The Fuzz

Hello all! Another week down here! It has been a lot of the same around here! Finding, teaching, sweating, just the usual missionary work here in the Taiwanese summer!

As far as the week goes, there wasn’t much new going on here!

Biggest thing of the week is probably that I changed my Chinese last name from 繞(Rào) to 饒(Ráo) (Note the tone/accent change). The biggest reason is that 饒(Ráo) is actually a Chinese last name, where as 繞(Rào) is not. I just got tired of people asking in every contact why my last name was so weird. It really was killing a lot of contacts we were having. I don’t know why but they gave me the incorrect one in the MTC… no worries though! New name tags are on the way! It’s pretty sick too because it has a few different usages. One is 饒命 which means to spare a life, and another is 饒舌 which is Chinese slang for rap music. Chinese is weird, but I love it. In Chinese, because there are words that sound the exact same but have different characters and meanings, you always have to introduce your last name. So now I just say 我是饒長老。饒舌的饒。And it is pretty sick. Google translate will butcher that super hard, so don’t trust what it gives you for that.  (Mom’s note:  Google translate says its something like, I’m Elder Rao, like rap music).

As far as other stories, we got the cops called on us yesterday, so that was fun! There is this crazy homeless lady who is always at the church, and has been hanging around for like 20 years, and she has taken a liking to me… She calls our phone about 10 times a day and night and of course we never answer. She thinks Jesus Christ owes her about $300k USD. She always asks us when Jesus will give her the money. We ended up staying after church for about 3 hours to help the bishop’s daughter fill out her mission papers, and as we walk outside, there is Crazy Grace talking with two policemen. As I walked over there, I heard her say my Chinese full name and I questioned the police what was wrong. Grace then turned around to start yelling at me that I had left her and she didn’t know where I was. I apologized to the police and they proceeded to get angry at Grace for calling them when there was no need. Grace then turns to us and yells at us as we bike off haha. Good stuff. She called our phone at 2am this morning and woke us up. Also she called the sisters, and they made the mistake of answering, and she kept on asking them where we live, and a bunch of other sensitive questions… All a day in the life!

As far as pictures go today… Sister Lin, the Less-Active member Elder Nelson and I rescued in AnDing came down to take Elder George and I out to lunch at the seafood buffet here in town. It was good stuff and they had all types of sashimi, so I was a happy camper. Also the DeWitt’s invited us over for fresh mango ice cream with a very wealthy business partner of theirs, so that was also a super nice treat!

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We will miss the DeWitts when they leave Taiwan! They are so good the missionaries here!!

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Ice cream with fresh mangoes!

Love you all! Have a great week!

 

Love,

Elder Stroud

 

Drink It In.

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We did some explore contacting up on Monkey Mountain last week. Watch out for monkeys!

Great week here! Monsoon season has arrived and we got wrecked all week long. It pretty much dumped rain nonstop, and I can’t think of a time where we were 100% dry this week.

Apparently there was some pretty severe flooding up north in Taipei. It’s all good though! Rain outside means that Taiwanese people flock to the 7-11s here, which makes for good contacting, since they are all trapped inside, haha!

This week didn’t have much go on besides us finding. It seems like lately that’s all we have been doing. It’s good though. Builds character. We did find two new investigators this week, so that’s great! We hope we will be able to continue working with them in the future!

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Gaoxiong’s Formosa Boulevard (underneath our area)

Aside from the finding, we got taken out to a super nice steak house this past week by a wealthy member in the other ward. He treated our whole district to some filet mignon. Good stuff. It’s been a while since I have had some good American steak.

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My excellent steak

Elder George and I are still getting along super well, and it has been pretty fun to troll around with him looking for people to teach! Despite the challenges, our faith hasn’t dropped yet! I’m hoping this week we will be able to whip up some success and see some miracles!

I hope y’all had a great one! Happy summer break! Summer here means rain, heat, and mangoes, so it’s not all too bad! I love you all!

Love,

Elder Stroud

端午節快樂 – Happy Dragon Boat Festival

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Dragon boats ready for racing on the river.

Hello family and friends! Happy Dragon Boat Festival! It is just another one of the thousand cool holidays they have here in China! There are tons of people in Gaoxiong right now for the famous Dragon Boat races along the 愛河 (river).  This week was full of finding for us, as it seems all the past weeks have been here. Elder George and I are getting along well, and the work is moving along.

