Thursday, January 31, 2013

Aloe Succulent Plant

If you don't know I love plants and nature! I've been growing a plant for about two months now and hoping to get some more plants soon! But here's a look at the one I've been growing:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaching On Sunday

Sunday 1/27/2013

This Sunday morning, it was my turn to teach the nursery kids. However, before I could teach them a 3 year old boy named Céng Chéng was running around the room. As I was sitting on the floor, I grabbed him and he sat down in my lap. We then had the lesson and after snacks. There were 3 kids in the nursery, 2 of them were sick. For a moment I thought to myself, what am I doing here?! Feeling a bit frustrated from continuously having to wipe runny noses of each child every 5-10 minutes during play time. I then considered to myself that this is what it would be like as a mother. How could I feel frustrated at them? It’s not their fault that their sick. Later, they smiled at me and I heard the laughter of all 3 kids as I played with them. Their innocence is my joy! My heart melts every Sunday when I'm in the nursery, even though sometimes things don’t go well!  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hsinchu Coastal Bike Path

Saturday 1/19/2013

Rode with my dad out to a bike trail near the coast called “Hsinchu Coastal Bike Path.” We rode 14.5 kilometers, which is about 9 miles. Relaxing and beautiful out there, if you haven’t gone before…go!

Riding out on the train the trail,

seeing the coast

and going over the rainbow bridge. There are about 3 of these at different locations in Hsinchu. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free English Class

Wednesday 1/16/2013 

Tonight I went to English class and spoke with a woman who is Taiwanese, but has visited India. She told me she stayed at a hotel with 25-30 or 20-30 people and they had a guide. They ate at the hotel sometimes Indian food, but sometimes Western food, they used forks and other silver wear to eat instead of eating with their hands. Wendy is the name I gave her. Wendy told me stories of her trip and what the architecture was like. She spoke of there are different kingdoms in India and religions. Although, I already knew of that part I still enjoyed listening. She spoke of different levels of society there; richer people may not necessarily eat with their hands while lower class people will. She said when visiting India it’s good to have a guide with you because it’s dangerous there. Besides having a guide with her she also had two Taiwanese friends that went also. Wendy said its expensive going there, coming back, eating, and staying at a hotel. However, she told me it would be cheaper for a hotel if you go by yourself, but safer going with a guide.

I asked her, “Are you a teacher, what’s your job?” She replied, “What do you think I am, take a guess?” I said, “I think you’re a teacher.” She said, “Yes.” I asked her, “What do you teach?” She didn't catch what I said and replied by saying “what?” I asked again, “What subject do you teach?” She said something about teaching or talking with students about stress and anxiety. She also told me that the place in which she taught was at a university.

Wendy asked me questions as well, “why do you like Taiwan, how long have you been here, and how many siblings do you have?” I told her I like Taiwan because of the food, the language, culture, scenery, etc. I told her I have two brothers and a younger sister. Then, I told her I’m 20 and that my dad went on a mission here many years ago in Taipei. After, he went home he met my mom and they got married. They had my oldest brother and when he was about two years old they lived in Taiwan for two or three months, this is what I told her. I then told her later my parents had my next older brother, me, and my younger sister. I spoke of that when we’re older my dad wanted to teach in Taiwan. I said, “My mom, dad, me, and my younger sister moved to Taiwan while my brothers stayed in the U.S. The question of how many years we've been in Taiwan I replied, “ We've lived here for four years. She told me she has a daughter who is planning on studying in the U.S. and wanting to get a master’s degree.

Later, Sister Cisney reminded me to share a scripture with her. I went and got my scriptures, but didn't share a scripture. Instead, I talked with her about “The Plan of Salvation.” She then told me we could pray and asked me to pray. I prayed and not long after we finished English class.

There were only two investigators in the English class today, Sister Cisney talked with and taught a guy named Vincent, while I talked with and taught Wendy. It was great!   

My Short-term mission

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1/3-5/2013

Thursday night I was a short term missionary because a sister named “Sister Oler” had to go to a meeting in Taipei. I stayed with her and her companion Sister Cisney that night; they gave me a lot of advice about going on a mission.

Friday morning we got up at 6:30 a.m. rode our bikes to the train station, locked them, and then got on the train. We were going to Chungli, other sister missionaries were going to get on the train there while I and Sister Cisney would get off the train and head back to Hsinchu. We got off and got a train back to Hsinchu, got off the train, unlocked our bikes and went back to the house. Sister Cisney and I both got some rest, but she actually fell asleep and I didn’t. She had a cold and I didn’t sleep well the night before. After we taught some lessons during the day, it wasn’t the best day though.

Saturday we both slept well and woke up at 8:00 a.m. we then went to get breakfast at a breakfast shop called “Layaburger.” There we ate our breakfast and talked about weather in the U.S. I told her I’ve never really experienced snow since I lived in Texas before. Sister Cisney said that in Utah it snows a lot and I would like it there, also she said she doesn’t like winter. It was funny coming from a woman who used to live in Utah before her mission.

After, we went back to the house and had personal study and companion study. In personal study we both read similar scriptures, I read 2Nephi 28:30 “For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.” Also another scripture in which I can’t remember, but we both talked about what we study/learned in personal study and it was about miracles.

Then, we both shared miracles we thought we had in our own lives. We got dressed, grabbed the stuff we needed and went out the door. We taught a woman whose lasted name is “Xie” about the Plan of Salvation. Later, we ate lunch then went to teach two siblings, an 11 year old girl and a 12 year old about faith, Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ.

After that we went to the train station and met with a church member to go eat dinner. The church member, Sister Cisney and me were waiting for another church member to show up to go with Sister Cisney to get her companion Sister Oler. Only her companion Sister Oler got separated from her companion in Taipei, she then found out she didn’t need to go get her companion and that there was a sister that could come with Sister Oler back to Hsinchu.

Not long after all of that, I went home. Also, while on my mission 5 missionaries got colds because of being around each other and I got it. I lost Sister Oler’s name tag somewhere, but she found it at the church on Sunday. It was a fun experience! I loved it a lot!