Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas!!


After a great Christmas eve Skype with Elder Gilbert we felt happy and peaceful to have seen his bright spirit, humble confidence and missionary zeal.  Being together was the best Christmas gift of all.




Wow! What a great week!! Still on cloud 9 from that skype yesterday, what a good time!

This week went by really quick, couple highlights:

We went over to this lady's house this week to share about the Book of Mormon. She told us that her son was home, and we asked If he would be willing to come meet with us. She said she'd go ask. All of a sudden THE SICKEST Taiwanese guy comes down. He was wearing an Odell Beckham Jr. Giants jersey and loves the NFL. To make it even better he has intrest and has started to read the Book of Mormon!

We met this new guy this week that works the night shift at a hotel. He works from 11pm to 7:30 every night. Even though he's exhausted, he came to Church yesterday with us and wore a full suit! He already looked like a member and seemed super interested!

 Steven came to church as well!

 These two bros we're meeting with accepted a baptisimal goal!

All in all a great week!
Merry Christmas!

Elder Gilbert
jgilbert@myldsmail.net

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Changes

Well, another week has come and gone.. I can't believe I'm already here again. There was only one Sister missionary in my missionary "generation" and she just went home, which makes me officially old in the mission. Weird feeling. I'm glad this week s over, the first week with a new comp is sometimes strange as you try and get a feel for them, but it went well! 

My new comp Elder Eisert is great! Something I admire about him already is that he stays super positive about missionary work. We had a lot of people fang us this week (not show up to the lessons) even when we call and they say they are coming! But we persevered! We're still able to find a lot of super cool people and see some miracles! 

Ran into a lady this week that told us she has talked to tons of missionaries before, but always shut them down. She basically told us "I guess someone or something wants me to hear this message" and is going to start meeting with us. 

A little while ago we ran into this cool mom who manages the 7-11 right by our apartment. As we got talking she told us that her sons are super interested in Christianity. We met with them last night and they thought our testimonies of the Book of Mormon were so cool! Elder Eisert shared Mosiah 4:9 with them and they ate it up. Fun to work with families.

Dang.. We taught Tithing to the couple we're working with and it was kind of hard for them to take. The lesson was a little rough, but we felt like the spirit was there. Luckily we have a super cool member who has been really good and fellow shipping them, and always texts and encourages them. They told us that it might take them some time to accept this, but are still willing to meet and come to church and read the Book of Mormon. Aghhh so hard when people are so close...
We had a good learning experience at ward council yesterday. We had this one investigator a while ago that had been meeting with missionaries forever. When I got here I talked with my comp and we felt like she hadn't really made any improvement in a while, mostly because no one invited her to be baptized! So we invited her and kind of helped her understand our expectations. She told us that she didn't want to get baptized now and we agreed that it would probably be best to not meet. Anyway, our Relief Society president was talking to this former investigator the other day and brought up what happened in our meeting. She told us that we need to stop scaring people away with baptism. The bishop started to agree with her and turned to us and said "could you bring this up with your mission president?" Our ward mission leader then just looked at him like he was crazy and said "stop inviting people to get baptized early?" The other bishopric members backed us up and then the bishop kind of changed to our side as well. This was a good opportunity to learn to handle different types of people with love... I definitely need to repent too. Its a good feeling to know that most of the ward members really love us and have our backs. 

Listened to the president Eyring talk in the Christmas devotional! So good! Being on the mission for Christmas is a really good way to really understand what its all about, but it sure does make me miss you guys!

Love,
Elder Gilbert

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Interesting week

Well, to say the least this week has been one of the most interesting of my mission... I think I know know why they have us in companionships of two and not three...but we still had some exciting things go down!

First off I'm getting a new companion! Elder Seoane will be moving down south and I'll be getting Elder Aisert. I don't really know much about him... He was trained the same time that I trained Elder Huang so I've seen him a couple of times. Hopefully it goes ok...

Despite the fact that it was a lot harder to teach this week with the tripan, we had a couple of really good things happen.

Steven was super worried about the Word of Wisdom, but after we met with him this week we were able to smooth it all out. A member shared about the blessings they've gotten from it and Steven was fine with living it!

Recently we've been finding some success at the college! College students have usually been pretty flaky since I've been here, but we've got a couple solid investigators who we've been able to work with.

I really enjoyed our Elder's quorm lesson yesterday. We were able to have a great discussion on service. I really like what President Hunter says:

Not all of us are going to be like Moroni, catching the acclaim of our colleagues all day every day. Most of us will be quiet, relatively unknown folks who come and go and do our work without fanfare. To those of you who may find that [thought] lonely or frightening or just unspectacular, I say, you are “no less serviceable” than the most spectacular of your associates. You, too, are part of God’s army.

I think that's a good thought to remember, especially around this Christmas season. Everything we do is accounted for in Heaven, no matter how large or small. I'm growing to appreciate the little things people do for me, and am trying to get better at doing them for others.

Love you all, so grateful for all the love I've felt, so grateful for all the lessons I'm learning out here.
Hope you have a great week :)

-Elder Gilbert


Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

WHOOOO! What a good week!!! So many good things happened, and its going to be the craziest end to the transfer this week. I'll explain why in a minute, but first I'll cover some of the Highlights this week.

So we had a super sweet baptism on Saturday for evan! That family has come so far, and it was such a good meeting. (hahaha except for the youth speaker who gave a little talk at the end. He told everyone how his parents brainwashed him into getting baptized, and he just thought he was going to play in the water. I never laughed harder as he talked about all the things that he hated about church when he was little! Everyone was so appalled, but the night was really good.)

Other investigators are doing good. Steven came to church and told us he's super excited to get baptized. He's got some beef with the Word of Wisdom though, that'll be fun to get over :)

The week has just been SO good. So last year for Christmas I was in the middle of nowhere where I swear half the people had never even heard of Christmas. Great place, but a little lacking on the holiday spirit. Right now I'm in the middle of Taichung, and the contrast is HUGE. There is so much Christmas stuff everywhere, its the best. I just hear Christmas music everywhere and see Christmas decorations in almost every store. The only sad part is the holiday is even more Commercialized than in America. Literally nothing about Jesus... No worries though, I guess we've got a good opportunity to fix that a little.

So why I say its going to be a crazy week is that we just got a call from the assistants last might and told us that elder cook is going to be in a companionship with Elder Seoane and I! Hahaha I'm so excited! So there a bunch of Taiwanese missionaries that are in our mission waiting for their visas to go to their real missions. For some reason they've been having a hard time getting them, so they just come and are missionaries in their own country or a couple of months. A bunch of them just got their visas, so its going to mix up our mission for the next little bit. Elder Cook's comp has to go with another missionary, and the only thing that worked was for him to come over with us! It'll be super fun to be comps with him again! (only till the end of the transfer next week though..) 

Love you all,

Elder Gilbert

My District

Evan & Sister Ji