I was taught a valuable lesson on faith the other day. We had been out contacting all night long, and had zero success. It seemed like every person we talked to either had no interest or lived outside of our area. It was about 8:45 and I was feeling a little discouraged. We had nothing to show for our efforts. I related how I felt to Elder George, and he encouraged me to keep up the faith for the final 15 minutes and to go hard until the end of the night. I pushed all thoughts of discouragement outside of my head, and focused on the goal ahead of us. Surely enough, within those last 15 minutes we found 4 people who lived in our area, and who were willing to either set up times on the spot to meet with us, or give us their numbers for a later time to meet. They were the only 4 people who were interested that day. No matter how long I have been in the mission field, I still continue to learn something new every day. Although this week we didn’t find any new investigators, I know we gave it our all, and I know that the Lord knows that as well. I wouldn’t say I am proud of the result we put up for the week, as it is hard to say that with a big 0 tally for new investigators, but I can safely say I am proud of the effort we put into it. Sometimes when you go fishing, you some home empty handed. I do know though that if we are willing to keep working hard, being obedient, and putting our trust in the Lord, we will be rewarded with some people to teach.

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Dinner with the Dewitts

Last night we were invited over to the DeWitt’s house for dinner again. If you remember, Brother DeWitt is the American Consul to Taiwan, and it is always an honor to be invited to their house. Interesting enough he served his mission here about 40 years ago, and now he is back as one of the American government big dogs. Dinner was filled with delicious American food and engaging stories. It is always a good time at their place.

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Baby hippo and me at the zoo.

Last week we went to the zoo! Admission was ONLY 20 KUAI. Which is the equivalent of about 60 cents USD. Good stuff. Funny thing there is that the zoo is on top of Monkey Mountain, and the wild monkeys like to come and mess with the zoo animals. The zoo has hired a guy who drives around on an electric scooter and carries a paintball gun to shoot the wild monkeys with, haha.

That’s pretty much it for my week here. Today we are watching the dragon boat races and going to the lotus pond again. Should be a good one. I love you all! Have a great one!

Love,

Elder Stroud  一鳴長老

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Our new favorite cheap pizza!

Where The Gold At?

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​We met some super funny Filipinos down at the port the other night. Bad quality picture, but good quality dudes!

From May 24, 2017

大家好! (Hello Everyone!)

Transfers have come and gone, and I am staying in GaoXiong ShiZhong for a 3rd! Elder Choi is headed farther south to the DongGang ward, and my new companion is Elder George from Fresno, CA!

 

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Elder George- my new comp

Things have been going a little slow here lately. It feels like we have been going out to find and are just coming up empty handed every day. It is hard to be in a super small area like this. You bike the same 3 streets every day and things start to feel stale. No worries though! Hopefully Elder George can be the key to unlock the treasure chest of gold that this city has to offer!

As of late, our solid investigators are-

昶麟- Same old story for him… He comes to church every week, has had all of the missionary lessons, but is unwilling to get baptized. He is the one whose uncle is the bishop of the ward and all of his friends are members as well. We don’t really know what to do with him at this point except keep trying…

有信- His name in Chinese literally means “have faith”! He is a 50+ year old dude we met on the street a couple weeks ago. He has been to church 3 weeks in a row, AND HAS READ THE ENTIRE BOOK OF MORMON. He has been looking into tons of other Christian churches for the past few years, but has yet to find one which “has the whole truth”. His problem is that he doesn’t actually live in GaoXiong… he is actually from TaiBei, but is trying to sell a house here, so his time with us is very limited before he goes back home.

小芳- She is super cool, but a little weird haha! She was found by some other missionaries in our district, but lives in our area. She LOVES animals, and most of the lessons we have had with her have been focused on animals… She is kind of like one of those PETA people, except a Taiwanese version. Lately she has been more willing to listen to gospel stuff though, so that is great! She sells soap at a mall here, and when I told her I sold soap for my job back in HS she lost it haha!

峻銓- He is such a bro and a new investigator! He is a member referral from one of the YSA’s in our ward! They have been dating for like a year, and she felt like it was time to bring him to church! We have only met with him once, but it was a super great lesson. He has also been to church the past two weeks as well! Hopefully his GF keeps pushing hard, and we will be able to see him baptized in a few weeks!

Hopefully these next few weeks will help us reap the benefits of the seeds we are trying to sew out here each day! There’s not much else to talk about for this week… it was a slow one!

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Our ward had a Young Men’s activity, where we bought a giant salmon and made salmon miso, salmon fried rice, fresh sashimi, baked salmon, and grilled salmon. Somehow that one fish was able to feed about 15 of us! It was delicious. This is one of the 3 trays of sashimi.

