Sunday, August 28, 2011
so for the big event this week. we had a baptism!!!!!!!! Yay!!!. But of course my first baptism had to have some crazy thing happen.
about 30 before the baptism we went to go fill up the font. I went in and plugged up the drain and began to fill it up. all was well. my companion told me to go and check to see if the water was warm so I went and saw that it was not too warm, but wasnt too bad. but i did see that there was some stuff in the water just a few little pebbles not really anything to worry about. as we were thinking about if we should clean the little pebbles out before we filled it my companion turned off the water. we decided that we didnt need to worry about it. we began filling it up again. however there was no water coming out. yep none. no hot water or cold. none. at all. we had a baptism in 25 minutes and there was no water for the baptism. we left the pipe open so it could fill up if water decided to come out, and some did, but then it stopped. for about 40 or so minutes we sat there thinking of what we could do to fill it up. while every few minutes a little more water came out. but still not enough. finaly we decided we might have enough to baptize him if he sat in the water and then just layed down. right before we started the bishop and brother cai praticed. it would work. but before the meeting there still was not enough water for even that. however we needed to start. so we went up to the chapel to begin the meeting. remarks were said and the talks given. I think everyone was stalling. finaly we went down to baptize brother cai and guess what there was barely enough for him to lay down in the water. so it worked. we had a baptism and it was very nice.
so that was the event for the week.
Love you all.
Elder Alden Papritz.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
This week has been great. Last wed I got to go to the temple with AMY!!!! It was so cool. I loved being there and feeling such a strong spirit. Amy and I sat in the Celestial room for a long time. just sitting there and talking. we were the second to last people to leave, so we were there a while. afterward we went to Taipei main station where we ate. then we went our separate ways. It is so amazing having her so close.
after our Preparation day on wed we then had English class. OH JOY!!! it is great. It really is. I teach the Advanced class all by my self. This class is the one that have learned a lot of english and are able to speak it very well. so i dont need to speak chinese. it is great. But as always there are those weird people that come that... are just.... they are weird. this one lady always askes about random things. last week she asked me if i could tell her the lyrics to Transformers. she told me that all she remembers was "transformers robots in desguise" and that was it. I told her that that was all i remembered. she asked if there was some way to find it. of couse you can use the internet. she was very supprised that you could find it online. so i told her that if she really wanted she could just look it up. she then just told me in her fairly rough english "well, isnt that a little idiotic" yes, yes it is. She is the one lady that always askes about random things that i dont know. and it has nothing to do with english. just other things. and most the time i dont understand her. well that was one of the crazy english class things for the week. most the time I just answer quetions mostly about myself and America.
now for some amazing news. we are having a baptism this saturday. YAY!!!!!! brother Cai is getting baptised. it is so amazing. his wife is a member, she was baptized about 6 or so weeks ago. we have been teaching her husband since i got here. He is so amazing. he and his wife are always looking out for us. mainly giving us food. also last night we went to a ward family home evning at a family's house. they had a lot of food. and sister Huang, bothers Cai's wife, kept giving me more and more food. I used my eating tactics and ate slowly so that hopfully she wouldnt give me any more. but that did not stop her. she just kept pilling it on. the members where also being very nice and inviting me to eat more and more and more. I thought I was going to die. I don't think I will die here from starvation but possibly from choking or from overeating. I dont know what to do.
so ya Baptism, YAY!!!.
ok also this week we went on exchanges again. so far I have gone on an exchange every week, because my comp. is the district leader. anyways this week i was with Elder Zhou (Elder joe) he is the Zone leader. he is just plain crazy. I thought I was going to die. but I didn't. We went contacting almost the whole day. I was so tired by the end of it. just so mentally tired. but I survied.
well that is about it for this week. Love you all. write you all next week.
