Date

July 31, 2017

Area

Feng Jia--Taichung City

Companion

Elder Brooks

Typhoooon!

Y’all,
The typhoon hit. It was bad.  We got a call from a member in the bishopric saying NOT to go to church, that church was cancelled, and the typhoon was coming hard tonight.  So we were like, we better stock up on some food. So we went to the store real quick and bought ice cream and chicken nuggets.  We went to bed, expecting to wake up to flooded streets. In the morning, we looked out the window, and it was the most calm day that we have had yet, but for some reason all day people kept telling us to get ready because the typhoon was coming.  I think Taiwanese people are just scared of water.  It’s raining now, but nothing is gonna stop us from hittin' the streets!

The other day we went over to Guan Jiating’s home for lunch, which is the area seventy in our ward.  We had curry rice, which is the best.  Rice here never gets old.  I could eat plain rice for every meal and not get tired of it.  They are such a cool family and have two kids who are sick! (One is named Nephi. He is the shuaige in the picture).  We are teaching a 17 year old right now, and we are hoping the kids can help teach and fellowship her.  The ward members here are all such great missionaries!

I met my first Taiwanese gangster the other day.  He said call him Mr Huang.  We were like, yes sir.

Last night was super awesome.  We were in the area of a couple who have been investigating the church for about a year.  We texted them and said we were in the area and would love to drop by.  So we dropped by and after a little bit of talking, we gave them a lesson in which we were able to see a lot of the concerns they have as to why they have not been baptized.  They were the typical questions that most Buddhist people have, and we told them the people in the ward can easily clear those concerns up. We were able to set a baptismal goal for both of them in early September!  

The other day I was studying conversion.  We are told that we are supposed to teach repentance and baptize converts, but how do you know who is actually a convert?  I studied in the Bible Dictionary that says, "Conversion denotes changing one's views, in a conscious acceptance of the will of God..."  I thought that so many people do this, but why do they not stay in the church or get baptized?  It then says, "IF followed by CONTINUED faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism in water for the remission of sins, and the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, conversion will become COMPLETE..."  So many people are half converted.  As we continue to exercise faith and make and keep covenants, we will become more fully converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Love,
Elder Marsh




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