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On Sunday we made 15 packs of ramen and had the LingYa elders over for lunch

We are probably going to the zoo today, so that should be fun! I hope y’all had a great one! Congrats to my little sister for graduating high school last week! Next stop- BYU! GO COUGS!!

Until next week-

Love

Elder Stroud

Checkmate, termites.

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Woke up in the old apartment to find 40ish termites running around in a circle in the sink. Weird because there is no wood in there…  

This week was awesome! We finally moved into our new apartment, and with no time to spare! As we were moving all of our stuff out, we discovered two new colonies of termites, one in an old dresser, and one in the walls behind the dresser! Gladly our new apartment is termite free (we hope) and we should have no bug problems anymore! It is pretty massive as far as missionary standards go, so we are pumped!

This week Elder Choi taught me to play a form of Chinese Chess, it is super fun, and we have been playing it all week long. In the parks here are tons of old A-mas 阿媽 and A-gongs 阿公. (Taiwanese for grandma and grandpa). They huddle around tables in groups of about 10 and bet on Chinese chess matches in the park all day long. Elder Choi and I decided to try and challenge an A-gong to a match, and not only could he believe that we could speak Chinese, but he couldn’t believe that we knew how to play Chinese chess either. 15 minutes and a whole lot of stunning unbelief later, I reigned Chinese chess victor over the A-gongs of the park.

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I am the A-gong now!

This week was pretty much just moving in to our new apartment and out of our old one, so there still was pretty much no time to proselyte. No worries though! We should be able to pick up where we left of and hit this last week of the transfer hard! Elder Choi and I have determined to push ourselves this week in order to hit our goals.

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Last night we had a pretty awesome dinner at a member’s house. Because it was Mother’s Day, we decided to put together a mother themed spiritual share. The scriptures in Alma 56:47-57, and Alma 57:20-21 really stuck out to me-

47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it. 49 And it came to pass that I did return with my two thousand against these Lamanites who had pursued us. And now behold, the armies of Antipus had overtaken them, and a terrible battle had commenced. 50 The army of Antipus being weary, because of their long march in so short a space of time, were about to fall into the hands of the Lamanites; and had I not returned with my two thousand they would have obtained their purpose. 51 For Antipus had fallen by the sword, and many of his leaders, because of their weariness, which was occasioned by the speed of their march—therefore the men of Antipus, being confused because of the fall of their leaders, began to give way before the Lamanites. 52 And it came to pass that the Lamanites took courage, and began to pursue them; and thus were the Lamanites pursuing them with great vigor when Helaman came upon their rear with his two thousand, and began to slay them exceedingly, insomuch that the whole army of the Lamanites halted and turned upon Helaman. 53 Now when the people of Antipus saw that the Lamanites had turned them about, they gathered together their men and came again upon the rear of the Lamanites. 54 And now it came to pass that we, the people of Nephi, the people of Antipus, and I with my two thousand, did surround the Lamanites, and did slay them; yea, insomuch that they were compelled to deliver up their weapons of war and also themselves as prisoners of war. 55 And now it came to pass that when they had surrendered themselves up unto us, behold, I numbered those young men who had fought with me, fearing lest there were many of them slain. 56 But behold, to my great joy, there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war. 57 And as we had no place for our prisoners, that we could guard them to keep them from the armies of the Lamanites, therefore we sent them to the land of Zarahemla, and a part of those men who were not slain of Antipus, with them; and the remainder I took and joined them to my stripling Ammonites, and took our march back to the city of Judea.
20 And as the remainder of our army were about to give way before the Lamanites, behold, those two thousand and sixty were firm and undaunted. 21 Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.

I am so grateful for the amazing mother that I have, and for the incredible righteous example she showed me growing up, just like the mothers of those 2,000 stripling warriors had. Mothers around the world have a major an impact on children, and it really is such an important calling. Words will never be enough to express the deep love and gratitude I have for my mother, and it was awesome to be able to Skype her this Mother’s Day! If you haven’t told your mother you love her this mother’s day yet, you still have time! Make sure it gets done!

I hope you all had an awesome week, and made sure to do something nice for your mothers! Until next week-

Love,

Elder Stroud

Summer has arrived in Taiwan

 

Contacting all day!

Contacting all day.

 

Hello all! Another average week here! We right now have pretty much 2 investigators, and we pretty much spent 100% of our time finding this past week. We were probably out on the streets for 50 hours proselyting this past week… and the result… 1 new investigator. Sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles! No worries though… We still keep the faith!

