June 23, 2014Things are so good here in Taiwan! I love it.
Things are so good here in Taiwan! I love it.
I got the Fourth of July package this week!! So amazing. I loved it! We had a ward Family Home Evening last night - I made the Jello and brought it with me to share. Everyone was so intrigued, haha. They loved it!
We have free english class at the chapel every week. We have a beginners class and an advanced class - I'm the advanced class teacher. We usually play games and spend most of the time just talking so that everyone can practice using their english. It's always super fun, and everyone is so happy to be there. We always end class with a short spiritual share. This week we taught them about the importance of prayer and how we pray. We talked about the role of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost in prayer. How we pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ and how we often receive our answers through the feelings that come from the Holy Ghost. It was really amazing to see them understand and make sense of it. One of the students was really interested in the importance of the Holy Ghost - he expressed that he's prayed a lot, but has never been really sure how answers come. I love being a missionary, having this opportunity to introduce people to the truths of this gospel.
We had an amazing lesson this week with Jessica! She's the investigator from Georgia, USA. She had amazing questions and was just so prepared for us to teach her. We got to teach her the whole first lesson and give her a Book of Mormon. She's a teacher, so when we invited her to read a part of the Book of Mormon, she was so excited about it! She was like "I love homework! It's like chocolate, or homework? chocolate or homework? homework!" Haha, she's so cute. She was really receptive to everything we taught, and towards the end of the first lesson, she was already asking questions about the next lesson, the plan of salvation. She is so so so prepared, and I'm so grateful we have this opportunity to help her! She has had so many different experiences before with our Church and its members, and it was really good to be able to just answer some of the questions she had and clarify things that didn't make sense to her.
One of my favorite people to visit here in Dong Hai is Zheng Jia Ting! They are a recent convert family who just got baptized in March. They have a son who's in high school and a daughter in college. They own a laundry mat, so it's kind of a busy and distracting environment when we're teaching them, but they are always really focused. They are super excited whenever we come, and they are always wanting to learn more. This week, we reviewed the plan of salvation with them. We laid out all the pieces of the diagram and asked them each to pick a part of the plan of salvation that they wanted to understand more. We all took a few minutes to find scriptures about our part, and then taught each other about it. They did so great! I can see how much they love this gospel and how much it has changed their lives. It has given them so much more perspective and understanding. I love them so much!!
I feel like there are so many things that I still want to explain about Taiwan! I'm kind of used to most things here now, but there are a few interesting things that I've thought about sharing. :)
First of all, it's like the summer now. It's so hot everyday! But the people in Taiwan have something against the sun. Not really sure what it is. I guess they don't want their skin to get too dark or something. But so many people still wear long sleeves and long pants when they're outside. They put these masks over their mouth and nose when they're on their motorcycle, and then they have their big huge helmets on as well! They're super covered up, and it's so hot out!! It's crazy. It's normal to see people walking around with umbrellas on a bright sunny day.
A lot of the time, you will see grandmas (they call them ammas) on their little motorcycles, carrying tons and tons of cans and cardboard. They drive around collecting cardboard and cans, and then pile them on top of their motorcycles and that's how they earn their living. They're so cute. If you try to say anything to them, they usually just ramble on at you in Taiwanese, which I don't understand at all. So you just smile and wave. Haha, I love the ammas. The ammas also always exercise at the park every morning. They make a circle and play music and do these little movements with their bodies, I can't even explain it. They're so cute.
Another thing I think is a little weird is the fact that the bathrooms here don't really have showers. They just have a shower head and a little extra space for you to stand and shower. But they don't have like tubs or even a different room for you to shower in. It's all just one room. The toilet, sink, and shower. No shower curtain, or anything.
The teenagers and college students in Taiwan really like to wear contacts. They wear crazy colored contacts that make their eyes look really unnatural. It's super distracting to be talking to someone, and all you can pay attention to is the color of their eyes! The girls like to wear fake eye lashes, and people often wear glasses with no lenses. They just wear the glasses because it's the style, but they don't really need them. It's interesting.
That's about it for now as far as Taiwanese culture. I wish you were all here to see these things. It's kind of a crazy world over here!
Our mission president is now requiring us to visit three members each week. This week we got to visit with three families and talk to them about the importance of the Book of Mormon. We then invited them to write their testimonies inside a Book of Mormon and prayerfully decide who to give it to. It was really powerful to hear the testimonies of the members, and discuss with them the importance of this book. I'm so grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know it is literally the word of God. I know it was translated by Joseph Smith. I know that if we read it, we can know for ourselves that it is true. God has promised us that.
I love you all! Remember to write!