elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
First off, Happy Father's Day to the best dad around, the one and only KJ. Loved by all who meet him, he definitely deserves a great day. Love you dad!! Thanks for being my homie and role model :) Hope everyone had a great week last week! Fam, the pics from Europe look AMAZING!! I'm so jealous! Keep em comin! This week, it rained every single day, so I didn't have a lot of pictures, but we had quite the busy week, so I'll get right to it.
Update on our investigators: Kelly, Sharon, and Jason all passed their baptismal interviews this week!! They have come so far, and it's been amazing to be a part of this process. Working with people like this is what makes everything worth it. Seeing people recognize the truth, search for answers, and make changes in their life is incredible, and being there first hand to see the effect is amazing. I love it so much. Sharon and Jason will be baptized on Saturday, and Kelly on Sunday. What an amazing miracle.
This week I went on exchanges with Elder T. He's from West Valley, and is definitely one of the funniest people I've ever met. He is in his second transfer, and really has a strong desire to help everyone come unto Christ. We met a dope guy who played basketball in college who had interest, so that was a cool part of the exchange. I'm so glad I can talk to people about Basketball in Chinese now. We had a great conversation about how Kyrie's dribbling ability is insane, and Steph splashes like none other. Making connections through sports has really helped me get people to realize that missionaries aren't scary people, and it gives me a good opportunity to testify in a relaxed setting where they feel comfortable around me. Who knew sports could be so useful in missionary work!
This week, we were tracting, and these twin boys were outside playing around. They would not leave us alone haha, we were trying to knock on doors, and they just kept yelling at us. They were about 5 years old to give you an idea of what was going on. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, they just start yelling "Happy New Years 是什麼東西？！" Which basically means, what the heck does Happy New Years mean? hahah we were dying, and translated it over for them, which made them go even more insane. I love Taiwanese people they're so funny. Speaking of funny people, in Gospel Principles they were talking about the Seagulls coming and eating the bugs in Utah, and they asked Elder J how long it would take for a seagull to fly from California to Utah. The teacher just turns to Elder J and says, "蔣長老(Elder J), SEABIRD" and we totally lost it for a second hahaha. When Taiwanese people try to speak English, it sounds pretty funny. They decided that it would probably take 1 hour for a seagull to fly from California to Utah. We didn't bother correcting them lol.
This week I was reading in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I have loved learning how the Bible and the Book of Mormon really do support each other. I read Hebrews 4:12 and then saw in the footnotes Alma 31:5. I really loved how these scriptures connected. I love in Alma how it says they decided to "try the word of God". I know that when we experiment upon the words in the scriptures, and pray for answers, we can truly receive them. I also know that the Book of Mormon and Bible were meant to support each other, not prove the other wrong.
Love you all so much!! Hope you have a great week!! Also, shout out to my boys KD and Steph for comin up clutch #dubnation 💯👌
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.