Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Monday, October 31, 2016


Sister Ji's daughter Jade in her Halloween costume
Actually Halloween really isn't all that special here. They already have Christmas decorations up in the stores here. In fact, our ward started singing Christmas songs in church the week before general conference! Great week as usual here in the land of miracles :)

Sometimes after a baptism, it feels like you have to start at ground zero once again, but whats nice about here is we've got so many cool people to work with!  We've got a couple people working towards baptism right now let me give a few updates:

So our recent convert's son Evan is awesome. What is kind of the biggest obstacle right now is his mom who just got baptized (sister Ji). She's just worried that her son doesn't understand enough yet, and wants to really make sure he's ready for baptism (we remind her that we were both baptized at 8!). We are trying to get a family night set up with the bishop's family and hers so we can all talk about it together. We all have a feeling he'll get baptized pretty soon here, just got to get all the kinks worked out. 

We've got this cool guy named Hubert who's about to graduate from college. He's been reading the Book of Mormon pretty consistently, and has been liking the message enough to refer his girlfriend over to us as well! They both set baptismal goals with us, and are super cool! 

We've got a bunch of other super sick investigators right now, and what I love most of all is a bunch of them (including the ones above) have committed and are really reading the Book of Mormon! It's fun to be able to follow up with them and hear what they learned. 

We had stake conference yesterday and our mission president came and gave a talk I really liked. He told us how he invited the stake presidents and their wives over for dinner, and only put one chopstick out by each of the plates. Everyone looked a little confused and finally someone asked why there was only one chopstick. He then pulled out the other half of the chopsticks and shared with everyone the principle of unity. He talked about how missionaries are one chopstick and the members are the other. We can eat a lot more food with two chopsticks instead of one. The stake loved it, and I think the members here are really super pumped for missionary work! President Teh is super awesome, and although hes changed A LOT of things, I know that he's just doing his best to follow the promptings he receives. 

These three elders were all in my first district together when we were in Tainan.
We're all in Taichung right now, and went and got some food together, good to see some of the good old mission buddies. getting me pretty warmed up for what BYU's going to be like in about a year from now.

For a spiritual thought today I'd like to pull from Elder Oak's talk entitled "Desire." I had listened to the talk a time a two before, and frankly thought it was pretty boring. As I listened to it again though, a few things really stuck with me (this builds my testimony of the need to constantly review things we think we have learned!). In the talk Elder Oaks tells the story of this man who had an 800 pound boulder fall on his arm while he was hiking. He struggled for 5 days to get his arm out, but to no avail. As he was about to give up and accept death, he had a vision of a 3 year old boy running toward him and being scooped up with his left arm. He took this to be his future son and an assurance that he could still live. He then made the drastic decision to use his knife to cut off his right arm and hike back for help. Now obviously this is a pretty crazy story, and most of us won't have to experience anything that crazy. Elder Oaks notes this, but then says something thats really impacted me. He says: 
"When we have vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously."
I testify that that is true! If we can remember our divine potential and all the things we can become, we're going to have so much more power and determination to overcome any obstacle in our path, even if its an 800 pound boulder! 

Love you guys so much, have a great week:)

Elder Gilbert

The following are pictures sent by the mission home from an event a few weeks ago where the missionaries helped put on a program celebrating 60 years of missionaries in Taiwan.

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