Follow Elder Fleming and his mission experience as he brings the gospel to those in Taichung Taiwan.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Alright, it was a great week!
...That's it. Love you guys.
Just kidding. :) It was a great week, though! Start of a new
transfer, so I have a new companion, also
shoutout to Elder Ward for finishing
his mission and surviving me as his last companion! :)
I have a new companion now, Elder Muscrave. He's great! We
had a pretty good week. Monday was
spent at the train station waiting for new
missionaries to come in so we could welcome them into the
zone, then we helped
the sisters out who are new to the area find their way around and got them some
bikes to ride for the next day or two until their normal bikes come in the
Tuesday was pretty standard. We had a meeting in a
neighboring area, DTM, which was good. We
learned how to be better
missionaries. :) I was able to see one of my previous companions, Elder
Grisenti, who's awesome! I'm super excited we're in the same district together!
We had a lesson set up after DTM, but he ended up not being
able to come because his family doesn't
want him to meet with missionaries.
Bummer. So we just contacted people. Taiwan is an amazing place.
pretty cool because there are tons of people out on the streets you can just
start talking to. It's
pretty great! But yeah, we just contacted people all day
on Tuesday. :)
Wednesday we met with a less-active member and our Bishop.
That was pretty good. Afterwards, we contacted some more. Also it rained very
suddenly which sometimes happens here. So we contacted
people in the pouring
rain, which was pretty fun. :) Wednesday night we had English class. That's
always pretty fun. :) There weren't a lot of people there, which might have
been because of the rain...
Thursday, we met with our recent convert, Brother Peng and
his friends. He's doing awesome! :D At
night, we met with the stake presidency
and give a report or presentation, which I should've clarified
what they wanted
us to do, because I wasn't sure what I presented was what they were
Good to know for the future. :)
Friday was pretty standard. Weekly planning. Some lessons
fell through, so we hit the streets and talked
to more people. It was nuts,
because this week we did a lot of talking to people, but as we tried hard, the
time went by really fast, which is good, but also the time went too fast! :o
Anyway, Saturday we had to go to another area in Qi Shan to
do a baptismal interview for the missionaries
out there, so we spent a large
portion of golden Saturday finding time in Qi Shan. We did have a miracle
lesson that night from someone we had contacted earlier that week who said they
wanted to meet with us
so that was pretty cool. :)
Sunday was good and sacrament was a highlight of the week,
as always. I love being able to take the sacrament and know I can be forgiven
of all of the things I did wrong and the mistakes I made that week.
Sunday night we were on the roads again contacting people.
:) Good week. :)
Yay European soccer! :D That's nuts that Michael Phelps won so many medals! :o
Happy birthday, Aunt Amy Ryan!
Anyway, I love you all and I'm praying for you!
Here's my letter to President Teh today:
It was a good first week of the new transfer and with a new
companion. Elder Musgrave is doing well
and seems to be excited to be here. He
is very willing to work and seems to be adjusting well. I am glad I get to work
with him these coming weeks. I hope I can be the kind of companion for him that
was for me. He worked hard, and pushed us both and we saw many
miracles together. I hope I can do
the same. This week when I was in studies, I read Helaman 8:15. The
word "look" stood out to me.
I had never really studied the word
"look" in the scriptures before, so I looked up some scriptures that
also use the word "look." I thought about Lot and his wife, as well
as a scripture in Doctrine and
Covenants that stress the importance of looking
towards the Lord, and not looking back when the Lord
tells you to. If
you're looking in a direction, you'll
probably end up there. In Mosiah, when King
Benjamin addresses his people, they
pitch their tents towards the temple. Shortly after, they all end up
making covenants with the Lord. In the Old Testament, (I forgot who) but they pitch their tent
Sodom. Shortly after, that's where they are. If we are constantly looking
towards the Lord,
that's the direction we will head. If we keep His
commandments, have faith and follow Him, we will
be able to endure to the end,
we won't have as many distractions and we will end up with the Lord.
This week, we spent a lot of time contacting. We tried very
hard to get some new investigators, because
we need to find some new
investigators with real intent right now. We had found some promising
but no one had set up with us, despite our efforts. On Saturday, I was a little
worried. We had
tried our hardest throughout the week and had been diligent in
finding, but so far, we hadn't had anyone
who had set up to meet, or if they
had, they didn't show up. During dinner on Saturday, a person called
us up and
told us they were at the church and were wondering if we could meet with them.
shocked. We ended dinner early and met with them right away and shared
about the Gospel with them.
We were able to set up another time to meet with
them, which was a great miracle! Sometimes, the
Lord does what we think is
impossible to increase our faith in Him. I like the quote "There is a
that causes things to happen that need to happen." In the Lord's
infinite mercy, He allows us to
participate in His work, to allow us to learn
and experience the joy of helping others, when really the
work is all in His
hands. What an amazing miracle!