Yay Baptisms!

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – constructed of white marble, deep-blue glass decorates the roofs representing the reflection of blue sky and bright sun, garden adorned with red flowers. Blue, white and red, representing the colors of the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood.

This week was pretty great! Last Monday, we had the chance to go with our investigator (now member) to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (I think that’s how you spell it in English…) to look around!

Eternal friendships, in the making!

Afterwards, we attended a concert that was put on by Jenny Oaks Baker and her family. She is a very accomplished violinist and her children accompany her by playing other instruments. My companion, Jim, 楊士誠, Jenny Oaks Baker’s son, and I took a picture together after the performance!


First step towards the eternities!

On Saturday, we had two baptisms in the Xin Ban ward. One of them was the sister’s investigator, Sister Huang, while the other was our investigator, Jim! I made chocolate chip cookies to provide as part of the refreshments afterwards. It was a great day!

I can confirm – Jim’s a member!

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to confirm Jim a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the past, we’ve always had members do the confirmations, since (of course) they’re in Chinese, but recently we’ve received instruction stating that the missionaries are supposed to perform it…therefore it came down to me!

So many came for the baptism….or was it my cookies? 😉

Elders Jorgensen, Hsu, and Simonson – Elder Hsu is now at the MTC in Provo!

We had two of the guys from our ward leave on missions within the last couple of weeks. The first was Michael…he’s going to the Washington, DC mission. There’s also Steven who’s going to the Irvine, CA mission…he just barely left yesterday to go to the Missionary Training Center. They’re both currently in the MTC…having fun hopefully!

That’s right…soon to be two missionaries! (Proud of you, Jack!)

Today is our temple day (which is why Pday was moved to today), so we have the opportunity to go to the temple for a couple hours! Other than that, we haven’t really planned what we’re going to do…we’ll see.

– Elder Austin Simonson


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