Mom, Dad, I just talked to y’all this week, so I don’t really know what else to say other than the fact that IT WAS AWESOME SKYPING Y’ALL! I can’t believe it was my last time to Skype on the mission…I’ll be home before Mother’s Day. WEIRD….
We had our Mission Christmas Conference this week! The ENTIRE mission got together and we partied it up at the American Club in Shilin (士林). THEY HAD CARPET. You don’t find carpet in Taiwan, just tile flooring. So you KNEW they were not kidding when they call it the American Club haha. We were there from 9am-5pm, and there were trainings given, slideshows to watch, an all-you-can-eat American food buffet (this was fancy stuff that included smoked salmon, gourmet macaroni, and RIBS) and the really fun part was the mission talent show. Missionaries got really creative with their talents! My favorite performance is when the Polynesian missionaries put together a Hakka dance, and invited President Jergensen to do it with them haha. It was SO funny!
After the Christmas conference, I went on exchanges with Sister Guo, our temple sister, and for most of the exchange, we did a lot of work in the mission office. We thought up ideas on what kinds of trainings are needed to be given to Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders, and typed it up in a word document for President to approve. It was fun to see how different mission office life is from regular mission life.
As for Songshan (松山), we are working on developing unity with the ward and stake:
Dear President Jergensen,
I can’t even tell you how much I’ve learned from my responsibility as a Sister Training Leader this week. While I was serving in central zone, I thought it was a really great experience, and it really prepared me for my calling this transfer. With Elder Jensen and Elder Liston as zone leaders, and with Sister Bowman, a powerhouse of a missionary serving by my side, we feel like we can do anything. Our faith in this zone and the potential and progress that can be made is so high! We have really been trying to come up with training for our sisters in order to strengthen their relationships with the ward. In our mmmeeting (member missionary meeting) this week, we set our vision without mmleader about having more member involvement. We were bold about it, but loving as well when extending out our vision. Our mmleader and ward missionary are on board with us, and I am excited for this trust between us and the ward start to blossom.
After today’s conference call with you, Sister Bowman and I want to implement the goal that we have already set with your goal for the east zone regarding finding. We are so excited!
Thank you so much for your service! We love you!
Y’all are awesome!
Sister Ioane and I went on a mini exchange to Beitou (北投)! This first picture describe our relationship 🙂 I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
My new companion, Sister Bowman! SHE IS AMAZING!!!
When Sister Lin and I were serving together in Taoyuan, there was a week where we have 2 mini missionaries serve with us. We were all reunited at the new Danshui chapel!
At the brand new Danshui chapel with the Christmas Choir!
With my duanchuan (mini mission) companion
The Missionary Talent Show!
Elder Taylor played guitar and sang a song about breakfast, it was hilarious.
Elder Aiono sang “Buy You a Drank” by T-Pain, but changed the meaning into he would buy you a drink from the Living Waters that is Jesus Christ. I cried because I laughed so hard hahaaa
Christmas Buffet Dinner at the ACC (American Club in China)
Seester Hendricks with a sweet photobomb by Elder Welch!
President Jergensen doing the Hakka with the Polys!
JUST SO MUCH TALENT IN THE MISSION.
THEY WERE ROASTING A FULL PIG RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR APARTMENT. #TAIWANESE
Our ward missionary, (she goes by Sister Trouble, find her on Facebook, and you will find many pictures of all the Taiwan missionaries) made us this huge lunch because Elder and Sister Hsieh are going back home to Penghu (澎湖) from their service as senior couple missionaries!