Since I am in the South of Taiwan, the weather can get to some hot and uncomfortable levels, and now that summer time has arrived, it is the worst time of the year! Nothing like biking around in slacks and a white shirt and tie. It is starting to get up into the 90’s here with tons of humidity, so it feels much hotter! My tan is coming back, so at least there is some benefit to the heat! The best part of summer in Taiwan is MANGO SEASON! Taiwan is famous for some of the best mangoes in the world, and we get to indulge in them for super cheap. Mango Ice is a staple here in the summer heat.

Taiwan uses the traditional form of Chinese writing so that's what I've been studying for the past year.  Mainland China uses a simplified form of Chinese writing, and I've learned that this is what most of the Mandarin classes at BYU use.  So I've switched my character studies now to focusing on this simplified version.  You can see the difference here in this photo.

Taiwan uses the traditional form of Chinese writing so that’s what I’ve been studying for the past year. Mainland China uses a simplified form of Chinese writing, and I’ve learned that this is what most of the Mandarin classes at BYU use. So I’ve switched my character studies now to focusing on this simplified version. You can see the difference here in this photo.

 

That’s pretty much it for our week. It has been pretty slow around here. I hope you all had a great week! Today we are headed up to Tainan to hang out with my trainer, Elder Nelson, before he heads home in a couple weeks, so it should be a good one!

Shout out to my cousin Andrew for being called to the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission! Bummer you can’t come to the best mission in the world, but you will kill it there regardless!

Have a great one y’all!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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My delicious 90 kuai steak. This converts to about $3!

Note from Zach’s Mom:  They are moving out of the termite infested apartment this Friday into the new one they found last week.  Zach told us that they had another swarm emerge this week, so they are very happy to be moving.  I asked him how they live with all the termites!  And he said once they are done swarming, they go back into their hiding places and they don’t see them.  That just gives me the creeps!  So glad they are moving this week!

 

 

 

 

House Hunters (ShiZhong Elders Edition)

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Fo Guang Shan – Taiwan’s largest Buddhist Monastery

What a week it has been! We got home Monday night after proselyting to find our apartment infested with hundreds of termites everywhere! After being on the phone with the mission office and the landlord almost all night, we finally got the green light to move out! We knew that our apartment had termite problems, as there are a few structurally insecure places in the floor, where if you were to jump on them, you would fall through, but all of the termites decided to come out at once and mate to set up new colonies.

We have been in talks with real estate agents and landlords all week long. He haven’t even done any missionary work this past week… Basically the mission has given us a super small budget and full responsibility to find and secure a new apartment. If you thought buying a house in America is a long, confusing, and frustrating process, try doing it completely in Chinese. Reading contracts and doing negotiations in Chinese is pretty dang sucky. To say it has been a stressful week would be an understatement.

Other than our housing fiasco, we were lucky to baptize 謝秉燊, and he is awesome!

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​謝秉燊 hyped for baptism

Member referrals are the key to missionary success! We are looking good for another baptism this week with 劉見昇! His progression and change has been incredible! We have been lucky enough to help both of them along this path!

Anyways, not much else to write home about this week! Keep us in your prayers, and hopefully we will be able to find a new apartment soon!  Have a great one, I love you all! Good luck to the LHP lacrosse boys headed to the state finals again! Keep the dynasty going! LET’S RIDEEEEEEEE BOYSSSSSS

Love,

Elder Stroud

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.

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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

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The Coral Kingdom, another name for Taiwan.

 

 

墾丁and 總會大會 (KenDing & General Conference)

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The beaches at KenDing National Park

Last week we went to 墾丁 (KenDing National Park) for p-day and it was super fun! 墾丁 (KenDing) is the very southern-most tip of Taiwan and has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen! It was spring break there, so there were tons of people going crazy, not the most missionary appropriate, but we stayed safe!

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Nothing much else happened this week. We are progressing our existing investigators, but struggling to build up our pool. ShiZhong is notorious for being hard to find in, but no worries, we keep the faith! Lately Elder Choi and I have decided that we have gotten too fat here, so we have been going super hard working out every day. We’ve been waking up extra early at 6AM to go run for an hour, come home study Chinese for 2 hours, do personal study for an hour, and head out the door to proselyte. We also have an extra hour of Chinese language study during the middle of the day. Our Chinese is pretty sick at this point, but we are always pushing to get it better. I am learning about 30 new characters a day, as well as reviewing and retaining the old ones.  When we come home at 9 at nights, we hit an hour of abs and core workout before writing in our journals and heading to bed! The problem is that Taiwan has no healthy food, so we are struggling diet wise. This week we have decided to go on an all fruit diet, so we will see how that works out haha.  But one healthy thing we like is this…

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Fresh sashimi! This plate was less than $6 USD

I really loved General Conference this past week, especially Elder Costa’s talk focused toward investigators and people not familiar with the church. We showed it to one of our investigators last night and he cried, so it was a pretty cool experience! You can check it out here- https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/to-the-friends-and-investigators-of-the-church?lang=eng

It was also cool to hear from Elder Choi, who is my companion’s uncle! His dad was a feature of the talk so that was cool for him. Small world.