Elder Alden Papritz.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
so this week has been a lot of work and a lot of trials. honestly it hasn't been that different from other weeks but the work can get fairly hard out here. I love it here in Taiwan, but it can get very discouraging very fast if you dont keep yourself up. once again, we are contacting a lot. we have a good amount of lessons each day but we are always contacting. everywhere we go we are talking to people, or at least i am trying to. It is very sad when i start talking to someone I think is interested and then they need to leave. it Sucks. but besides that I am loving it here.
Ok so just so you all know, I Will not starve her in taiwan. not only is the food very good and very cheap but we have great members who want to qing us chi. wich is to take us out to eat. or they bring us food. all of the time. there is one sister who brings us food every time we teach her husband. it is amazing. I love it. But sadly Im not so sure if all of this running and biking can make up for all of it. so maybe I will lose weight or maybe not. I dont know.
Oh next week I have a baptism, YAY. for Brother Cai, his wife is the one who brings us all of the food. they are amazing. I love them so much. Brother Cai is doing very well. he is very accepting of the teacings and really tries to understand them. He is always great to see. I am very excited to see him get baptized.
ok just a quick side note. sitting here in the internet caffe, in the background we can hear the tv or some video. and it is full of just crying. first a baby then a man then some lady. all just crying. very loud and very very very long. it is crazy I didnt know there was such a channel as the crying channel.
ok well All is well. It is great. I am loving it here.
well I love you all. gongxi gongxi to katelyn and kyle. love you all.
Elder Alden Papritz.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
So once again TAIWAN IS AMAZING!!!
Ok so this week was mostly a normal week in the field. Except every day my companion had some meeting. Or we had exchanges or some other odd thing during the day this week.
Ok a lot of it is a blur. But there are still some amazing things.
First, last week I Saw AMY!!! yay!!!! It was an epic reunion!!! Tears, laughs, awkward silences. Yep it was amazing. It ends up that I will see her a lot. With so many mission events and exchanges. It is going to be great.
Ok, so this week. I have had a lot of great experiences. Especially dealing with the members here in Taiwan. They are great. I am making such great relationships with them here. One member, named Huang Jiemei. She is great. She just got baptized 5 weeks ago, and she is amazing. Right now we are teaching her husband. He is going to get baptized on the 27th. It is so amazing. We saw her at least 4 or more times this week. And every time she brings us food. It is so crazy. She is so great! Ok well I am really starting to draw a blank now. Well it is amazing here. Next week I need to write down what I plan on emailing because there is so much I could say.
Well its all good here in Taiwan. I can’t believe I get to wake up every day in Taiwan and I get to do missionary work. I love it. Well If I have time and if I can think of anything else I will email again. But for now. Love you All.
Sorry I am so terrible at emailing. But. yep.
Ok well I love you all a whole lot.
Elder Alden Papritz
ok so this week was mostly a normal week in the field. except everyday my companion had some meeting. or we had exchanges or some other odd thing during the day. so this week.
ok a lot of it is a blurr. but there are still some amazing things.
first: last week I Saw AMY!!! yay!!!! it was an epic reunion!!! tears, laughs, awkard silences. yep it was amazing. It ends up that I will see here a lot. with so many mission events and exchanges. It is going to be great.
ok so this week. I have had a lot of great expiriences. especially dealing with the members here in taiwan. They are great. I am making such great relationships with them here. one member, named huang jiemei. she is great. she just got baptized 5 weeks ago, and she is amazing. right now we are teaching her husband. He is going to get baptized on the 27th. It is so amazing. we saw her at least 4 or more times this week. and every time she brings us food. it is so crazy. she is so great! well it is amazing here. next week I need to write down what i plan on emailing because there is so much I could say.
well its all good here in taiwan. I cant believe I get to wake up every day to Taiwan. and missionary work. I love it. Well If i have time and if i can think of anything else I will email again. but for now. Love you All.
ok well I love you All a whole lot.
