|Such a beautiful day! We sat there staring at the ocean for like an hour and a half. So serene.|
|First GuoNian dinner!|
It's been an incredible Chinese New Year! It was different than I expected, but in a good way. I arrived in Taiwan a week after Chinese New Year last year so this was my first one. A lot of missionaries that were here for the holiday last year told me all about how Taipei turns into ghost town and the streets are just empty for a whole week long and the only interaction you get with people is when you eat dinner at member's homes and they invite their relatives and stuff you with food and don't let you leave until all the food is gone... Good thing Chinese New Year on the East Coast is a completely different experience! It was really lively all week because everyone came from Taipei to HuaLien to visit grandparents. We didn't find many people that lived in our area, but it was a really fun week. I was afraid we'd be walking the streets all day with no one to talk to, but we had the coolest experience the other night. We met this guy from China, and shared about the Book of Mormon with him. He was just SO interested and had so many questions to ask. He was only here for travel and when he goes back to China, there weren't going to be any missionaries for us to refer him to. We meet SO many people from China here in HuaLien, and the more I talk to, the more excited I get for China to allow missionaries to go and proselyte. More than half of the people we talk to that are from China want to keep meeting with us. Anyways, so we gave him a Book of Mormon and taught him how to pray because that was the most we could do for him. Then we kept talking to other people and we met this other guy named Lin, and taught him about baptism and showed him a picture of Christ being baptized. His eyes were so fixed on the picture and he was so eager to meet with us again. Then his sister walked out of the 7-11 and we started teaching her too at the same time. And then the guy from China came back and started talking to Sister Haupt again to ask more questions! It was amazing. There we were in the middle of Chinese New Year talking to three people at the same time. As we shared our testimonies with these people, my heart was so warm. I felt like I could stay in that moment forever.
|Skyping w/ Li Chong Wei!|
|Me, Yang Ming Fang, Sister Haupt, Sister Yao and Sister Li. |
Yang Ming Fang is making so many friends already!
All the members love her so much :)
|We were just enjoying a beautiful sunny day at the beach and these travelers became our friends!|
|Last P-day! This is a 5-minute ride from our house!|
|This has been the weather all week. You can actually see the sky~|
|At Yang JiaTing's|
|This is our area's boundary line. Pretty fancy boundary line, right?|
|Our Bishop and his family!|
|Li JiaTing's vegetables and fish!|
|All you can eat Hot Pot!|
|Sister Chen fed us curry :)|