Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016 Mango Season in Taiwan

         Zone Conference


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How are y'all doin'?

haha mommy my comp does not run with me because he has a broken foot! He'll go out some mornings and walk around while i get out a sluggish jog though. And he's just a mediocre fan of peanut butter and bananas.

Senor - We live in this community type place where there are like 3 or 4 really tall buildings with a couple of apartments on every floor. We're on the fifth floor and aren't even half way up. It's kinda small for 4 elders but it works. The mangoes are super expensive this year! Apparently because it was so cold in the winter. Buttttt im definitely going to have to splurge this week and get some, it's my last mango season in Taiwan! This week i just asked this fruit stand boss how  much his mangoes were and he gave us a free one each. Our area is full of tons of rice fields. We try to stay in the areas with more people though.

This weekkkkkkkkkk hmmmmmmmmmm. It was just another week in the missionary life to be honest. Some things of note  - on Thursday we had a big zone conference where we all went up to 嘉義. It will be the last time that a lot of missionaries see President Blickenstaff before he goes home. It's so weird to me that we're going to have a new President in 2 weeks. The longer i've been on island the more that president blickenstaff has become a bro. It will be weird adjusting. For my trainee it will be his president for almost the entire 2 years. The true highlight of zone conference was the costco pizza though, lets be real. 

It's been raining a lot the past couple days. The weather here is such that there will randomly be a week or two where it rains for the entire week and then nothing for the next couple. Right now we're in the middle of more rain than not.

We went on exchanges on Tuesday and Wednesday with Elder Shurtleff (think back to that guy who emailed you about psychology senor). He's a really interesting guy and is honestly just one of the nicest, most down to earth people i've ever met. He's going home in 2 weeks, where he'll hang out for a little before heading back up to west point mid summer. Unfortunately though, on exchanges the pillow talk is REAL so i was super tired for the second half of the week haha.

鄭弟兄 (Brother Z) is still doing well. He talked about how he's already started to feel God's presence more in his life and after the closing prayer of our last lesson he started to tear up a little bit, telling us that he was touched by what he thinks was the spirit. But of course he got sick on Sunday so couldn't make it to church. Still a bro though.

林帥哥 (LSG) is still a bro as well. He's still hittin up the clubs on a weekly basis buttt in our last lesson we asked him if he had a desire to change his habits and he said yeah he did but he just couldn't change that fast. We shared with him about the relationship of Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End as a way to overcome these issues. He's read a few chapters in the Bom but also hasnt been able to come to church.

A cool miracle was seen on Sunday though when 林姐妹, one of the less active members that we've been meeting with brought one of her coworkers with her and she seemed to maybe have interest? So we'll see where that goes..

Im sure there was a lot of other stuff that happened this week but as always, this is about all i got come monday...

This week i've been thinking a lot about faith. I don't know i feel like faith is one of those things that's easier said than done. I think it's something especially hard to have when you use a scientists point of view to look at a situation. But, the funny thing is that i've noticed that those who truly have faith (in whatever) they are the ones who are the happiest and accomplish the most. That faith is what leads to hope which leads to happiness. How do y'all think we can have stronger faith?

Love you guys, hope you have a great week!

Elder Nelson

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