Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26,2016 Typhoon Coming


What's goooooood.

So i dont have a lot of time but i thought pictures would be worth a lot more than a long email so that's what i sent. We did a ton of finding this week. It was good, felt like a missionary.

Random Funny Story from the week: Remember that vietnamese guy? He invites us over for lunch. well when we get there there are about 50 vietnamese people crammed in a tiny little room (imagine a shipping crate) where they'er all yelling in a language that i can't understand chugging beers and laughing. They all of a sudden break into this chant that sounds a little like the hakka then down their drinks. They also dunked their rice rolls into the beer which looked pretty interesting. We try talking to the people next to us with no success. I ask the one guy to go outside and we talk to him and a couple of his friends on a sofa that looks like it was left outside of a dumpster just in the middle of the parking lot.

Teaching a lot of college students right now. Will give a better update next week.

God is real. If we're just willing to look we'll see his hand in our lives

Elder Nelson

                                                           E. Nelson and E ?
In the Park 
           Elder Stoud and Nelson with T

                                                   At Work    

                                               With T and S And E. Mitton
                                                                  P Day
                                                              Elder Cox

Dannys Baptism from previous area

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016 New Companion from MTC


How are you guys doing?????????

So Pops this is kinda random but there's a guy here who's in some kind of doctorate program in psychology and i told him you could maybe give him some direction on some ideas of what he could go into. His English is not good but maybe give it a shot please?

This week was a great week! The Typhoon DESTROYED the south part of the island but didn't really affect us up here in Taizhong.

The greatest news of the week was that Grace, T and S all got baptized! It's been so sweet to see the conversion process of all three of them. T shared in her testimony after the baptism that when she was wondering about whether to give up on the whole baptism thing she had a very distinct impression/voice say to her "What are you afraid of?" She had a super spiritual experience with the baptism as well. She said she was in tears of joy that whole night. Shad a blast as well. G told us that it took her some time but she realized that the Book of Mormon had in fact increased her faith in God. She brought her sister to the baptism as well who we will be meeting with next week! Her sister is fluent in English, German and already Christian and thinks she knows everything about the world but she's willing to listen:)

The husband did not come to the baptism, he's always on the other side of the island working, hardly ever comes back. The mongolian girl is really afraid of what her parents will do to her if they find out shes learning about the church so thats been hard.

Yeah mooncakes are a big deal. So is pamelo, which they wear as a hat.

Besides that, my companion is training again so i have a new companion! And guess who it is? Remember Elder Thomas from Tennessee in the MTC? Well we're reunited once again! haha we were so surprised. Im super pumped though its gonna be a blast.

Other awesome news: J from Gao Xiong received the melchezidek priesthood this past week!

And another random story: We taught this Vietnamese guy this week. It's crazy how tough it is for these vietnamese guys to come over. We met in their "house" which is basically 4 pieces of corrugated metal on the side of the factory where they work. Cigarettes are too expensive for them so they were smoking this cheaper stuff from Vietnam. They make like no money but they do it for their families back home. We were having to use the translator on his phone to communicate, even though his chinese was pretty good. 

I'll try to get pictures off to you next week! Love you guys have a great week!

Elder Nelson


Monday, September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 E. Mitton Has Kidney Stone

Elder Nelson on Split with E, Cox


How are y'all doing???????? Sister 's mom is currently on her way over to drop that package off to me! Super nice of her!

Oh and yeah that package was like a birthday/christmas combo haha. The shells were for mom's bday because shells made me think of her and i thought it would be cool to get her some Taiwanese ones. The yoyo was for smeag and the scroll was a christmas present. Glad you liked it!

Nope English classes are still a thing! 

Wait how old is that new member? How did he meet the missionaries? Im really curious about more of his back story! 

Senor you're catching on! haha tai bei, tai zhong, and tai nan (bei=north, zhong = middle, think china, nan = south )

Senor you asked how it was to bne able to speak, read and write chinese. It's awesome, i absolutely love chinese. The more i learn of it the more i love it. 

