Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mission Letter 7/22/2015

Dear family and friends,

Hello! It has been a most excellent week and a half. So much has happened, and yet not a ton either. Today is Temple Day, which is really exciting, and then we are planning on going on a Gondola ride through mountains and meadows to a place where... I'm not sure. But it'll be a fun ride, anyway.

So the week started with a P-Day, at which time we visited with my aunt; I got permission from President to see her, so the sisters called her, told her that we were going to a certain park, and she came to find us. We originally planned to find a trail and go hiking, but then she told us that she knew of a trail to waterfall and that she would take us there. So all 8 of us missionaries (and a member who came along with us) set off after her up a mountain. 

After about ten minutes of going up this mountain, my aunt said that the trail didn't seem right; it was too steep, and becoming unfamiliar, and there was supposed to be a pavilion which we just hadn't hit yet. So she waved a car off to the side of the road, and asked directions. We were told that we had come to a fork and taken the wrong road, and were currently walking to a police shooting range. So we had to turn around and go back down. But our group of missionaries had been split up into fast walkers, medium, and slow; my aunt was at the bottom, but the slow ones ran up to get the medium ones to come back down. When we got to the medium ones, my aunt gets out of a car that she had just hitchhiked up to us in, and asks him to take us back down the mountain (we let the man go by himself, told him we'd just walk). She then proceeds to flag down another car to take a few people up to the fast walkers, and later I find out when she got to the top, she flagged down a car to bring the fast walkers down, and then flagged down yet another car to bring herself down. Everyone was pretty hysterical about what was all happening, as she waved down car after car after car. It was pretty hilarious.

This coming week, one of our investigators (Brother Guo) is getting baptized. He's been doing excellent; when I showed up, they'd already almost finished the lessons, and he just wanted to wait about a month to be baptized. So now it's this Saturday! We're really excited.

We have another investigator, Sister Che, who is doing excellent. She is a flight attendant, and she came to the church of her own accord wanting to meet with the missionaries. She was given a tract on the street a few months ago, and her friend is Mormon, and so she came wanting to learn. She's been so willing to meet and keep commitments, and she's doing awesome! The only obstacle is her work schedule, which means attending church takes a little bit of time. But she's been doing so well, and has committed to all the commandments, and her baptismal goal is for 8/16. So, we're really excited for her.

Elder Varney got in a bike crash the other day. A car pulled out of a small alleyway really quickly, and not looking for pedestrians or bikes, kinda placed himself in our path. Elder Varney was in front, and going pretty quickly. He slammed on his brakes, and his front brake was evidently better than his back brake because he flew over his bike, and next to the car. So he didn't really hit the car, but he still ended up on the ground, with a terrified driver running over to us. Elder Varney was like, "It's fine, I'm okay, can I give you a tract?" So we gave the man a couple tracts, he calmed down a bit, and left. And thus we continued, a little worse for wear, but still fine. 

Scripture thought of the day: Alma 26:37.

 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of everypeople, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

I hope you all have a most wonderful week! Not to long, and there will be another email from me!

Elder Sequoia Ploeg

Taiwan Taipei Mission