Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mission Letter 11/23/2015

Dear family and friends,

This week has been amazing! In addition to finding tons of people.

The choir is coming along well. Regardless of the fact that we had 3 practices before our first performance (which is tomorrow for Elder Stevenson, the new Apostle), it's going well! And starting next Friday and Saturday, and lasting through the rest of December, we'll have performances every weekend throughout all of Taipei. It should be a blast.

This week was really busy. We had so many exchanges with other missionary companionships. We had an exchange with the Xizhi, Sanchong, and Songshan missionaries. Two of those were on consecutive days, with only a 30 minute "switching" time in between. For each of those exchanges, my companion left the area, and I stayed. So, that was fun, staying in the area and running it all week long, and my companion was on like, a vacation touring various cities. But that's okay; last time we had such a busy week, I was the one who got to leave the area every time.

This week, we did not have many lessons set up. So, we had a lot of finding time. It's incredible, living and proselyting in the middle of the city, how many people we meet that don't actually live in our area. I don't know if I've ever given out so many referrals before. But we meet some super cool people, too.

Last week, we ran into this 18 year old kid who is a student at the National Taiwan University, the best school in Taiwan. He is also doing an internship on the side. So, he's incredibly smart, and usually everyone in Taiwan is incredibly busy. But the most amazing thing was that he was first off, interested in learning about the gospel. He said he was looking for a religion, that his mother was Christian, but he was still trying out others. He said he had time Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, in addition to the weekend, to meet. So, super rare, and super cool.

We have an investigator, his name is Brother Huang. He is the friend of a member, and he has been Christian in another church for 3 years. He still retains some of his Buddhist ideas though. And his biggest problem is smoking. He's very willing to be baptized again into our church (though we can never get through a full discussion with him, he talks so much), but the only obstacle is the cigarettes. He has no self confidence, etc. He wants 5 months to prepare. So we set a goal for April 6, 2016. But this week, he went two days without smoking, and he's not sure how, either. It's amazing! He normally smokes over 10 per day, but now he's seeing some success. Hopefully we'll be able to move his baptismal date up a bit.

The family that we're working with came to church again this week. They're super awesome! But super busy, that we never have time to meet with them, they only come to church. But next week is the Primary program, and hopefully their 11 year old daughter will be participating in the performance! That'll be super good for both her, and the family (parents) to watch.

Not much else happened this week. 

Scripture of the Week: 2 Nephi 2:27

 27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Sequoia Ploeg

Taiwan Taipei Mission