elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Well, as you can tell by the title of this email, things are changing a little bit haha. Elder J is off to Nantou, and I'm staying here in Houfeng. My new companion is Elder A, he's super dope. He used to live in West Kaysville but moved to Springville for High School. He's been on the mission a long time, so I can definitely learn a lot from him. He loves sports, so I'm super stoked about that. We are gonna dunk thousands up here in Houfeng. Elder H is staying up here too, so I'm super stoked about that.
This week, we didn't have a ton of success and only found 1 new investigator, but he is super cool. His name is Frank, and he works as a chef. We were walking into a HiLife (off brand 7/11) and he was walking out, and we were just like "hey do you have a second? We wanna share a message about Jesus Christ." He said no, but tomorrow he had a 10 minute break we could share with him. We met with him, shared about God, Jesus Christ, and Prayer, and he loved it. We met with him again the next day and almost finished the 1st lesson. He said he could meet with us for like 10 minutes every time he worked, so we are meeting with him again this week to keep discussing with him. He's super awesome, and super willing to learn.
Last P-day, I got to jam out with Elder D for a little bit. He's super good at the piano, and we made a song so that was super cool. I'd consider it my first composition on the guitar haha. I'll be playin’ on radios everywhere soon. We also made tacos, cause Elder D's mom sent him taco shells and taco seasoning. They were super basic, but they tasted so good haha. We also went to Mr. Steak again this week, so a good American food week. Some members bought us Pizza hut on Saturday for lunch, and then that night we got taken out to this super Taiwanese restaurant. I didn't love it, but it was super fun haha.
I can't really think of anything else that happened last week, sorry this is super boring haha. To end this letter, I just want to bear my testimony of the way that God can go about shaping us. I’ve had some challenges as a missionary I didn't really handle them very well at first, but looking back on it, I can really see how God was shaping me into the person he wants me to become. I've grown more patient, more loving, more charitable, more humble (still working on that one), and more accepting. I look back on how I used to be, and I can't believe how big of a brat I was haha. I know I've still got a long ways to go, but I also know that God knows I'm not perfect, and that's why he gave us his son Jesus Christ, to provide an Atonement and an abundance of Grace. I am so grateful for Him, and the fact that I can change and be better. I am so thankful for my mission, and the man (yes, even though I still look like I'm 15 and can't grow a beard, I'm 19 so I'm a man) it is shaping me into. I love this gospel so much, and I can't imagine myself anywhere else right now. I love and miss you all so much. Keep reading, keep praying, keep doing the little things, cause this is what's gonna matter in the end. 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.