Anyways, that’s about it for this week! I hope everyone had a good one! Until next time!

Love,

Elder Stroud

 

Hard Work >

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Having the ocean in your area comes with perks!

Hello all! I was another week in the books here! The work is progressing as are most of our investigators! This week at church we managed to get all of our baptismal goals at sacrament, which was a pretty big miracle! Right now the main people we are working with are:

陳昶麟- He is a member referral and the bishop’s nephew and about 32, his best friend is a super strong member, and his only problem right now is a desire to be baptized. He meets all of the other requirements, but that one. We are working super hard on that. He is supposed to get baptized this week, but my guess is that he probably won’t. Hopefully soon though!

謝秉燊- He is a graduate student and a super golden member referral and his is on baptismal date for 4/22! He has come to church these past 3 weeks and become super good friends with all of the members! Yesterday he was super pumped to tell everyone that he will be getting baptized in a few weeks! He is looking super solid!

全軒- She is a 20 year old waitress working at a night club, who is a Aboriginal Taiwanese, and already a Christian! She has a giant tattoo of Jesus on her arm, and is also pumped for baptism on 5/6! The best part about her is that she has time pretty much whenever we have time to meet! She also has investigated other Christian churches in the past and said she didn’t like any of them, so perfect for The Restoration.

劉見昇- He is a really interesting dude. He is about 42 and was a self-contact. He walked into the church at random with a cup of beer and asked us to teach him about Jesus. He really wants to change his life and follow Christ, but has lots of commandment problems, so we are working closely with him on that. He also was supposed to get baptized this week, but we pushed it back to 5/6 to allow him to work with us more on his problems! He has probably the strongest desire to follow Christ out of anyone I have taught on my mission thus far, so super cool!

Because our area is super small, it is pretty hard to find. The biggest problem is that, in being the city center, everybody works here but nobody actually lives here, so we find referrals for days! Elder Choi and I keep grinding though and hopefully we will keep seeing success!

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Killing the mechanical bull. All the Taiwanese people were super impressed how well us 白人 (white boys) could stay on. #CowboyBlood

This past week we went to a fun little amusement place with games and bowling and a mechanical bull, so that was super fun!

We also got our hair cut by this super famous dude named 鍾 who owns a very upscale salon, but cuts missionaries hair for free because he was baptized about 5 years ago! He literally gets flown around the world to cut famous people’s hair. Probably the best hair cut I have ever gotten! He doesn’t use buzz clippers, but holds 5 pairs of scissors in one hand to get a fresh cut! He said he is moving to Utah in a few months to open up a salon there, so keep your eyes open for a 鍾 (Bell) Salon!

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Haircuts from 鍾 (Bell)

This week we somehow managed to get fed by the members every day, which was super nice! The members here love Elder Choi and I haha! One this past week we had 2 lunch appointments and 2 dinner appointments. It was too much. We got taken out to Smokey Joe’s, which is a super expensive Mexican restaurant, the only one in Taiwan, so it was fun to eat Mexican food, something that doesn’t exist here!

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Smokey Joe’s with 吳弟兄

We also ran into this group of about 50 tourists from mainland China who freaked out over us and took about 100 pictures with us! It was super funny. One of them had a Jehovah’s Witness book that he was reading that some JW gave him, and I said “no you don’t want to read that, read this instead” so I traded him for a Book of Mormon haha! Good times. Last night we got invited over to the U.S. Consulate to Taiwan’s house to eat dinner, and we had a thanksgiving feast! It was a pretty good week!

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US Consulate’s Home with other missionaries in our district. Thanksgiving feast was awesome!

 

Anyways, we are going to Kenting National Park today, so it should be really fun! It’s one of the top tourist destinations in Taiwan and famous for its mountains, beaches, and coral cliffs.  I hope you all had a good week, and I hope you enjoyed General Conference! (Ours is next week due to a translation delay).

Love,

Elder Stroud

 

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Elder Choi and I found a shop that sells sick Chinese Pokemon cards for dirt cheap. This ones in this picture cost about 100 kuai ($3.30)