I can't believe we are already almost half way through November! Time is just flying! Its already been over a year since I got my mission call! I can't believe that.
We've had a fantastic week here in Taiwan! Why? Because we have an investigator getting baptized on November 24th!!! Liu JM had a baptismal goal of Nov. 17, but we had never really talked with her about it beyond extending it to her. So this week we talked with her about being baptized for real and she was like, I've already been thinking about being baptized and I've prayed about it already. So yes! She is so ready and we are so excited!! She is so amazing and I'm grateful we were able to meet her. I don't know if I've ever shared the story, but she was contacted by a previous sister missionary (who happens to have been my MTC companion!) but she was too busy then to meet. We have what are called "dead stacks" which are contact cards with people's information, but either they weren't interested or were never able to get ahold of them. So we perodically will call some of these cards when we have time. So I was calling a stack and she answered and said she'd meet with us, and the rest is history! So exciting!
Our second miracle of the week is that we have a new, fantastic investigator with a December 15 baptismal goal! She is 16 and she started attending our English class a few weeks ago, after having received an English tract from the elders. She is super cute and we are really excited! And even better, we thought she lived in one ward, which is the ward that all of our investigators have been in recently, but we found out she is in the other ward, which is the ward we've been praying to have investigators in! So we are so thrilled and so excited for her!!!
Beyond that, this past week was pretty uneventful. Last Friday night, Sister Mary Cook of the General Young Woman's Presidency and Sister Linda Reeves of the General Relief Society Presidency came to Taiwan and we got to go listen to them speak. It was so great! Then this week we have mission tour and will be having a zone conference with Elder Larry Wilson of the Asia Area Presidency, so that will be exciting too! And my companion and I are singing a musical number at it...pray for us!
Sorry this is kind of short, but I have pictures to make up for it!!
#1: Bobbing for apples at our English Class! The lady is Zhang JM, one of our members! It was so fun watching everyone bob for apples!
#2: Elder Sanford carving a pumpkin while the bishop's son watches on =]
#3: Fishing for candy. That was fun =]
#4: Doughnut eating!
#5: We went up to this mountain with a recent convert that overlooks GaoXiong. It was beautiful. And there was this "LOVE" sign that of course we had to take a picture of =]
#6: So, in this apartment that I live in now, there is no dumpster or anything, so we have to take the garbage to the garbage truck when it comes every night. Unfortunately it comes at 7:30 PM, which is too early to come home but the garbage still has to be taken out...so it tends to collect for a few weeks before we have the time to take it out. So this is 3 weeks worth of garbage. We have two boxes of recycle, 4 small bags of garbage, and one huge bag full of food from the freezer or fridge...yup. That's garbage for you in Taiwan!