Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Members and Miracles

Such a great week! If anything could be going better than the missionary work, it would be the weather! Its been beautiful and not too hot the last couple of days. I need to soak it up because its going to get a lot warmer soon! I'm excited to give a little update on the work.

We had a lot of lessons..... and a lot fall through. Its really annoying, we're not getting fanged a whole ton (where the person tells us they'll come and just doesn't show up) but people keep canceling or changing time on us last minute. We've been getting better and better at being flexible and having good backup plans. We've really been trying hard to be more balanced (its something President Teh has really been emphasizing the last little while).  The mission culture here is to just go crazy and street contact all day every day, and its historically been a little difficult to work with the wards.  But we're trying to do what President wants! Seeing some really cool miracles because of it.

Two members have just come to us and have friends they want to refer! We should be set to meet them later this week!

We met a college student who set up to meet. When we got there we found out that he brought a classmate who is a member from another ward and that he has a cousin whos a member! He's already got a great support system.

We have one investigator who started doing a bunch of internet research and actually didn't get negatively affected by it! He knows all this stuff about the church that we didn't tell him and he says he believes it all! He told us he really wants to get baptized! Thats kind of what happened with our RC Brother Chen who got baptized a little bit ago. He looked up all this stuff and got super interested. He's actually going to come with us tonight and help us teach the investigator (hopefully I don't jinx him, it literally happens all the time I mention people..).

We had zone conference this week! It was awesome! I loved all the training, my two big takeaways were to appreciate the Book of Mormon more and to be more wise in the way I do missionary work.

I came across this President Eyring talk from a few years back and LOVED it. Thought I'd share the end:

If you go for the Lord to bless others, He will see and reward it. If you do this often enough and long enough, you will feel a change in your very nature through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Not only will you feel closer to Him, but you will also feel more and more that you are becoming like Him. Then, when you do see Him, as we all will, it will be for you as it was for Moroni when he said: “And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead.  Amen.”

If we serve with faith, humility, and a desire to do God’s will, I testify that the judgment bar of the great Jehovah will be pleasing. We will see our loving Father and His Son as They see us now—with perfect clarity and with perfect love.

Love,
Elder Gilbert

Elder Coats and I at the amusement park last week

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