elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was a really good week. We worked so hard every single day, and we were able to see some really cool miracles. Definitely one of the cooler weeks on my mission, so I'll get right into it.
Last Monday we got to go up to 豐原 (Houfeng) to eat 石頭 (a buffet) with all my buddies from 豐原. That was super fun to see everyone again, but really weird to be back there cause it no longer felt like my area. But anyways, the food was AMAZING. If anyone ever comes to Taiwan, make sure you go there. After that, when we got back to 員林 (yuanlin) we got to meet with Eric! Eric is the investigator that I got to know a little bit up in 豐原, but it's more convenient for him to meet with us cause he's doing college down here, so we get to teach him now! He's super great, he's already finished the Book of Mormon and knows it's true, he just has problems getting to church because of work and school, so we'll get workin on that! But really, he is so prepared to be baptized it's ridiculous. He's great.
This week we also got to go on exchanges, so I went up to xihu 溪湖 with Elder B. That was a really weird exchange because we didn't really have time to do anything besides teach English class and make calls because of how far it is away and our DTM, but we had a good time.
This week, for the first time on my mission, we got to do service!! Haha it's really weird how excited I was to do it, but the people here literally hate when you do things for them, they think it's a sign of weakness I think, so getting a service opportunity is pretty awesome. We helped our Bishop's family move some furniture out of his Mom's house, so that was pretty fun. It was literally the wimpiest moving job ever and took like 30 minutes, but I had to get a picture cause it was a rare occasion lol. Something kinda cool is I hurt my back the night before, and it really hurt in the morning when we got up. I wasn't sure if I was gonna be able to help that much, but I prayed, asking for the strength to be able to do what I needed to do that day. I took some good ol Ibuprofen, and headed out. When we started moving stuff, all the pain in my back went away, and I was able to help out with no problems at all. To me, that was a miracle, and a tender mercy. The Lord is definitely watching out for us.
On Saturday night we spent some time with the Ward Mission Leader and Ward Missionaries discussing what the ward mission plan should be for the spring season. One thing you need to know about 員林 is the members are so awesome. They are so willing to help, it is super easy to find members to come help with lessons and they are always bringing people to church and trying to contribute in any way they can. That has really been awesome to be a part of. It makes our work a lot less stressful let me tell ya haha.
To end, I'll talk about the cool miracle for this week. We worked really hard this week and had a lot of lessons set up, and about 90% of them didn't show up. We'd call them, and they either wouldn't answer or they'd say they forgot or something like that. Well, we were sitting there in church on Sunday and it had just barely started. Suddenly, this Sister taps me on the shoulder, and she's standing there with this high school boy and says, "He wanted to come to church! Can you take him through the meetings?" Of course we were like yeah!! His name is 江弟兄 (brother jiang) and he's super cool. His dad had come to church a few times a couple years ago, and encouraged him to go. He gave us his number and wants to meet this week, so that was an awesome miracle, proving hard work is always the way to go.
Well, that's about it!! I'm loving my mission right now, and considering it a blessing and an honor to represent the Lord in his work. This is truly his work, and I'm receiving strength to do it everyday, whether it be in the language or spirituality, I know that he is helping me every step of the way. I 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.