elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
What upppp. Long week of contacting again, and unfortunately we didn't get any new investigators this week, but that's no big deal. I've been learning to focus on the joy that I get from meeting tons of new people everyday, which I love, as well as the joy that comes from raising a warning voice to the people of Taiwan. What a blessing it is to have this gospel. Next week is transfers week. Fingers crossed I can stay in 員林. I love it here so much.
One really cool experience from this week is we tried out Quidditch contacting this week. Basically the idea is you pick a name, and for the next 30 minutes or 1 hour you try to find a golden person with that name. This is a lot easier in Taiwan cause lots of people have the same names haha. But anyway, we tried this with the name 林(Like Jeremy Lin except its actually pronounced leeen). Anyways, we were not having any success, and then during the last five minutes, I pulled up to this guy, and he was the one!! He was super dope, and exchanged numbers. He seemed to have genuine interest, so we will give him a call and see! That was a cool miracle.
We have two super dope investigators that are both gonna get baptized. One is 張焜葦 (Brother Zhang) and he is a beast. He has a goal for 5/20, and he's already read the Book of Mormon and knows all the young members of the ward. He shares the gospel with all his friends, and is basically just waiting til he is done testing so his parents will let him get baptized. He is such a stud. Our other super dope investigator is Eric. He is so dope. He has a goal for 6/17 and has also read the whole Book of Mormon. He knows all the young members and is good friends with them all. He also unfortunately has to wait for his school situation to calm down, but he is such a stud. I love them both so much.
This week our Bishop took us to a member's house to help with a blessing. He folded up a balloon into a sword and said in English, "This is sword of righteous" hahaha he's such a stud. One of the most hardworking members I've ever met in my life, and he really loves and cares about everyone in this ward. He then gave the "sword of righteous" to the little baby who we gave a blessing to. So cute.
For my little spiritual part of my letter I'm gonna reflect for a bit. This week marks 1 year since I opened my mission call. 1 year since my life was changed. 1 year since I realized that I probably shouldn't have said that I didn't want to speak Chinese on my mission out loud lol. It's kinda crazy to think that monumental day in my life was a year ago. Tbh, I have no idea where the time has gone. One thing I can tell you though without a doubt in my mind is that I am so glad I am where I am today. The lessons I've learned from my mission have helped me become a better son of God, and helped me gain a greater desire to serve and help other people. I've learned that hard work always pays off, as I've had to put in countless hours of learning and reviewing flash cards and working up the nerve to talk to people on the streets. I've also come to know my Savior so much more. Literally everything that I've needed to learn so far, I've been given an opportunity to learn, and I know I still have so much more to learn. I am so grateful for my mission and the way it continues to change my life. Going on a mission was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and it's been the hardest thing I've ever done, but I wouldn't change it for anything.
Love you all so much!! Have a great week, and if it's spring break for you, be safe and live it up!!
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.