Letters

Nimen hao!

So sorry I haven’t emailed in like 2 weeks. I won’t be able to read your emails from the past weeks because I only have half an hour to email. It’s actually not our p-day today, but we got permission to email. This is all a long story. Hopefully I can make it clear enough why this is all happening.

Sister Gong broke her foot last week. It was p-day last week Monday and we were biking our way to Coles (the grocery store). We crossed the light and while I was getting on my bike, I look up and see Sister Gong on the ground. I think she hit the curb and she couldn’t put her feet on the ground, so she fell on her left side. We pretty much stayed in all last week. We didn’t know she broke her foot until Wednesday. Today, we are finally going to go back to work. We pray that we can do everything right, especially with the circumstances we are in.

The reason why we couldn’t email yesterday is actually a longer story. I’ll just copy and paste what I wrote to President Henderson in my weekly letter to him in this email. Here it is: I wish I had read this letter that you emailed to all of the missionaries yesterday morning (President Henderson talked about 2 Nephi 32:9). I have a testimony of how important it is to pray before performing. I gained my testimony the hard way. It was yesterday afternoon we had our experience. Sister Gong and I had to run a couple of errands because of her injury. Before we ran out the door, we didn’t pray. Here’s a brief description of our day: got lost all over Logan zone, got lost trying to find the Annerley library, got lost going back to Kangaroo Point (ended up in Clayfield), tire blows up in Clayfield, we didn’t have our cell phone because the STLs had it, and I didn’t remember how to change a tire. God is merciful though, so he blessed us with the office elders and assistants to help us change the tire. The worse thing though, is that through that whole episode, I still didn’t pray. I relied too much on myself knowing how to do everything. Because of that, we got into a lot of trouble. I am still repenting of this. I know that in this time, especially with Sister Gong’s situation, we need to be praying more than ever. Our circumstances have changed a lot because she broke her foot. God needs us to rely on Him so that we can still reach our full potential as missionaries.

Yeah, that was why I couldn’t email you all yesterday. I wish I could email even more about everything that I have learned in this past week, but we have a lesson in like 10 minutes.

Aaahh!! Love you all! Pray for Sister Gong so that she can endure all that she is going through. She has been such a good sport with everything that has been going on though. Pray for your health and safety as well! Pray always! Don’t learn the hard way!

Loves,
Song Jie Mei
Sister Cabamongan

P.S. I’ll send pictures next week.

LETTERS

Dajia hao!

I have never experienced so many blessings, miracles, temptations, challenges in any previous transfer than I have this one. It’s unbelievable. The mission has never been so bitter-sweet. President Henderson felt prompted to have a conference call with the missionaries that are leaving the mission field in two transfers. It was so inspired because I have been feeling that there is something more I needed to help me work through the last two transfers. He called us because he wanted to be a voice of warning against us being dodgy these last couple transfers. He called our point in the mission “the gunner lap.” He was likening the mission to track running. In track, they gun the last stretch. In the mission, we gun the last two transfers. He told us that these last two transfers will determine the rest of our life, our salvation. It was so powerful. I really felt like God was talking through President Henderson.

From that moment, I worked harder than I have ever worked. I feel like because of that, the Lord was giving me so much more power. I felt like the adversary recognized that, so he is using even more power against me and the people I am working with. Going to the temple today really helped me understand that Satan can be defeated as long as we keep our covenants. This really gives me hope. I really hope that I can help those that I work with realize this as well.

Here’s a quote that President Henderson mentioned in his weekly letter that I really like: “It was in solitude, pondering, and praying that Jesus made ready to battle Satan face to face and resist and overcome all of his enticements. It is not in the hurly-burly of everyday life, amid the pressures of business, society, and even family, that we marshal our greatest strengths, discern our hidden resources, and learn how to utilize our God-given powers in order to fight and vanquish the enemy. It is only in solitude, pondering, and meditating that we live in closest relationship with our Lord. (Joseph B. Wirthlin, Finding Peace in Our Lives, p.37).”

There’s a quote that our STL’s just texted us like half an hour ago that I really like: “Jesus trusts His followers enough to share his work with them so that they can grow. Jesus gave people truths and tasks that were matched to their capacity. He did not overwhelm them with more than they could manage, but gave enough to stretch their souls.” -President Kimball

I wish I had time to explain everything that happened and everything that I have learned in these past couple weeks, but there is too much to say! I really felt like I learned a lot because of our investigators, recent converts, and missionaries. Seeing them grow and overcome their challenges is seeing the Atonement of Jesus Christ in action. It’s fascinating!

Pictures of our adventures: The first picture is of the Brisbane temple. We were waiting for our investigators to come to the chapel, so I took heaps of pictures of the temple. The next picture is of the roses our investigator Rodessa gave us. The next picture is after trade offs with Sister Wainwright in Holland Park. The last picture is of Sister Gong and I after doing endowments with the Brisbane zone.

Love you all! Keep doing what’s right. Remember your covenants. God will take you all so far if you keep them. Always live temple worthy. Talk to you all next week.

Loves,
Song Jie Mei
Sister Cabamongan

LETTERS

Nimen hao!

Thanks for all of the packages and everything. I have really appreciated getting them while I have been a missionary. These packages can probably be the last packages because I’m going to be sending a package with all of the stuff that I don’t need anymore. Just save the money for when I get back.

