elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
Well, another week down and I'm now at the 16 month mark. Kinda crazy how far I've come, but I know there's still a lot more to do and a lot more for me to learn. One of those things is more patience haha. We got pretty wrecked last week trying to find new investigators. We didn't find anyone, and it's not like we weren't trying hard. We were talking with everyone, trying to share the gospel with smiles on our face and invite them to learn more, but for some reason no one wanted it. It was tough, but it's all good, we'll work through it.
One thing that a rough finding week allowed us to do was work with the ward. This week, we worked with the ward more than I ever have in my whole life. Every day we had multiple appointments with members and have been really trying to strengthen our relationships with them as well as help them strengthen their desire to share the gospel. We've been inviting the families in the ward to share the Book of Mormon with their friends and family, and it's been really cool to see everyone getting excited about it. We've also tried to 關心 the less active members in this area by taking them cards with a handwritten note on the back. So far, we haven't seen anything come from our member work in terms of numbers, but yesterday during church, the YM's President started his talk by saying how big of a blessing it was for us to come to his house and share a message. He said when we were over there sharing a message was the first time that he had ever heard his dad (nonmember) read the scriptures as he read with us, and it really made me feel good about the focus we have been putting on the Lord. I've heard many missionaries say, "when you work with the ward, you work with the Lord," and I definitely know that it's true. Our wards are special and have been given to us to help us learn and grow together, so cherish the relationships you have within your wards and look to strengthen those around you! :)
Another thing that was really awesome was some cool lessons we had this week talking about the first vision. I think the first vision is one of the things that we often take for granted, but we don't remember the things leading up to the vision or following the vision as much as the actual vision itself. I know that Joseph Smith sacrificed all that he had to restore this church to the earth. I know that he is a true prophet of God, and truly did see God the Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ. I also know that the best way to gain a personal testimony of these things is through the Book of Mormon.
Well that's it for this week! Love you all so much, and hope you 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.