Tuesday, April 9, 2013

You mei you ban fa bian de yi ge chao ji sai ya ren?

What?!?!? What does that title mean!?...Well....I would just let
everyone try to think about it haha but i'll just tell you because it
actually has a hilarious and awesome story!

So it means "is it even possible to become a Super Saiyan?"

Yes, a super saiyan from Dragon
Ball Z...haha.

Recently because I have learned how to talk with someone about church and have
religion I have to move on to studying other things and that lead me
to learning about super heros and dragon ball z and other nerd stuff
:) haha...uh oh. But anyways, the story! So There is this investigator
named P., he thinks church is too boring so he doesn't like
coming. We had tried all week to convince him to come and he said he
wouldn't. So one day after a lesson I was talking to him and started
trying to study more...fun words haha, so we started talking about
Dragon Ball Z and I told him about how much I liked it before I came
out and as we were talking about it I said "you know, I wish so bad I
could just see a super saiyan again (like a drawing), do you think you
could print off some pics and bring them to church to give to me?" And
he said yes!  he came to church and gave me the pictures and we
got him to stay for all three hours! YEAH! It was totally awesome! And
now I have started addressing some younger kids as super
saiyans...they love it haha. So just so mom knows, there is a reason
we watched dragon ball z before the mission....because it will help us
retain and get investigators :) haha.

Okay so what else happened this week? A TON!!!!!! First off I had my
first real bible bash....oops! I am not really sure how I got lured
into the bash, but it happened. It is a lot harder to bash in Chinese,
but still not so difficult that you can't do it. I got into it with
this younger man. Oh man I got so frustrated, I kept my composure the
whole time but once he left I had to say a HUGE prayer to ask to help
me calm down! Bible Bashing really is not good.... The thing that
makes it so much worse is just that as you walk away you think "how
could they not see?" You share so many scriptures and you share so
much doctrine and bear testimony and somehow they still don't even
have a desire to learn more...It was tough. But I guess I just need to
repent since it DID eventually become an "i'm right and your wrong"
attitude rather than a "This is just truth that I want to share with
you in order to bless you" attitude....TIME TO REPENT AND HUMBLE

Another fun thing, IT WAS ELDER E’s BIRTHDAY! That stinker
didn't tell me until the day of! I didn't know at but we were still
able to have fun! One thing that was the best was that it was the day
for teaching english so OFCOURSE I taught my enlgish class how to sing
happy birthday in english and then had us all go out and sing it to
him! YEAH! It was sooo funny! Again, if you have never seen a bunch of
people sing happy birthday in really broken english....you GOTTA look
it up! I bet they have some on Youtube! Go look it up....Oh gosh it
was so funny! Especially watching as they tried to clap and dance so
that we would focus on the dancing and not the wrong words haha


Sorry if this all seems random, but that is just how our week goes,
very random :)  No thats not true, it is organized, it is just
organized by God so my little mortal mind thinks its random haha :).

but anways I have a few more hilarious experiences one is food...uh
oh...food. Yeah so I ate something this week called PiDan. It means
the thousand year old egg. It used to have to sit in horse urine for a
long time to become a pidan but now they have some nasty chemical that
they can put it in for it to become a pidan. But anyways it is a hard
boiled egg but it is 100% black and the...yellow part (shoot I forget
what its called) OH YOLK! Thank you Elder E. haha. Is it
yoke?....shoot....oh well THAT PART, it is all gooy and this
green and black color. Oh gosh it is gross. The rest of it tastes like
an egg, but that part....it is just nasty, it smells bad, tastes bad,
and has a weird texture. The kid that bought it for me even told me
that people here don't REALLY like it haha, at least the kids don't.
haha. Well needless to say it took me awhile to finish and a lot of
struggling and sips of soup inbetween haha. Oh, and that
night we were saying our companion prayer and we heard this big BOOM
in our room. We looked around and saw no-one and nothing was broken,
we both looked at eachother and went back to praying, the first thing
Elder E aid was "please protect us" I couldn't help it and
started CRACKING up. It reminded me of when Dad was praying and
thanked God for the snow in it's....abundance haha. I feel like some
things are just funnier in prayers :) haha. But that over all that day
was super fun. Elder E and I also took a good 5 minutes and set
up a bionicle target and used nerf guns to try to take it out while
thinking about how to help our investigators Mom allow him to be
baptized! So all in all, yeah, a mission is hard work, but it is also
so fun!

