Townsend 2 taiwan

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer, the gospel and conquering the beast!

Hello Hello!
Wow Summer finally/officially hit it feels like. Now I am always in a shower! ha I never imagined it to be that true, always wet, just out of shower, well its true. I'm trying to figure out if its sweat or if its the humidity sticking to me, probably both.
Monday for our Preparation day, we fought the beast. Their were four brave missionaries and one of their loyal friends. They entered the bing shop with a determined mind of either conquering or dying within. They bought a thirty person bing, yet that didn't intimidate them. Finally the came, they fought (literally fought that mountain), and they conquered. Of course there were wounds and just hanging on strings of life. 

Pretty great right? ha They took pictures of before and after because 1. they wanted proof 2. they wanted an excuse to take pictures of Americans. :) It was pretty epic the whole ordeal. 
 Also we went to the beach, ate guo tie (potstickers sort of), wrote letters and just enjoyed the beauty of the sea.
Tuesday I became kind of the senior companion! My companion went on exchanges after district meeting so Elder Lusupudan and I tore up the town of taitung! It was pretty funny work hard that was for sure. Unfortunately, we did not have a map since my companion took it with him up to yuli so we tended to get lost and rely on my vast knowledge of the streets... It was fun though because we worked hard, we continued to push, and we let the spirit guide.
 We rode all day on Wednesday trying to find formers and just share with everyone we saw. The blessing came off when we visited one of our current investigators, shen hong yu, poor kid broke his finger and did something to his arm as well. I feel even worse because his grandparents just sat there telling us how stupid he is and how he needs to be like us. They were brutal. One thing the grandma said was We doesn't know how old he is, he thinks he is 8 or 9, he needs to grow up and be smart, he is just dumb. I understand that's the culture but I don't think they realize how of an impact that has on him. Anyways we got him to share a bit which loosened the attacks and we invited them to church. HIs mom said she would come to church with him. IT turned out all good! We didn't see the blessings we wanted but in a way we did. The Lord blesses in a different way.
English Class was fun we played twenty questions and the two words I chose were night and knight. I thought I was really funny. Ha they thought it was pretty good too. 
Friday went to hualian for a meeting. again. This time it was only for the Senior companions so I and two bundies had our "own junior companion meeting". ha We did studies and then shared a ton during our companionship study.
 That night the Kim family came and shared with the city of Taitung. They are a big hawaiian family. His wife was from Taiwan and her dream was to take all of their kids to taiwan one day. She had passed away so they were doing this in memory of her. It was really good. It was kind of really weird to be called "Elder". I have really only been called zhang lao which is the chinese of it so it was really weird to hear the English. Funny how that works.

Saturday was legit! Elder Kasparian and I went on splits and we had the best time. Him and his companion had worked really hard during the week and set up a ton of kids for today. So we had back to back lessons for 1130 to 530. It was sweet though because every lesson was spiritual. Our first lesson was the best. Basically we got to know him and from every point were able to share doctrine we came to the spot were we felt it was right to invite to baptism but first I decided to ask one last question. I just asked/told him. We shared a lot today and it might be a little confusing, what questions do you have? He asked us if it was ok for people from other churches to join. Elder Kasparian and I just looked at each other smiled and told anyone can join. He was pumped and accepted the baptismal invitation. Its amazing how clearly and simply teaching invites the spirit, the spirit teaches and both are edified. We messed up and our chinese wasn't perfect (by anymeans) but it didn't matter because he was having his spiritual experience and he received personal revelation on to progress and follow God. It is such a beautiful and delicate process and I am so thankful for the Spirit.
Until next time!
Elder Townsend

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