Zach’s Mom’s Note: English translation of title refers to the aftermath of the food challenge failure. I’ve taken the liberty here to give it a sanitized English title 🙂
Pretty awesome week here!! I love being a missionary! This week was pretty standard as far as things go, but it was highlighted by us attempting to undertake the douhua challenge and failing, a visit to a sketchy snake zoo, and talking with many, many people with only one person willing to accept! What more can you ask for here in Taiwan?
Douhua challenge: Eat 10 pounds of douhua, which is a type of tofu pudding, in 30 minutes, and it’s free plus your picture goes up on the wall. Result: I put down 9 pounds, and with about 3 minutes remaining involuntarily emptied the contents of my stomach and disqualified myself. Unfortunate. Was it good? Kind of. Would I try it again? Probably not. Overall experience: a solid 8/10.
Sketchy snake zoo: Full of severely mistreated animals and reptiles. We watched crocs being fed, heard a lion roar, and watched a live chicken being fed to a boa constrictor, and got to play with baby cobras all for less than $5 USD. Overall experience: 9/10
Doing missionary work and training: Super fun, but exhausting! I love what I am doing every day! Training is super fun, and I feel like both of us in this companionship are finally adjusting to the norm. I think the hardest part about training is that you have to be inside for so long. It is a change of pace from when I was with Elder Zeyer last transfer and we did as little studies as possible to spend the most time outside proselyting. It’s all good though! Elder Degn and I are having a blast and seeing tons of cool miracles! Being a missionary is the best! Overall experience: 10/10
I love this work and I love Taiwan! It is crazy how fast time flies out here. I feel like time just slips away right before your eyes. I think the only thing to do is to just make the most of it and go super hard! Anyways, I love you all! Have an awesome week!!