Monday, June 20, 2016

Ice skating, English class and FHE

FHE with Ward family
Elder Tan and I had a pretty interesting week.

Last P-day, we went ice skating. It was fun, but I was pretty sore after that. Monday night we went to a ward family home evening. Songshan is one of the most unified wards I've been in.

Tuesday we went up to Neihu for our district meeting. There continues to be a huge push on working closely with the members, so most of the training's lately have been aimed towards that vision.

Wednesday's English class went well. I'm still teaching the advanced class, and I'm running out of things to teach. My English isn't even that good anyway.

The week seemed like just another week, then Elder Tan's knee got screwed up on Thursday morning during exercises. He can't really walk, so we've been struggling  these past couple of days. We'll know what's going to happen to him tomorrow, but please pray for him!

Fortunately we had an exchange with Neihu on Thursday and Friday. One of them stayed in with Elder Tan and the other came out finding with me. We met a lot of really cool people, tons of people from mainland! They all say the same thing to us: "No one cares about religion in China." We'll get 'em one day.

Sunday is usually the best day of the week. Bennia came to church with us and she liked it a lot. She was actively participating in the discussions and made a lot of new friends. HUGE step for her.  Sunday night we went to another ward family home evening. This time, Elder Tan and I taught. Guess what we talked about: Working with the ward members. Good stuff.

I promise that each of us has very many opportunities to do "missionary work". big and small. More often than not, it has nothing to do with what we say and everything to do with how we act. Cease the moment, build the Kingdom!

I love you all
Elder Chase Matua

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Elder Matua, learning and working

One of the goofiest Zones I've ever
worked with
My mind is still going crazy after hearing about the big news. When I watched that video and saw that boy jump for joy I started crying. I'm so proud of him. It literally makes me so happy he's made it this far. And KOREA?! Where the heck did that come from?? that's SO funny. I'm actually kind of jealous of him. Everyone here in Taiwan absolutely loves Korea. He's going to love it. And it's going to be waaaaay funny to hear him speak Korean. Tell him to talk to Brother Butler, he also served in Korea. He's going to baptize Seyheun I know it. Arrgh!

I'm so happy for that kid. The whole August 17th thing is a huge bummer, I really wanted to see him before he headed out, and four years with out him is way too long! I'll have to break into the MTC when he's there. I'm also excited for Tai and the others. Tell Tai I love him and good luck. The Lord needs him there for a
Our entire Zone

This week was pretty good. Elder Tan and I tore it up on the streets, found a lot of new people, a lot of new hopefuls. I would tell you about everything that went on, but I still can't think straight because 1. I don't think straight anymore and 2. MEEKS IS SERVING A MISSION!!

Elder Tan and I held our first Zone Meeting together on Tuesday. It went pretty well. The Lord is brilliant in His whole method of Go and Do, and Return and Report. We first learn things from our leaders and we think we feel enlightened and inspired. But as soon as we turn outward to others and share the message, share the things we've learned, it really sticks and becomes a part of us.

One of our Ward Members
Guan Chen, helping us
do the work
The temperature has been pretty rough lately. I'm wet 24-7 because of rain or sweat. It's been breaking 100 degrees every day plus the humidity factor. Yeah, Taiwan is doing good. I'm doing good as well. Just pray for the people of the world to soften their hearts. They need what we've got!

Love you all
Elder Chase Matua

Some photos from Songshan

Not a lot this past week but here are some photos to tie you guys over:

A few of the Lehi missionaries serving here in Taiwan
Me and the new English class - so much fun!
Dinner with Bishop and his family