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2章11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 haha...you guys know me well!
P.P.S. Did a package ever make it to you guys down there that i sent?