elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This past week rained like every day, but I still managed to get some cool pics for y'all back home, don't you worry. We had a super fun week, starting with a fun P-day at the beach playin’ football and chillin’ with a bunch of other missionaries. I pulled out my old wide receiver skills from the elementary school days as well as doing my best Russell Wilson impression to throw some TD's. Super fun day, but we all got fried haha.
One of my favorite things that I get to do in this ward is translate church into English for the Filipino members. That has been a really cool experience, and a fun challenge to test my Chinese comprehension. It has been a cool way to see how far I've come, and a great way to provide a service for these strong members of the church.
This week we had a really cool experience with investigators. We realized that lately we haven't been the best at being bold with our baptismal invitations, so we decided to pick out our investigators that haven't been progressing as well as some of our new investigators and give them the baptismal invitation. We were blessed to see 3 of them accept, all for the 24th of June, so we are hoping they can all make it on that day!! One of those goals, a new investigator name Kelly, is an amazing artist and said she wanted to practice drawing white people, so we get to be her models lol. She took lots of pics of us, some of them very weird, and said she'll tell us when she finishes. She's really good, so I'm excited to see what it looks like. Also, random fact, everyone here thinks I look like Justin Bieber lol. I don't really get it, but I'll go with it. You could say we are Taiwan's next top models lol.
We also had a very weird coincidence. We were biking through our secondary area which is just in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, and we hear, "Hey Elders!!" from behind us. We whip around and there are two BYU students in a car that pull us over. They were here on a nursing trip, and apparently one of them said her husband served in Japan and they were trying to explain to the driver what missionaries look like. Cool miracle that we were able to see them and help their guide get a first hand look at missionaries. Later that day, we saw a temple that has tons of marvel superheroes in it. I didn't know that's what the daoists believed in, but hey whatever works I guess haha it definitely was cool to look at.
This week I went on exchanges with Elder M. He's super dope, he was Elder J's companion a while ago and we had lots of fun. We also ate one of the best steaks I've ever tasted. It was up there with Ruth’s Chris. What a day. Their area is huge, and we biked at least 50 miles on that exchange to add to the tons of miles we bike in our own area, so I'm feelin’ great haha.
This week, I was reading in 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10. It says "9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
I really love these teachings by Paul. None of us are perfect, and I am definitely not the perfect missionary nor have all the skills to be the perfect missionary, but through relying on the Lord, we can be strengthened to be what he wants us to be. I know that when we rely on the Lord, we find the true strength to progress and become more like what he wants us to be.
I love you all so much!! Have a great week, and remember to root for the Warriors and read your scriptures! :)
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.