1/2 way done with training!

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Random kid pulled us over and wanted to take a picture with us

This week marked the half way point of my time training Elder Degn.  As weeks go, it was kind of uneventful week.  We went out to find, we found, picked up some new investigators, got dropped by some other investigators, and had a blast doing it all! Nothing really eventful to report on here. So, this email will pretty much just be pictures. Sorry!

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President Teh made a change of missionary standards here to where we should strive for one new investigator a day. The zone leaders made this incredible poster for their apartment haha!

This upcoming week we have made it a goal to invite 1000 people to come unto Christ! It should be a good challenge for us, and get us talking to people who we might have not had the chance to before! It’s going to be tiring, but it’s going to be rewarding!

I know that this church is true and that the Lord’s hand really is in our life every day. What a blessing it is that we can have the fullness of His gospel. As I hit the final lap of this 1600 meter race now, all I can think about is how I can do more. How can I be more diligent? How can I help more people? How can I serve more willingly? How can I be more humble and grateful? There are so many weaknesses that I have, and I just hope that by the time these next 6 months are up, I will have improved in at least some of them. I love being a missionary, and I love the work. There is no place like Taiwan! Have an awesome week everybody! Love you all!


Elder Stroud

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Food picture of the week:  Classic Taiwanese lunch of BianDang. This one is super good and costs only 70kuai or about a little over $2USD

Purple Poop

Too lazy to write a full email this week!  Sorry.


Working hard and having a ton of fun.

Setting up Brother Sun for his baptism next week

Stake conference yesterday and seeing all of my old friends from the AnDing Ward

Pooping neon purple after eating 3 dragon fruits for breakfast one day

And… Many, many more!


Pizza buffet with the GuiRen Elders who are also in training last pday.

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Getting mango ice with Brother Sun

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Reppin’ the Y with Guo BaBa, or better known by his English name “Lebron James” not even kidding haha he is a legend here in Tainan. All of the RMs send him BYU swag, and when he is not wearing a shirt and tie, he is Reppin the Y!

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Love you all!! Have an awesome week and stay dry from Hurricane Irma!


Elder Stroud


For Teh Boys (not a typo)

Mostly pictures today… sorry!

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Elder Degn and his first 1000 year old egg!


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At the Qimei museum in Tainan. Taiwanese girls all stick their legs out in pictures like this because they think it makes them look longer. After the picture is taken there is a 90% chance they look at it and say “好長哦” (translation: my legs are so long!) word for word. Not even kidding.

090517 Qimei museum

Qimei is a super cool museum that looks kinda like the US Capitol building in D.C.

090517 mango bing

Have to enjoy mango bing while we can!  Summer is almost over.  Bing is kind of like creamy shaved ice dessert.

Today we are going to a pizza buffet, also Elder Degn and I just bought 3 dragon fruits each, because they say that if you eat 3 of them, you pee purple, so we will see if it’s true! The title of this email references our mission president, President Teh, who is awesome!

Taiwan is amazing and I love it here!! I love being a missionary so much, and life really is super happy right now!

I love you all!!


Elder Stroud