Elder Alden Papritz
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Elder Woodward and I have really been owning people lately. We have just been really blessed with a really good turnover rate when going out contacting people. We had 5 new investigators this week and set an appoint for 2 more investigators this week. Including this one family which has potential, I think, to just rock the branch's world here. They are a huge family, the Mom is solid, outgoing and smart (she reminds me of Mom), and then she has SIX kids that are all fantastic and would be great additions to the branch. We even found out that the 14 year old daughter has a friend that is a member in the English ward. The only thing is that the Mom works 7 days out of the week! It's going to be tough to work with that, we'll see what happens. Another investigator, Irene, is also just really intelligent. She accepted a baptismal commitment and after reading the introduction to the Book of Mormon understand that she needs to read the book and pray about it and already knows that God will answer her prayer. She set a goal for herself to read the whole book in a month! I was like, are you sure? And she said, Yeah no problem I'm a fast reader.
As you can tell things are just going really well, which interestingly correlates with the success that everyone else in the family seems to be having. I'm glad we're just kicking butt throughout the world. I'll tell you guys, I have seen some kind of light being in this new companionship. Things are going a lot smoother, we speak Spanish full-time out of the apartment. We study hard and well and it's just nothing I've really experienced in my mission. It's been tough having trained for 6 months of my mission. I almost forgot what a normal companion should be like.
Loove you guys, I was ecstatic to read about the reunion over there in Taiwain. It's going to be just so, so cool when we are all together again.
Guess what I am in TAIWAN!!
Man there are miracles here in Taiwan. Really there are. So much has happened since I arrived I don't know where to start.
Ok well last Tuesday at 2 in the morning we woke up at the MTC for the last time. When loaded our things on the bus and left the MTC. That was about it for the MTC.
Ok. So I really do not know where to start. So one not so great experience. When we where on the bus headed to the airport, I was looking at my passport and my visa to make sure everything was Ok. And guess what. According to my visa I am about 90 years old. The year on my birthday was wrong, it said 1922 instead of 1992. So that was a great way to start out my day. I was so scared that they would deny my visa. But of course I was so tired that I couldn't worry about it too much. After that the flights were nice. They were long but I slept most of the time.
Ok so skipping to Taiwan. So when I arrived. They did not accept my visa, at that time. They told me to go get it fixed at the visa office.They corrected it and it didn’t take long. So I did make it here.
The weather here is nice. I don’t think it is that hot. But it is humid. I am sweating so much.
...There is so much to say I don’t know what to do!!!!!!
Ok so the first night we headed to the mission home. At got some rest. In the morning we ran to the freedom memorial/plaza. It is so beautiful, I LOVE IT!! Then we had some amazing breakfast. Then headed back to the mission home to start orientation.
I was the first to get ready and head up to the office. When I got there I met sister Calvert, Elder Culverts’ wife, he is the mission nurse. When she saw me she was so happy. They have been waiting for me for a while. Every one tells me how excited they are that I am here and how amazing Amy is. Even some members in the ward know her and are so happy that I get to see her.
So now onto my trainer. My trainer is Elder Adam. He is really cool. He is from California, Fullerton. We are getting along really well. He is the oldest in his family and the fist to go on a mission. He likes music, and he likes to joke around alot. He is really cool.
The second day in my area, which is: Banqiao. We went to an old folks home for a ward service activity. I got to message some nice old Lady's shoulders as they all clapped along to some music. I met the bishop and some other ward members. Then we went to dinner with the bishop. He is really nice. Every one here is very nice. They all are very helpful.
Ok well there really is so much I could say. But that is about it for now. The food is AMAZING and the people are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I am so happy to be here. During sacrament meeting, I could not stop smiling. I just had this huge smile on my face that I could not get rid of. I love the work here in Taiwan.
I love talking to every one on the street and attempting to invite them to come unto Christ.
I love it here and I love you all.
I will tell you more later. Don’t worry that is the bulk of it all.
Love you all.
Elder Alden Papritz.
Yang Zhang Lao.