Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Taiwan, Taichung Mission

Monday, May 22, 2017

He that loseth his life for my sake

Another great week! We have had some awesome learning experiences this week and I love all the stuff that's going on over here in San Min. 

I felt like I especially had some cool experiences in some lessons this week. We met with one of our newer investigators named Jim. Its so interesting to meet with him. I literally feel like I'm hearing some anti-Christ from the Book of Mormon (hopefully it'll turn out like Zeezrom and he actually converts). The difference though is that he's actually willing to try out what we invite him to do. He just has had a pretty rough life and has some doubts bout everything. Recently he's really gotten into General conference talks which is exciting! Anyways in the course of meeting with him its been cool to be able to use the Book of Mormon to resolve concerns. We realized that lessons go WAY better if we just take time to slow down and share scriptures with him instead of try to just answer the questions ourselves. We had a lesson where he asked us if we thought we were brainwashed at all, and brought up a couple negative things he's seen about the church online. Strangely enough, I left that lesson more grateful that I have ever been for the testimony I have. The things we share seem to resonate with him. I feel like Elder Coats and I have also had some really good personal studies preparing for him, some of the best I've ever had! He's really progressed so fast! He still has some doubts, but he says he believes 30 percent now and you can literally see his heart softening. I can't really explain it, super cool!! 

We've been meeting with a Christian man for the last little while named brother Feng. It was really sad over the phone the other day he made it clear to us that he feel he can't change churches... We had already had an appointment set up, so we went over for one last visit. We felt it would be right to just share some scriptures about what Christ said his church would be like and about the apostasy/restoration. We were actually pretty bold with him, but in a really nice way. He said he just feels like his church is just as good, and he's really used to it. It would be really inconvenient to leave. We shared that theres lots of good things in the world, but explained to him that we didn't come here just to share something good. We told him that because we and more importantly God loved him we came here to help him get back to Heaven;y Father's presence. He's going to stop investigating for now, but we feel like we really did our job, and we left with a way better impression that I thought we would after preparing that lesson. Once again I left just so grateful for a testimony of the truth! 

I feel like I'm getting more out of all these experiences than the people we are trying to serve and teach. It made me think of the scripture  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Its super true! I feel like the happiest times of my mission are where I'm just thinking of others. Ironically this is also where I feel like I learn and grow the most! 

love you all,
Elder Gilbert

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017


We went to this Buddhist place last Monday. It gave me mad respect for their religion.  The shrine is one of only 3 in the world that has an original tooth of Buddha! Big time! They have it in this big gold case and you can go up to it and ask Buddha for help! 

It really was a good week! We have some investigators that are progressing nicely. One I talked about the other week is a college student who was referred to us. We shared the plan of salvation with him the other day and he just kept saying thank you and just loved the truths that were taught. That Jim guy I told you about over Skype is awesome! He has met with us 5 days in a row! I honestly have seen his heart change a ton! 

A meaningful scripture this week is:  2nd Corinthians 12:9-10

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 Love you all!  Also, we won't be emailing until the Tuesday next week so expect to hear from me Monday night your time!! 

Elder Gilbert

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mangos are here!

Another great week! Its getting warmer and warmer here and now is officially MANGO SEASON (had my first real mango the other day)! The work is going well here, I'll try to give a couple good updates!

We are working with the husband of a recent convert right now. He has a big problem with tithing, but besides that and some work issues would be willing to get baptized... We decided to try and use the scriptures better with him. We had a lesson the other day where we did nothing but read Alma 36 and discuss the principles we could learn and how it related to his life. It actually went really well! It was a super uplifting lesson, and hopefully helped to show how we can apply the scriptures to our lives. He seemed to like it and hopefully we can make more progress!

We had a miracle referral this week from a university professor in our area. She lives somewhere else, so she's not in our ward, but she got talking with one of her students about the gospel and he's pretty interested! His name in Johnny and he's got super good English. We had a sweet lesson with him and the professor shared some awesome thoughts about how Christ has changed her life!

Our old bishop is having us over for dinner in a couple of nights and is inviting a friend that has interest in the Gospel. He literally wrote up a huge list of stats and info about him so we can be prepared to share something good. We'll see how it goes.

The ward just ate up our investigators at church yesterday. Especially this girl we brought. She's the same age as our RC Brother Chen. They were absolutely flirting up a storm after church!! haha they even exchanged contact info!

President Monson told a story and gave a talk a couple years back that I really like:

During the 1940s and 1950s, an American prison warden, Clinton Duffy, was well known for his efforts to rehabilitate the men in his prison. Said one critic, “You should know that leopards don’t change their spots!”

Replied Warden Duffy, “You should know I don’t work with leopards. I work with men, and men change every day.”

We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become.

I love this area and I love all the stuff I'm learning!

Love you all!
-Elder Gilbert