First and foremost gotta tell you guys the awesome news that T AND S ARE GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY!!!!!! The husband gave the OK. It was super cool because on Wednesday or Thursday we went and shared the story with them of the Brother of Jared and how he presented a plan to the Lord and then went and exercised that plan in faith and because of it saw miracles. We invited them to make a similar plan about how to talk to the husband about it and we got an ecstatic call from her on Saturday morning telling us the good news! G will also be getting baptized this Saturday! We talked about spiritual answers with her and about how the Lord answers our prayers. She finally realized that the Book of Mormon had in fact increased her faith in God. Miracles happen every day out here!

Another cool miracle story. Remember that lady from Hong Kong who owns the apartment right by the college in our area? Well she introduced us last time to those 3 freshman at the college who have now heard about the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. One has already read well into first nephi! Anddddd to the second lesson they brought another friend. Then at the third lesson they brought 3 more friends. All of these people live in the same apartment building. It's been super cool to see God providing these people for us to teach. They were originally the 3 musketeers and then the 4 ninja turtles but now that there are 7+ of them we're trying to come up with a new nickname for em haha.

We've also been teaching a little in English recently. I think I told you guys last week about the Mongolian Muslim girl A that we met. And then we also met this guy from Indonesia who had met the missionaries when he was back in Indonesia who's going to school over here. 

This week coming up is the mid autumn festival (remember last year a lot of BBQ and moon cakes) so we've been putting down mooncakes for days. 

My companion got a kidney stone this week :O So that was interesting. He randomly had this really intense pain and was like what is going onnn so we went to the hospital and realized it was a kidney stone. He still hasn't peed it out though. Today is also his 20th birthday so a member is taking us out to this buffett and then we're getting this free guitar lesson from the place that my comp bought a guitar from last week. Also hilarious because as we were coming in one night we saw this guitar just thrown outside the dumpster with its strings all mangled and being soaked in the rainstorm from that night so i took it up and today im gonna get it restringed. 

Those were the main highlights of the week i think..

This week I was reading a talk given by Elder Ballard in 1981 called "Do Things That Make a Difference." I think it's def worth the read but if you dont have time one thing that he talked a lot about was self discipline and how that can help us reach our goals. He then gave an invite along the lines of "Write down one thing you're doing right now that you know you shouldn't be doing. And stop doing it. Tonight. Then write down one thing you know you should be doing right now and aren't. and start doing it. tonight." Through goal setting, self discipline and hard work miracles are seen.

Love you guys have a great week!

Elder Nelson


                                                       In Bat Caves on P-day with E. Mitton

Monday, September 5, 2016

August 28, 2016 (no transmission oringinally) and September 5, 2016 Back in Taichung


Sorry i dont know what happened with the email last week! I definitely sent it out, but apparently it didnt go though! This is the one from last week:


How are you guys this week???? Sounds like everyone's getting back into the swing of school and everything. Glad i don't have to worry about that for a while! :)

The new area is great, the ward members are super cool. We have a TON of sisters though, with like hardly any dudes. The comp's a bro. Food is same old. Our bishop took us out this week though to this really nice restaurant. It was one of those spinny tables where there are a bunch of entrees on the table and when you want something else you just spin the table.

This week was good. We went on 2 exchanges this week, which is something that we have to do more often now - where we switch companions for like 24 hours and learn new ways to be a missionary basically. We saw a lot of cool miracles on both of them. The first one I was with an Elder Gilbert. We were finding like the whole night. Probably the coolest miracle was this girl that we contacted at a red light. When we first started talking with her, she started wagging her finger at us like nope, don't even try. I couldn't help myself from chuckling a little, then went ahead and told her we were sharing about a Jesus Christ and if she'd have a minute to pull to the side of the road. And turns out, she's already christian. We told her about the restoration and she set up for the next day where we shared about the restoration of the gospel. She was super cool. Although turns out she feels like she needs to read the entire bible before she starts reading the book of mormon...

And then on Friday I went with an Elder Christensen. Probably the coolest miracle of that exchange was meeting with this Y Family for the first time who are super cool. The dad is just super happy and they were totally willing to try reading and praying and coming to church. They really want to see if these things have any help in their lives. They're like "can we really receive answers through reading scriptures??"

