This last week has been really fun! Our biggest project this week was working on our English class party. Every 6 weeks, instead of having a regular English class, we have a big party (still educational though!). We decided to make it cowboy themed – cowboys and bandits.
We based it in this town called Supauville (they have a drink here called SuPau – it’s like a Gatorade, but different). We had bandits come run into the “SuPau Saloon” and kidnap the mayor of the town as well as steal the golden SuPau! All those who attended had to go complete these challenges we had as a group to be able to complete the map to find out where the bandits’ lair was. It was super fun – plus, we all had to talk with old, Western accents.
We’ve also been able to meet with our super solid 4 or 5 investigators. They’re all very open and willing to learn. For example, our investigator, who helped write the software for the EasyCard (a payment card used here in Taiwan in stores as well as the MRT), wanted to know more about the Word of Wisdom. Two meetings ago we gave him a pamphlet about it so he could look over it and then we would discuss it during our most recent meeting. This last meeting, he told us how he drinks a cup of coffee usually everyday to help him wake up so he’ll be more productive when he’s on the computer coding. We invited him to try not having any coffee for a week and see how it felt, but he told us he already had stopped for a week to try! It worked out perfectly.
Last night we had to bike out about 25 minutes away to a member in Wugu to give her the sacrament. It was pouring rain so we were completely soaked by the time we got there. We dried off a little during the time we were there, but then we got soaked again after riding through the rain and the muddy, flooded roads on the 25 minute ride back home! It was cold and wet, but it was actually pretty fun. Although, it takes forever for our stuff to dry, since our apartment is always super humid…I usually have to end up putting everything I can in the dryer until it’s almost dry.
Anyways, it’s been fun here in LuZhou. I’ll be here for at least another six weeks, and then it’s possible that I’ll move. Wish I could take some of this rain and send it back home – we get enough here that I’m sure we could put an end to the drought in CA!
– Elder Austin Simonson