Tuesday, November 4, 2014




"There are many honorable ways to do missionary work and it's such a privilege 
being able to touch people's lives daily!" 

Zhong1 Li4 District!
L to R Sister Xie4 from Taipei, Sister Sagisi from Hawaii (2 transfers younger than me), Sister Zippro from Utah (on her last transfer), Sister Lin2 from Taichung (on her 3rd transfer), Elder Jensen (1st transfer), Elder Willes

Hello everyone!

This week was a great one. First off, this week was a great one! Elder Jensen and I got to go to the temple! That place is so special. It's so cool going into the temple with lots of missionaries.  Super great. I love going to the temple. I wish we got to go to the temple more, but I'm grateful that our mission has a temple and that we get to go. 

Elder Jensen and I also went with Elder Nelson and Elder Heaps to Taipei 101 (the 3rd tallest building in the world) after the temple for P-day. That was soooo fun! The elevator takes you to the top in 37 seconds. Your ears pop like on an airplane. So crazy and so high. You can also go outside on the deck and it is an awesome view!

Elder Nelson, Elder Willes, Elder Jensen and Elder Heaps
The observation deck on the 91st floor (picture from Elder Jensen)

Our investigator situation is slowly improving. We have a new investigator Lai4 Jie3 Mei4 who we met on the street and is great! She has been a less active Christian for over 20 years. She really wants to come unto Christ again. We met with her and shared the Restoration with her. She loved it. She was crying and you could tell she could feel the Spirit. She said this next Sunday she will be able to bring her kids to church! We are excited. Also, we were unable to meet with the Lin2 Family because they are busy but we are excited to meet with them this next week. They are a great family and we can't wait to invite them to baptism. Ace is doin' good. He is still just kinda not admitting he has faith. We know he has faith, but he just can't commit to faith. We are hoping to fast with him this week and really help him have a spiritual experience and be able to recognize answers to his prayers. 

Tonight we have our investigator Alisa going to FHE with us. We decided to stop meeting with her because she wasn't progressing but she showed up to church last week and looks like she has some desire so we are hoping she will like FHE this week. We also spent some time calling former investigators this past week and we called A LOT. Maybe about 50 and one, Li3 Di4 Xiong1 came to church!! It was awesome. We are meeting with him this next Wednesday so that should be exciting. We are also meeting with the guy from Haiti (Jimmy) this next week. He was sick last week. He is really cool though! 


We focused this week on LA's and RC's. We have an LA named Sean who we have been involved a lot in missionary work. He hadn't been to church for 2 years but has came the past 4 weeks. He is awesome. So cool to see him progress. We hope the Bishop will call him as a ward missionary to help us. We also have another Less Active, Liu2 Di4 Xiong1, who  we met with and is really cool. We think he has some pretty good potential for coming back into the fold! All in all we had 5 LA's come to church! That was really cool. We also saw in previous notes that one of the LA's we contacted this week, Chen2 Di4 Xiong1, used to be a strong member. It said on our records that his favorite hymn was, "Nearer My God to Thee."  When he answered our call I talked to him and he is in Thailand for work but I wanted to sing that song for him. So Elder Jensen and I sang it for him and you could tell it made his day. He said when he gets back we can meet with him again :) There are many honorable ways to do missionary work and it's such a privilege being able to touch people's lives daily! 

Brother Bell, a member from England, has asked us to help him with some painting.  Super fun!
Dad he says that England is the best place for missionaries. :)

We also met with Chen2 Family our RC's. They are so great!!! We want to get them to the temple to do temple baptisms as soon as possible so that's what we are shooting for. They are going to try to take work off so the parents can go to the temple and do baptisms. 

Things are great here. My comp is great and is growing  as a missionary very quickly. We have tons of fun together and are amazed at the miracles we see daily. I just want to testify of the power of the Sacrament. If we are willing to prepare ourselves for partaking of the Sacrament, our Sunday experience at church will be filled with the Spirit. Yesterday church was awesome! I love my Savior. I love Heavenly Father and know they love me too. 

Elder Willes


-I had a Dr. Pepper this week!  I haven't seen one of these for 10 months.

We ate at an American place.  A big burger and DR. PEPPER!

-Chinese characters in Phase 3 are slowly but surely coming. I know about 500 characters right now!! 

-Biking is never easy.  We probably bike like 15-20 miles a day maybe? Not sure. We bike a lot though!! I like biking as long as it is not gusting wind. Yes, mom I'm being careful. Drivers here are insane though! 

More Taipei 101

A never ending mirror.  It looks like you will fall.

Outside on the observation deck
The damper for the building to keep it steady
From Wikipedia:
Taipei 101 is designed to withstand the typhoon winds and earthquake tremors common in its area of the Asia-Pacific. Planners aimed for a structure that could withstand gale winds of 134 mph and the strongest earthquakes likely to occur in a 2,500 year cycle.[13]
Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers along with Evergreen Consulting Engineering designed a 660-tonne (728-short-ton)[15] steel pendulum that serves as a tuned mass damper, at a cost of NT$132 million (US$4 million).[16]Suspended from the 92nd to the 87th floor, the pendulum sways to offset movements in the building caused by strong gusts. Its sphere, the largest damper sphere in the world, consists of 41 circular steel plates of varying diameters, each 125 mm (4.92 in) thick, welded together to form a 5.5 m (18 ft) diameter sphere.[17] Two additional tuned mass dampers, each weighing 6 tonnes (7 short tons), are installed at the tip of the spire which help prevent damage to the structure due to strong wind loads.[16]

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