This week has been a smashing week. Because we combined two areas, we were able to get 11 member present and 10 other lessons. These were all appointments too, except for one or two step-in lessons. What made it better too, is that the Spirit could be felt so strong in all of the lessons. I made a conscious effort this week to “deny myself of all ungodliness,” no matter how little it is. I feel like because of that, we were able to see the success that we saw last week.

We were also able to get Lalaine on date. I met her on Queen St. last transfer. She is from the Philippines. She is Catholic, but is not practicing. The Spirit was so strong in that lesson that it was impossible for her to deny what she was feeling. I think that’s why she didn’t hesitate to saying yes to being baptized. Super excited for her!

This week in the city has been interesting. There has been heaps of activities celebrating and preparing for the G20 Summit meeting right here in Brisbane city. On Friday night, we could hear a concert in downtown Brisbane from the temple grounds. It’s been interesting. We still don’t know how we are going to do missionary work during the G20 Summit because they will be closing down the city, the outlying suburbs (where we live), and heaps of the bus ways.

This upcoming Friday, there is going to be a Chinese fireside and our mission president will be attending. We are all looking forward for that!

I learned a lot from this past week, but the one greatest lesson I learned is to “deny myself of all ungodliness.” We are dealt with all kinds of situations, challenges, successes, etc. No matter what we are dealt, will we remain pure and righteous? I have been realizing how important it is to follow Christ in ALL things. Not just in some things, or in most things, but in ALL things. I realized this in my personal study. I asked myself, “what are some things that I can do to better keep myself clean when I get back from my mission?” The first thing that came to mind was media and entertainment. Before my mission, I watched movies and T.V. and listened to music all day everyday. Often times, they didn’t even bring the Spirit. I thought that was fine because I was doing everything else right. After being on the mission, I realized how bad rationalizing that was. When I imagine myself doing that when I get back home, it makes me cringe. I hope that I can continue to “deny myself of all ungodliness” no matter what.

Here’s a Mormon Message I really like: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-07-006-the-hope-of-gods-light?lang=eng. It’s about how a young man who becomes converted to God. It’s also a pretty well-made video.

Thanks for all of the support! I really appreciate hearing from you all! Don’t get too stressed with everything! Keep doing what’s right! Love you all!

Loves,
Song Jie Mei
Sister Cabamongan

letters

Nimen hao!

Aaahh! Such crazy transfers! Or at least I felt like It was pretty crazy. Like 86 out of the 114 (I think that’s what they said) companionships had to go to transfer meeting. Heaps of people. One of the Chinese elders went up to the north country, which I’m super jealous about. The missionaries often say that northern Queensland is the most golden place out of all of the ABM. Our mission is now having Tongan and Samoan emphasis companionships, which they never have done before. Sister Ng, Sister Chen, and Elder Santa Ana in my district got transferred, which was super sad because I served along with them for a countless number of transfers. Sister Lai became a sister training leader somewhere else and my companion from the MTC, Sister Peterson, became sister training leader over the Chinese program. Crazy!

Sister Gong and I became companions again. We were together for only a transfer in EMP. We were shocked because we thought that Sister Lai and Sister Peterson were both coming to the city. We thought Sister Peterson and I were going to be companions. Psych! I am excited to be companions with Sister Gong again though. I have a feeling she is going to be the companion that kills me (sends me home). I was very nervous when I realized that we are going to have to combine two companionship’s worth of investigators together. This is going to be crazy figuring out this week because we both have heaps of appointments. We are also both expecting to baptize people this transfer, so it’s going to be pretty hectic getting everything done. I was already stressing out knowing how much work is going to be done just in Brisbane Chinese this transfer. People’s salvation–hardest work we can do!

We had quite a bit of miracles this past week. Sister Ng and I had a miracle with personal study. We didn’t interact at all about what we were going to study in personal study. Sister Ng flipped to a random page in the last General Conference of the Ensign. There was a part that said that we should use more inspired questions with those we love. She then was going to start writing questions for our investigators Lisa and Rodessa until the Spirit told her, “your companion is writing the questions. You don’t need to write them down.” In my personal study, I was also preparing for Lisa and Rodessa. I felt prompted to spend most of my personal study on figuring out inspired questions. I felt prompted to write these questions down, which I have never done before. When I studied PMG in that same personal study, I read scriptures that told me that the Spirit will direct me to write what I need to write down in the very moment. When we both shared what we learned, we were shocked. Miracles happen even in personal study!

Here’s some fun pictures: The first picture is of the Stitch that Sister Ng got from her brother. The next picture is with Wendy Pan, our super cute old Chinese member of the church. The next picture is of Sister Ng, Warren, and Ian. They look very sad that Sister Ng is leaving. The next picture is right after transfer meeting. Since Sister Ng, Sister Chen, and Sister Wu became companions, nobody really knew how to drive back to the EMP flat, except for me, so they made me drive. It was their car, so we walked to the good old Sunnybank bus stop where I used to GQ for six months, and took the bus from their back to the city. Good times.

Since today is transfer day, we don’t have much time to email that much. We have to run heaps of errands. But yeah, definitely keep in touch. Love you all! I know that the Savior will help guide you in your life. I know that the Savior will bless you with the peace and happiness that you are all looking for. Stay strong! Rely on the Lord.

Loves,
Song Jie Mei
Sister Cabamongan