霖雨為災 – A plague of showers

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Double typhoon day proselyting

Hello from the typhoon land of Taiwan! We got smacked with two typhoons, Haitang and Nesat, yesterday only hours apart from each other, so it was pretty crazy! President Teh didn’t even send us the lock in notice, so we were out on the streets proselyting in about 50mph winds! Kind of fun! People were just telling us how nuts we were all night! At one point some kind Samaritan let us in off the street and let us dry off for a few minutes! Typhoon days are pretty sick!

This past week was full missionary hard work and sweat, so nothing out of the ordinary! We met lots of new people and saw some cool miracles in the missionary work! It really is awesome to be a missionary! Not much to report on this week, but know that I am happy and safe here! Tainan is awesome! Hope yall have a great week! Until next time!

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Some AnDing members took us out to an all you can eat pizza place last week. It’s always good to catch up with old friends!

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Our fridge is full of fruit that the members give us!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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Running 7’s

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Our awesome (and crazy) English Class kids

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Great week down here in the promised land of Tainan! Being companions with Elder Zeyer has been some of the most fun times on my mission! We wake up every morning with the faith to find and to get our daily goal of one new investigator, and we have been seeing miracles rain down upon us! This week in DTM (District Training Meeting) I really focused the training on the importance of the promised blessings in PMG (Preach My Gospel) and how if we do our part, the Lord will fill in with his. Last night it was 8:55 and we were sitting at 6 new investigators for the week. (Our mission standard is 7, which is a lofty goal each week!) We knew that if we could teach a lesson, we could be out til 9:30 (usually we have to be in the door by 9). Elder Zeyer and I were not going to settle for only 6 new investigators for the week. We went into the last 7-11 for the night, with probably the most faith I have ever had going into a contact on my whole mission. There were 3 people sitting in that 7-11 and we KNEW that one would be our 7th investigator for the week. Sure enough, we sat down with one of the men, chatted him up, he ended up being Christian, we taught him a lesson about the restoration, and added him for next week to meet again. We had the faith to find, and the Lord delivered in the final minutes of the week. Being a humble servant of Him is great, and I couldn’t be happier doing what I am doing now! The mission is an awesome time!

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Tainan zone conference pic from last week- everyone in our mission is like 6’4″

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Some random Christian church had a sweet gate

Short one this week due to nothing interesting happening besides mission work! Sorry to let y’all down! But know I love y’all!  Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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Playing Chinese chess last pday because new rules say we can’t leave our area to go do fun things, and our area is 3 square miles big #sad

 

All I Know is Mango

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Elder Zeyer and I at the old fort at An Ping last p-day.

Hello family and friends!

Another great week here in Tainan! Elder Zeyer and I worked our butts off this week and managed to come up with 7 new investigators, a worthy haul! It is super fun going out every day and sharing this happy message with the awesome people here! I love talking with everyone!

This week wasn’t very special, just lots of sweat and hard work! Our baptismal goals are progressing nicely and are looking good to hit their dates! We are having a blast working with everyone! Elder Zeyer and I have decided to be more healthy, so we have been getting up early to go running or to go to the college to play basketball every morning! We have been having so much fun being a companionship! Also we made it a goal to eat mangos everyday, to make the most of our time here in the mango capital of the world, so that’s been fun too!

Not really much else to update on! We ended up going to the old fort here in Tainan for pday last week, so that was pretty fun too! I love you all! Sorry this week’s email is boring! Have a great one!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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I petted (pet? I’m not sure ) this dog in a 7/11 for like 10 minutes straight waiting to contact the owner while its owner was in the bathroom haha! Sorry my English grammar is bad now!

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Got slurpees on 7/11 day! Sadly Taiwan has no cool promotion, so we paid in full…

Deep in the 南 (South)

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7-11 contacting

From July 9, 2017

Hello all! Another lit week here in the promised land of Tainan City, East District! The work is progressing and we are killing the missionary game here! Our area is sick! It has the #4 ranked college in Taiwan, and the best college in the south, so tons of good college kid potential! Our area is the smallest in the mission at a whopping, 2 miles across and 1 mile lengthwise, so super small! Elder Zeyer, my comp, is a baller and super fun to work with! We go hard every day.

Investigator updates:

查家庭 The Zha family:

They are super sick and on baptismal date for 8/12! It is a single mom and her 3 boys. They all have so much faith! The mom has gone through a ton of trials, and the gospel has really brought light into her life!

舒庭 Shu Ting:

She is also super sick! She is a 19 year old nursing student at a college here. She was actually supposed to get baptized last weekend, but ran into some family problems. We are working closely with her to try and fix her trials at home! She is on date for 8/5.

