elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
nǐ hǎo wǒde jiātíng hé péngyǒu!!
So last P-day, our trainers had the great (crazy) idea that we should all shave our legs, because that is what some other trainers had done with their trainees a couple of months ago. So we did, and it was awful haha. Don't ever shave your legs, it takes for ever and it feels so weird. I feel bad for girls who have to do it all the time, xinku nimen.
The first half of this week was one of my least favorite parts of my mission. I didn't really feel engaged in the work, my companion and I butted heads, and it just wasn't bringing us any success. We didn't see any success those days, and everything just felt off. On Thursday, we decided to reevaluate how we were gonna do the work. We decided to compromise on some things, including talking with everyone and handing out more tracts and stuff, and we hit the work really hard. We worked so hard to talk to everyone and give as many tracts out and just try to spread the word about our gospel, with our focus being sharing about Jesus Christ. These days were so awesome. They were long, but I loved them, and I felt better about everything. I was able to speak better Chinese and understand more, and we just did an overall better job together. We got 3 new investigators in those 4 days which was absolutely awesome.
One of the biggest miracles from our hard work came on Sunday night. We had contacted this guy earlier on Friday and he set up to meet with us. We were wondering if he was gonna show because he was 20 minutes late and we kept calling him and he said he was coming but he couldn't find the place. So we were really wondering whether he would actually come. He finally showed up and was the most prepared person ever. He told us he wanted to make changes in his life to improve and he felt like this was the right place. I had the opportunity of inviting him to read the Book of Mormon, pray, and accept baptism on November 12th. He accepted all of our invites, and it was the most awesome feeling ever. I know I will never forget this lesson, because it was the first time I've ever got to invite someone to baptism. I was so overcome with joy and the spirit, and the Chinese flowed out of me it was awesome. I truly know that the Lord has prepared people for me on my mission, and this was a huge testimony builder. I have never been so happy haha.
We got to watch Conference in English with Chinese subtitles (thank goodness) this week and it was absolutely amazing. Every single talk had something that I could use. It gave me so much to ponder as to how I can improve, and things I can work on to become a better missionary. One of my favorite talks was Elder Yamashita's talk about the importance of missionary work. His quote, "Be ambitious for Christ" stuck with me, and is truly inspiring. That talk brought the spirit so strongly and helped me want to strive to be a better missionary. I also loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk about the Plan of Salvation, Elder Oaks talking about member missionary work, and Elder Curtis Jr. talking about the Book of Mormon. Conference is the best.
My invite to everyone this week is to try to contribute as a member missionary. I know that on my mission, when the members are willing to help us, everything goes so much better. I invite all of you to share the gospel with those around you, get to know missionaries, and help in any way you can. It really brightens our spirits so much.
Love you all, have a great week!!
zhōng zhǎng lǎo
MOM'S NOTE :
Funny experience this week: ' A funny thing I can share is while we were giving a lesson, I was trying to say, "We have a special book called the Book of Mormon" but I said "We have a special food called the Book of Mormon" Hahah super funny '
Favorite treat/food: '7-11 has all the good stuff, I mostly get HI CHEWS. Favorite meal might be gali (curry) or just rice, meat, and egg. Favorite treat is Mcdonald's ice cream or 7-11 slurpees but favorite Taiwanese treat is probably these dough things filled with fruit inside.'
Funny fact: 'For breakfast here they actually eat burgers. They think it's weird that we do it for lunch and dinner so the only place you can get a burger after breakfast is McDonald's.'
Teaching? 'We usually have 3-4 lessons scheduled a day, but only end up teaching like 1 of them. There is a lot of bailing here in Taiwan haha so that is a bummer but that's ok. '
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.