elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
moms note: Matthew said, for the first time, he understood something at church and the members are impressed at the way his language is progressing. He's loving Nutella, peanut butter, Ritz crackers, pineapple slurpees and green onion pancakes (?). He said the time between p-days is getting shorter. All's well in Taiwan.
nǐ hǎo wǒde jiātíng hé péngyǒu!!
Last P-day we got to go to Costco. It is just like American Costco haha I love it. They have great pizza and ice cream and it was definitely much needed.
Tuesday was when the Typhoon hit. We were doing studies when it started getting really windy. We were told that everyone was staying inside today, no one was working and school was cancelled. We didn't think it was that bad, but no one was on the streets, so we stayed inside, and it's a good thing we did haha. The winds were like 80 mph, and it rained really really hard. There was lots and lots of destruction, and we were told that 4 people died which is really sad. We stayed inside, cleaned, played games, and chatted. It was actually a really fun day haha a good break from the constant hard work. We called all the members and made sure they were all doing ok and asked if they needed service. Everyone here doesn't like to ask for help, but they all really appreciated us checking up on them. We also visited some of our members throughout the week and are continuing to do that so we can better get to know them. In PMG, it says members are the most valuable asset in finding people to teach, so we are really trying to get to know them and ask them for referrals.
The next day we went out and did service, helping people pick up around the town. We didn't get to do much contacting this week because people were not interested in learning about the gospel while they were trying to clean up all their messes. We really did this for the rest of the week as people were not super willing to investigate. We taught a few lessons to members, RC's (recent converts), and LA's (less actives), and that was basically all we could do.
During our free time I have the chance to play guitar and ukelele because the Elders I'm with have them, so that is really fun. We play lot's of Monopoly Deal and just tell stories about what we used to do back home. Everyone here is really cool. My bundy (native Taiwanese) Elder staying with me is awesome. His name is Elder Chen and his English is really good. He teaches me a lot of Chinese and is the funniest guy.
This week I also met my man Frank. Frank is an LA who loves missionaries, so he buys them basketball shoes and soccer jerseys and stuff for really cheap, so that was really fun for me. I'll have to try really hard to hold on to my money around him lol sorry mom and dad but luckily I've gained a little bit of self control.
One of my favorite things we get to do is teach English. The Taiwanese people that come to learn English are awesome and really have a desire to get better each day. A lot of them are not interested in investigating the church at first, but through our classes, they gain a desire, and it is how we get a lot of our investigators. They are all super hard working and I love all of them. It really makes me appreciate how nice everyone is to me while I'm trying to learn a language, cause my Chinese is terrible haha.
I just really love my mission so much. The people of Taiwan are so loving and kind, and everything is really getting so much more fun. Even though I don't understand what is going on half the time, I still love every second of it. I sweat every single second haha but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I always wished I could learn Spanish on my mission before I went out, but after the experiences I've had in the MTC and here in Taiwan, I can tell you that each mission call is from God, and you are going exactly where the Lord needs you to serve. I testify that this is true, and that you are needed where you are called. So to those who have calls or are preparing to serve, come join the Lord's army. It's pretty amazing :) you will see miracles you never thought were possible, and your faith, love, desire to serve, patience, charity, humility, and worthiness will grow so much. I know that this church is true, and I get to share that with everyone all day long. Love you all, have a good week!!
zhōng zhǎng lǎo
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.