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I want to be able to tell you every single detail about this week because it was filled with so many good things, but it’s so hard to impart everything through email. Good thing I get to talk to you in 10 DAYS! I’m so so excited, I can’t even describe it. I got your package safe and sound this morning. Thanks so much!! It constantly astounds me how well you take care of me, as well as the rest of your kids. You are an incredible example to me Mom. Hopefully my children can reap the benefit of that example someday.

Emily called me this morning and when I was talking to her, we planned that she would just drop by the house tonight or tomorrow night. As soon as I hung up, I didn’t feel okay about it though, so I called President for some advice and counsel. He told me that his head was saying no, but that his heart wanted to say yes. But of course, in the end, he told me no. I completely respect his decision, no matter how bummed out I am about it. What he said is that if she’s here and I don’t see her, I’ll forget about it quickly, but if she’s here and I do see her, I will be thinking about it a lot, which I think is true.

Just to share some things quickly with you. Elder Kearon (one of the British Seventy) came and spoke to our whole mission this week. Wow, what an incredible experience. Basically the gist of his message to us was doing everything with real intent, with our WHOLE hearts. The message really hit home with all of us I think because as missionaries we are always looking for ways to improve, to work more effectively. He had a really powerful spirit about him, and it was so good to hear his words. I know they came straight from the Lord. He also interviewed a few of us personally after the conference was over, and I had the chance to meet with him. That’s something I don’t think I’ll ever forget in my entire life. I just felt like he could see the intent of my heart, and that he knows I’m doing my very best. It’s hard to describe, but I just felt like I didn’t have to prove anything to him.  He said a prayer with me at the end and just blessed me to be able to rise above my struggles and continue to touch the lives of the people here. Incredible.

Jane was baptized on Saturday. She has the most powerful testimony, and I feel so grateful to have been a small part of her journey. I know that coming to a knowledge of God and Christ have changed her life, and will bless the rest of her life. I was sitting there next to Sister Wynder at the baptismal service, and I just couldn’t stop smiling. I always feel like how a parent must feel at these services. Just so proud and humble that I can be a part of it. We had several lessons with her the past week, and every time I said the prayer, I just felt overwhelming love from Heavenly Father for her. I’m so happy for Jane.

I love you all and am counting the days till I see your happy Christmas faces! Ha ha. Love ya!

XOXO,
Sister Zurcher

P.S.
Mom don’t be stressed about Christmas. Find a way to enjoy it and be in the moment. I know you have so much burden and responsibility this time of year, and really always, but these moments don’t come around very often. Remember the reason behind all of it. Try to find the spirit of Christ among all the stress. I love you so incredibly much!

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I think I’ve had problems with buses before, but you probably won’t believe this story. A couple of weeks ago we were on our way to Thanksgiving dinner with one of the families in the ward. We were late and we just missed the bus we needed, so we had to improvise with another bus and so we were both kind of frazzled. We were on one of the accordion buses, where it’s basically two buses connected together, so it was super long. It was really full, so I went all the way to the very back where there was a spare seat, and Sister Wynder was standing sort of in the middle. We continued on our journey like this. I had never been to this particular house, so I was relying on Sister Wynder for direction. Pretty soon she started walking up towards the front of the bus, and so I thought maybe she was getting off. There were two different doors on this bus, since it was so long, and since I had kind of lost sight of Sister Wynder, I panicked and thought she had gotten off, so I was sort of peeking out the door closest to me to see if I could see her. So at this point I’m kind of half in and half out of the bus, but I just can’t see her, and so I’m not sure if I should stay on, or get off. The next thing I know the bus doors are closing, and since I’m standing in the doorway, they close onto me, pretty much right down the middle. So I’m just stuck in the bus doors, and everyone in the back portion of the bus is staring at me. This was probably one of the most embarrassing moments of my life ha. So, at this point, I have to slide out from between the bus doors, and the only way I can get out is to get off the bus. So I get off, and walk towards the front of the bus as it’s driving away, and sure enough see my companion driving away with it. Luckily we had two phones that week, so she calls me up and we both just start laughing. We were reunited at the next bus stop. To cut a long story short, we made it to Thanksgiving dinner that night, safe and sound. I think all that was hurt was my pride. But the next bus we were able to catch we went upstairs and couldn’t stop laughing about it the whole way there.

I think you can see from my pictures that I’ve been reunited with the lovely Chinese people. Our friend Jane, is getting baptized next weekend. She is so so prepared, and her faith is so strong. These people are just an endless example to me. I was sitting in sacrament meeting yesterday, just feeling so happy. This was incredible to me because Sundays are usually the days I am the most homesick, but I just couldn’t help feeling happy. Serving by Sister Wynder’s side feels like I’m am serving with a sister, like Megan or Emily. It’s a good thing to feel that way during Christmas transfer. I can’t say enough good things about Sister Wynder. She is an incredible missionary, and I can tell what a close relationship she has with the Lord.  She is an example to me.

I love you all, and can’t wait to talk to you so soon! I’m pretty sure we will be able to do a google hangout to try and get everyone there. Be there or be square!

Love, Sister Zurcher

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Guess what? I’m back in China town baby! It’s the best. This week has been kind of chaotic and hectic with transfers and being introduced to a new area within my old area, but it’s really great. I don’t ever want to leave Leeds, it’s just the best! We have a full house at the flat with four sisters total, so it will be such a fun Christmas transfer. I’m so excited.

I just can’t tell you how much I love the Chinese people, and it just feels like coming home. We are working with a few uni students. I’ll fill you in with more detail next week. I love Sister Wynder to death. I already know it will be so hard to split up whenever that time comes. She’s the absolute best. I think we could pretty much laugh about anything together. The other two sisters are from Utah and Australia. They came upstairs this morning and we all pretended to do exercise while we laid in bed together talking. Best morning exercise ever.

I love Heavenly Father so much. He knows exactly what we need and I know he has answered my prayers the past couple of weeks. The transfers this past week have been so inspired, it’s hard to even describe, but I know that Sister Wynder and I are together for a very specific purpose, and we will work hard the next six weeks. I love you all!

Love, Sister Zurcher

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