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.
Taiwan Taipei Mission
Taiwan Taipei Mission
Every six weeks I'll have the opportunity to either move to a new area or remain in the same area. The Taiwan Taipei Mission consists of the northern region of the island and the east coast. Through divine inspiration, my mission president will assign me to the areas that I need to be and with a sister missionary companion.
Taipei 101 was formerly the world's tallest building, but is now second tallest
Mandarin Chinese is the predominant language
The Portuguese, who discovered Taiwan in the 16th century, named the island as "Ilha Formosa," which means Beautiful Island
Taiwan has one of the fastest growing information technology industries
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