Easter… What’s that? 復活節。。。那有什麼意思?

Happy Easter from the ShiZhong Elders!

A pretty average week here! We spent most of the week getting our investigators ready for baptism these upcoming weeks. Although we have a tough time finding new investigators here, the people that we have found are almost all super solid investigators who want to be baptized, so with the way it is looking now, we should have anywhere between 3-5 baptisms this transfer! Especially for our mission here in Taiwan, that is super good. Last month the mission only had 20 total baptisms. Needless to say… things are going well! This Saturday we should be baptizing 謝秉燊, and he is super pumped! If you remember, he is the graduate student who was already a Christian, so it has been pretty easy to teach him. He has had no problems, and has done all of the homework we give him! Every time we meet, he always talks about some super deep scripture doctrine, which is fun to go into with him! Teaching him has made me realize something super important on the mission. Investigators who actually, sincerely, read the Book of Mormon, receive a witness of its truths and get baptized 9 times out of 10. There is power in the book, and it truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is no coincidence Thomas S. Monson gave his conference talk on the power of the book. It truly is the most powerful tool in conversion, be it personal or of others, that we have today. The hardest part is just getting the people to just have the motivation to read the book…. but that is another story!

I think the saddest thing of this past week was that even though it was Easter yesterday, nobody in Taiwan cared. Easter wasn’t even mentioned at church yesterday once! Crazy to think how different culture is here. Thankfully we got fed dinner last night by a member, but instead of your Easter ham and fixin’s, we ate rice, dumplings, cabbage, sweet potatoes, and some mystery meat. Easter was also not mentioned at dinner once either, lol. But I’m not complaining! Getting fed by the members is always a blessing.

This past week we went to the 85 Sky Tower here in GaoXiong. It is the second tallest building Taiwan behind the Taipei 101. It is pretty dang tall. I think the coolest part of the building is that they designed it to look like the Chinese character 高 which means tall. Chinese people are creative! Also, it is starting to become monsoon season here, which means rain every day! I was reminded of Elder Choi’s conference talk about “drinking it in”. My companion Elder Choi and I decided that “drinking in” the acid rain of Gaoxiong was probably not the best idea haha, so we decided to not heed his uncle’s advice.

041717 View from top of 85

A view of our area form the top of the 85! About everything in this picture besides the very very back skyscrapers is our area!

Today we are going to Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) which is a giant Buddhist monastery up in the remote mountains of GaoXiong, so it should be a super fun trip!

I hope you all had a great week and a great Easter! Jesus Christ lives and I am so grateful for the fact that after death we all can live as He does as well. I am grateful to be His humble servant.

Love,

Elder Stroud

041717 Coral Kingdom

The Coral Kingdom, another name for Taiwan.

 

 

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