elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Mom's note: Matthew had Thanksgiving dinner at McDonald's - could be worse. He also ate at a steak house this week with Mumford & Sons on a TV in the background. It's the little things :)
Hey fam, it's lit over here in Taiwan.
So this week, we won the lottery!! Kinda. In Taiwan, when you buy something, they give you a receipt with an 8 digit number on it. At the end of 2 months, they release the winning numbers. If you have like 3 out of 8, you get a little money, 4 out of 8 is a little more, and so on so forth. Elder J and I won a combined $1600 kuai, which is about $48 so we now have $24 each to spend, so looks like I'm buying more jerseys from Frank lol.
On Wednesday, we were in the middle of comp study, and we got a call from Elder H and Elder D saying their water was out in their house, so they got to come stay at our house for a couple days. That was super fun haha they are both pretty chill. During that time I went on exchanges with Elder H, which was pretty fun. We talked to some crazy guy that has been working in Australia and loves English swear words, and then some crazy old guy who said he would come to church on Sunday but when we called wouldn't answer the phone. So yeah, just your typical Taiwan stuff haha. It rained almost every day last week and is getting colder, so it's nice to not be sweating every day now.
Last week, we had a super cool lesson with our baptismal goal 'Z' DX (DX is Brother). Our peike (member) was 'G' DX, a member of the 70, and it was a really spiritual lesson on the Plan of Salvation. 'Z' DX is super great, he knows so much about everything before we even teach him, he reads the Book of Mormon like crazy, and he's just the best. He sent us a super nice text last week saying how grateful he was for his "little teachers" which was super awesome haha. I really think he'll get baptized, he's making progress every day and has already been to church 4 times. I can really see his testimony growing.
I don't have a ton to talk about this week so I'm gonna explain one of the unique things about Taiwan. The Ama's and Agong's (Grandmas and Grandpas) do some of the craziest "exercises" I've ever seen. They are convinced that if they slap themselves a hundred times that counts as exercise. I have seen 70+ year old people hurling themselves into trees, walls, or anything they can find. They also love to stand and swing their arms back and forth. I've even heard of people walking backwards around a track hahaha the exercises make no sense to me. So yeah, as long as you don't exercise by slapping yourself or running into a tree, you are doing better than the older generation in Taiwan. Grandma and Grandpa, please don't try any of this, it is not healthy.
That's about it for this week, it was a pretty slow, uneventful week. On the brightside, one of my homies 'A' from our English class set up and was really interested in the lesson we shared! He agreed to meet next week, so we are hoping that we can get him working towards baptism. He is really interested in the Plan of Salvation, so we are gonna share that with him next time.
This week I wanna bear my testimony about the Book of Mormon. I know without a doubt in my mind that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it is the most correct of any book, and I've seen the impact it can have in bringing people closer to Christ, both in my life and in the lives of others. If you ever doubt it, read it, and pray and ask God if it is true. I know that you will get an answer, maybe not in the way you would expect, but it will be there. I have seen the way this book changes lives, and I'm so grateful for the chance I have to share it with the people of Taiwan.
Love you all, 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.