Monday, August 31, 2015

Mission Letter 8/31/2015

Dear family and friends,

This week was pretty awesome. 

My companion got dragged into a Tsunami. And by that, I mean that our mission has an activity that they seem to do on about a yearly basis, where they take a group of about 20 missionaries (either because they're awesome, motivated missionaries who are good at finding or because they're struggling and they need some help) and they stick them together and put them all in one place to go finding for a week and help boost the area. So, my companion was asked to participate, and he went off to Xinzhu City for a week (well, 4-5 days) to go find all day every day. One of the Zone Leaders had to stay behind, so I stayed in my area, and was put into a companionship with another Elder whose companion also went to the Tsunami. He had a mini missionary with him, so we were a tripanionship, and when I could find someone to go with me, I let them go off to their area.

As a result of the Tsunami, I got tossed around from companionship to companionship. I spent the four different nights with four different missionaries, going on exchanges all the time to get to all the appointments that I had. Because we live right next to the Office Elders, and they're in a tripanionship (due to some new office elders being trained), I would take a different one each night to go out and meet with people. Afterward, I would either stay the night at their house or meet up again with my original tripanionship. So that was pretty fun, getting tossed around and not really having a companion for a week.

Our investigator, Sister Ju, was baptized this week! We're so excited for her. When we first met her, she had walked into the church building by herself on the night of English class, looking to learn more about the church (not English). So, we started meeting with her, and now, about 2 months later, she's baptized!

But now she's going to be gone for about three weeks because she's a flight attendant, and she's got some flights that take her very far away for a very long period of time. But that's okay. As soon as she comes back, we're going to start helping her prepare to go do baptisms for the dead in the temple.

Our recent convert, Brother Li, was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday, and received his temple recommend! We're so excited for him. We originally asked him to speak at Sister Ju's baptismal service today (he was baptized two weeks ago), but he works the night shift, and after he got off work at 8 AM, he went to sleep for a little bit and slept right through the baptism. So he wasn't there; but he came to church anyway, and was sustained by the ward to be ordained to the office of a Priest, and after church he was ordained and immediately interviewed for the temple (our Bishop is so busy, he works really hard and is always forgetting stuff, so we're always showing up trying to get him to do stuff like interviews, ordinations, signing forms, etc. I feel bad for him). But because of his work schedule, it is hard to find a time for him to go to the temple (because of the temple's limited schedule). We're going to see if we can take him tomorrow...

Scripture of the Day:

D&C 138:
 29 And as I wondered, my eyes were opened, and my understanding quickened, and I perceived that the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth, to teach them;
 30 But behold, from among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness,even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead.
 31 And the chosen messengers went forth to declare the acceptable day of the Lord and proclaim liberty to the captives who were bound, even unto all who would repent of their sins and receive the gospel.
 32 Thus was the gospel preached to those who had died in their sins, without a knowledge of the truth, or in transgression, having rejected the prophets.
 33 These were taught faith in God, repentance from sin,vicarious baptism for the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands,

There is missionary work happening amongst the dead. But the only way they can receive the ordinances of salvation is through the work that we do here on earth. And even better, serving in temples helps us in our own conversion. So we do our best to help RC's (and all members) to attend the temple, frequently.

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Sequoia Ploeg

Taiwan Taipei Mission