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Friday, April 22, 2016

Looking forward to some special boys baptisms this week!!!

Hello beautiful family!                                                                                    April 14, 2016

How is life in the country? Sorry to throw you off with emailing days so much. Next week will be different too because it's temple day so we are emailing on Wednesday.. I think. So looking forward to that. But more forward to tomorrow. We are having the He kids baptism (何家庭) They are so stinking cute! We love them and can't wait to see them be baptized tomorrow afternoon! This week was fun with Exchanges. We went with West and XinZhu zone leaders and then yesterday to today we were with some Elders from ZhongHe. Exchanges are always such a good time :)
What an honor to work with this group of leaders!!! 

This next week is going to be really crazy. Basically a run down, next week is transfers. So we are super busy doing that. Plus temple days Tuesday and Wednesday And then we have new missionaries coming in, and departing, new member fireside, the week after we are preparing for the mission tour and zone conferences. It's gonna be a blast! The Church is so true!
Chen Mama bought us lunch

Yesterday we were teaching Tammy who is awesome. She is Golden and has been taught all the lessons, but her parents won't allow her to be baptized so she is just holding on and pushing forward. She has a date way out there in July. We are fasting and praying that if she stays true to the commandments that she will know for sure and God will provide a miracle and let her parents be okay with being baptized. Also Anne, is incredible! She loved General Conference and loves being at the Chapel she will for sure be baptized this month she is great! 
Enjoying all the exchanges and experiences with everyone!

Last night with Elder Johnson...going to miss him so much!

Also Christopher is amazing, and is always inviting people to hear more about the Gospel. He invited a friend over for dinner who had great questions. After we left she stayed and asked the members more and more questions and really opened up to how she felt about live. He was so touched to see how the gospel can bless anyone's life. I love rc's and the power/ energy they have to share the gospel with others. We can all learn from their example. 

Well that's 'bout it for now. Love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Elder Roe

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Road Trip...it was awesome!!!

Hello Homeland people,                                                                              April 8, 2016

This week was Zone training meetings. Which means: ROAD TRIP!!!!!! It was a lot of fun, for most of the week Elder Johnson and I were out on the West Coast. I drove through my first area, returned to the chapel, for the first time since I left it. It was so much fun, and insane to think of the time and experiences that I have had from then til now. Funny thing was there were still the baptismal pics of some RC's and I up on the wall. I liked that :)

 The first night we stayed out with the XinZhu Zone Leader's Elder Davidson and Elder Jensen who is from St. George. They are both awesome, and incredible leaders, I learned a lot from them. Then after their Zone Meeting we drove out to ZhuNan's meeting. Which I assumed would be at the ZhuNan Chapel... it wasn't. But while we were there we went and got the best potstickers on the face of the Earth. I talked them up forever, and then we hunted them down, it's a good thing I have a decent memory and the city is pretty small. When we found it I told the lady that owns the place, "the last time I was here was about a year and a half ago, and it was so good then today I had to come find it again." That made her pretty happy. I think that living out there where there is no one and no real job opportunities must be hard, so I tried to make her day a bit brighter. Anyway after we found out that the Zone Meeting was actually at TouFen we went there, which was where I had my first Zone Meeting in Taiwan. It is one of the two branches in our mission. The chapel is out in the middle of nowhere at a bus stop on the second floor. Yeah: Ghetto. It is seriously so cool!!! I love it. Elder's Lindahl and Mark's killed it out there and we loved their zone meeting. Super inspiring.
Had a great meal with all these incredible people!

 After then we went to ZhuBei and exchanged with Elder's Xiao and Seely. I love them so much. Elder Xiao and I were together and we had a party! He is a great missionary and really hard working.We  taught a part member family and had a really great spiritual lesson. It was really fun to work with Elder Xiao and see him progress, he learns super fast he is a great missionary and will be super successful. 

