Monday, October 5, 2015

10/5/2015 Survived the Strong Winds of Second Typhoon


I hope you guys enjoyed conference! We are actually watching it this upcoming saturday and sunday. The broadcast in mandarin is delayed a week, but we will still be watching it in English, thank goodness. Im super pumped. Also I dont know who all three of the new apostles are but someone did spill the beans that bishop stevenson is one of them, which has special significance because his son is in the taiwan taizhong mission right now...can't imagine what his last pday was like haha. Im super pumped tho, conference will be a much needed break and spiritual uplift. (btw those sandwhiches were the best)

Sad to hear about the death in the Martinez family :( Hope they're doing okay.

In terms of the typhoon, this one was a little different. It didn't last as long and we didn't get nearly as much rain but my goodness was the wind strong. Like it was straight up blowing motorcycles over. We ended up deciding to take the bus home at the end of the day because if we had ridden our bikes we definitely would have been blown off. haha ive never seen wind that strong. The most hilarious part though was there were still people in the night market going around like nothing was happening. And yes no broken glass this time!

Wow UT is impressive this year. At least BYU got the W

Sounds like Smeagol's in his junior year of high school or something haha. Psych and art history have gotta be tough for sure. He'll do well though, he's a STUD.

So awesome about Phil killing it on the sales!!
We actually had another ward barbecue this last saturday and there was quite a bit of meat as well..i may go veggie for a while who know's. The worst part is trying to finish off these mooncakes...we have stacks in our apartment that members have given to us.

Yes so after this week will be the movecall. It's pretty much 100% i'm going to be getting a new companion, it's just a matter of if that's going to be in fengjia or if im going to be moving. 95% sure im gonna be staying and get a new comp for another movecall then ill be off to another area.

Seeing another culture in action is seriously one of the coolest things ever. Like there are just so many things that are different than what Americans think is normal  but to them its just everyday life. I find myself chuckling from time to time at just how ridiculous people might think some of the stuff is if they just peeked in for a second. I'm pretty used to it though, slowly becoming more and more Taiwanese on this end haha.

The language is tough. I am not anywhere close to fluent. BUT people can understand me most of the time when i speak which is good. Its when we start talking about really specialized stuff that everything starts going over my head. I started working on book of mormon characters today actually, and the first 50 in the box i already knew so wahooo. Gonna be focusing more on that coming up. haha the grammar on D&C 93 is actually kinda super unique to chinese so it would be tough to translate.

Praying on this end that neuropsych will come through.

One thing that I have come to realize more since being on my mission is exactly what you said senor. That i need to come to know the Savior better. Really, i think it's a lifelong goal that won't end after we die. But we should still be focusing more of our time and efforts on truly trying to understand Him and grow closer to Him. Easier said than done unfortunately.

There's a member here who's about our age and is going to be going to the Salem Oregon Mission at the end of this month. He's super coool, especially since he had to come back from many years of inactivity to be able to have this opportunity to go serve a mission. He just quit his job so recently he's been going on what he calls "missionary parties" with us where he shadows us around during the day and helps us with lessons. We've also been helping him study a little about of the english preach my's so weird seeing him as he's preparing to go out because it seems like just yesterday i was in the same position.

 Oh also hilarious because all of the little kids here will come up and look up at me and then say "pai shou" which is like the chinese equivalent of high five. Then if my hand isnt high enough they'll say "gao yi dian" (a little higher). Then they'll jump up super high and give me a high five then run away. 2 minutes later they'll be back waiting impatiently at my feet haha.

 This week we were able to meet a couple of really cool investigators. One, wang , just returned from working in china for many years and realized that he's lacking purpose in life and really wants to "simplify things." He also told us that his biggest goal right now is to get married and start having kids. Everything he was saying was like perfectly lined up with our message...Also met a xie,  who is in his third year at school at the university. Although in the past he has relied more on science, he told us he says he doesn't see why science and religion couldn't coexist and seemed really willing to learn more. We're also continuning to work with Anna who took her test this Sunday so now should have more time. 

In personal study i came across a pretty basic but full of meaning scripture. 1 Nephi 13:16 says that they "did humble themselves before the Lord and the power of the Lord was with them." The true key to obtaining power is to realize where the true power comes from and that we can't do it alone...

So good to hear from you guys, i love you and hope you have a great week!

Elder Nelson


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