Monday, April 28, 2014
We were happy this week to get some fun pictures of Elder Gummow! Two are from English class sent by a ward member. Elder Gummow is teaching them to sing "I Am A Child of God" . Another is a recent picture of a baptism that happened after he left his previous area. His recent convert was able to baptize one of the investigators that Elder Gummow helped to find. So awesome to see the work continuing to progress!
Hey this week was a good one. A bit of a mess, but it turned out pretty good in the end.
This week L... was baptized! It was a really good baptismal service too. I never seen so much support from a ward ever. We had almost all of our ward there at the baptismal service. So we had to hold the service in the chapel, the ward even sang a special musical number for him as well as the missionaries in our District, so the Spirit was super strong the whole time. He was awesome and I'm sure he loved everything that went on during the service. It was just a really good time.
So I'm super thankful for the ward here. They are super awesome, super supportive and super willing to help out. They really change the atmosphere of missionary work here. I've never seen someone so welcomed to a ward before. The more I think about it too I realize how much of a difference it makes. All of the Recent Converts here are still very active, and I think we owe that all to the love and the care the ward has for the new members.
The thing on the bad side...my companion was sick!! It was a pretty tough time for him this week and it was pretty bad on our missionary work this week. About Monday he started having a really really severe stomach pains and diarrhea and it just took all the energy out of him. He couldn't eat or sleep well for about 4-5 days so it was a huge trial for him for awhile. He's doing a lot better right now though. We ended up taking him to the hospital on Saturday and then Sunday some members gave him some really good medicine that helped a lot and he says he's pretty much feeling better today! Super excited about that, it was a tougher week having to work without a fully healthy companion. Although now I have a large new testimony of how much companions are needed and how much they help out in missionary work...I don't know what I would do without him!!
This week was pretty good otherwise, lots of good things happened and then it ended with the highlight of L
's baptism. Just grateful all in all for God' mercy and help in our weakness to give us the needed strength in order to overcome obstacles and for allowing us to serve him everyday here in Taiwan.
The missionary experience is definitely awesome. There is no better time to improve and grow, learn new things and come closer to Christ. It's more valuable than anything in this world and I'm sure I'll be eternally grateful for it. Change is hard and sometimes come slowly but it's the greatest thing ever!
So crazy to hear about all that going on back home and Sara starting school already! The summers coming up soon too! That's the most exciting part of the year in Taiwan! Sara probably knows...typhoons, mangoes, taiwanese ice, there is nothing better!
Love you guys and so grateful for all your help and support!