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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Americans, Taiwanese and Mexicans, oh my!

Hey ya'll!                                                                                              Aug 25, 2015

What a week. I was thinking recently, a mission is like the weirdest thing to those who don't understand what it really is. I mean who on earth would accept a job where you worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week, plus holidays, required time on waking up, sleeping, studying etc, have another person assigned to you 24/7, no communication with family except a email and Skype twice a year, and to top it all off no salary. Yeah it sounds pretty crazy, but once you understand all that you get out of it you realize that you are getting "paid" too much, and the work that you put in never equals what you get on of it. Because what you get out of it far outweighs anything you will ever do. Weird concept huh. That's how I felt like this week was. We worked our tails off. I have never been so tired and happy. And our area is doing really well. God is blessing us so much. He knows I need all the help I can get :)
Had fun playing sports with my Buddy

This week I would say that the highlight would probably be 黃. This week we met with her and had a great lesson. This lesson we really wanted to focus on setting a firm date with her to be baptized. We talked to her about what things would be hard for her, or what experiences she would need in order be baptized. And to be honest her list was pretty minimal. The only thing that she really wanted was a testimony of what we are teaching. That's pretty simple, and I was thinking "we can work with that :)"
Quite the awesome view from on top of Taipei 101!!!!
 She set a firm date for September 12 and I really really think that she can make it! She is very diligent. For example I called her this week and invited her to Church, but she originally had stuff, then I encouraged her that if she comes she can continue to come unto Christ and she will be able to gain a testimony, so she dropped all the other stuff and she came... for the whole three hours! It was great and she really enjoyed it! We are meeting with her tonight and sharing the commandments. I think that it will go really smoothly though because her son is already baptized she has a pretty good idea of what they are and what we believe. So that should be good, keep us in your prayers.

This week we also got two new investigators who are really great and we are excited to start working with them! Although one of our investigators who we met a couple of weeks ago we finally got to meet with this week. She is.... interesting. She believes that there might be a demon possessing her. And hears things... so we are addressing that. She is really nice though and is doing all she can to get better. This week she scheduled an appointment at a really good hospital to see what they can do since this problem has been recent. I hope that she will be able to get the help she needs and feel peace.
Such a cool opportunity with these people!!!! Got to go all the way to the top of Taipei 101!!!

Today we had a really neat experience that was super tender. Today Taipei 101 had a deal and the tickets were buy one get one free. So we went with some members and missionaries to go to the top! While we were driving up I saw a group of people from South America. Ya'll know how I like that! Anyway while we were outside waiting for others to come a few came up to us and said "Hey, we are from Mexico and we are members!" Then that was followed by very enthusiastic handshakes and hugs. When we got inside we met the rest of the group and they were all so stoked! 32 in all and every single one was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was so awesome to see the love and comradely among us all. Despite language, culture, country and oceans the love of the gospel knits our hearts all together as brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Father. The Church is true, and it changes the world! I love you all! 
Way to go Brenna, getting honored for earning the YW medallion!  Keep up the good work!

Elder Roe

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