January 18, 2016
Hello, hello, hello!
This week was nothing short of fantastic. On Monday we toured the outer islands of Penghu and they were super beautiful. The western world still hasn’t really influenced the outskirts of Penghu so it remains very oriental which is pretty cool. I’ve included some photos that we took while we there.
Brother and Sister Xie showed us around. They’re an elderly couple that are legendary both in Penghu and Taiwain. They were baptized over 10 years ago and soon thereafter he was called as branch president where he served until about a year ago when they decided to serve a mission. They served in the Tabei [Tapei] mission as couple missionaries but they proselyted like younger, full-time missionaries. They contacted on the streets, tracted, taught lessons, and baptized. They are super amazing and the best peike’s (member’s present in lessons) that a missionary could ever ask for. I look up to them a ton.
One of our eternigators (eternal investigators) asked us for our help this week. We were glad to help because service has an interesting way of strengthening relationships and trust but we had no idea what we were getting into. Almost four hours later we had finally finished moving several hundred pounds of tea into his basement. Teaching him the Word of Wisdom should be fun!
I ate more interesting stuff this week, including fish, squid, clams, and octopus. We also went a member’s hot pot restaurant where we were served pig and duck blood. I can choke down the duck blood but the pig blood is another thing altogether. The Chinese literally soak blocks of rice in pig blood and let it sit for a long time. Not super delicious.
You may have heard the news that Taiwan elected its first female president and China isn’t very happy. Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won by a narrow margin. China is already warning of “grave challenges”. We like her because she posted a photo from a parade on Facebook of two missionaries from our mission.
What made this week worthwhile was our success. Things really picked up for us. We found four new investigators and we’re working well with three less-active members that all have lots of potential. The investigator I mentioned last week just finished a big test and now has more time to meet with us. Hopefully, she will progress towards baptism. I’ve been so grateful to watch God’s hand in the work out here on the Penghu islands.
Mormon 8:22 says, “For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.” I really saw that in action this week. Miracles left and right. I realized that if it is the Lord’s will, there is a way. I know what I’m out here doing Jesus Christ’s work so I just need to do my best and everything else will fall into place!
Elder Sam Moody