Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016 Back to Taichung


How are y'all doing?????????

What's the story behing the two recent converts in our ward?

Lol "Bang Bang" is playing in this internet cafe right now.

Sooooooo this week was a week of adjusting. It always takes some time to get settled into a new area, and to the way that your companion does missionary work. This new area is definitely super sweet though. It's just weird returning to Tai Zhong, because i haven't been back here since i was in training. Must have been what Lebron felt like  returning home to Cleveland.

As the title suggests, we baptized again this week! Her name is 曾鈺芸 (ZYY/Amber). She's super cool. She went to a year of school then had to defer for a little bit to work. So shes been working at 7 for the past year saving up money which is where she was found. She was Christian growing up, but never super devout. It was awesome to hear her testimony after being baptized, she talked about how she found a fullness of doctrine in the church that she couln't find before. She also talked about how she felt like now she truly understood who God is, like actually understands what kind of a being He is. I totally agree. Im so grateful that in the church we can learn who God really is and develop a relationship with Him. That kind of relationship is sacred and real.

Besides that, there's just a really cool group of people that we're working with up here. I'll try to highlight a couple of them. Number one: Tina and Steven! Tina is a mother and her 9 year old son is Steven. They were found through English Class and they're super cool. The mom runs a clothing store and Steven LOVES transformers. haha ive never seen a kid with so many transformers. This morning at 6 he came to the park by our house and played basketball with us. haha the kid is a baller. They have a true desire to learn and come to know God. Steven told us that he feels a warm feeling everytime he prays. Only issue with them is that the dad lives on the east coast of the island doing some kind of environmentalism job and we've never seen him. They also apparently haven't old him they've been coming to church soo...But they're super cool Tina's English is also amazing, that's what she majored in  in college.

Jill. Jill is a mom with a little baby. She's been reading the Book of Mormon, a chapter a night up until almost 2 Nephi. She knows the Book of Mormon is true, has received a witness of it and loved the baptism which she attended. Buttttt coffee is hard for her to give up and her husband is superrrrr opposed, like says he'll divorce her if she gets baptized sooooo pray for her.

There are also a couple of super cool younger kids that we're teaching which is a new experience as well. There's this 16 year old girl named Emily who has flawless English and she's amazing. She reads at least 2 chapters in the Book of Mormon every night, up until Mosiah and she knows that the Book of Mormon is true. Shes seriously a genious. She wants to get baptized, but she wants to wait until she graduates to do it. 

And then there are two others, who are 10 and 13 who are amazing as well. They're Hank and Juliet. Hank has finished the Book of Mormon stories book and is now working on the Doctrine and Covenants. They've been to church a million times and they're parents are super friendly too just busy all the time with their bike shop (how they were found in the first place). So hard to know what the opposition is like. These parents and grandparents all oppose because they're afraid that if theyre kids dont burn stuff for them they'll have nothing to eat and wear in the next life.

Oh also a piece of Taiwanese Culture. This month is 中元節 (zhong yuan jie). I think in English it's called the ghost festival or something like that. It's the time of the year where they think that all of the ghosts/spirits come out so everyone is burning the paper money and food and stuff a ton.

Also got a totally asian haircut last week.

Anyways love you guys a ton. God lives and loves us. Have a great week!

Love, Elder Nelson


                                                                 Taiwanese Ice

                                                     Wang Family Baptism in An Ding  E. Stroud and E. Nelson
Elder Sroud leaving An Ding

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