SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED THIS WEEK! First, Sister Oviatt’s trainer, Sister Mao, got emergency transferred for being disobedient. So Sister Oviatt was freaking out because she didn’t think she could train someone to know the area. But her new companion, Sister Pieper, was mission born in Taidong, served here for nine months, and moved to Taipei. Sister Pieper is awesome! She is also the daughter of Elder Pieper, of The Seventy, cool right?
Our investigator, DouJingTong is getting baptized this Saturday! But because she is only eight years old, we had to get permission from her parents. We went over to their house and we found that her parents had people over. They were all sitting around in a circle, laughing obnoxiously, completely drunk. But we gave a lesson about baptism anyway. That’s right, we had an opening and closing prayer with a group of drunks. They were super disrespectful to what we were teaching. They said things like “Oh, JingTong wants to be baptized? Just throw her in the sewer, there’s water in there!” and “The only way I’ll even get baptized if they fill the tank with beer instead of water.” and “Jingtong, when you’re older, you can go on a mission for 10 years and never come back!” I couldn’t believe the words they were saying. But Sister Huang and I kept our cool. So we asked permission and her parents said “She can get baptized if she wants, we don’t care what she does.” Well, at least we got their permission…it was a very interesting experience.
On Saturday, we ‘tsunamuied’ Taidong 3rd Branch. We spent the entire day in Beinan knocking on doors, finding new investigators for the 3rd branch. Beinan is very interesting. Most of the people are completely uneducated, so it was difficult for us to invite them to read the Book of Mormon, because they can’t read. And when we offered them to come to our free English class (every single missionary in all of Taiwan, including the Taizhong mission teach English every Wednesday night at the chapel they are assigned to. It’s a way to offer service and find investigators) they would reject it and say “I can barely speak Mandarin, why would I want to learn English?” It was an interesting day. And on top of that, it POURED all day on us. It was literally a tsunami haha.
On Sunday and Monday, Elder Gong, Of the Seventy, came and gave us training. I was chosen to perform in a quartet for him! Sister Jenkins, Elder Marchant, Elder Dexter (all serving in Hualien), and I sang “I Stand All Amazed” in English and Mandarin. IT WAS SO COOL. Elder Gong talked about the statistics for the Church growing in Taiwan. This weekend, they are creating a new stake in Taizhong! They are splitting two stakes and adding a third! After that new stake is formed, Taiwan will have a total of 13 stakes. Elder Gong said that in four years, they expect there to be 20 stakes in Taiwan! He said that ’20’ is not a prediction, and the next stake that will be formed is the HUALIEN STAKE! BAHHHH!
Here is my email to President:
Dear President Day,
Hello! First off I want to say thank you so much for coming down to Taidong on the Mission Tour with Elder Gong! And thank you for feeding us ice cream! Did I eat too much? Yes. Do I regret it? Yes. Will I ever eat that much ice cream in one sitting again? You know it!
I learned so much from Elder Gong this weekend. The power of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, the importance of creating stakes to get more temples, and being spiritually BOLD! But my favorite part of Elder Gong’s training was when he focused on the Gift of the Atonement. I was prideful when I didn’t think my testimony of Christ’s Atonement could get any stronger. But it did this weekend. We all know that when we are resurrected, our bodies are made perfect. We will have perfect vision, working legs, no scars, etc. But, even when Christ was resurrected, he still had the scars. The nail prints in His hands and feet, the mark on His side. That is Christ’s resurrected body, because those scars represent what He did for us. He is to be remembered as our Savior and our Redeemer. I LOVE JESUS.
Sister Huang and I are doing so good! We love each other to death and we have learned to use each other’s strengths in teaching lessons and contacting people. I love how much I have learned from her. We have been doing great job in helping each other develop Christ-like attributes that we want to work on. She is amazing!
Sister Huang and I send our love to you, President and Sister Day! Jiayou (加油)!
Our branch mission leader treated us to hotpot yesterday night for dinner, and they were playing Catching Fire on the TV in the restaurant. I WAS SO TEMPTED TO JUST STARE AT THE TV. But I didn’t. Be proud of me!
I love y’all so much! Talk to y’all next week!