elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week we had a little Halloween party after our English class that the ward put on. We were just chillin there when all the sudden the classic halloween song from my childhood 'spooky scary skeletons' came on. I was pretty stoked, and then it got even better when it was a trap remix of the song. It was pretty lit. Happy Halloween everyone lol.
Finding this week was a little bit on the rougher side, but that's ok, cause we got a really nice couple that also came to church this week! They are really nice, and we are meeting with them this week so we are excited about that. We are also meeting with Brother L, the one that I talked about last week, after English class on Wednesday night, so we are stoked about that. Another piece of good news, Sister Y got permission to be baptized! So that could happen in the coming weeks, so we are stoked about that. When she finally gets baptized, a huge weight will come off of my shoulders lol.
This week we went on exchanges with the Fengshan Elders. Always a good time. The thing that I was most stoked about was the fact that Elder Y and Elder B were able to go together. They both have less than 3 months of experience in Taiwan, but they killed it and found a lot of success for us. Really great to see them building their confidence, and another good testimony builder that Chinese isn't everything, and you can be effective no matter what level your Chinese is at, you just have to be willing to do what the Lord wants you to do.
This week as I was studying more about humility, I revisted the story of Nephi when he breaks his bow in the wilderness. I was reading a talk that goes more in depth in the story, and was really excited to find some cool insights. I loved how Nephi asked God to help him, then he went and acted, followed by counseling with his priesthood leader (his father) on what else he could do. Great pattern to follow in our own lives when we encounter problems. I also loved these quotes that were in the talk. The first is by Dennis L Largey: "God may not always stop bows from breaking, but he does help in the construction of new ones." and this one by President Monson, "Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty." God gives us challenges for a reason, to help us grow and learn. Always remember that he wants to and will give us guidance and direction.
Love you all so much!! 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.