elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Well, you guessed it, this week was transfers and there will be some changes. Elder Y will be stepping down from Zone Leader after serving for 5 transfers and will be headed down to Tainan, the promised land haha. I'll miss Elder Y a ton, we had lots of fun playing basketball and talking about all sorts of random stuff. Even though we didn't see the success we were hoping for this transfer, looking back on it, I'd still say it was a definite success. My new companion will be Elder C. He is from Hawaii and came on island at the same time as me. It will be his first transfer as a zone leader, so I'll have to try to help him understand what we have to do. Pray for me that everything will go smoothly please haha. Another little bit of exciting news is Elder Y, my trainee, is moving into our zone, and I'll get to go on exchanges with him this transfer.
This past week was also pretty rough in terms of finding investigators. I have no idea what it is, but we just can't seem to find anyone. This week, we decided we needed to switch things up, and put a much bigger emphasis on visiting less active members and trying to reestablish a relationship with them. We were able to find 3 less active members that are now our "less active investigators" meaning we will help them build back their faith and hopefully get them back to church. It was a good time, and we felt really good about what we were doing. Unfortunately, none of them came to church this week, but there's always next week!
Last Pday we went to Sun Moon Lake, which was one of the coolest places I've been on my mission. The drive up there was super pretty, and it was awesome to be up in the mountains breathing fresher air than we normally do haha. It was really pretty, hopefully the pics will help you get a little taste of what it was like!
This week I read a really good talk by Elder Rasband from last conference about the Divine design of our lives and how God's hand is in everything. Every time one of my companions leaves and a new one comes, it's always hard to say goodbye, but one of the biggest testimony builders on my mission has been that God has always looked after me and helped me through my companions and wards. I know this is His work and He won't leave me hanging.
Hope you all have a great week! Love you!
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.