February 13, 2017
This week was so jam-packed! I’ll just go day-by-day.
P-day (Monday) is always great. We went to hang out with some zone leaders in another zone in Taizhong. We ate delicious pizza and then went bowling. Elder Poon is super good at bowling and bowled a turkey [three consecutive strikes] so we got another free game for that. That night we just had regular proselyting.
On Tuesday, we had Mission Leadership Conference (MLC) at the chapel here in Daya. I love MLC for a few reasons: 1) It reminds me that I’m part of something bigger; 2) Sister Teh is a great cook; and 3) My generation pretty is like 75% of the zone leaders in the mission right now so I can catch up with lots of mission friends! After MLC, Elder Poon and I went with Elder Duffin (my old comp), and his comp, for Thai food. Soooo good!
We spent about five hours planning Zone Training Meeting (ZTM) on Wednesday. I attended a lot of ZTMs before being called as a zone leader, and never imagined how much time actually goes into them. I certainly appreciate it more now. We also had English. We met with Henry, one of our English students, after class and he is on track for next month.
Thursday was ZTM! We did the “Faith to Build Faith” ZTM. There was a missionary broadcast a few weeks ago and Elder Oaks taught that you we never skip steps in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Too often, missionaries invite investigators to repent before helping them build the type of faith motivates repentance. I don’t know if the zone learned anything but I sure did. I’ve been focusing much more on teaching, testifying and promising blessings before inviting action. It’s been great to see people more willing to change!
We had interviews with President Teh on Friday. They were great! I also went on exchanges with Elder Hansen. His grandfather is a former President of the Seventy, and his girlfriend’s last name is McConkie. Our mission is packed with elite missionaries. Feeling inadequate was an issue for me at the beginning of my mission. It wasn’t until I recognized who I am that I started gaining for confidence as a missionary in Taiwan. Tad R. Callister’s talk on “Our Identity and Our Destiny” helped me a ton.
Our investigator, Brother Liu, passed his baptismal interview on Saturday! He will be getting baptized this Saturday! His wife is getting very close to being baptized too so pray for her!
There was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Tainan, my first area, which is about 90 miles south of where I am now. We didn’t even feel it.
I decided very early on my mission that I was going to let the Sabbath be a day of rest, free from stress while on my mission. I love partaking of the sacrament every week! Make sure to keep the Sabbath holy!
Love you all!
Elder Sam Moody