Elder Matthew Gummow

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Year Mark this week!

Two years!!  Can you believe it?  On the 15th of August, he will reach his two year mark!

Here are some pictures from the mission blog of Elder Gummow that I reposted.  I think they are at a Zone Leader Training Meeting.  It is hard to believe that his two years is coming to an end, but we are excited to welcome him back next week!  He will arrive on the 20th and on Saturday, the 23rd we will be holding an open house from 7:30-9:30 in our backyard.  You are all invited if you are in the area.  He will be speaking in church the following day at 9am at the Canterbury Chapel in Highland, Utah  (10417 North 6750 West, Highland, UT)


I don't know what to say.  This is the weirdest feeling.  My last week emailing on a mission.  I can't believe it's coming to an end.  I don't really know what to feel either. I'm excited for the future. But I want to cry at the same time because I have to leave Taiwan, leave the place that I've grown so much to love.  

I didn't think it would be like this. I didn't think the end would be like this. I feel like I would get to a point where I'd feel everything is finished.  My two years are up and it's time to rest. but I feel like I still have much farther to go.  In perspective I really do.  The mission taught me the habits and everything I needed to know in order to pattern my life and it would be impossible to learn everything in two years.  There is still a long road ahead.

I'm going to miss it. I can already feel it.  I'll miss these people, I'll miss the work, I'll miss companions, I'll miss the purpose and drive of doing something so righteous and good and selfless everyday. I'll miss learning Chinese and coming in the door everyday exhausted.

Last week was awesome and pretty stressful.  President gave us the goal of every companionship finding 3 new investigators.  We got down to Saturday and we still didn't have enough so we were super super stressed out. Especially because there were other companionships that needed our help.  The Lord gave us a miracle in the end though.  There was a family that we tracted into at the end of Saturday night.  They were awesome.  Former Christian and missionaries had met with their family 20 years ago.  The still had a Book of Mormon and everything and were super willing to meet.  It was a huge miracle.

This next week is the last and we've got plans to do a bunch of cool stuff and I'll see RC's for the last time!

Excited to see you family! This may be my last time writing from Taiwan! I'm super excited to see all you guys and your changes and how much all of you have grown up! It's been quite a long time. Love You Family!!!

Elder Gummow  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Survived the "Fire Swamp"

In Gaoxiong (Kaohsiung) this week there was a leak in the gas line that caused several explosions killing 25 and injuring at least 277.  Luckily our missionaries were protected and actually slept through all of the devastation. Here is a link to an article and some videos of the events:
  Gas Explosions
 (to me it looked like the Fire swamp in the movie "Princess Bride" - minus the forest of course).

We are down to 16 days before Elder Gummow's return!  I am trying not to get too excited to have us all together again for the first time in over two years....

Hello Family!!

It was a pretty eventful week this week as I'm sure you guys heard.  We woke up Friday morning and were pretty disturbed when we realized that there was a bunch of texts that came in the night before talking about some big explosions that happened the night before!!!  It was super crazy!  That day we were in the same area for a lesson and it was horrible.  The streets were pulverized and everyone was crowded around the blocked off areas.  It was a super sad sight to see.

Luckily none of the members were hurt.  There were many that lived by the area that heard and felt the explosions but all were okay.  Another miracle this week.

This week was good despite the disasters though.  We had a couple new really good investigators which is exactly what we needed.  One was H, he was the guy that I told a story about before that we met in the rain and he lives right next to the Church.  Then the other was a referral from English Class and he is super prepared, trying to find answer to the questions he has about life.

Elder B and I are looking forward to a better week this week.  It's "No Companionship Left Behind"  week this week which means every companionship finds three new investigators this week!  This is one of my last weeks in Taiwan so there is no holding back this week, I'm super pumped to help every companionship in the Zone find three new investigators this week!!!

Q, I feel really really sad for him.  We've been trying super hard but he's dying.  He didn't meet with us at all this week and his falling further and further back into his old pattern of life!  We're really worried for him so hope that you guys can pray for him too!  Through faith all things are possible, but we have to see if he's willing to make the right decisions to change his life for the better.

Love You Family!!!!  Hope all is good in Utah!!  Great to hear about the family!

Elder Gummow

Also you guys should check out the new Mormon Message!  It is sooo good!!! (link is below)