elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Hope everyone had a great week this last week, cause we certainly did!! I'll just start off by saying this was the best finding week of my whole mission. We saw so many miracles, and it was the busiest I've ever been, which meant the week flew by haha. The only unfortunate thing about this week was I was sick for most of it, which was not very fun. Sometimes I'd catch myself thinking, "man if I was home right now I'd be sleepin' or chillin' or something," but I tried to put those thoughts out of my mind and work hard anyways. Luckily, we were busy so that was a big blessing.
This week we found 8 new investigators, did lots of work with less active members, and saw a mormon family! I'll talk about that first. We were sitting at a 7/11 doing studies, and all the sudden we noticed there were two boys sitting next to us that were definitely not from Taiwan. We said hi and they said hi and we thought that was gonna be the end of it. All of the sudden their mom comes out of nowhere and buys us slurpees. She said they were from Denver visiting (I'm assuming she was originally from Taiwan). She said it's awesome that her boys could see the missionaries in Taiwan and she hopes one day they can serve here. They already have fluent Chinese, so that was pretty cool considering they were both around 10 years old. Pretty cool miracle to run into a Mormon family in Guiren haha.
On to the new investigators. I'll just share about a few of the really cool ones that we found. One of them is Sherry. Sherry was contacted by the Anding Elders, who then gave us her number. She is apparently a former investigator, so when she showed up to the lesson, we weren't sure exactly what she needed to hear. We shared about prayer, the Book of Mormon, and Church, as well as touching on the Godhead. She was super prepared to hear that, and had lots of good questions. We met with her again this week and shared the 1st lesson. She was considering everything we said very deeply, and I think she is really prepared to accept this message.
Another cool thing that happened is right after we finished meeting with Sherry, we walked outside to our bikes and these two college age guys rolled up on their motor scooters. One of them was wearing a LeBron shirt, and sort of instinctively I just shouted, "LeBron!" He was just like "Yeah, he's so good!" using perfect English. We started talking to him and he studied college in Canada. He and his buddy (who happens to be his cousin) set up for the next day, and we were able to share a restoration with them. They both listened very intently and were really pondering the message. They accepted invitations to read and pray about it, and we have them set up again for tonight so hopefully it goes well!!
Lots of cool miracles happening here in Guiren. We met with a couple less actives this week and shared messages about the importance of CPR: church, prayer, reading. It was cool to be able to help these people and get to know them better, and one of them came to church yesterday! I've loved this week getting to know lots of different people and working really hard.
Lastly, I wanted to share one of my favorite scriptures. I came across it this week as I was studying about Jesus Christ for the Russell M. Nelson challenge. It's Moroni 7:48
'Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.'
I love this scripture, because it helps us understand that our end goal is to become just like God and Jesus Christ. They are the perfect examples, and the amazing truth that this plan they have for us can allow us to become like them is the best thing we could ever hear. I love sharing this gospel with others and helping them realize the true potential they have as sons and daughters of God. What a blessing it is to be a missionary.
Hope you all have a great week!! Love you all so much!!
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.