elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week went by pretty fast. I'll get the bad news out of the way first: last week I hurt my back, so I can't play basketball for a little bit which sucks. Also, we now only have 1 investigator as finding has been tough lately and when we do find someone, they don't live in our area haha. There's my little bit of complaining for the week, sorry about that, on to better stuff.
This week we had Zone Conference, which is always a good way to get motivated and feel the spirit. I had to conduct, which was pretty fun. We talked a lot about how we can connect all aspects of the work, rather than viewing finding, working with members, and service as separate things done at separate times. We also had to give an hour long training, which actually ended up going pretty well. We prepared way too much stuff, but it was still good haha.
This week, we had exchanges with the Wufeng Elders, and I got to go with Elder E. I felt weird leading the exchange cause he's older than me on the mission, but it went pretty well. We visited a member and ate dinner with him, had our ward correlation meeting, did some knocking, and had a skype follow up with an investigator, so it was a pretty fun exchange.
Our investigator C is doing pretty well. He has a great desire to change his life, and right now we are trying to help him understand the power of faith and repentance. Speaking of repentance, I read a really good talk about repentance while reviewing the talks from last conference. It's called, "Repentance is Always Positive," by Stephen W. Owen. I love how he talks about the effect of repentance always being good, no matter how hard or long or difficult the process may be. The part about the mission president talking to the missionary about the importance of daily reading and praying. It helped me realize that while it's great to be doing these things on a mission, it's equally important to keep doing it when I get home.
Well, that's pretty much it for this week! Hope you all 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.