Sunday, July 3, 2016

Golden Easter Egg Finding

June 26, 2016 email

Cookies work even in tiny little toaster ovens!!
What a beautiful week here in Taiwan. I am just blown away at how dang pretty it is here in Taiwan. Every day is an adventure, you just prep yourself with your trusty bike, a ton of tracts, your BOM, and a sparkly smile and hope for the best!
Last Monday we actually went as a district to Chiang Kai Shek! This was my second time but it was just as fun as the first, if not more! Know why?! Cause we met a whole family from Utah that were there visiting! The mom and dad both served in Taiwan and wanted to bring their kids to check it out! They were the classic utah fam. 6 girls. 1 boy. Blonde hair and blue eyes. It was so fun to talk with them and explore chiang kai shek again.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial for p-day.
Tuesday was an AWESOME day. We were going on exchanges with our Sister Training leaders, but before we left we had the best district meeting of all time! Elder Sessions shared a story about easter egg hunts when he was little. The goal was too find the 1 golden egg cause usually his Grandma would load it up with like 20$ and awesome candy. Not the gross candy. He referred it back to us finding everyday. We might have to go and talk to 20 gross candy people (those who aren't quite prepared yet) to find the one golden egg! This is so true. If we are not talking to everyone there is no way that we will be able to find that golden egg:)! After district meeting we headed to Yonghe for exchanges! I went with Sister Denison:) She is one of my favorite people. She was Sister Aplsey's trainer and she is just so dang fun and awesome! We had a lesson together with this guy named Zhang DX. He walked into the church with a hot pink polo with one sleeve missing, Zebra gloves, and a knitted head band. :)

He was awesome:)

Let's just say he doesn't have any desire or believe that God can help him..but he was still great!

All of Gods children are precious, especially the ones in Hot pin polo's...;) Oh man he was nuts.:)

Splits with their favorite Sister Trainer Leaders!
The rest of the night we went finding and had a blast! we laughed with everyone and met so many awesome people. I accidentally called us girlfriends, instead of girls to these two guys and we all died laughing forever. It's so fun to be able to laugh with complete strangers. I have a testimony that laughing and the spirit build relationships faster than any thing else! The STL'S actually live with 2 other sisters so that night we just had a massive sleepover! 6 missionaries all in the same room! It was a blast:)
the next morning during studies Sister Denison shared an awesome story with me about when she was in training.
She had just gotten to her area with her trainer and they had an appointment that was in a neighboring town about 30 minutes bike ride away. Sister Denison didn't have her own bike yet, but there was an old missionaries there that she could use. They jumped on the bikes and were on there way. To get to this town they had to go up this massive bridge! Sister Denison said she started up and said it was the hardest thing she had done in her entire life. She was so frustrated! She said she had ridden bikes all the time, was in pretty good shape, and was ready to go! But this hill was kicking her butt. It took her about 3x the amount of time to get up the hill as it did her trainer. A few more days went by and 1 or twice a day they would have to go up this hill. She. was. DYING! She could not figure out why she just couldn't conquer this hill or ride with ease. The next day her trainer asked her if she would lead them to the church that day. Sister Denison agreed and took off, her companion following behind her. They hadn't even gone 20 feet till her trainer yelled at her to stop!! She said, "Sister Denison, Both of your tires are 100 percent flat..." 

Finding people to teach in Muzha!
WHAT?! She had been riding on completely empty tires for almost a week! That's why it was so bloody hard to bike around!!!! They went and pumped up her tires and she flew around with ease! The hill became her favorite part, she had the strength to fly up the hill and enjoy the beautiful scenery all around her! At the end of the story she told me that having no air in your tires is like having no faith. Its RIDICULOUSLY hard! And you won't ever be happy and enjoy the scenery! Always have air in your tires and you will never lost or sad. Faith in all things!!.

Thurday was WPS and I made Chocolate chip cookies! Thank you mother for the mix!!!!!!!! It changed our lives;) Just call me Betty Crocker. I gave a few to the Elders and all Elder Sessions said was, "wow!  It really worked!" Then I read him a scripture, "Oh ye of little faith...." We had a good laugh and the cookies were delicious:)

Friday we went finding our guts out! We met so many people from every single walk of life. My favorite by far was the 17 year old boy that we met outside of the internet cafe. He was smoking hard core and blowing it ALL OVER MY FACE. He also had at least 15 hickies on his neck. He wasn't interested, but don't worry. He will be one day;) cause He needs Jesus.

Saturday was a dang busy day! We were temple tour sisters and were absolutely swamped all day! We had tours coming out of our ears! So many people are outside taking pics, walk in, we ask them if they want a tour, and then BAM! The spirit hits them and then they set up to learn more:) Miracles happen everyday! I'm so grateful for the temple and the opportunity we have to be with our families forever! We also treated ourselves to the most delicious pho of my entire life after we were done:) Mom and Dad we will go and get some next year don't worry:)

Family Home Evening with the best ward!
Sunday was so dang fun! we had a YSA FHE with our ward and all of our investigators:) We all ate together and then we taught everyone how to play Signs and tied it in with a spiritual share. I haven't laughed so hard in my whole life! I've met some of my best friends here and am so grateful for the gospel in my life. That's a wrap for this week!!! Love you tons!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I have loved reading Sister Clawsons blog. My son enters the MTC on September 14th to join the Taiwan Taipei mission. I love all the stories. Emma is a wonderful letter writer and picture taker. Thank you.