Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Finally! A typhoon actually hit me!

Wow, what a crazy week! During this time of year Taiwan always gets hit with a couple of Typhoons, and they always way over exaggerate what its going to be like. Taizhong is famous for never really getting hit by them, and its always the worst. For example, like two months ago there was this super big typhoon, and everybody lost their minds a few days before. Everyone got off work, all of our investigators cancelled on us, and even the mission told us we probably shouldn't go out the night before. We woke up in the morning and there wasn't even a drizzle..... In the south it was really bad, but I guess because of how the mountains work or something, Taizhong usually doesn't get hit. Anyways, the whole thing happened again starting on Monday, and I was kind of expecting the same result. We woke up on Tuesday morning and the wind was blowing pretty dang hard, and the mission told us not to go out if we didn't think it was safe. Elder Seonae and I still headed out because it didn't look to bad. I kind of thought that everyone overreacted to the weather again, that is until we saw this garage door's metal roof got blown off by the wind right next us! Then when we were headed back for lunch this wave of wind absolutely stopped us in our tracks. I had literally just had the thought "What the heck Taiwan, this is the lamest typhoon ever," and then I just got punched right in the face. The wind started going crazy! Then they told us we should all go inside, which was a really good idea probably. 

The beginning of the week was pretty wild! It was super fun to be in the typhoon for a little, but then got really annoying because a ton of people cancelled on us, plus we went on exchanges, so it didn't feel like we actually got a ton of time to proselyte in our on area. (Also, both of our bikes are absolutely wrecked, so we have to wait until this Wednesday to have them back. We have on extra bike, so Elder Seaone pedals and I just sit on the back and chill. It's actually quite the sight. Good thing our area's not too big, we're doing a lot of walking too.) Even though we kind of ran into a bunch of set backs, we were able to have a couple really cool experiences with some investigators. I'll just tell about one real quick. 

So we have this family that we're working with right now. The mom's name is Nancy  (記虫彤).  She was a referral and I've never seen a more golden family in my life (I promise I'm not just saying that.). So she's separated from her husband and has an 11 year old son named Evan and a 3 year old daughter named Yong qi. The three of them have been coming to church together for the last few weeks, and are progressing so fast! They have family prayer every night and the mom loves reading the Book of Mormon. They should be on track to get baptized at the end of this month, super exciting!! The one small little problem (not really, just funny) we've had teaching them is that the little daughter is really slow to warm up to strangers. We'd always try to give her a high-five or talk with her, but she always ignored us and wouldn't really talk. We sat by them in church yesterday, and she kind of warmed up a little and gave us a high five on the way out. Anyways last night just before we went home we got a call from them. The daughter said our names and told us she was sick and she wanted us to pray for her! It was the cutest thing I've ever heard! It just got the two of us so pumped! The whole family is in now :) 
It was a great week. For a quick little thought... I was reading in 4th Nephi and it says that:  

"surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God."

I think thats for a couple of reasons, but what really stuck out to me is that in the verse above it says they were filled with the love of God. So I guess thats the answer, if we want to be happy, love people the way God loves them :)

I love you guys so so much.
Elder Gilbert

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