Our lovely little city has been getting a considerable amount of attention recently, thanks to the current push for the Hualien Stake. Last week, on Saturday night, we had a Stake Priesthood Meeting in Yuli. That means, Melchizedek Priesthood holders from the entire Hualien District (which is from Hualien all the way to Taidong, a 3 hour train ride by the fastest train on the East Coast here) drove our took the train out to this little city of Yuli. That's over a 2 hour car ride from Hualien, over a 2 hour car ride from Taidong. At this meeting, we also had in attendance President Day, Mission President, and Elder Ruan, of the Area 70, from Taizhong.
I would definitely say that the Priesthood Meeting last week was one of the most incredible meetings I've ever attended. It was such an amazing thing--having 105 Priesthood men from all over the East Coast (and Taiwan), crammed into our beloved little chapel.
When we were asked by President Chen (the Branch President here) to set up the chapel, we pulled every single chair from every single room in the church into the chapel; there wasn't another seat in the building. We were ordered in advance to check the microphones, the water, water cups, bathrooms, paper towels, toilet paper, and make the floors "spotless." Then, in our little rented chapel room, we filled every seat, and a couple people stood. The entire chapel was full; and when all those men were meeting, hearing talks, and singing (the singing--wow!); it was just an incredible meeting. Everyone is really excited and pushing really hard for meeting the requirements to have a Stake here, by the time General Conference comes around.
Alma 5:28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.
Moroni 8:27 ...Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction except they should repent.
Humility is one of the most signature features of Jesus Christ's life. He humbly submitted to Heavenly Father's will; he was a King, but lived as a Wanderer. He never reviled those who reviled him. Humility is something we should all seek after.
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