elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
高雄 is the land of prepared people and fun Pdays. Today we are going to hike Monkey Mountain, which I last did about a year ago, so that should be really fun. I'll see Elder Y, Elder C, Elder D, and some other homies from the other zone, so it should be a really fun time. But yeah, God is just pouring miracles on us right now. I'm trying my best to stay humble, ‘cause I don't want this to end haha.
This past week, we met with most of our investigators, which was really great for Elder H ‘cause he got to know everyone really quickly, and all our investigators love him already. We are having a good time. He played Rugby in high school and is going to BYU after, so it's always fun to people with comps that are going to the same school as I am. Our investigator Brother L is doing so great. He moved his baptismal goal up to May 26th, and might even move it another week up. He is basically already a part of the young men's quorum, and everyone has been great at welcoming him. Another investigator, Brother Y, came to church for the second week in a row and was taking notes the whole time! How awesome is that?! He has such a great desire to learn. We were teaching him a lesson this week on the WoW, and he started laughing when we brought it up ‘cause he drinks coffee every day. I was worried when he started laughing, but then he said, "ok, it's time for me to quit coffee." He has such great faith it's amazing! His goal is for the 2nd of June, but we might push it up if he's ready. He is moving back to China at some point, so we would love to get him baptized before that happens. He's a great man. Other than that, our other investigators are all doing so great! We have 5 people on baptismal date right now, and hoping to get a couple more on date this week. Things are going really well right now, can't complain. The only hard thing is getting our investigators to come to church, so we'll keep thinking of how to do that. If you've got any advice, hit me up :)
This week we had a chance to go on exchanges with the Elders in Xiaogang. I got to go with Elder R, and it was a really fun exchange. Elder R has great faith and brings a great energy to missionary work. Xiaogang hasn't baptized since my good friend Elder B was there last year, and Elder R is the perfect missionary to fix that, so it's great to be able to serve around people like that. Another cool thing that happened this week was Elder Y texted me this week saying they had just called a LA in their area that had moved into our area but would be willing to meet with missionaries. We set her up for Sunday night, and had planned to invite her to invite a friend to meet with us next time, but when we showed up she introduced us to her roommate! It was super awesome, we had a nice lesson and set them both up for next Sunday. Miracles, thanks Elder Y 😘
This week we also had the opportunity of holding a ward activity. The idea was to create an activity where members could invite their friends and everyone could have a good time. We decided to make candy castles with the kids, and it was a good time. We were expecting 10 or 15 people, but there was well over 30 people there and it was a great success. We had a few investigators and non-members there, so it was a huge success. Plus, I love chillin’ with the kids here, they are all so cute and funny haha It's great to actually be at a point with Chinese where I can understand them and talk to them 😂
Lastly, I wanted to share something cool that Elder F helped me learn. A lot of missionaries that serve here talk about how different church is here than in America. Well, Elder F taught me to take notes in every sacrament meeting. I've been doing it for the past couple weeks, and I've been shocked by how much more meaningful the talks have become to me. I feel like it’s my chance to receive revelation from others every week. For example, a man in our ward talking about forgiving others and getting along with others said, "making things convenient for others is making things convenient for yourself." What a great thing to remember! I invite all of you to start talking notes during sacrament meeting. President Nelson has emphasized how important it is to receive revelation, and I think this is a great opportunity.
Well, I love you all so much! Hope you have a great 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.