elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was an awesome week. Unfortunately, I found out I'm leaving Yuanlin after 1 transfer :( super sad cause I've really gotten so close with everyone here, and I'm gonna miss them all so much. This has been the most awesome ward, plus we've had super golden investigators to work with. Saying goodbye to Yu Zhe, Chase, Elaine, Angus, and all my other friends was super hard. It's been such a blast, and I'm really sad to go, but the Lord needs me in Guiren! I don't know much about Guiren, but I know it is pretty rural, so that will be a change for me!! I'm going to be with Elder J, he trained my companion and only has two transfers left. He seems super dope and works really hard, so I'm stoked. We're gonna have a good time!!
Last week for Pday we went to the toilet restaurant. It wasn't amazing, but it was worth it for the experience haha. Eating out of a toilet, sitting on a toilet, with poop themed lamps around you, what could be better? Only in Asia lol. Got to hang out with some homies last week so that was super fun.
This week we worked really hard, and saw some cool success, finding 2 new investigators. They both happened to come from Formers, and they both seem pretty cool. One of them had us come to his work, which was super weird. The coworkers were asking us crazy questions and trying to set us up with their daughters lol. It's a good thing this happens often otherwise I'd think it was super weird.
We got to watch general conference this weekend, and it was so amazing. I love the spirituality that can be felt from the prophet’s voice. I loved Elder Sabin's talk cause 1. He used ‘All In’ as the theme which reminds me of sports and 2. he referenced Star Wars so you know I was eating that stuff up. I loved this story that he shared: "Our son Justin passed away at age 19 after fighting a lifelong disease. In a sacrament meeting talk he gave not long before he left us, he shared a story that must have resonated with him about a father and his young son who went into a toy store where there was an inflatable punching bag in the shape of a man. The boy punched the inflatable man, who tipped over and immediately bounced back after every punch. The father asked his young son why the man kept bouncing back up. The boy thought for a minute and then said, “I don’t know. I guess it’s because he’s standing up on the inside.” In order to be “all in,” we need to “stand up inside,” “come what may.” I think that's a super powerful story about how no matter what circumstances we are in, if we are standing up on the inside, we will always bounce back and find joy in the little things about life. This is something that got me through a lot of rough times on my mission, and hearing him tell this story made me reflect on how I've "stood up on the inside" and how I can continue to do so. I loved all the talks, and can't wait to go back and review them.
Sorry this email is super short, but I'm trying to get ready to move in a couple hours. It's crazy how quickly you can grow to love something. 6 weeks ago, I really did not want to come to Yuanlin cause I wanted to stay in Houfeng, but 6 weeks later, I don't wanna leave! I love the people here so much. They have the sweetest spirits and a desire to serve the Lord. They are my friends, but more importantly, they are my brothers and sisters, and it has been such an honor to serve with them down here. On to the next adventure! I hear my new Ward Mission Leader loves soccer and can talk about it for days, so we are gonna have a good time :) Love you all so much!! Have a good 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.