Monday, March 16, 2015

Baptism Day - Long Tan

Another great week for the books!
A beautiful sunrise in Long Tan

I'm still loving the beautiful land of Taiwan and all the great people I meet here.

Monday we went and played some basketball for P-Day. These old Taiwanese guys took us to school. It was really bad. All I can say is these people can BALL! haha

Tuesday we had Zone training in the morning. We received a lot of good instruction form our zone leaders. Tuesday through Wednesday, my companion and I went on an exchange with the Zone Leaders so I spent the night with Elder Darger in their area. I learned a lot from him. He is really cool and a very experienced missionary. He goes home in June or July. He's great though. He helped me understand some important aspects of assisting in the conversion of investigators. Learned a lot!

Me and Elder Darger from Herriman
Wednesday night we had our English class. Because I don't know enough Chinese yet, I only teach the Advanced English class. I speak English the entire time. I have three people that come every week: Manny, Lee-Jay, and Roger. Their English is really good. Teaching English is definitely one of my favorite parts of the week.

Friday we had Zone Conference which is a little different than Zone training. Zone training is just a training with all the missionaries in the zone. Zone Conference is all the missionaries in the zone plus President and Sister Day, the Assistants, and the temple sisters. Zone Conference is also all day long. Our stake center is about two hours away from our area, so even though we woke up early and were on the bus early, we were still 15 minutes late!

My comp filling the font
The conference was so good though! The topic was "Becoming fluent in four different languages": 1) the language of the spirit; 2) the language of love; 3) the language of Taiwan and 4) the language of the Gospel.

I felt like I was very spiritually prepared for this conference and even searching for some help in specific areas. Needless to say, Heavenly Father knows exactly what He's doing. He helped me out a ton on Friday. The conference went until 5pm. I really enjoyed it.

Saturday night I had the opportunity to baptize Ya Qiao. Funniest little girl! I love all of the little Taiwanese kids! They laugh at me a lot because my Chinese is still a work in progress, but they are all so funny. It's hard to catch one with out a smile on their face. They are such happy little kids.

I had to preform the baptism twice, because the first time her feet came up. She was so happy during the whole thing. It was a neat experience for me.
Me, Ya Qiao and her family

Taiwan is such a great place. You should all be jealous that you're not here! Each day is full with tender mercies and great spiritual experiences.

Thank you all for your love and support. Have a blessed week!

Elder Chase Matua

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