I wouldn’t say this week was too exceptional in the world of Taipei, as far as my life as a missionary goes. It’s summer, it’s pretty hot, we bike, we talk, we teach, we do a bunch of other things. We went ice skating on P-Day and there were like a million missionaries that ended up going. Back in Yuli me and Sister Bernhardt got fun-patterned pants that we wore. Our style for the day also consisted of helmets as we cruised along the ice because we were both under 20 and the rink rules say you have to wear a helment …haha.
When my bike got here from Yuli, the back tire was completely flat, the gear system was all messed up, the handlebars were askew and the breaks were busted. So we went to get my bike fixed and the mission office is trying to figure out what happened in transport. Hopefully I can get reimbursed!
One day we were in the train station (where we often meet with investigators) and they had a ton of men in purple top hats playing saxophones and ladies dressed up ballet-style with penguin balloon hats on their heads. A ton of people started gathering around the middle of the station and we found out that it was a demonstration for penguin conservation.
We had two investigators at church this week, one in the Xinban ward and one in the Xinpu ward so we were at church all day yesterday to be with them in both wards. Huang jm is progressing towards baptism really well. We have been teaching her the commandments. We originally wanted to teach only a couple commandments per lesson, but she really wanted to know them all! The only issue is, now that she learned them all at once we think it might have overwhelmed her a little bit. She’s still keeping commitments really well but we’re going to have a member help talk to her about how keeping the commandments is a happy thing.
Our other investigator is named Cherish. She is 19 years old and is a university student (although summer vacation just started!) and she is super awesome. We are just barely beginning to teach her the commandments.
These are our most solid investigators and they’re SO gonna get baptized!
I’m always blown away by how fast the pace of life is here, it’s hard trying to present religion in a way that’s not preachy. There are SO many people that try to sell stuff around here. It seems like at every street corner there’s someone trying to hand out flyers to people, so we’re working on setting ourselves apart from the crowd of others who want to get the crowd’s attention. Haha. As much as I’d love to have a nice, spiritual conversation every time I make a contact, I normally find myself with just enough time to try and coax a number out of people so we can try and get in contact with them later. My favorite method is to sit next to people in the train station and just strike up a conversation with them. After practicing a lot, I’ve been able to turn discussions to the gospel from topics such as cell phones, clothing, whatever, you name it.
It’s surprising how good of a place the train station is to make contacts. Most of the time you’d think that the people in the train station wouldn’t live around here, but SO many people live in Banqiao, it’s almost ridiculous. People in Taipei really get around but we’ve been lucky to mostly run into people that live in our area.
And that’s about it.
Sister Anne Watson