elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and a good week!! This week was a good one over here in Guiren Ward!! We worked hard and saw some cool miracles as a result. It was really rainy during the first couple days, but since Friday it's been sunny and really, really hot. Like the kind of hot where the second you walk outside you're just sticky and sweaty. It's great :) The summer is honestly so fun over here, the fruit is cheap, they've got mango bing, and it just feels great to be a missionary. Good times over here in Taiwan.
All of our RC's are still doing great and loving the review lessons. They are super fun and I love them all so much. In terms of investigators, it's going a little bit slower, so we've had lots of finding time. One thing that's been great this week is despite lots of rejections, Elder D and I haven't been mad or frustrated at all this week. I love that about him, he's very patient and loving with the people. The toughest rejection was a college aged kid named Bing. We tracted into him, and he said he grew up in South Africa for 14 years before moving here, so his English was fluent. He was super cool, and it's one of those contacts where you really want them to add so bad, but in the end they don't. It's tough, but everyone has their agency, and we know he'll get another chance in the future! We finally saw hard work pay off at the end of the week when we met Bryan Lin! He's a 12 year old kid who likes english and hanging out with his friends. We shared about the Book of Mormon and prayer, and he was willing to pray with us! He loved it, and set up again for next week! Cool little miracle after a long week of contacting.
Besides contacting, we got to visit with lots of members who wanted to visit Elder D, which meant we got treated to lots of food which was nice haha. The members in this ward are so great, I love them all so much. They are so kind and loving, and so accepting of all the missionaries, members, investigators, and visitors. It has definitely been a blessing serving here and learning from them.
Well, this Thursday the 13th marks my 1 year mark on my mission. In all honesty the 1 year mark doesn't really mean that much cause I'll be doing the exact same thing I'd be doing any other day, sharing the good word with the good people of Taiwan, but I just wanna share a few of my thoughts really quick. Over the past year of my life, I've done some of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I've learned Chinese to the point where I can teach, talk with people, and even read (all of which I couldn't even imagine, even at the start of my mission). I've learned how to get along with all different kinds of people. I've learned how to really study the gospel. I've learned how to set goals and plans to help me achieve those goals. I've learned how to be independent (sort of haha). I've learned a lot about myself. Most importantly, I can say without a doubt that I am closer to my Savior now than I was a year ago. This mission has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It's been the hardest thing I've ever done, but I love it so much, and now, looking back on all the ups and downs, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm ready to hit the second year with all I got and keep working hard!! :)
Hope everyone has a great week this week! Love you all so much!! If you have any questions for me or about my mission, just shoot me an email! :) firstname.lastname@example.org
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.