Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017



Wow! Can't believe 2016 has already come and gone. A whole year on the Island of Taiwan is weird to think about it. Can't believe things are starting to come to a close..

They actually go pretty crazy here for New Years, there were a ton of fireworks that totally woke me up Saturday night/Sunday morning.

It was a really good week and we saw a ton of cool miracles.

On Monday, before P day even ended we got a call from the coolest mom in our ward, Sister Zhou. I've sent some pics of her with us before because she always takes us out to eat and brings a ton of food over to our apartment. Anyways, her husband isn't a member, but recently the kids in the family have been talking to him a lot about eternal families. He's also had a lot of stress at work lately, so he figured it was time to start meeting with the missionaries!! He was so humble and willing to learn. We met with the whole family twice this week and he even set a goal for baptism on his own!! (His family talked about how his birthday is coming up in march and it would be a really good/special time, a little far away, but whatever, its something to work with! )

We've got a bunch of investigators who are reading the book of Mormon really well. One, Steven, came to our lesson the other day and had written out the scripture of Moroni 10:4 like it was a math equation. He brought it to us and asked if he did all of those things if he would actually get an answer. We we told him "Definitely" he was really touched. He also told us that church was really inspiring on Sunday. we feel like he's already gotten an answer, we just need to help him recognize it. Looking good for the end of January though.

Our RC Sister Ji is an animal! She's been referring all of her family members and inviting them to church and stuff, its been awesome to see. We met her sister in law the other day, and She;s going to start meeting with the missionaries soon I think!

We had interviews this week, it was awesome. I asked president Teh for some advice on not getting frustrated when we have a bad day. What he told me was to find more humor. He's got a bunch of really cool stories working with the Brethren, and he told me a couple funny ones haha

I've tried to apply that this week, such as finding humor in all the funny ways people reject us. (my favorite this week was the fake phone call where you could still see the guy's game he was playing the phone screen as he pretended to talk to someone on the phone.) Finding humor in situations like this has worked pretty well, and reminded me of one of my favorite talks of all time by Joseph B, Wirthlin:

I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it.

As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial. We can say, as did my mother, “Come what may, and love it.”


Love you all so much!! Have a great new years :)

Elder Gilbert


Christmas at our Bishops house

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