Well all, I moved again! This time to become a Zone Leader up in the green mountains of NanTou! It is known as one of the most beautiful areas in the mission, and I will send pics next week! I feel super blessed to be able to serve the missionaries here in the ZhongXing Zone! My guess is that this will be the last time I move! My new companion is Elder Sagastegui (Nope, I didn’t just bang my head on the keyboard to type that out, that’s actually his name) from Kentucky! This is his last transfer, so we are going to be going super hard!! We have already set a transfer goal of 6(!) baptisms!! Should be lit!
MASSIVE GAME CHANGER!!!!! OUR MISSION JUST BECAME A SMARTPHONE MISSION!! Which means full online proselyting will be enabled! THIS IS A BIG DEAL!! We should be getting our phones and being trained how to use them within the next few weeks!
It was sad to leave Tainan and the boy Elder Degn, but we ended it on a sweet note with Sister Xie being baptized! She is super awesome and so humble, and we are excited for her continued progression in the gospel!
Also last week we went to visit the community leader to ask for service opportunities (super hard to find in Taiwan) and she directed us to the senior center, where we met this super funny 97 year old ama!
Short post this week due to moving eating up like 5 hours of my pday time! I hope you all are well! Have a great one!!
Another good week here of finding, teaching, and seeing miracles! Not really a ton to write this week. We had a great time being missionaries! Transfers are next week, and I will finish up training Elder Degn! Time flies out here! We are hoping to see a baptism this weekend, so that should be awesome! I love being a missionary!
This week we both came down with colds and also got a little bit of a stomach bug after some not so fresh meat we ate… Our poor apartment’s toilets haha! All is well though we still managed to hit mission standards of excellence! Shout out to plenty of miracles to help us along the way! I hope you all have had an awesome week! Big congrats to BYU on winning their second game of the season! If we win out the rest of them, we might have a chance to make a bowl game. (sarcasm) Go Cougs!
Until next week!
Great week here! Not much to report on honestly! Last week was 10/10 day, which is Taiwan’s Independence Day, so there were lots of festivities in the streets! We had a special meeting in GaoXiong, with Elder Snow and Elder Funk (The Asia Area President) of the Seventy, which they discussed topics of church history and the job of the church historian.
Elder Degn and I worked, worked, and worked and had a great time being missionaries, so it was super fun! We hit mission standards of excellence again due to more than a few miracles, and all in all just had a great week! I hope you all are well! Stay safe and stay happy! Have a good one.
Super awesome week here!!! Here are the highlights:
MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL!! Super fun! We got invited by the Relief Society to BBQ with them, so we had a few grill masters, plus the one white dude in our ward here teaching English there, to fire up the meat!
10(!) new investigators!! Elder Degn and are continue to trust in the Lord and work our hardest!!
General conference! Such an awesome and revelatory experience! Lots to learn and listen to from the modern day apostles of the Lord. Especially loved Tad. R Callister’s talk on the Book of Mormon, and Elder Anderson’s talk on among other things, learning Mandarin Chinese!
Crazy thing that happened this week!!! We went to the college to do some language study and found our way into the Statistics building- Elder Degn is a stats major at BYU and he wanted to check it out. We found this little alcove on the 4th floor and started doing our language study. We soon were approached by a professor, who we thought would kick us out, but instead started a conversation with us. We said we were from America, He said he had one American friend who also happened to be a stats professor at the one and only BYU! He said he had met him first when his friend was serving his mission here 20+ years ago. I asked him what his friends name was, and he said he couldn’t remember, and I asked him if his name was Dr. Reece. He said yes!! DR. REECE WAS MY STATS PROFESSOR AT BYU!!! Small world. The professor was delighted with joy and said how he really looked up to us for being missionaries and serving his people. He said how much he had been impacted by Dr. Reece. He left, and came back with two of his TA’s and told them to help tutor us in Chinese! Super cool experience!
This week was awesome and I love being a missionary. I love doing what I am doing and love serving the people here! What an awesome opportunity this is. I love you all and hope you have a great week!!
WHAT IS UP Y’ALL!!! We just threw down the best week of my mission/life this past week!!!! It was so hard, so much fun, and so so rewarding!!
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!
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!
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.
Getting mango ice with Brother Sun
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!
Love you all!! Have an awesome week and stay dry from Hurricane Irma!