elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was a really good week. As you probably know already, it was Elder J's last week in Taiwan. We had lots of good food, including a really nice buffet on monday, met with lots of cool members, and had a great time. My time with Elder J has been some of the funniest and happiest times of my mission. We've had a great zone with other great Elders, and it's been a blast. He's such a stud of a missionary, and we saw some really cool miracles together. I will forever be grateful for his example and friendship to me. I'll miss him a lot, but America needs him now haha. Love you Elder J!
Well, I'm staying in Guiren, and my new companion is Elder D. He's super cool. He lives in Draper, Utah and went to Corner Canyon. He's 6 weeks older than me on the mission, and was really into road biking before the mission, so hopefully he doesn't leave me in the dust! He's super cool, and we're gonna work super hard here in Guiren!
This week was a little slower in terms of missionary work. We started the review lessons for our RC's Kelly, Sharon, and Jason. They are all still doing super great, and loving the gospel. We love spending time with them and seeing the changes they are making in their lives bring blessings. Our investigator Allen Cai is pretty cool too. We met with him again and tried to establish the importance of the Book of Mormon. He still kinda thinks our church is the same as other churches, but we'll get him there. Hopefully he can meet again this week!
Other than that, not much news this week. Finding has been really hard lately. We haven't had a new investigator in a couple weeks, so we are really gonna hit finding hard this week. I'm super excited to get after it!
This week in my studies I came across a bomb scripture in D&C. It's D&C 45:3-5. In verse 3 it reads: "Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him." When I read this, the thought popped into my head, "listen to Him, the only person that wants your success more than you do." That was a really powerful thought for me. Think of how much you want to succeed in whatever it is that you are doing, and then try to imagine how much Christ, the one that Atoned for you and me so that we can become better, wants you to succeed. It then continues, "Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified; 5. Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life." I love my Savior so much. I know that without him, I have no chance of becoming who I want to become, and more importantly who He knows I CAN become. I love this gospel and the hope it brings into our lives so much.
Love you all so much!! Have a great week and 4th of July holiday :)
P.S. Gordon Hayward pleaseeee stay
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.