Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week one in TianMu

Elder Jensen and I had a pretty good week. Saw a lot of miracles as we preached on the streets this week. TianMu is such a wonderful place. I guess I really just love Taiwan.

We've been working with a man named Brother Lin. Really humble man. He was having some life troubles and one of his friends from TaiDong referred him to the missionaries (REFER YOUR FRIENDS TO THE MISSIONARIES). He is having some trouble with quit smoking, but he has a true desire. He'll get there.

We have another awesome investigator named Amber. She met Elder Jensen and his previous companion a couple of weeks ago. She came and did a chapel tour yesterday before church, then stayed for all three hours of the service. She loved it. She is moving right along the path to conversion.

I went  on exchanges with Elder Anderton on Tuesday. What a humble giant. Really nice guy. Helped me out with a lot of stuff. We got to know each other pretty well and it turns out we've lived a pretty similar life. One of my favorite things of being a missionary is meeting new people.

We met with a Less Active member named Reinaldo Silva... From Brazil. He runs a couple of pizza shops here in Taiwan. Probably one of the nicest people I've ever met. Work is super busy for him, so he hasn't found time to come to church in over 4 months. We taught him a little about sacrifice and laying up treasures in Heaven. What a great man. Another cool thing is we taught him in 100% Chinese. He speaks no English, it was pretty interesting.

Thursday We went down to headquarters for a meeting. President Jergensen is such a great man. A lot of training on leadership and helping your fellow missionary be their best. That kind of stuff.

I think I've learned more about myself this week than I ever have before. I'm sick today, and it's the first time I've been sick in my entire mission. I told Elder Jensen last night, "Bro, I am exhausted." He actually probably hears it from me every night. hahaha but I have never felt so physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually exhausted. I am absolutely drained. I can feel the Grace of God carrying me from day to day. When I get home from my mission I might take a week long nap. hibernate for a bit.

It's a good feeling though. kind of fulfilling in a way. I know Heavenly Father is letting me get drained because He is ready for me to grow to lengths I've never reached. It's exciting.

I hope you all have a blessed week. Things are moving forward here in Taiwan! These people are great.

Much Love,
Elder Chase Matua

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