But yeah besides that it was another week of opposition. We have a ton of really cool investigators (we had 8 investigators at church this week which is like unheard of in Taiwan!) right now who have testimonies, but can't get baptized because of this family opposition. One of the hardest ones this week was proabably T and S. They passed their baptismal interview and then afterwards told us that they probably wouldn't be able to be baptized because the dad and grandma don't approve. It's pretty crushing to be honest, to see someone progress so much and then not be able to do what they know is right just because of family members.

Buttttt i take solace in the fact that it's all a part of God's plan. One of my investigators(should be getting baptized in a couple weeks!) from my last area emailed me this week with something that he liked in the Book of Mormon that applies to this a lot actually. He said (only renny will 看得懂 this) "我喜歡尼腓二書211節如果萬物沒有了對立就沒有神了!" He was just saying how in 2 nephi it talks about how if there wasn't opposition in all things, then God wouldn't exist. Opposition and trials are part of God's plan. They're the only way that we can grow and know true happiness!]]]]]]]

But yeah really sorry about that. Hopefully this one makes it through. 

In terms of this week..we went on exchanges with the AP's this week which was fun. I was with Elder Booth, this Elder from Australia. Absolute bro, he wants to play professional rugby when he gets back so we were just talking about rugby and football the whole time. Made me want to get into rugby when i get back haha. 

Besides that, a lot of our investigators are in the same kind of situations.

H and J are seriously the most amazing kids ever. J payed fast offerings this last week and H already has a piggy bank that he's saving up for his mission fund! I can'g get over how amazing they are, it just goes to show how simple the gospel of Jesus Christ really is.

E's doing super great too. She hasn't touched coffee or tea since we shared the word of wisdom with her and has been to church the last 3 weeks in a row. This last sunday she's like "i dont want to go to class" so she stayed the whole time, even for the potluck afterward. She eats the Book of Mormon up. Halfway through Alma. Her big thing right now is she doesn't want to get baptized when she can't give 100% to it, like she thinks she'd feel guilty if she had to miss the last hour of church for a class or what not. Still super solid though.

T and S are dealing with the husband opposition. He thinks we're just these two white guys who are trying to trick her and her son. They both really want to get baptized, but we can't baptize them without the father agreeing.

G is doing really well. She's really looking for answers to those big life questions and is progressing well. She went to the ward activity on saturday biking up in the mountains.

We shared the Family: A proclamation to the world with them and they loved it. Especially in Taiwan,where the father is seen as a figure that you respect and obey, not necessarily one who you can talk to and go out and bond with etc. They have a desire to have their family break this Taiwanese norm.

And then a couple finding miracles. Contacting on the road met this 21 year old lady who's had i pretty rough in life. She had a kid with her boyfriend and then the boyfriend left so she has to work at a gas station everyday till late to provide for the kid, with the family watching over the kid for her. also while we were making calls at a 7(11) one day we ran into this lady who rents out apartments to the college students in our area. Shes originally from Hong Kong and is also christian. Recently had her husband pass away and was really wanting to know if she would see her husband again. As i bore testimony to that she would, we both kinda started tearing up a little. The next time we met with her, she introduced us to these 3 freshman college girls who live at the place she rents out who we were able to teach a little and set up for later this week.

Yeah we have to do a lot more administrative stuff so theres like no personal time at night. Dont worry we still get to teach! We just have to do a lot more followups,trainings and exchanges with other elders. 

The comp's a really funny guy. He's into longboarding type stuff, went to the Y for a semester before coming out (he'll be going back for winter semester). It's really easy to get along with him which makes a big difference in missionary work.

Also senor a lot of our apartments in Taiwan are equally sketchy so i feel like nothing will phase me when i get back haha

It's so easy to see God's hand in this work, if only we're willing to look. For a quick thought, i thought i'd copy and paste what A (the member we'd been working with in my last area) sent to me this week (her english is super good) : "" If God answers our prayer, He is increasing our faith; If he delays, he is increasing our patience; if he doesn't answer, he has something better for us."
Sometimes I prayed and just couldn't get the answer..I think I have to be much more patient till I found the answer from God.. : )
Love you guys! Sorry again about last week. Hopefully mom's feelers weren't out for too long :) Hope you have a great week!!
Love, Elder Nelson
P.S. Things i want from the states uhhhh pictures and notes from you guys, american food, and thats about all ican thinkof guys know me well!

P.P.S. Did a package ever make it to you guys down there that i sent?