One thing this week too was just the
difference in Church between here and the USA. For example, this last
week the WHOLE third hour was the entire church gathered together to
do a CPR training. It was so funny, it felt more like a Wednesday
activity then church, but I guess if that's what the Bishop wants! It
is just different, in fact a lot of things happen like that that are
different. One thing that I do really like though is that once a month
ATLEAST, the ward sets up a ward service activity, usually it is going
to an old person home to feed them and help out, but there are lots of
other things they do to, it is amazing how much service they do here!
Everyone is SOOOO HARD WORKING! For example, gosh this almost made me
tear up actually, As we were driving down to Soumu (clean
graves...I'll talk about that later) We saw this man on his scooter,
probably upper 70s, we was shaking and had a wrap on his head and this
pad over his ear with blood stains on it, he had a tube going from
this thing on his hip and taped to his chest up into his nose...we
found out he was going to work...with all all those problems he was
STILL going to work so he could support his family. I was blown away
and it was kind of a slap in the face saying, don't complain about
anything. I was able to this week really realize how much I
loved and care for these people, I don't know what it is, maybe it
just clicked or something this week but we were talking to this young
man (Probably my favorite so far) His name is G, L. He is super
cool, but as we were talking and he was talking about his family
hardships and about his girlfriend cheating on him I felt so sorry and
really pained for his pain. The 'mourning with those that mourn' came
to mind. I felt like I just wanted to take this burden on myself and
off him, to help him! I realized that I really love and care for these
Taiwanese people, all of them. But THEN I had an even BIGGER
realization. I love EVERYONE and care about EVERYONE they are all
brothers and sisters, everyone we see and talk to, and they all need
what I have, I have been so blessed and all I want to do is share that
with EVERYONE I meet. Now don't get me wrong, the Taiwanese have a
special place in my heart, but I realized this because we ran into
this white guy this week (I know! what? A white guy!?) YEAH! And I felt
this same love and care for him and desire to help him feel these
blessings! I have to say though...it was so HARD to teach in english! I
started thinking "how would I say this in Chinese?" Then translating
and saying it in English and it just comes out so weird...And it was
weird hearing words again like "oh thats so sick" haha. Anyways, that
was a neat experience!


So for my last fun experience for the week...RAINSTORM! YEAH! IT was
SUPER FUN! It totally came out of nowhere and I had totally forgotten
my rain gear. We were half way to the church so just decided to keep
going. I was SOAKED and then to make it EVEN BETTER, about half a mile
for the church Elder E's bike broke! The tire just broke and
the tire popped and...well it wasn't good. So then we walked the
rest of the way in the rain! Once we got to church the investigator
was already there and I think it was actually kind of a good thing
because he was touched by our dedication (if it rains here people just
don't go outside for some reason they just don't like the rain too
much). I loved the rain though, it was super nice to get cooled off
like that! The outside was super hot but the rain just cool
enough that as you biked the wind would cool you off a lot. I really
thought it was a blessing! It was just a neat and funny experience to
have to teach a lesson in the Church while totally soaked and have to
be out in that weather! I decided to start bringing my rain gear with
me 24/7 though haha.

So ready for something AWESOME that was discovered this week in the
Book of Mormon? It is in 1Nephi 1:20 and Moroni 10:3! The start of the
book starts with Nephi saying “this is so that I can show you the Lords
mercy,” and the END of the book is Moroni saying, “I write this so that
you can remember the Lords mercy.” HOW COOL! The Whole Book of Mormon
is there to help us to learn and remember and study the mercy of the
Lord. I know that as we read we will also recognize his mercy in our
lives and the MANY MANY blessings we have gotten! For example with
me....MY WONDERFUL FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!! This week we planned a Family
Home Evening for the Hong family (recent converts) so that they can
see how it is done. Can I tell you how much I just wanted to sing "the
family" or hear Dad's jokes and Mom's wisdom? (Yes that is how it is,
moms wisdom and dads jokes :)) haha. Or to have Gage climbing all over
me. To have Chase ask some deep questions that make us all think. To
hear the powerful testimony of little Gageroo! Man I miss FHE so
BAD!!!!!!!! I'm telling you, take advantage of it! It is such a great
time! Every second with our family is so precious! I love you guys! :)


This Week I want to shout out to mom and dad! :):)

DAD!!!!!!! Can I just tell you that as Patrick handed me the pictures of the super
saiyans all I could think of was you! For a few reasons, ONE...your
arms are similar size :) haha. TWO You are my Super Saiyan, I am so
grateful for your amazing example and the way that you have protected
and cared for me and our family. I really love you so much!

MOM!!!!!!!! AH!!!!! My wonderful mom! Everytime I get a letter from
you I get that little love bug in my stomach! I don't want to ever
read it because I just want to savor it and have the letter never end
haha. And something you say ALWAYS ALWAYS gives me such strength to go
on and continue to work hard! You are such a light for me Mom, and for
all New Hampshire...ALL THE WORLD! YOU ROCK!!!!! ( And you better not
cut this part out when you post this...I know that you are SUPER
humble and might do that...but don't!!! I want my "brag about mom time"

So today we are going up to Monkey Mountain! I will tell you more
about it next week and will get good pics for you!
Oh and Soumu...well....its grave cleaning...its hard work haha. Sorry
I am out of time...

Love Elder Gish