elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Hope everyone had a great week this past week with school getting out and all that fun stuff. It rained 6 out of the 7 days over here, so we were soaked all week, but we didn't let that stop us!! It's actually super fun to be out in the rain. It's almost like swimming haha you just get soaked in 5 seconds. Taiwan rain is really interesting, one second its sprinkling and the next it’s raining harder than you've ever seen. It's lots of fun. Elder J is a swimmer, so every time it rains he's always stoked.
Last P-day we caught a lucky break with the weather and headed down by the beach to watch the dragon boats race. We also got to play football for the first time on my mission which was super fun. We had Zone Conference the next day, and that was super great. We talked a lot about the power of repentance, as well as how we can do better follow ups with our investigators. I always love Zone Conference because sometimes you just need your spiritual batteries recharged.
A little update on our investigators: KW 吳 (6/24 goal) came to church this week and really loved fast and testimony meeting. Her friend that referred her to us bore her testimony of the experience and the joy that it brought her, and Kelly started crying so that was a really cool spiritual moment. She is looking really good for her goal. SG 郭姿吟 (6/24) also is looking really good for her goal. We shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week, and she was loving it. She really is looking forward to baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. All our other goals are also doing really well! We are certainly blessed to work with these amazing people.
This week in Personal Study I've been reviewing some of the General Conference talks from this past April. One that really stood out to me was Elder Mark A. Bragg's talk "Brighter and Brighter Until the Perfect Day". He described 3 ways that we can search for light in our lives: the light of the church, the light of the gospel, and the light of Christ. I love the emphasis he put on the basic things we can do each week to obtain this light. I particularly like this message he gave, "The Light of Christ will help us see others through the Savior’s eyes. We will be more loving and understanding of the struggles of others. It will help us be more patient with those who may not worship as we do or serve as we might. It will help us understand the great plan of happiness more fully and see how we all fit into that great loving plan. It gives life, meaning, and purpose to all that we do. Now, with all the happiness that will come to us as we more fully understand the Light of Christ, it will not match the joy that we feel when we see the Light of Christ working in others: family, friends, and even complete strangers." as well as Romans 13:12 "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." I'm so grateful for the wonderful resources we have around us to help us receive this spiritual light. I know that as we develop these habits of going to church, studying the gospel, and growing closer to Christ, we will feel the light of Christ working in our lives and the lives of others.
I 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.