Monday, October 22, 2012

Dear Family and Readers,
This week has been full of miracles and surprises. So many of you know that the letters that are written are posted on a blog my mother has created for me while I have been on my mission. Thank you as well for the patience you have with me as I scramble in the short time I have to think of something that has been impactful and meaningful to me this week.
Unfortunately I have only a few minutes to write, but I want to express my gratiude to our Heavenly Father for the miracles He places in our lives everyday. I want to thank Him for those people He places in our paths to answer our prayers. 
A recent email from my mother expressed the prayers answered from a Sister who lives in Virginia, who read my blog and was able to have an answer to her prayer. I am grateful that I have been able to be an instrument in the hands of God to help others through what little knowlegde I know. Everyday on my mission I have been blessed countless times where people have been a direct answer to prayer. 
I want to share one experience, not of my own, but that was recently shared in the past General Conference of October 2012 called An Unspeakable Gift from God. It talks about how President Monson was able to be an instrument in Heavenly Father's hands. It reads, 
"After President Monson had visited with Sister Watson and given her a priesthood blessing, he shook her hand, said good-bye, and prepared to leave. Then a simple but amazing thing happened. I quote now from President Monson’s own recollection of this experience:

“I could not leave her side. It was as though an unseen hand [was] resting on my shoulder, and I felt within my soul that I was hearing these words: ‘Go over to the next bed where the little lady covered her face when you came in.’ I did so. …

“I approached the bedside of the other patient, gently tapped her shoulder and carefully pulled back the sheet which had covered her face. Lo and behold! She, too, was a member of my ward. I had not known she was a patient in the hospital. Her name was Kathleen McKee. When her eyes met mine, she exclaimed through her tears, ‘Oh, Bishop, when you entered that door, I felt you had come to see me and bless me in response to my prayers. I was rejoicing inside to think that you would know I was here, but when you stopped at the other bed, my heart sank, and I knew that you had not come to see me.’
“I said to [Sister] McKee: ‘It does not matter that I didn’t know you were here. It is important, however, that our Heavenly Father knew and that you had prayed silently for a priesthood blessing. It was He who prompted me to intrude on your privacy."

I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers, and that wherever you are, whatever situation you are in, if you turn to God as expressed by the prophet Zenos in Alma 33 then you cannot fail. I know my testimony has been strengthen from a Sister who lives in Virginia, and although I am only one person in Hong Kong, God can touch my life from her experience and build my testimony. Prayer is a powerful, sacred opportunity to converse with the very being that Created our soul. We must give Him thanks daily, and ask for direction to better our lives and return with Him.
In the name of Jesus Christ,

Elder Liu