Taiwan is great! We are tugging along, we had some trials. Taiwan definitely came out of its "strange cold front". It’s ridiculous. I don't mean to be gross, but I sweat like there is no tomorrow. I literally step out the door and boom, covered in sweat. I invested in this green towel for 18 kuai and it’s the best investment into things not of a spiritual nature. I love it!
Oh congrats again to all the mission calls! I am so pumped for all of you! It kind of freaks me out a little bit. I have already been out for about 4 months/18 weeks and everyone else is leaving by my 8th month mark. I can't believe how fast we get old. Gotta love it though!
Last week we found this guy li xiao jun and he was pretty cool. Worried us a little bit because he thought he might have mental problems. Met with him on Monday, was pretty good, and set up for Wednesday.
I went on exchanges with Elder Zhang on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was really great and we taught this super cute family. The little boy bit his older sister and that was what you call a spirit killer.
Wednesday was a bit interesting. Elder Zhang said we needed to send a microwave back to the bu (Mission headquarters). He said we needed to box it. We spent some time finding some boxes. None of them were big enough to fit so we cut them and taped it on. Ha classic. We used all the tape and then we realized we forgot to wrap the glass plate inside. We then proceeded to cut it back open and wrap the plate. Put the plate back in, Elder Zhang threw in a bunch of bottles, and little cartons in there to keep it from moving. We then had to buy more tape and try to figure out our makeshift box again. Took it to the local Seven and shipped it off! By the way the Seven is the ultimate place in Taiwan, every corner has one. No joke.
So Elder Sessions with Elder Lusupudan and a member went to visit li Xiao Jun. When they got there he came out and started yelling go back, return. His dad who was inside starting yelling that he was crazy. Well we at least did our best to help him.
Friday we met with Chen. He was really cool. It’s funny we were meant to meet with him. Earlier in the week he was a referral and called and set up. We went over to his place and I recognized him as a guy who had fang'd us last Saturday. Apparently what happened, him and his buddy met the other elders. His buddy gave them Chen's number. Then we a couple of hours later met the Chen guy and set up for Saturday. No show. So now to this last Friday we are sharing a lesson with. I think that's pretty clear we needed to meet with him and he was really open. He shared how rough things have been, how he dropped out of a big college, no job, family problems, etc. The gospel fits him perfectly. Tried setting a baptismal date, changed subject so we are going to try again this Tuesday when we meet with him.
We also went to Lu ye. This place is awesome. It’s a small town on the side of the mountain. We visited one of our new converts shared a message, and talked to him about farming. I have to say there are a lot of people here who's English is better than mine. He is fluent basically. He teaches a class there, but he dreams of being a farmer. He is awesome.
Saturday met with some people and it was good. Went to the Lai family's for dinner it was really good. I am praying that the spirit can help Lai dixiong realize that he needs to be baptized and go to the temple with his family. That's my goal for right now. The other elders had a baptism too! It was awesome. Wang Hong Ming. I like to think he is a Taiwanese version of me.
Sunday we went to our Branch President's house for dinner. Way good. One of the pictures is from his roof. Amazing and unreal.
Well this morning we went into the mountain and bunker so that's what that picture is.
Lots of love!
Tang zhang Lao,
Elder Townsend aka reminding all those back at home the gospel is true.