elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
nǐ hǎo wǒde péngyǒu hé jiātíng!!
Super crazy week. So last week, we went and visited a lot of members houses. That was a super awesome experience, I think we got to visit 1 member a day which is a lot here in Taiwan and it was super cool to sit down with them and get to know them a little bit better. I always love playing with the kids when we go to these lessons, because no matter how bad my Chinese is, I can still get the kids to love me :)
So now for the kinda tough news. There have been a few problems the whole time I've been here. So our 4 man was really interesting, because I really loved the Elders and really got along with them really well. But there were some issues. Last week I thought it was pretty much over. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were all really solid days. Friday was pretty tough. And then Saturday everything blew up. We were told that because of the issues, we were going to move to Houfeng, about 20 minutes north. Our area is part of fengyuan and houli. I was sad but not really surprised because President doesn't like 4 mans and just the stuff that had happened. I just feel so crappy about leaving my first area early. I loved Taiping. The members were so awesome and nice and welcoming. I finally felt like I was settling into this crazy situation, and now I'm moving again. I just don't know what to even think about it. The other elders are both my good friends and I already miss them a ton.
On Sunday night, I ran into Adam C, who was in the same ward I was in when I was littler and also served his mission in Taiwan. He is back here because he loves it so much, and he just really seemed to have happiness coming out of him. You could tell he really loves the place and the people. He gave me some really good advice to help me out in my situation with what's going on. Super nice of him to do that, and if you're in Taiwan in the next few months, go buy a corn dog from him!
This week has been really tough for me, but even through the tough times, there is no where that I can see myself right now besides Taiwan. I love the people here so much, and I think that is one major thing that keeps me going. They are so awesome and so patient with me and my horrible Chinese haha. One thing that my homie sent me this week really helped give me some encouragement, and it can be applied to all people, even if you are not a full-time missionary. He said, "Just remember when we're cast out, spit upon, rejected, mocked, forgotten we are standing shoulder to shoulder with the greatest missionary to ever live: Jesus Christ. That's something that's given me a lot of help and hope during my time here. Its a talk form Holland that I'm sure you've seen. Press forward man. They that be with us are more than they that oppose us!" Straight from Elder McKay, one of the most spiritually in-tune people I know. I know that this is true. No matter what hardships we face on our missions, and really in life in general, Jesus Christ is right there with us every step of the way. That's what keeps me going, that's what gives me the drive to wake up every morning and do the work, because I know the Savior is gonna be right there with me.
Love you all, thanks for all the letters and support and prayers in my behalf. Have a good week, and remember, if life ever gets to hard to stand, kneel.
zhōng zhǎng lǎo
Matthew is currently serving a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This Blog is for family and friends interested in following his adventures for the next 24 months.