Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LAST LETTER FROM TAIWAN

你好
我沒有太多要說的話.

我愛你們.
好難相信.兩年怎麼會那麼快.怎麼辦.
我感覺好像我才剛開始而已.
我永遠不會忘記這兩年的經驗.
用我所有的時間來為神服務是我做過最快樂的事, 也是我做過最有價值的事.
我有看到很多很多的奇蹟,認識了很多的好朋友,也有變得更像我的救主一樣.
我現在能說我知道福音是真實的.我知道天父愛祂的小孩.
我知道神有力量來改變人的心.祂會幫助我們克服軟弱,她已經有幫助我很多.
我知道家庭是人生中最重要的事,我非常感謝我有一個很棒的家庭.
Nothing much else to say.
I love my mission, I love the taiwanese people, I love preaching the gospel, I love serving others, and I love my Savior Jesus Christ and my Father in heaven.
See you in a few days!
 
白長老
 
****TRANSLATION:
 
Hello
I do not have much to say.

I love you.
Hard to believe that two years how would that fast. How to do.
I feel like I just started it.
I will never forget the experience of the past two years.
With all my time to serve God is the happiest thing I've ever done, but also the most valuable thing I've ever done.
I have seen many, many miracles, I've met a lot of friends, but also to become more like my Savior.
I can now say I know the gospel is true and I know that Heavenly Father loves His children.
I know that God has the power to change people's hearts, and He will help us overcome the weakness, he has helped me a lot.
I know that family is the most important thing in life, I am very grateful I have a wonderful family.
Nothing much else to say.
I love my mission, I love the taiwanese people, I love preaching the gospel, I love serving others, and I love my Savior Jesus Christ and my Father in heaven.
See you in a few days!
White elder

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7

Hello,
 
Things are all good. This week we spent almost all of our time in meetings, going back and forth from Taipei, probably the last thing I would want to do but we learned a lot.
 
I have been either eating a mango or drinking a mango smoothie every day, because I figure that will be one of the things I miss the most so might as well indulge.
 
Investigators continue to progress. Brother 張, who we were hoping to get baptized before I left, probably wont make it yet. He has his trials. Which is totally okay because he will make it someday. He has made so much progress over the last six months. After we met this week he gave me a hug and said "you will always be my brother." Correct, Brother 張. As cheesy as that is, it's true.
It has been wonderful during these last few weeks to meet up with recent converts from other areas. Seeing them a year later, actually assimilated(am I using that English correctly?) into church culture and stuff instead of as a brand new convert, is so happy.
 
Had a super spiritual lesson with one investigator, Brother 鄭. He previously investigated Christianity for a long time, got really involved with a church, but in the end decided he just didn't feel anything and was never baptized. Years later, he met us on the street. As we met this week, he shared with us what made him think we were different. Interestingly, right before we stopped him on the street, he had had an experience where he saw some people littering, was a little angry at them, and went to pick up their trash and throw it away. The next week when he showed up at our chapel for the appointment he had scheduled with us, he noticed that, as we walked into our chapel, my companion picked up some garbage on the street nearby and threw it away in the church's trash can, which is something we always do to keep the area around the chapel clean. He said even though this was a small thing, it seemed to him like a sign that he should give our church a decent shot. One point for random acts of kindness! He is a great guy, and was willing to set a goal to be baptized in august.
 
I have felt really at peace about everything over the past few weeks. It will be bittersweet to leave, but I have no doubt that I will be happy about it despite how much I love this place, work, people, mangoes, etc. One of the biggest lessons I have learned on my mission is how to choose happiness regardless of circumstances.
 
I love it all. Next week we have temple day, so I won't email until Wednesday for me, Tuesday for you.
Mom, can you order the Liahona in Chinese for me? (Simplified, not traditional. I need to force myself to switch over, as annoying as it will be.)
Set up the stake president for Saturday night, that would be better. Still can't hug anyone if I have the nametag.
 
I love you all and am so grateful for everything. All the support and encouragement. I am blessed to be here.
 
Elder Braithwaite