Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Monday, January 16, 2017

The fruits (and breads) of our labors

This was a good week! Elder Eisert and I are loving life here!

SO many cool things happened, can't wait to share:

Right now we kind of have a lot of investigators struggling with commandment problems, but they made some great progress this week!

As I mentioned last week, we are also having a really big problem getting people to set times to meet with us, this includes our members. I have had a few nights in the last week where I literally call every single available male member and NONE of them have time. It's hard because a good member at the lesson can really help the investigator progress and understand the message. It makes a big difference. Anyways, God blessed us in a big way last week. Our ward mission leader's dad is pretty less active (I've only seen him at church 1 or 2 times). The last time we stopped by their house he wasn't even willing to come out for the spiritual share and he hid in the back room.. He came to church a while ago and out of the blue offered to help us out if we ever wanted him at a lesson with us. We hadn't really invited him, because sometimes inviting LA can make the lesson really bad if they say something apostate or weird, but as we were thinking about one of our investigators (Steven, who is struggling a lot with the fact that he will get to pay tithing after baptism) we felt we could invite this man to help out. His name is brother Cai. He came, and just THREW DOWN! He bore such a strong testimony of how the gospel has blessed his family and the importance of commandments. Elder Eisert and I kept looking at each other like: "What the heck?" It was so awesome. I think that lesson kind of saved Steven! Brother Cai also was willing to call and follow up for us with Steven later in the week, and saved a seat for him at church. Also in our gospel principles class we were split up into groups. Our RC sister Ji was paired up with him, and I noted that she did a really good job encouraging and strengthening him him. Since baptism she has become super outgoing and changed a lot!

The ward was so good to the investigators we had at church! We had another newer investigator come. (He didn't have an English name so we named him Johnny after the John Gilbert, plus it kinda sounded like his name haha). We barely got to talk to him at church because so many members kept befriending him. He loved it, and said that was his favorite part about church. It's just like one big family.

Brother Zhou, our part member family's dad has obeyed the Word of Wisdom for a whole week! Whoooo! He's doing awesome, family is helping a ton.

Despite how busy and hard their lives are, our members are the best! They're so good to us missionaries!

Speaking of how good our members are... We went to a members house for dinner the other day. I had a cough and the mom freaked out when she heard me coughing. She then told me that Kumquats are the best fruit for curing a cough, and wouldn't you know it, they had a bunch of kumquat trees on their porch. Before we left, she hooked us up with this HUGE bag fruit including tons of Kumquats They made for some great breakfasts every morning. I am also happy to report that it seemed to have cured my cough :)

Probably the toughest day of the week was Saturday, every single on of our appointments fell through. We persevered! As we were walking down the street contacting this guy started talking to us and all of a sudden went into the bakery he was in front of and gave us two massive bags of bread and pastries! Talk about compensation. What would have made the story better was if he was golden, but sadly he had absolutely no interest.. haha oh well, he made our day.

"God loveth a cheerful giver"
-2nd Corintians 9:7

I am loving it, couldn't be happier.

Love you guys so so much!
-Elder Gilbert

That super cool guy in the denim jacket is Cao shen wei (Brother Cao) He is from Mainland China, cool story about him, He is an atheist, and he has a lot of Christian friends, and because of that he has gotten interested in who God is, and is really interested in prayer and the Book of Mormon. He had to go back to China for Guo Nian (chinese new year) but He will be back in about a month. Also when he prays, it is amazing because he is so humble and really wants to come to know God more, and know that He exists

Played ball last week for P day. You'll recognize elder Trotter, my MTC comp. The other two are our roommates in the MTC. They have been some of my best friends for the last year and a half :) 4 man back together

Tried to contact this grandma, worst idea ever.  The thing I am on in remarkably fun though. Really stretches you out!

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