After that we hauled back to Taipei for reporting and then went on Exchanges with the South Taibei zone leaders. I was with Elder Christensen, he is a stud muffin. We had an amazing exchange and taught some amazing people! Also got a lot of attitude from some foreigners, like more than usual so that is always fun. We also went and saw Christopher. He got in a bike crash and his hand is swollen up the size of a bowling ball. So we bought him dinner and took it to his house and visited with him for a few minutes.
Elder Xiao and Elder Roe

Also yesterday we got another Senior Couple! The Beutler's! Also from Cache Valley but on the Logan side. Can I just say, they are adorable. They have such a bubbly cute attitude and will bless the people of Taiwan so much! The are serving out in Hualien which is a long ways away from here so we won't get to interact as much with them but that's ok. They are where they need to be. We went and ate dinner with them last night and it was so much fun! 

And lastly today, we switched p-day to today because General conference is tomorrow. We should be meeting with lots of our investigators over the next two days. It's been a little crazy with being gone but we are blessed to be working with some of the coolest people ever! Right now for example: We are teaching  Ann who is awesome! She came to Church last week for all three hours and has such a big desire to be baptized. We love her so much and are grateful for the chance we have to teach her.
Elder Roe got his internat'l license and it probably is a blast for him to be driving again and eating at a McDonalds!!!

Well I could go on and on but time doesn't permit. Love you all have a fantastic week! Go change someones life today!

Elder Roe 

pic: nothing like long car rides and drive through McDonalds

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Christopher got baptized!!!

Hello Family and Friends,                                                                    April, 1, 2016

INSANE. That is the only way to describe this last week! Seriously! So much fun. I feel like I could get hit by a car and not notice I am so tired. (okay exaggeration) But it was a blast of a week! Last Saturday was Christopher's baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) It was so awesome! It was a touching service. One of the best parts is right before the actually ordinance we waited for about five minutes. Elder Huntsman got permission to come back and see it, but was running a little tight on schedule, so anyway it was pretty cute as we were there waiting and then from the other side of the building you hear the door fly up and then just running all the way down the hall. It meant a lot to Christopher and I was happy for Elder Huntsman as well.
Such a JOYFUL day! Christopher's Baptism Day!
I love that the Savior's arms are encompassing these 3 young men. So symbolic.

After that: miracles. Once he was baptized we were just thinking, man we need to find some more Filipino's they are so awesome! So this is just kind of a thought in the back of our heads. Anyway, we get a referral from the Church that say's a guy named Phillip requested a English Book of Mormon. So we get that to go out and find this guy. I was hoping he was Filipino. Anyway we are trying to find the house which is super hard. We are on the street and the house number just like disappears. You are going down  the road and on the right there is (for example) 22 and then 26 but no 24. ... What the heck?
This sweet and generous member took us out for dinner! She's so awesome.

 Although between the two houses there is a tiny little 巷子. It smelt so bad, like sewer and looked creepy. Anyway we get back there and there is this big metal door to the building kind of just random. Then to the left a panel that says: doorbell. Which was hanging out of the wall by wires. We press, no ring, press again, no ring. Frustrating! The house was on the 3rd floor so there is no way to do anything but pray. The last thing we wanted to do was leave so we stayed there trying to figure something out. Elder Johnson, (the smart one) pulls the doorbell panel out and seeing that the wires in the back aren't touching. He messes with it so that they all line up and then presses the 按鈴 like the button part? I don't know how to say that in English. And we hear from three stories up a Ding, dong! Wahoo!

Demoted to the couches haha. I love that he's using his pillowcase with all of our notes from home on it.
What a great gift idea, Jolene Herzog!!!

 A guy sticks his head out and comes downstairs. It was Phillip's older brother: Jim. And yes, their Filipino! (that's what I'm talking about!) we met with Jim and set a date for baptism and got a hold of Phillip who wasn't there at the time and set up a time to come back. In total 4 people live there. We are so excited to teach them, They are incredible people. It just goes to show, if we don't give up the Lord provides miracles! 

This week was also MLC. We did it all on teaching. I think it overall went really, really well. It was fun to work with President Jergensen, he is so inspired. Elder Johnson and I taught mostly on Charity, and being Prepared for lessons. I think it was good and if we all apply the principles they can really enhance our teaching skills, and quality of our lessons. 

Hope that you all are doing well! Love you! Thanks for the Easter Package, Grandma Linda and I got my license Mom....thanks for all you do.

Elder Roe