Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I love it!!

Hello everyone! Happy to be writing home on this wonderful P-day! It's been a good week here, and I'd just like to share a few thoughts I've had. I feel like recently as I've passed my year mark and have really been getting used to the missionary routine and I think I've kind of lost sight of the miracle that a mission is.  I went on exchanges this week and my zone leader gave me a really good invite to write in my journal more about what I'm grateful for (I need to also just start writing in it at all). So for my weekly letter I'd just like to send some of the things that I'm really grateful for, and I know I'm going to miss really bad when my time's up. Here's a few things I've though about this week...

-I'm grateful I get to get up every morning at 6:30 (or have mornings like today where we get up an hour early and play ball with the aps and zone leaders).
-I'm grateful that I've got a super dope comp right now thats teaching all these strangely useful Chinese things. I also love teaching him about america and preparing him for American Culture. (I gave him a 20 minute lesson on Donald Trump last night).
 -I love how excited I get for studies in the morning.
 -I love how cheap the food is here and that I don't have to cook ever.
 -I love the hot weather because when its hot it means that theres lots of people on the streets.
 -I'm grateful that I am in Taiwan where people are obsessed with Americans and almost everyone is willing to talk with you.
 -I'm really beginning to become grateful for hard times, because thats when you rely on the Lord the most. 
 -I'm grateful for my family, and I love looking at all the pictures I've got of them and knowing that because of this gospel I'll be with them forever. 
-Most of all I'm grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, I'm grateful that I've been able to get to know Him a lot better on my mish, and I'm grateful that his Atonement carries me much further than I could ever go on my own. 

I'd write more, but our new mission president made the music rules more loose so I'm getting a bunch of piano guys music and other stuff thats allowed now! 

I love you guys so much! Hope its another great week, ahhhh I'm so jealous of the Spain Trip! 

Love,
Elder Gilbert


Monday, July 11, 2016

Typhoon

Hope you're alll doing good! This week was literally filled with nothing but finding and working through the typhoon.

We were able to have a zone conference on Tuesday with the Teh's. That was definitely the highlight of the week. Sister Teh is so nice and President is amazing! He's already made a bunch of changes in the mission, and he seems to really know what he's doing. Exciting times.

Things are going alright with my companion and I'm learning how to work with a native Taiwanese.  It's just the two of us in our apartment.

My district is good. The sisters are also in training so we've got a lot to learn. Sometimes I feel that I don't even really know what I'm doing so it's hard to train a companion and district :)

Chinese is also more frustrating than any thing because in the few teaching settings we've been in, everything goes faster since my companion perfectly understands everything. Also since my companion is new there's a lot of stuff we have to go over a million times.

Thanks for the great updates and pictures, best part of my week by far :) I'll write more next week.

Love you!

Elder Gilbert

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Growing Pains

Hey, sounds like a great week! Happy fourth of July!

So to be perfectly honest the last week has not been my favorite. It's been a lot different with my new comp and we are learning a ton from each other. There have been some great advantages from having a native comp, but it is a lot different than I thought it would be. 

I would love to share some cool stories about miracles and people accepting the message, but to be frank this week was full of a lot of finding and struggling. I think a big miracle is that we got through the week and that I have the faith that it can't get much worse :)  I feel bad for Elder Huang in some of his earliest days in the mission field to be in a kind of dead area, but I know things are going to get better.

Oh ya, we also got a new mission president this week, President Teh!  We got to welcome them and will get to meet them more when we have a zone conference next week.

I've been thinking a lot this week about the story of Nephi and His family traveling to the promised land, particularly about how he and his brothers had very different reactions to the same situations and experiences. Nephi is really one of my biggest heroes and I was looking for a good answer to how he could be such a positive and faithful person through all the things he went through. I found a good answer in 2 Nephi Chapter 4:19-21 

........I know in whom I have trusted.

 20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
Pretty cool stuff. Nephi is seriously the man and I really know that trusting in the Lord brings miracles.  That's something that I am really trying to get better at and something I know we al need to do.

I love you guys so much and hope you know that I'm praying for you!

-Elder Gilbert