Monday, December 15, 2014

12-15-14 President's Weekly Letter

Dear Elders and Sisters,

As you know, Sister Blickenstaff and I were recently blessed to spend two weeks with our daughter who has completed her full-time mission in Korea. I am so grateful for the experience of being in the mission field during the time that she served. We could easily understand the various stages of her mission as she struggled to adjust to missionary life, learn a difficult language, learn the many skills necessary to be an effective missionary, develop companionship unity and the ability to think of others before thinking of herself. It was truly a joy to observe the small changes that took place in her heart and mind that ultimately allowed her to find joy in the work and feel that she had accomplished what she had been called to do.

The time that she spent with us in Taiwan was very precious. We love Taiwan and were happy to have the opportunity to show her some of the beautiful places here and let her experience the culture, food, etc.  We also love each of you and were so thrilled that she could come at a time when she could meet you. The most enjoyable thing was just the opportunity to talk with her and observe the way that she conducted herself. She has the same fun personality and sense of humor that she has always had, but she has added to that spiritual qualities and maturity that are the result of personal conversion and service to others. We are so grateful that she chose to serve a mission and we know that her experiences will bless her and her future family in ways that we do not now fully appreciate. We know that each of you can experience the same growth, maturity and change for the better that comes as a result of selfless service and dedication to the Lord’s work. Thank you for all that you are doing to serve Him and serve others.

Christmas phone calls are almost here! Please note the following guidelines:
·      You are allowed to call or ‘Skype’ anytime on either December 25 or 26. If your family requests another date, please obtain permission from me. Please determine the best time in advance.
·      Your calls should not exceed 45 minutes. If your parents are divorced or separated, you may talk with each parent for 30 minutes.
·      Please do not call anyone other than your parents unless you have obtained permission from me.
·      You are allowed to use member’s computers in their homes in order to Skype. Do not linger on computers to play games or look at inappropriate things. Remember that members are always watching you to see if you are PMG missionaries. Do not let them down!
·      In all that you do and say, seek to uplift your family and bear witness of the Savior. Let them see the ways in which your mission experience has changed you.

It is with great disappointment that we will not be receiving our visa waiting American misionaries this transfer. Please continue to pray for their safe and expedient arrival. Pray that the Taiwan government officials will communicate with us the reason for their application approval delays and how we can resolve the issues at hand.

Lastly, we currently have 22 baptisms in the month of December. There are two more weeks in December and 51 investigators with week A or B goals. Please continue to exercise your faith and do all that we can to help others to come unto Christ this week. We can hit our goal of 60 baptisms this month! We want a white winter wonderland in the Taiwan Taichung Mission this year!

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