Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

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

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