There were 3 speakers today and each talked about obeying the commandments. They gave examples of how being obedient brought blessings to enrich their lives. Also, a new convert from mainland China was welcomed into the branch. I remember her from a few weeks ago when she talked about her interview with the mission president before her baptism. She was asked if there were anything she did that she hasn't reconciled with the priesthood authority. She thought she was a very nice person and didn't have anything to reconcile. But, that night she had a hard time sleeping. Then, she kept dreaming all night. In her dreams, she kept on seeing babies crying which made her very sad. She woke up feeling very strange, then she realized that she has had a couple of abortions. Abortions are legal in China. In fact, because of the 1-child per family policy, and most families wanted boys, a lot of abortions took place and still do today. This lady called the mission president and discussed the issue with him. It was such a relief for her. Wow, we never know what people have to go through in different cultures, living under different governments.
Before we left to come home, we visited a couple who we have been assigned to home teach. We'll talk about them later. But the Branch President called us aside and asked Elwin and me to teach a temple preparation class. He said that many new members are ready to go to the temple, but they haven't had any instructors to teach this class. He told us we were sent by God to his Branch to help these members. We are humbled by this calling and look forward to helping these members to have the desire to go to the temple.
We came home mid-afternoon and prepared a farewell dinner for the Bishops who would be leaving Monday. The Bishops loved Chinese food, but I know the other couple would prefer American food, so I did a East meets West dinner. We had the following:
- mango salsa over grilled fish
- breaded pork tenderloin
- barbecued chicken
- green salad
- mashed potatoes w/gravy
- ma-po tofu
- brown rice
- whole wheat rolls
- blueberry cobbler