elder Matthew Jones
Taiwan, Taichung mission
This week was a really good week. So as you can tell from the title of my email, I moved out of 豐原 and the 后豐 ward and I'm headed to 員林. Yuanlin sounds super dope, everyone always raves about how great the ward is and how fun the area is. My new companion is Elder P, who was up in fengyuan with me during my first transfer there. He's dope, so that will be fun. It was super hard to leave Elder A. He's a straight homie, and I'm definitely gonna miss him a lot.
Last week, Ben got baptized!! He was so excited for his baptism, and the ward was super great and supportive and welcoming. I got the opportunity to baptize him, and it was amazing. The water was freezing cause we forgot to turn the water heater on lol but it was still so awesome. He is gonna be such an awesome member. He brings his friends to church every week. This week the ward asks him why he never brings girls, so maybe he'll start doing that lol.
Last Sunday in church, we were sitting in gospel principles discussing the creation and the role of Jesus Christ. The topic shifted to Adam and Eve, and our Bishop who is super funny said, "I bet Adam was, like, Jesus's number one homie and that's why he was the first." I can't really decide if that is against doctrine to say, but I thought it was really funny.
Sorry this email is super super short and boring haha. Finding out that I had to leave my area was super sad, especially since Elder A and I have only been together for 5 weeks. The past few days have consisted of lots of picture taking, basketball playing (only during exercise time of course) and contacting. It was tough to know that I was leaving, but I feel super blessed to have an area and a companion that make leaving suck. It's crazy how this mission can bring you super close to people and places in such a short time. I'm very grateful for the friends I've made. I believe part of the reason I needed to come here was to meet the people I've met so far. There are so many blessings from missionary work, and I'm recognizing them more and more each day.
One of my favorite talks I've read/listened to on my mission is called, "Missionary Work and The Atonement" by Elder Holland. It talks a lot about Jesus Christ and his connection with our Missionary work. I love listening to Elder Holland give this talk, because when he speaks, it always goes straight into my soul. One thing that has given me a lot of strength lately is the line that says something like, "Whenever missionaries get spit on, rejected, mocked, shamed, etc, they are standing shoulder to shoulder with the greatest person that ever lived." I also love how he talks about missionaries asking questions like why can't this be easier? Why am I not having success? He says, "When your missionaries ask these questions, remember that someone a lot greater, a lot better, asked the same question a long time ago." I am so grateful for the Savior. I know that his sacrifice is what allows us to have everything we have in this gospel. I love the fact that I can go out and share that with everyone. It's the drive that keeps me moving when I'm down. It's why I can keep going. I love this gospel with all my heart, and I'm so grateful that I can be a missionary for my Savior.
Love you all so much!! Have a good 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.