elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Last week we had the opportunity to return to the famous Taiping Bat Caves, the place we went on my first P-day in Taiwan. It was really fun to bike back up there and re-experience something that seems so long ago in some ways but also so recent. We had a fun time mucking our way through some bat poop, and then found this pretty cool river/waterfall area. It was super pretty that day, and the pollution wasn't too bad so we got really lucky.
This week was another rough week for me haha. It's been really hard to find people here, and this marks the third week in a row with no new investigators. It's all good though, we've found a bunch of people for other areas. It seems like everyone we talk to doesn't live in our area, but it's all good. I'm sure it's God trying to teach me something, so I'll do my best to figure out what it is. In terms of some good news, our investigator C is slowly taking steps to overcome his problem with the Word of Wisdom. We are worried that he won't have enough faith in himself or the Atonement to overcome it, so please keep him in your prayers. Also, our ward is really starting to improve. The quality of sacrament meeting is going up, and our members are really willing to help us in our efforts to visit LA's and such. We are working on trying to improve the home teaching in this ward, cause in Taiwan home teaching is not done very often, so hopefully we can help out with that.
In other news, We went on exchanges with Taiping this week. I went with Elder M, who is a newer missionary. He has a lot of fire and some really great ideas, and he's a great missionary. I think he's gonna contribute a lot to this mission, so I'm excited for him.
My back is doing a lot better, basketball in the mornings is still really fun, and everything else is ok so I'm doing alright haha. I know that even though a mission is hard sometimes, it's still the best thing ever and there is nothing that I'd rather be doing. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and is willing to help anyone who will come unto Him. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and our personal guide to help us get through the traps and temptations of the adversary. I'm so grateful for this gospel and the growth that it's helped me to make. Hope you all have a great week this next week!
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.