I got to see some of my besties from the MTC!
Ok so emailing these past two weeks have just been crazy. I don't even know where I left off on my stories and such. But I guess that I could just give y’all the highlights of what it's like to be a missionary in Taiwan.
First off I was able to go to the Taibei Temple this morning! It is a beautiful Temple. Look up pictures on google. But I will tell you a secret. The background is fake! There are hardly any temple grounds and right next to it is a gas station! It is really hard to get a good picture of JUST the temple. This temple session was really good.
I think it is really cool to see why you’re sent to your area. And I feel like every time I ask God what more I can do to serve Him. He always says something about my companion. I had a cool experience the other night. During my nightly prayers I asked God if I had done my best. He said no. I was like “What?!?” That day I handed out more fliers. Our lessons were smoother and filled with the Holy Ghost. I felt confident in my Chinese. My mind was thinking, "ya I was really successful today." But God told me otherwise. And then the next morning I prayed again and asked what more I could have done. He said, "Serve your companion". Having a unified companionship is super important. And right now I am trying to figure out how I can do better to serve her.
The people that we are working with are amazing! I love everyone here. We will most likely have a baptism before the transfer ends.
--There is this girl who we are teaching. Liu Jie Mei. She is a college student and super strong in the gospel already. She just has a lot of activities in Taibei on Sundays so she hasn’t been able to come to church. What gets someone to come to church? She says that she doesn't make church a first priority because she hasn't gained experience or a testimony of it yet. Well, the only way you can do that is by coming to church! Hah! She's cool. :))
--Chen Jie Mei is a grandma that we teach. She is my favorite! She totally acts like we are her grandkids and spoils us. It is sometimes hard to get through lessons with her though. To keep her focused. But so far she has faith and is coming to church (already came twice since I have been here.
--There is an LA that we are working with. She wants to read scriptures with us everyday for an hour. She is so strong in the Gospel and she knows everything to be true. She has low self-confidence though. She says that she doesn't have a testimony. She does. So we agreed that she could come out with us … like tracting and stuff - so that she can share her testimony with others. I think that will really help her. I have never had a member go out with us before (at least not here in Taiwan.)
Ok next topic: FOOD! Everybody likes food. So I have tried some great stuff lately. There is this grandma who we are teaching. She is so cute and loves having us over. She made us dinner on Thursday. Homemade dumplings, fried chicken, sauces and passion/apple fruit drink. SO GOOD! She asked us what we wanted next week or what our favorite food was. I told her that my dad and I liked to make Ma po dou fu. So guess what she is making this week! (tomorrow) :))
I love her! She's the best! She made one of my favorites "fan qie chao dan" which is egg and tomato. She made a bunch of other stuff too:) oh and had beans for dessert. Ok, whoever thinks that beans are only used with mexican food or in chili is crazy. It is one of my new favorite desserts here :)