Where did you serve your mission?: taipei Taiwan
Years served?: 1991-1993
Mission Summary: Serving in Taiwan was one of the best experiences I have ever had. working with the people in Taiwan was incredible and seeing them grow and accept the gospel was an amazing feeling. Learning Mandarin Chinese was not as difficult as I thought and what a joy it was to finally get to the point where I was able to teach without help in Chinese.
What was a typical “day in the life” like in your mission?: Every morning it was early to rise for studies and daily preparation then off to the local breakfast shop for a huge glass of soy bean milk or peanut milk and a “dan bing” (tortilla and egg) or two. After breakfast we hit the road on our trusty bicycles to teach and find those ready, or not, to hear the gospel. We ate almost every meal in little food shops and street vendors because it was so cheap but it also kept us out on the road. Rain or shine we were out among the people and traffic on our bikes. After a long day it was back to the apartment for some needed R&R as well as more studying.
What is the most important lesson you learned on your mission?: Having never been outside the US it was a real wake up call for me. But one fact hit me and that was no matter where we are the gospel is true. It does not need to change to fit the culture or area. I taught the same undeniable truth to everyone and in the process cemented my own testimony.
What advice do you have to young people preparing to be a missionary?: You can never be too prepared to start as soon as possible. No matter where you go you were called by God to serve in that mission so embrace it and be happy. Serve with an open mind to the culture, area, people and FOOD. Rely on the Lord and you will accomplish everything you need to.
Your testimony and/or anything else you want to say about your mission.: My mission was a true converting experience for me. I know the gospel is true and that Jesus is the Christ. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve a mission and teach the people the gospel.
David, thanks for sharing this. I can feel your testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and how your mission was a positive and life changing event.