Alright so I’ve got some stories.
Last last week we met this guy. We were in a 7-11 because you know that’s where missionaries in Taiwan proselyte and we saw this man sitting down. Ta kan qi lai yi ban de taiwanren. He looked like a regular taiwanese guy. Nothing special. In fact he looked like the type of Taiwanese guy that usually turns us down. But I thought you know what I should talk to him, so we did. And he let us sit down with him! And we proceeded to learn that in the past he’s had contact with missionaries and even at one point had a Book of Mormon. He was totally interested in learning more! It was awesome. We talked about setting up with him to meet again but turns out he had no phone. And he lived pretty far away. Out in Neimen. Which is about an hour and half bike ride from where we live in Meinong. But we told him we were willing to visit him if he had interest, so he gave us his address! We set up to meet him the next Thursday at his house. Well we decided the day before to go up to Neimen to see just how far it was and so we could find his house. It was a long bike ride with lots of hills and gorgeous scenery.
Thursday came and we were really hoping he remembered our lesson, because if he didn’t we wasted 2 hours of biking. Well I think you can guess what happened since I took the time to type all this out, he was home! And he was expecting us! We ended up sitting with him at this park table gazebo thing outside a nearby elementary school and taught him. It was a really good lesson! It was a miracle that we were able to meet with him. It made us think of what missionary work must have been like ages ago, before phones and quick methods of contact. Good trip, I’m excited to go back out there again this upcoming Thursday, but this time we’ll have a member drive us!
Okay so this week I had the opportunity to one up Taiwanese cooking. Here in Qishan they make banana cake, which is like banana bread, but worse. Its good! But not nearly as good as it should be. So I taught Bishop’s wife and a few other members how to make REAL banana bread. We all met at the church and baked some tasty muffins. The whole time Rafael, who is our Ward mission leader, was telling us that American banana bread and Taiwanese banana cake is the same thing! (He speaks good English and has been to America) He was expecting my banana bread to be hai hao (not bad but not great). Well I’m glad to say I proved him wrong. They loved it. They all told me I could sell it on Lao Jie! That’s the super touristy road where everyone sells food on. I was honored by that compliment.
We have an investigator named Sarah. I may have mentioned her before. She’s a yuanjunmin, which means she’s the type of Taiwanese person whose ancestors aren’t from China. She lives super far away, but she’s awesome. Problem is, she can’t ever come to church. She works at her parents restaurant every day in the morning, and her parents are Buddhist. I’ve been teaching her for 2 months at least now and she’s never come to church. Yesterday she had already confirmed with us that she couldn’t come to church. That day I also had decided to fast and pray that she would be able to find a way to come. We were sitting in Sacrament meeting, about 45 minutes in, and we got a call. It was from Sarah! Turns out she could come for like 20 minutes! She got there about 45 minutes later for part of Sunday School, stayed for 20 minutes, and then left. Miracle! First off it takes her 45 minutes to drive to church, and she was willing to come for 20 minutes! This means her parents will let her come! And it means she’ll be able to get baptized! This is awesome! Missionary work is so great!
This morning I hiked a super cool mountain.
This is what it looked like at the top. That’s what I do when I’m excited.
Well hey, I love yall. I can’t wait for the day I get to give each and every one of you a great big hug! It will probably be a long hug, bordering awkward because of its length. But that’s okay, because I love you.
Do you ever feel unhappy? Do you ever feel void of hope? Do you long for a more fulfilling life? Do you wish to better understand God’s plan for you? Do you want a better life? Do you like joy? Are you a human being?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are qualified to read the Book of Mormon and find the answers and happiness you desire and deserve. I know because I’ve read it. Simply put, it is God’s word written for you so that you can be happy.
Click the link, go read it. I know you want to. 🙂
Love your favorite fellow living in Taiwan,