Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The HAPPIEST week of my mission!

Roof of our chapel :) this is the coolest place of all time
Oh my gosh, I promise my subject title wasn't a lie! My new area is far and away the coolest place in the mission. So how it works is its all kind of centered around this feng jia university/night market. There is such a perfect mix of everything. The college has got to be one of the coolest to go in taiwan, there are so many students always walking around (good for finding people to meet with) and there's always these parties and activities going on. SO much fun. besides that there are just a million apartment buildings in our area, and I've never seen so many skyscrapers in my life! We have like three malls in our area. The coolest part about it is that I swear almost every one we run into lives in our area too (we had a big problem with that in my last area). Except we learned the hard way this week that we have to avoid the night market on weekends. I'll take a picture next week. It looked like an anthill of people.

My area. I've seriously never seen so many skyscrapers in my life
Elder Seoane and I have been getting to work here, and I'd be hard pressed to think of many weeks that have been more miracle filled. For example: we got cancelled on for a lesson we had at 8:30, but by the time he called us it was basically time to go home. We literally had 10 minutes to hit our back up plan, which was just go into this park by our house and do some finding. We said a quick prayer, and asked Heavenly Father to bless our diligence with a quick miracle. Literally, right as we said amen, this girl walked right past us. We started sharing with her about our purpose in life, she loved it, set up to meet with us, and then our time was up and we went home. It was literally the most efficient finding I've ever done in my life! Sounds like a little thing probably, but when you're a missionary it gets you PUMPED! There's just been a ton of little experiences like that this week. I think that one of the main reasons it this: we're just having a blast out here together. I'm so happy right now, and not to sound arrogant or anything, but I don't know how you could resist talking to us:) We've got the spirit, we've got the greatest message this world's ever heard, and we're just dripping with happiness. Plus, all the Taiwanese people think that my Mexican comp is super cute. Hahaha and not in the way where they're necessarily attracted to him, but like how you think a child or a dog is cute. Literally every comes up and says "oh, you're so cute" and I loose it every time and then make up some weird facts about mexico and tell them about it. He hates it :)

So in closing here I'd just like to share the scripture I talked a little bit about with the ward when I gave my little opening talk in sacrament meeting yesterday. 

Alma 26:37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of everypeople, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

I shared it for three reasons: 1 its a great missionary scripture, and Elder Seonae and I want to get the ward HYPED for some good missionary work. Secondly, we had a 'gator there who is struggling with her belief in God, so I kind of spoke to her for a little of it. Third, is because I'm just so happy right now!! I know I said it a couple times already, but I'm just loving life right now! I can't stop giving "thanks unto my God!" Missionary work is so fun. Love you guys so much. I love hearing about with going on with everyone! I'll be writing back in a quick 7 days :)

Elder Gilbert

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