Sunday, May 31, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
CAPTION: Last Preaparation Day, most of my District went together to Yingge and made clay bowls/cups/plates. So, of course that warranted a District Selfie pic.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
This week has been simply incredible. Both for my area, and for the District as a whole. Elder Ribar and I were able to reach 40 lessons this week, 13 Book of Mormon's, and it was a miracle (In the past on my mission, I'd be happy if we reached 20 lessons in a week; that is the mission's Standards of Excellence, which means the goal that President Day wants us to strive for weekly). We've worked extremely hard this week, and focused our efforts a lot on really putting forth 100% in everything we do. And the blessings came! Our District did well overall, too; this week had a total of 102 lessons across the 4 companionships in the District. Last week we had about 63, which is a very stark contrast.
The week started with an exchange with the Taoyuan Zone Leaders. During that day, I learnt a lot about being bold and getting straight to the point (when talking to people) of us being missionaries, declaring our purpose, and inviting people to act. By so doing, we were able to talk to a lot more people, have meaningful lessons, and better judge whether or not people would be ready to accept the gospel or just (in a sense) unwisely use our time.
As a result of our efforts, we also did a ton of Team Jesus this week. I don't know if you've ever heard of Team Jesus before; that means that, when we find out that the person doesn't actually live in our area, we still do our best to help them as if they were our own investigator, and then hand them off as a referral. We had a lot of referrals that we gave to other areas, but Team Jesus usually pays back! We've received some awesome referrals in exchange, entitled, "Golden Investigator!" so we hope that we can help him become a golden member soon.
CAPTION: My companion, Elder Ribar, and I outside the Taiwan Taipei Temple after our session. The temperature was SO HOT and we were burning up, but that's okay.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
CAPTION: Traveling to Zone Meeting, on a Taiwanese bus (could they have stuffed any more people on?)
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
This week, we had an incredible 4 investigators at church. We were so happy! Two of them were people we'd only ever met on the street, and aside from the lesson we had with them there, had never met with us. And they both came to church. Of the 4, only one stayed for all three hours. He was one that we had met on the street only.
Our very best investigator, Brother Huang, is doing amazing! He's learning so much, and progressing so well. He has awesome questions, and is keeping commitments like reading, praying, and coming to church. He set a baptismal date this week for May 30. We're really excited for him; he's looking for a belief system/religion, and we hope to help him realize that with us, he's found it. He's truly an awesome guy; he has a Mormon friend, and thus has heard about things like the Word of Wisdom; one of his questions to us was if Mormons could own coffee stores, because he wants to open one someday. He's cool.
Remember what it contains. "It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come" (Introduction to the Book of Mormon). That's a lot!
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