elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Merry Christmas everyone!! What a happy time of the year, and a great time to be a missionary. I'll keep this one brief so everyone can get back to enjoying their Christmas. Skyping the family was so great. Seeing everyone's faces again and talking to them was incredible. Mark's voice has changed so much! Nate looks so grown up. And the best part was it didn't even make me trunky hehe. Back to missionary things. I arrived in Taizhong safely, and I've been loving every second of the time I've spent here. Being a Zone Leader has been a really great experience. I was a little nervous coming up here cause I didn't really know anyone in this zone, but it's been really cool to see how fast I've come to love everyone up here. It's a really cool feeling. My companion is great too, his name is Elder Yang 楊長老. He's from New Tapei City and has been on his mission about a year and 8 months, so he'll be going home at the end of April. I'm super excited to work hard this next transfer with him.
This past week, we were really busy with a bunch of random activities. We had a couple Christmas carolling activities, lessons with investigators, and a bunch of random other things. We got to do a couple cool services this past week. On Wednesday, we went to an orphanage and helped them clean windows. It was so cool to see how happy the children were to see us, and how appreciative the people working there were. That night, we went to a local cram school and I dressed up as Santa Claus hahaha the little kids were so excited to see a white santa claus, I'm sure it made their whole life. Luckily for me the Taiwanese people don't know that Santa isn't supposed to be a skinny tall white guy hehe.
Other than that, it's been a great week adjusting to life here in Taizhong. It's been cold, but ti's been fun. We have some solid investigators that I have big hopes for, and it's looking promising here in the Dongying ward! I'll close this email with a quote from President Teh. He said this when talking about Christmas, "The Father gave the gift of His Son. The Son gave the gift of His Life. We can and ought to give a gift of ourselves." I really love that. No matter where you are, who you are with, or what you are doing, you can give the gift of yourself. That's all Christ really wants in the end. Hope you all find ways to give the gift of yourself today, tomorrow, and every day after.
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.