pretty interested in the Gospel. I try to explain in English but usually Elder Zheng just has to translate, but it is really fun and the Spirit is always so strong, even though I don't understand anything. haha. 

One time that the spirit was really strong was with a Chinese girl named Stacey. We met Stacey at the University and taught her the Plan of Salvation. We found out that her Father died just 4 months ago. She said that she knows that she will be able to see her father again, and that she wants to work towards being able to live with her family and Heavenly Father in the Celestial Kingdom. We invited her to be baptized and she accepted it right away. She said that it all sounds good and feels good. So we scheduled her for October 24, 2015. She wasn't able to come to church this week, but she said after this week she will definitely come every week! She is really nice and really open to the message that we have to share. She is definitely in tune with the Spirit and it will be so good to see her come to a better knowledge of the Gospel and gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith!
Another miracle Chinese is Joy. Elder Zheng contacted her and we just invited her to come to a baptism. She said that she would love to come and that she really wants to know more about what we believe. She actually speaks really good English so I understand her! haha. She then showed up at the baptism and said it felt really good and so we invited her to church. Well she came and she loved it! We are going to meet with her this week and teach her. It was so cool to see that she felt the spirit and we haven't even taught her yet!

We got a referral from the Mission office this week, which very rarely happens. The mans name is Max Romain. He is super cool. We went by and he told us that he became interested in the Gospel because he saw the Book of Mormon musical 2X. He said he loved it and because of it he wanted to know more about the Book of Mormon. So we taught him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He said that he would read it but then he said that before he is baptized he wants to read the Book of Mormon because being baptized is a big commitment. I think that he is interested and if he puts in an effort he will find out that this is true.

As for our finding miracles of the week. We found a guy by the name of Peter. We stopped him in the street and we got talking about football (soccer). And it was so weird because it just smoothly flowed into the Gospel. We got talking to him about how science and religion go hand in hand. He said that he is open to knowing more about God and wants to know how science and religion go hand in hand. He is super good. We are going to go see him this week. 

The other finding miracle is of a girl named Katie. We just asked her for directions, she asked us where we were from, she told us that she loved traveling and is studying right now and although she isn't religious she thinks that there has to be something out there! She invited us over at the weekend. 

Well so many other things happened this week. I guess I shouldn't have complained last week! Haha. Heavenly Father really does bless us, we just have to open our eyes and our ears to see the wonderful blessings that are in front of us. I know that Heavenly Father does bless us as we are obedient and faithful. He loves us and wants us to be happy. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and that he restored Jesus Christ's church back to the earth. We do have a living prophet today. I love you all and hope you are all doing absolutely amazing. If there is anything you need let me know! 

God be with you till we meet again. On our way. #10sof1000s. HE LIVES. 

Love, Elder Tyler Rife

Elder Rife and Elder Zheng with Stacey
"She is so awesome. This is when we taught her at the University."

Elder Rife and Elder Zheng with Frank
"He is an investigator.  He is a funny guy...that is all I'm going to say."

Little side note: This week in Tyler's email he has spelled his companion's name as Elder Zheng!  All the other emails before today he has spelled it as Elder Jeng.  Still the same changes on that.  I will have to ask him about this!  :)

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