This week I’ve been thinking about my lovely Mom. And we have been focusing on serving the moms in our little Yuli branch this week. We are also working with lots of investigators who are moms. So this week has been all about moms.
Last night I called Sister Apsley, my trainer, with a question about P-Day and as we were just talking I started telling her how much I appreciated her training me and she was like “wait…are you doing this because it’s mother’s day?” That totally didn’t cross my mind but I guess this shows you how the Mother’s Day fever has taken over Taiwan…and the mission. People here really do celebrate mother’s day! Believe it or not.
Skyping just now was super cool! So weird to think that I won’t skype with my family until Christmas and then it will be almost time to go home. But anyways we had this fun mother’s day activity on Saturday night and us missionaries made some cool pinatas for it. It was super chill and we basically just ate food and the kids took turns whacking at our pinatas for a while. Oh and the Elder’s investigator got baptized! Pretty cool. His name is Chen Zhi Da and he’s a taxi driver the elders met on their first week of whitewashing the area.
On Saturday we have a huge mission conference in Taipei (with Elder Cook from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) and the Elders got permission to go early so they can take Chen Zhi Da to the temple! He was almost more excited to get baptized for his ancestors than he was to get baptized himself haha! His mom is actually super duper Catholic and he didn’t tell her that he was getting baptized because she was super angry when she found out that he was meeting with the missionaries. But Chen Zhi Da is actually a 40-something year old man with children of his own so he can make his own decisions.
Our most progressing investigator is currently a lady named 高春慧. She is super awesome and loves the Book of Mormon but she has been having a hard time coming to church the past couple weeks. She says that she will, but then she doesn’t. So we’re going to work with her by sharing scriptures about church from the Book of Mormon! We were able to use this magnificent book to convince her that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that she needs to say prayers aloud, that she needs to be baptized by someone who has Priesthood authority, and just about all of the other gospel principles from the lessons we’ve taught her. So I am confident that the Book of Mormon can also give her the faith she needs to come to church with her children. (Her husband is ok with the missionaries so maybe one day he’ll be able to come too.)
She was telling us about how her other church’s pastor came to her house the other day and tried to get her to come back to their church but she said no. This other church has a LITERAL “gospelmobile” (福音車）that they use to pick up people to come to their church and the minister came riding in it (not when we were around, sadly) and he kind of harassed her in her home for over an hour. So happy for her for withstanding the intense minister! Now she just needs to come to church…(she has a baptismal date for June 24th by the way.)
Oh and she also chews bin lang (look it up) so teaching the Word of Wisdom might be a doozy. She also has a daughter who is my age–only 19 and she takes care of her daughter’s BABY for her. I haven’t even been thinking about that sort of thing yet so it’s super interesting to just see how different lives play out. Oh and she said she’ll take us up to the little yuan zhu min village where her parents live so we can teach them the gospel too. So cool.
Other than that it’s been kind of a boring week. I’m a lot more excited for this coming week because we have exchanges and the big giant mission conference. I haven’t been up to Taipei in weeks so it will be fun to go back up to the mission office. There are also a ton of missionaries I haven’t seen in FOREVER so I am certain this coming week is going to be filled with a lot of hugs and pictures and screaming!
Sister Anne Watson