(HAPPY NEW YEAR!)
We had something this week called Zone Council, and it was incredible! Our Mission President has really taken a focus on strengthening and building up the church in Taiwan by finding and bringing back the “lost sheep”. In other words, the members who have not come to church in a very long time. This is because in almost every ward in Taiwan there are at least 600 baptized members, but only 80 actively come to church every week. So, at Zone Council, they gave us the advice, “In giving you will find”. So my companion and I decided to give our all to missionary work, and boy did we see miracles!
In Taiwanese culture especially around the New Year, everybody gives people fruit. Mainly apples, oranges, and pineapples. They also truly love when us foreigners attempt to write Chinese characters. So, we set out many times with bike boxes filled with fruit, handwritten cards, and origami paper dresses. We were determined to win over the hearts of our active and less active members.
Miracle #2, 3, 4:
There were more miracles than I have time to write because I also want to give you an update with Hong Jia Jun. So she is amazing! The Elders had a baptism this week, so we invited her to attend in preparation for her own baptism so she could see what was going to happen. At this baptismal service, one of the speakers mentioned how when we are baptized we join the fold of God. Then, Hong Jia Jun asked us, “Is that why Christ is called the Lamb of God?” We proceeded to explain all the different lamb and sheep analogies from the scriptures and she said, “So before I understood all of this *gesturing to the chapel, us missionaries, and the Book of Mormon*, I was a lost sheep too?” Haha yes Hong Jia Jun, yes you were, but now you are found! I love her so much!
We all have a duty as members of this church to find the “lost sheep”. Whether they are friends you simply haven’t seen at church in a long time, or they have yet to “hear the voice of the Good Shephard”, find them, invite them to listen, do as Christ says and, “feed my sheep”. I promise you’ll see miracles!
Funny things that happened this week:
1. There is a member in Taiwan that sells ties, and everytime he goes to the temple he calls missionaries and asks them if they want to buy ties. He finishes every phone call, every time, with “希望你有一個洗禮會!” (Hope you have a baptism!) Haha its really funny!
2. One cute member family we visited has twin 3 year olds and a 5 year old. When we rang their doorbell you could hear squeals and the stamping of feet, then three little faces appeared squished against the window before yelling, “姐妹來了!!” (The Sisters are here!!) Hahaha it was so cute and they were so excited to see us 🙂 it made me so happy!
That’s about it from me!
I hope you have a Happy Chinese New Year!
I love you all so so so much!!!