Tis the season to be jolly, because Qishan has two baptisms on Christmas Eve!!!! WOO HOO
Earlier this week my Bishop was trying to tell me I’ve been a blessing to Qishan, because before I got here the area went a year and a half with only three baptisms, and while I’ll be here there’s going to be at least three. Psshh. I’m not sure I had that much to do with it. I think I just got here at the right time. Honestly the first month here in Qishan I was convinced it was one of the hardest areas in the mission because we weren’t teaching anyone and we were having no success. Now, its way different! This place has changed. Or maybe I just changed. My attitude is certainly different. I now think that Qishan is the best area in the entire mission, for tons of reasons! My new companion Elder Westcott has been surprised a lot by this area. He heard previously that Qishan was super rough, mostly negative things. But the last week I’ve shown him around the area and now he thinks its probably the best in the entire mission. He says I’ve been lucky to be here for the last three months. I definitely have been.
My experience here in Qishan has taught me that perspective and attitude can make all the difference. It also has reminded me that when you count all the blessings that God has given you, you really have no excuse to be anything other than happy, grateful, and joyful. SO COUNT YOUR BLESSING PEOPLE! It will make you happier than you are now. 🙂
This week has been awesome. A new companion has brought a new perspective on missionary work. Elder Westcott and I work really well together! And we’ve started implementing some new ways to try to get more new investigators in Qishan. Most of his previous investigators in his other area were younger people, high school and college kids. Most of mine have been in their 30s or 40s plus. So if we can combine those demographics, we’ll be teaching a lot more people. One thing he’s done a lot is contacting people at McDonald’s, which is something I had never done until this week. We tried it, and we had a sit-down lesson with one guy and got his number, and got two other people’s numbers in less than 20 minutes. That’s not bad! Its something we’ll be doing more frequently now. Talking to people at McDonald’s about Jesus Christ. I think that’s pretty funny. But hey, it works!
This week we taught a bunch and a lot of our lessons went pretty well, but that’s not what I want to talk about this week. I want to talk about tracting. We do a lot of tracting here in Qishan, because there are a ton of houses. While tracting, you get to meet some crazy people. And really nice people. Saturday night we went tracting and met a group of people from all over southern Taiwan. They were sitting snacking on cocoa beans that one of them grew down in Pingdong and drinking beer that another one of them brewed himself. Nice people. We weren’t there very long because it was hard to teach and get anything done, but they gave us cocoa beans! Like legit cocoa beans that you can just eat! They’re pretty tasty! Its like dark chocolate! Yesterday we tracted into this really nice older couple who were Buddhist and knew a ton of correct doctrine. But like most Taiwanese people they think all religion is the same and it doesn’t matter what you believe in as long as you believe and do good things. Well, they ended up offering us a lot of food. We probably sat and talked with them for like 20 or 30 minutes before the wife just got up and said she’ll get us some noodles. We couldn’t really refuse (and we assumed the noodles were already made, which they weren’t), so we waited a bit. It wasn’t until after she started legit cooking did we realize what she meant. So she ended up making us a full super fancy vegetarian noodle dish with cashews, pumpkin, mushrooms and some other kind of fungus. It was tasty, but it was a total waste of time. Taiwanese people. And then as we were leaving they insisted on giving us 5 oranges!
To give you an idea of the food we get offered, this week we were given 2 dragon fruits, a large bag of baby tomatoes, 11 oranges, 4 large white radishes, a small bag of cocoa beans, a bunch of bananas, and fancy vegetarian noodles. Let’s just say may companion now loves to go tracting. (he didn’t do it ever in his last area) Yeah, so the people here like us I guess, but not always enough to listen to our message about Jesus Christ.
Okay well I have like no time left, I WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! DON’T FORGET THAT ITS ABOUT JESUS!
I love you all,