Sophie: Sophie is a little strange, but super funny! She has been investigating the church for at least a few years now, but her progress has skyrocketed lately. She has already read all of the BoM, and she actively lives all of the commandments in her daily life. Super cool! We meet with her at lest 3-4 times a week! She refuses to tell us her Chinese name though haha!

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Big Mac

Macdonald 麥當勞: BIG MAC! Macdonald is a Haitian studying at the college here! He is super cool and it is really weird to teach him in English! Also he is like the first black person I have seen in like a year! He is from a really poor rural part of Haiti and is super humble. Every time we meet with him, he says his prayers in Creole and it is super sick! He is awesome, and is also living the commandment invitations we give him!

Those are the major 4 investigators we have right now. We actually have quite a few others, but they are all in different stages of progression. Being a missionary is awesome!

Today we are headed to YuJing, the home of mangoes in Taiwan! It should be pretty fun! Apparently there is a giant mango statue there that the people literally worship, so that should be a sight to see!

I love you all! Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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We found a super good burrito place in our area started by an american dude! Probably the closest thing you can get to Chipotle. Also like the first burrito I have eaten in a year plus. good stuff.

Back in ‘Nan

From July 2, 2017

Hello all, and happy transfer Monday! The move call came a couple nights ago, and I am again on the move! My new area is back in the wonderful city of Tainan, home of cheap food and happy people! My very first area, AnDing, was on the northern edge of Tainan, but out in the boonies, and now I am back in the city center serving in the Tainan 2nd Ward. I am pumped to start going hard and seeing miracles here! I am now the District Leader, as well as a “mom” or breaker (first companion out of training).

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Me and Elder Zeyer

My new companion in Elder Zeyer (pronounced like the “sire” part of desire) from…drum-roll please… Provo, Utah!! He just finished training, and this is only his third transfer on island! He is very new and inexperienced, his Chinese is still coming along, but he is super fun and willing to go hard. Nothing more I can ask for! We are ready to hit the streets and light this place up.

This last week was a pretty fun one! Elder George and I tried to milk the last little bit of investigators out of ShiZhong, and it was fun to leave it all on the streets there. I was feeling a little worn out of that place. The people were awesome, but it was a small area, and I got a little tired of biking the same streets over and over again. Change is a good thing!

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We went to a restaurant called the Arkansas Diner last week for pday. It was started by some expat. SUPER good southern food!

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Went tracting up in the mountains with Elder Moh.

Anyway, today is a little short due to moving and some time constraints! Im sure I will have a better email next week for you! I have been trying to send more videos lately, but Google Drive and myldsmail are dumb and its super confusing to try and set it up. Hopefully the videos work better today!  This one is of Elder Moh and I tracting up in the mountains.

Click Here for Video Link

Anyways I love you all and hope you have a wonderful 4th of July! Probably my favorite holiday! Weird to be experiencing it for the second time here in Taiwan! I love you all! Have a great one!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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Sad to see good mission friends head home after two years!

Me and the Mayor

From June 27, 2017

Another great week here! This week was once again filled with going out and talking to everyone we could talk to! We pretty much were once again on our bikes for 7 days straight! It’s cool though! I love being a missionary here! This week the referral karma finally worked in our favor! After weeks of sending off referrals to other areas, we finally got a couple that actually live in our area, and actually have interest in learning more!

We had a special opportunity sing some hymns for Brother DeWitt and for some of the big shots of the Kaohsiung city government at Brother DeWitt’s farewell bash! It was super awesome and we got to meet the mayor!

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Us and Mayor Chen of Gaoxiong in front.

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They made some fish look like a squirrel at the banquet dinner.

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Singing with the DeWitt’s and other missionaries, “Because I Have Been Given Much”

Honestly, aside from the party with the mayor, it was a very average week. Elder George and I are still trying to go super hard to get some investigators out of this area, but the work has been a little slower lately. Its ok though! We keep on truckin’. Transfers are next week, and the chance I move is pretty big, but its all up in the air! I love you all! Have a great one!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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We visited one of our investigators Sister Huang at her work at the mall last pday! She sells soap, so her and I were able to talk some soap. Shout out to that high school job working at Basin at Disney!

So if you have a strong stomach… here’s a hilarious video.  ​This video is of Elder Moh and George doing the duoduo challenge, a Taiwan Taichung Mission classic! Basically the gist is to drink 20 or 21 of these little yogurt things on your birthday. DO NOT WATCH IF YOU GET SICK EASILY! But yeah it was super funny! Hopefully the Drive link works this time.

Watch the Yogurt Challenge video