elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was another rough week of finding for us in this rough transfer of finding, but it's been a really good learning experience, and I think I learned a lot of things this week that will really help me going forward. On the bright side, Brother L is doing soooo good. He's basically already a member, and is looking good for his date on the 22nd, his daughter's birthday. It's been a huge miracle to see his progression. We pretty much dropped him ‘cause he couldn't meet with us ever, but because he was willing to keep coming to church and meet the members of the ward, he eventually came around and is now one of the most prepared investigators I've ever had. I mean cmon, he set his own bap date :) super awesome. Never forget the importance of the members and church attendance in an investigator's conversion process. It's key! 💯
This last Tuesday, we had some good opportunities to do service, which included picking weeds while getting wrecked by mosquitos and cleaning up a park. It was super fun. On a side note, I got three bloody noses that day. Not so fun. I snorted out the biggest blob of blood I've ever seen. Later that week, I got sick, super congested sinus, sore throat, and a headache. I wonder if they were connected.... lol
Luckily though, we were still able to go out and work while I've been feeling crappy. One day, we saw these kids playing basketball, and decided to go play with them for a minute. It was super fun, and the kids were actually pretty good. One of them called himself Kobe Bryant and told me he was from LA. He was really good, but I shut him down while I was guarding him don't you worry ;) I went a little too hard though and got a giant blister. That wasn't very fun lol.
This week we also had the Mission Tour. President and Sister Meurs from the Asia Area Presidency came and visited, and it was a really good conference. I left with lots of areas that I thought I could improve, and I even got to be interviewed by President Meurs, which was super cool. He's so positive and great, it was cool. We also had a stake activity at this center for the old and we sang Christmas carols. We may not have sounded that great, but we certainly brightened their days, and it was a good feeling.
This week was a pretty up and down week for us down here in Pingdong, but it definitely helped me learn some lessons that I think we'll be able to carry going forward. This week we ended up finding 0 new investigators, and I think it's because of the way that I tried to approach things. I would always try to plan activities so that we could find new investigators by our own means because I trusted our own efforts more than those of the Lord. We didn't see anything all week, and then Sunday we were blessed with a couple people showing up at church who we had never seen before, and a member's sister telling us she'd be willing to meet with us. It was a really cool day, and it taught me that the Lord will give us success if we do what He wants us to, not if we go finding all day. Good lesson for me to learn. This week we are really focusing on the ward and how we can strengthen the people around us.
Well, that's about it!! Hope that everyone is doing well this Christmas season and remembering to light the world!! Love you all so much!! :)
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.