My question for Sister Peng this week:
Are you doing well? I got another email regarding the seriousness of depression in the mission field from the Missionary moms site so I wanted to be sure.
I'm doing well! Really! Don't worry about me! Yeah, I know about depression, but I think I've got myself pretty well handled. When I start feeling a little blue, I sing or I eat chocolate... Singing and biking is one of my favorite pass times.... My companion thinks I'm weird. If you want to help, send me lyrics to some songs that I can memorize and sing. The ones in my head are getting a bit repetitive. Disney songs would be great. I have a hymn book to... I love going to 7-11s and family marts... they have English music.... Yup! I'm very music deprived! Church music is okay and all, but I'm going crazy.
|Sister Peng and her bike|
Dearest Madre and other terrestrial and extraterrestrial beings,
How are all of you? I hope all of you are doing well, and that you are all still alive. It’s weird being on a mission, I feel so excluded from the rest of the world. Especially since we can't watch the news, look at news online, and I can't read the newspapers. Of course, the Lord probably wants me to focus on the people here in Taiwan, but it's hard not knowing about what's going on in America.... I'm sure you are all fine, and that God is watching out for you. I just miss you all!
Cool fact: I finished my first move call here in Taiwan!!! Yay! Now onto my second! My companion is on her 12th. She's old. Just kidding! Haha! She's not that old. :D She's just more experienced. :D Anyways, time is still moving quickly. We've been so lucky with the weather! No rain (or very little rain while we are indoors) for a whole two weeks!!! I've decided I don't mind the heat anymore. I'm used to it. I will go back to Utah, and I'll hopefully be grateful for all the extremes of weather we get there. Taiwan has really flipped my perspectives about weather... Now I don't like rain. In Utah, I loved the rain. Here, I don't mind the heat. In Utah, I am such a wimp about the heat. Weird.....
|Sister Peng's bike|
|English Class "roller coaster' ride|
|Sister Peng hard at work!|
Friday and Saturday both started out with service projects, where we went to two member's gardens to "ba cao" Which means to weed... which means to use a hoe and shovel and such to massacre weeds that have grown up to your knees in huge masses. Everything grows like crazy here, since the soil is so rich. But it makes "weeding" very difficult and not fun. Everyone sweats buckets of sweat... it's gross... very gross...
Sunday was good, as usual. I love going to church! I don't understand most of what's going on, but that's okay. When I'm completely lost, I just read my scriptures, so I am still learning. The people here are super nice, I love the ward. :D
Anyways, yup.... Sorry, I got tired towards the end of this email. I'm always tired. But, I am pretty much always happy too, so it's all good!
So, I guess I'll end with a spiritual thought. As always! :D
I was reading the Liahona the other day, and I came upon a talk by President Uchdorf, that really was interesting. It talked about the perspective of being in the "middle of things" Often in life we get caught up in the excitements of beginnings and endings. But often times we forget about the middle. We forget about the journey, which is perhaps the most important part. Savor every day. Don't live for the high points in life. Make every moment a good moment. Don't waste your days waiting for the next big event, holiday, etc. Make every day count!
Sorry, I probably should go... I'm running out of time, and I still have to upload pictures! Love you all! See you in like 15 months! :D