Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Getting work done

This is one of the greatest members of all time! Brother Su.
He took us to this mini amusement park and mall thing last p day!
Hey hey hey, another great week! What makes it even better is that the Lord blessed us with some pretty sweet success and it wasn't quite as much of a grind as the last couple weeks have been! 

We were able to teach quite a few lessons this week! The coolest person we're meeting with right now is named Chen shi ming, he's really been keeping us going! The wards super pumped about him too! We met with him twice last week and he's really excited to be baptized! His goal is coming up in a couple weeks and he's progressing nicely. I think the best part is at church he's super outgoing and the members love getting to know him. 

To be honest when I got here I was a little worried about the ward. Most members didn't seem to excited about missionary work and were just kind of going through the motions. It has been cool to see the impact good leaders can make on a ward. The ward mission leader, bishop, and stake president have really been stressing missionary work and its seemed to help a lot. We had the stake president at church yesterday and his whole lesson was about how people can help the missionaries and how they want to split the ward. Their theory in Taiwan is to split the wards as soon as possible so they don't have a lot of people, then the members will feel desperate for more people to come so they'll actually do missionary work! Kind of a risky theory sometimes (I've seen it backfire pretty bad) but yesterday everyone seemed pretty excited, even our investigator at church was pretty interested in the growth of the church! 

I love the san min ward! Bishop was helping us teach a lesson to an investigator the other night. This guy has been struggling to read the book of Mormon consistently and bishop wasn't having any of it. He just tore apart all of his excuses haha, but it was in a nice way. I actually think he opened up to us a lot more because of the stuff we talked about. Great to have awesome people here on our side. 

I was reading a talk from General Conference by Brian K. Ashton. When I first heard the talk, it didn't really have a special impact on me, but reading it over again was a great experience (that seems to have happened a lot to me on my mission). I like what he says at the end:

So how can we apply the doctrine of Christ more fully in our lives? One way would be to make conscious effort each week to prepare for the sacrament by taking some time to prayerfully consider where we most need to improve. We could then bring sacrifice of at least one thing that keeps us from being like Jesus Christ to the sacrament altar, pleading in faith for help, asking for necessary spiritual gifts, and covenanting to improve during the coming week. As we do so, the Holy Ghost will come into our lives to greater degree, and we will have additional strength to overcome our imperfections.

So ya, super great week! 

Much love,
Elder Gilbert

An old Buddist temple that the Catholics bought and turned into a church. Super Taiwanese.
Having dinner with all the YSAs in the ward last week

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