Elder Matthew 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)


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