elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was a little bit slower in terms of the work, but there is still lots of good stuff going on here in Guiren. Last week we made it out of the typhoon and were able to go to the church to play ball. That's always a good time. I miss playing ball everyday. I'm feelin very rusty over here in Taiwan so I'll have to play with Mark lots when I get home ;)
While we were eating lunch this week, the restaurant started playing, "Here's to Never Growing Up" which was our graduation song. It was a kinda surreal feeling sitting there and realizing, wow, we actually are growing up. Led to some interesting reflection on how the last year has gone, and made me feel really grateful that I'm out here on my mission :)
This week we met with A 湯奕辰 for the first time in a while and had one of the best lessons I've had in a long time. We had Brother L help us with the lesson, and we started off by showing "Hope of God's Light". A loved that video, and he said he thought it was really cool that God was there every step of the way. We then transitioned into sharing about why we need to read and pray to recognize God's influence in our lives. Lots of good testimony was born, and I could tell A was really touched by it. He said he'd read and pray, so we hope he'll do it! We have him set up again for Wednesday, so we are excited about that.
Another cool miracle was we were tracting late Wednesday night and it was almost time to go home. we really wanted to hit standards that day, so we prayed really hard right before tracting to be able to hit that standard. We also expressed that we knew it was possible. On the last house we knocked, we were let in by a 15 year old kid named J. J was super cool, and seemed pretty interested in our message. We shared about the BoM and Prayer, and ended up going back a couple of days later to teach the restoration.The only problem is J has a very interesting family situation. We've never seen the parents, and his older brother and sister seem to not like us very much. He was hesitant to set up again and wouldn't give us a phone number, but we told him we'd come back and check on him this week, so we'll definitely make sure to do that.
All the RC's finished their review lessons this week and are all set to go!! It's been super fun to watch all of them grow and learn in the gospel. One of them, K, is giving a talk next week, so that will be fun to see. J should also be getting the priesthood soon so I'm stoked about that. We've also been working with some LA's recently. It's really interesting to meet lots of different people and see their views on things. One thing it's helped me realize is not to judge people based on outward appearances or what other people say about them. These people have all been very nice, and despite their varying problems, they are still great people and have helped me humble myself a little more and be more accepting, which I definitely need haha.
This week we also had interviews with the best mission president out there. President Teh is so great. He talked to me about skiing for a little bit and then shocked me by showing off his character reading skills. Pretty impressive considering the small amount of time he has to do language study. He's full of wisdom, and I always look forward to meeting with him.
Well, that's about it for this week. Transfers are next week, and I have no idea what is gonna happen haha. I've loved this transfer with Elder D, he's a stud and we've had lots of fun. Despite the recent downs we've had in terms of getting dropped by investigators, we've maintained a positive attitude and had a lot of fun with the work. I'm grateful for the time that we've had together so far!!
Hope you all have a great week!! Love you!!
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.