Monday, December 29, 2014


Skyping with the fam back at home.  So fun!  Love you guys so much.  I'm so grateful
for the love and support I have back home.  
A happy me on Christmas Day!
Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Everything here in Taiwan was great this week! And wet. It rained and rained and rained almost every day this week.  It was super xin1ku3 (rough) biking. We had a WHITE CHRISTMAS!  Chen2 Jie3 Mei4 was baptized on Christmas Day. How cool is that? 

Her husband is Japanese so her name is actually Xiang4Mu4 Jie3 Mei4. Cool stuff. Sean spoke at her baptism. The service was beautiful. She came an hour early ready to go! Because she has bad knees and hips we decided it would be best if Elder Jensen and I would both be in the font with her. Elder Jensen said the baptismal prayer.  After he said the baptismal prayer I had to almost go all the way under the water to lift up her legs and then slowly we immersed her in water then lifted her back up. It was very unique. I don't know if we'll ever have an opportunity like that again so it was special. When we got out of the water Elder Jensen and I realized we forgot towels haha so we had a laughing moment and just hugged it out. I was soaked and the rest of the service my shirt was super wet.  It was pretty funny. :) I will remember for next time! After her baptism, Xiang4Mu4 Jie3 Mei4 shared her testimony and shared how comfortable and peaceful she felt. Everything just felt right. It was a very good service and the member support was great! 

Xiang4Mu4 Chen2 Jie3 Mei4 is so special! At church on Sunday she kept sharing with me scriptures she likes and how they've influenced her life. She is one who has had a hard life. It's been cool to see how happy the gospel makes her and the comfort she has found in Christ. She has given up 20 years of smoking and drinking alcohol, tea, and coffee, all in about a month! To me it just proves that my favorite scripture Moroni 7:33 is true and through Christ we can do all things! 

On Sunday, President Day and Sister Day came to our ward to speak about missionary work! They gave great talks about how the work in Taiwan has grown so much. When President Day served in Taiwan as a young missionary there were very few members here but now the work has been hastened on this little Island! Xiang4Mu4 Jie3 Mei4 was confirmed by Peter, a member, on Sunday. Elder Jensen and I got to be in the circle and it was a very special moment filled with the spirit. Xiang4Mu4 Jie3 Mei4 was writing notes and looking up scriptures the whole time President Day talked. She really loved his talk! After, she asked me if I could introduce her to President Day? So I took her up and introduced her to President Day and he congratulated her and it was a cool tender moment. She's great! I'm also grateful for a loving mission president!

Brother Chen2 took us out for a steak dinner

Everything with Lai4 Jie3 Mei4, our other investigator, is going great! She has progressed so much. She had her baptismal interview on Saturday and will be getting baptized this coming Saturday! She is currently at the Taipei Temple having a temple tour :) She is so excited for her baptism! We are super excited for her :) It has been a rough 12 weeks of finding for Elder Jensen and I. But we have found these 2 prepared souls. So amazing.

Another cool thing this week. It was pouring rain and we were knocking doors by a catholic church.  We asked if we could have a tour of the chapel and maybe share a little message with them. This lady took us around the chapel and it was a cool experience! 

Love these things!

It was a great week! Things are good here and we are looking forward to continue helping Xiang4Mu4 Jie3 Mei4 build her faith and looking forward to Lai4 Jie3 Mei4's baptism on Saturday :) Happy new year everyone!

Elder Willes
Wei2 Zhang3 Lao3

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