Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mission Letters 5/2/2016

Dear family and friends,

And just like that, April is gone. They say April showers bring May flowers, but in Taiwan, it's more like April downpours bring May thunderstorms which bring June typhoons. It's just always raining. But that's nice; it keeps the temperature under control. 

​CAPTION: Fear not, we are not in a pub. This is an all you can eat brick pizza house. Delicious!

This week my companion and I worked really hard. And the results of all of our efforts thus far have been amazing! We had a lot of lessons this week, and I've just seen so much change during the time I've been in this area. Change in the ward and in my own area. Especially since we whitewashed, meaning we came in and started fresh in the area. It's been so cool watching the change in investigators and ward members, as we've gotten to know them and become friends with them. People just open up. You make so many friends on a mission. 

We have an investigator, Jacky. He's literally the coolest guy ever. He's got a friend that's Mormon, that's his initial and repeated contact with the church. But we've been meeting with him, and he's been accepting all that we've been teaching him. It's been one of the smoothest teaching processes I've ever participated in. He's set a time for a baptismal interview, and if he passes, he'll be baptized in 3 more weeks. We're so excited! 

As is the ward. Until the other companionship of elders had a baptism two weeks ago, the ward hadn't had a baptism in over a year. They were a ward very familiar with each other, but a little ignorant of new people who we'd bring to church. They'd say hi, but that's about it. But now, the ward is getting better and better at just swarming the people we bring to church. It's so cool! The ward's new saying (about baptisms) is, "We've had one, now we'll have two, then three, then four!" And it's looking more and more like it all the time. 

We have a new investigator Sister Jiang, who the ward simply loves. People keep telling us, "She's prepared. She's totally getting baptized." She has all the right questions, met with us on a Saturday and then came to church on Sunday, and enjoyed everything about it. Willing to read the scriptures, set a baptismal goal, and feels golden in every way shape and form. We're so excited for her!

This week's been great. Today the missionary choir for the 60th Anniversary of missionary work in Taiwan starts practicing. Hopefully that's not too stressful. 

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Sequoia Ploeg

Taiwan Taipei Mission