Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bouncing Back Strong!

Well.. to be honest its been a pretty rough week (I'll explain) but right now doing super good!! 

Let me start by explaining how crazy Saturday was... We get a call from President Teh during dinner and he tells us Sister Bonnie Cordon's in town and wants to say hi! I just lost my mind! I didn't really look at the sign that was hanging in our chapel, I thought it was just some broadcast, I didn't actually know she was coming to Taiwan, let alone in the chapel where I was serving! Super great to see a friendly face in her and Brother Cordon! We were so hyped because right after they all said hi to us we had our investigator coming for a baptismal interview, but....  Brother Li is not getting baptized this week.... He has kind of got some problems and didn't show up, we're worried its because of his little brother who is a member of another church. Not really sure what exactly happened, but he didn't come for his baptismal interview... So that was a super bummer way to end our week. Elder Larsen and I were so dead as we went out to proselyte after that.. But we have recovered!! 
Besides that it was an awesome week!! We found some cool new people and I love working down here with so many amazing missionaries.

This is crazy: in the past week two elders in our zone have gotten in super bad bike accidents. One fractured his arm yesterday and another broke his collarbone in three places. Pretty crazy right? Both times it was because their back brake was out and they did a front flip off their bike and got destroyed. The only reason I bring this up is to tell how legit our missionaries are. The one with the broken collarbone got surgery a few days ago, and as soon as he was allowed out of the hospital was out proselyting and working with investigators! That got me so hyped to do missionary work, and don''t worry about me getting in a crash. I'm super safe. 

Transfers are next week and I can't believe it. My time with Elder Larsen is most likely up (he's been in this area for a really long time) and we've had such a great time working together!   He's down to just pound the streets and find people to teach. He's also such a great teacher and has the best Chinese of anyone ever. So glad to have such and awesome comp and friend! 

Even though we had a pretty rough Saturday, yesterday was so good! A super cool newer investigator came with us to church, and we met with another guy right after who loves the Book of Mormon! We had planned to go to this one part of our area for about the last hour of the night, but we only had about 15 minutes when we actually got there because we met so many cool people on the way that were own to talk. Got some great people set up for the coming days!! 

We're going to a super nice all you can eat buffet today with Elder Cole and his comp! 

Despite the setbacks, life could not be better!!

 "Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free." -Doctrine and Covenants 128:22 

Love you all!
-elder gilbert

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