Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Come what may

Hello! We had a great week and I love working hard and sharing my testimony of the Savior with these great people!

We went to Costco last P-day, and its been the greatest week of food! Real American milk for breakfast in the morning and just a whole bunch of other goodies we don't normally get, life could not be better in the food department. Taiwanese milk is fake I'm pretty sure....

This week was full of a lot of finding (that's kind of how it goes) and we met some really cool people. I'm grateful for how nice the people are to us here. Its incredible, they love us so much! Random people will come up to us all the time and just offer us all sorts of drinks and snacks. That's something I've really been grateful for this week I swear every day I see something like this: just a random lady who doesn't even know us will buy us a little drink because she feels so bad for us biking out in the blazing sun. I'm grateful to be around such a loving people.

I was reading in Mosiah 24 today and some stuff really hit me. Right here Alma's people are in bondage, and I really feel like I learned a lot of new stuff from it.

 13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
 14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
 15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
 16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.

Here the Lord teaches us why we have trials, how we over come them, and a whole lot more. I was especially moved by the part that says the people "did submit cheerfully" and have been thinking a lot about what that means. I don't think it means that we are ever satisfied with our current self, we should never be complacent, but I do think that we need to always have the attitude of Elder Joseph B Wirthlin who said "Come what may, and Love it" 

I love everything thats going on out here, even though sometimes I don't realize it at first.

Love you guys!

Elder Gilbert

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Throwing it down

Wow! what a great week, excited to give you guys a quick update! 

So this week we were privileged to have the mission visited by Elder Evans in the 70! It was great, and a little intimidating for us that are by the mission home, because he made some visits to missionaries lessons (none of ours) as well as stopped in to evaluate our English class...  Both he and President Teh came and watched Elder Cole and I teach for a little while. Usually that class is the most laid back part of the week, but the game changes a little bit when you've got two members of the 70 in attendance. We got wrecked because someone asked what the difference between jam and jelly was, and to be honest I had no idea at all... so what usually goes down when they ask a question we don't know is just make up something that sounds good. As I was about to do that, Elder Evan's wife just goes on this mini discourse on the difference between the two. I learn something new every day. (jam is made from the fruit itself, jelly from fruit juice if you didn't know).

We had a great mini mission conference on Thursday with Elder Evans, and he kind of threw down on the mission about wasting time and all these things we shouldn't be doing. It was really uplifting and exciting, and a couple things were focused on. We don't really go to ward activities anymore and English class might get killed because its not a good enough focus on our purpose! (Thats just a maybe though). I felt really inspired to work hard afterwards, and I know the Lord sends blessings when we are diligent. 

My thought today comes from Moroni 7:6-7.  We talked about this chapter in my DTM on Tuesday (which President also attended, jeez what a scary week!). We talked about this chapter. As I was pondering about some of the teachings, these verses really hit me.

6 For behold, God hath said man being evil cannot do that which is  good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing.
 For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness.
 I'm beginning to realize that a lot of the time its not our actions, but rather our attitude that will bring the blessings that God so desperately wants to give us. I really like what President Joseph Fielding Smith said (I just finished reading the lesson manual about him). He has a quote where he basically says if there is anything in the gospel that is hard for us or we don't like a ton, we better work until we absolutely love it. Attitude is everything.

Love you guys,

Elder Gilbert

P.S. A few extra tidbits from Elder Gilbert:

Theres this place where you can get what is basically this giant bowl of bing (basically shaved ice) and if you eat it in under an hour you get it for free. Last p-day I and another elder in our zone tried it out, and got absolutely wrecked. I don't think its physically possible, maybe a little bit of a waste of money (only 10 bucks actually) but worth it fro the experience.

For breakfast every morning I have this thing called a zhua bing, which is like this oily onion pancake with an egg.
Finally, I've been spending a lot of personal study time listening to General conference talks.
I LOVED President Monson on Charity. Also I really enjoyed Elder Clarks on the Atonement. I'm kind of slowing down because I realized that I can listen my whole life, but this is really the only time I can do language study for a big season, so I'm going hard on that. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rain or Shine

Hey, great week full of a couple of burning hot days as well as a few downpours!  I don't know in which circumstance I get more wet! Great stuff!

Highlights of the week probably include last p day being able to hang out with my trainer elder pearce and meet his family that came to pick him up from his mission! We became really good friends, and I'm sad I won't see him again until we're at byu together next year :( 

Also a little blurb of information you might enjoy: Elder Cole and I teach the intermediate English class, and literally no one has ever been better at it. We literally set the record for most people in attendance ever at an English class. hahah the people love it, and its always a pretty good bright spot in the week. 

Bummer of the week: David Archuleta came to do a concert in Taichung, and for those of you who don't know, I'm obsessed with David Archuleta! So anyways how it works is we are in the main chapel right next to the mission home, but aren't in the same zone as the rest of the missionaries there. The whole Taichung south zone got to go and participate, but even though we are literally closer than half of the people that went to the concert, we weren't allowed to go, because it wouldn't be "fair". So close, but so far... 

Another super great thing was Friday we had the trainer follow up meeting in Jiayi, a place an hour and a half away from Taichung. Since we live near the mission home we got to drive down with President and Sister Teh. Can I just say how awesome he is? I for sure miss our old mission president super super bad, but President Teh is really great. He is just always so nice and you just feel so good every time you see him. What I've noticed particularly is how he always seems to care so much about every missionary, and always just gives you the biggest hug every time her sees you.

Spiritual though comes from this quote from Good old Elder Scott. (I have been listening to about a million general conference talks the past few weeks). Prayer is the most incredible thing, and when we take it seriously, some really special things start to happen. 

Prayer is supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul. Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personage,encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father. Imatters not our circumstance, be we humble or arrogant, poor or rich, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken, we can address Him. We need no appointment. Our supplication can be brief or can occupy all the time needed. It can be an extended expression of love and gratitude or an urgent plea for help.He has created numberless cosmos and populated them with worlds, yet you and can talk with Him personally, and He will ever answer.

Love you guys so so much :)

-Elder Gilbert

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 7, 2016

Hey, looked like a super good week in Spain! What a good summer you guys have had! Today is the transfer, and nothing changed! I'm still in Da Keng with Elder Huang, so.... guess I've got to love it for another 6 weeks. 

In answer to some of the questions:

I'm doing ok right now, we're still not seeing much success at all, but it doesn't make me mad like it used to. I'm just getting used to it. 

      Q) What changes (besides music) have you seen in the mission since President Teh started?
       A) President Teh has changed everything in the mission, its super crazy! (He banned p90x) 

1    Q) What is your ward like in Da Keng? How big?  
      A) Our ward is alright, 70ish people. 

This was a super crazy movecall and I feel like every companionship in the mission changed besides us. (Elder Cole is staying too so thats great!!). 

Lucy! I'm so excited for you! Baptism is such an exciting start! We always give this card out the the Taiwanese people that says "a new start" on it. Thats really what baptism is! Its a start to your new life as a disciple of Jesus Christ! I know he loves you so much and that he wants you to be happy! So excited and proud of you! 

I was at the mission home for a while today saying goodbye to all the missionaries going home. Elder Pearce my trainer just got done and his family came to pick him up! It was fun to meet them!

Love you guys! 

Elder Gilbert