I have been called as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve in the Taiwan Taipei Mission for 24 months. (Sept. 2016-Sept. 2018) This blog is a compilation of the weekly e-mails I send home, which contain my experiences, thoughts, and feelings in the mission field.
So this past week was a little crazy...
So this past week was a little crazy...
On Monday night we got a call that Elder Moss would be training this next transfer, so this would mean that I would be moving out of Zhubei on Thursday. So that news hit pretty hard, and really started some reflection on everything that happened in Zhubei. This reflection
really took off when we met with the Liao family on Thursday night. When we arrived at their home, the visiting teachers were there, which happen to be Sister Xie (Charlie and Yvonne's mother) and Sister Yu
(the bishops wife). They were discussing how following the Spirit has blessed there family. When myself and Elder Moss joined in on the conversation, Sister Xie shared an experience from just a few months before, after being inactive for 10 years and rejecting members and missionaries of the church's attempts to reach out to her. She had finally just hit such a low point in her life and knew she needed the gospel in her family to keep going. So she made a promise to God in prayer that the next time someone reached out from the church, she would accept it and come back to church. The very next day she got a call from me in my first week in Taiwan. She could barely understand my Chinese but she accepted the invitation to come to church. We went on to share about the first time we came to do the missionary discussions with her kids, we brought a member Sister Ni. And at that time Sister Xie for some reason really had a desire to do some family work. It turned out that Sister Ni happened to be the stake genealogy person and Sister Ni immediately started talking with Sister Xie could do her family history work.
Sister Xie then said that she knew that I was under the direction of the Spirit when I called her that day, because her family needed the gospel of Jesus Christ in their home. And that we were always guided by the Spirit when we invited Sister Ni to come with us, because her family that had already passed on, also need the gospel in their different stages in the great Plan of Salvation. She has since, found her ancestor's names and taken them to the temple with her son after he had received the missionary discussions and got baptized in January.
This experience really got me thinking about how much we relied on the Spirit in Zhubei. Myself and my companions all admit we had no idea what we were doing. None of us had ever worked with families before and I personally had never worked with anyone before, as it was my first area. But it somehow worked out, and actually worked out really well. Sister Liao shared about how much they also needed the gospel in their lives at the time we contacted them. And Kristine actually gave me a little goodbye letter that said when Elder Aiono first contacted her she had so much trouble in her home, at school, and even with friends. And now "everything is great!" It was the spirit that guided us to each and everyone of these people, and then proceeded to guide us in all of our dealings with them.
On Thursday I moved to my second area, which is Tianmu in Taipei City. So yeah I'm in the really big city now. It's super different but I already love it. I'm really just trying to follow the spirit in every aspect of the work and we've already seen so many miracles. And even met someone who has been praying so hard for help in her life and immediately recognized us as representatives of Jesus Christ.
My new companion is the wonderful Elder Triplett. He's been on the mission for 3 more transfers than myself. He's also my first companion from Utah, so that's cool too. He's got lots of good experience and knows the area pretty well, so that's nice too, because the cities
I continue to be amazed at how the Holy Ghost inspires people! Today we went for a follow up appointment for this missionary with a hurt ankle. Imaging study showed he needed a cast for 3-4 weeks, but can't walk or bike with a cast and it rains frequently. I asked if he could get a brace or boot and Dr. Su said it is more expensive but he could then walk and possibly bike. We asked how much and he said $1200NT ($360US) I don't carry that kind of cash around and I know the missionaries don't either. I asked if they would take my credit card. Dr Su made a call and asked for a discount for "personal friends" and price became $8000NT! I had $4000NT($120US) and as the missionaries pulled out what they had...Dr. Su said "I will lend you the money!" I declined his offer but he insisted and asked "Won't I get blessing?" I couldn't refuse! We accepted his offer and I asked if I could take a picture and he sprung from his chair! What a wonderful…
Well 天母 is a pretty great place. Elder Triplett and I are already seeing so many miracles here. My first night here we had the opportunity to meet with this guy named Kirby that came to English class and had interest in learning more about us missionaries teach. So we taught him the Restoration and he was super interesting in Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. We invited him to come to a YSA fireside at the Jinhua Chapel and he came! He loved it and just didn't stop asking questions about the church the whole time. We then met with him again after English class and he set a baptismal date! He's just a super great guy and actually just becoming a great friend to me and Elder Triplett.
Anyways another little miracle from this week happened just yesterday. Elder Triplett and I have been making a pretty large effort to visit as many members as possible every Sunday. So he showed me this sister's name in the phone and said he didn't really know who she was, but I should t…
Well its literally been just an amazing week in paradise aka Tianmu. Like its sooo beautiful here. Last Monday this investigator family, the Liang family,drove us to the east coast and took us to 2 historical spots, 九份 (Jiufen) and 金瓜石 (Jinguashi). Both have so much history and are just soooo beautiful. I loved it. But the best part was we got to spend all day with this super cool investigator family. But anyways another little highlight from this week was General Conference. SO MUCH FOCUS ON THE SPIRIT. I loved it. Anyways I'm loving the mission. Loving the mission. Loving the people. And most importantly loving Jesus. Pics from last p day