Sunday, June 27, 2010


Hurry up guys, we'll be late for the meeting.


This little 80+ year-old lady lives in our apartment complex and she sits near the elevator all day every day and greets us with a toothless grin. She is so crippled that to walk she has to bend over and hold on to a short little stool and scoots it in front of her as she hobbles around. I'm sure that it must be very painful for her. She speaks Taiwanese so few of the missionaries can understand her. The gospel of Jesus Christ would be such a blessing to this little Buddhist woman. I tell her in Mandarin that "I love her" and with a twinkle in her eyes she grins, laughs and shakes her head and hands back and forth while talking rapidly, and even though I can't understand a word that she is saying, I can almost hear her saying "oh don't be silly, I am an old crippled woman, how could you love me?" She really enjoys the attention that Sister Greene and I give her and waves to us even before we get to her. She brightens our day and hopefully we do the same for her.
Hurray, we finally arrived. This is the gathering of the king-size snails. I wonder if they had an opening hymn and a prayer before starting their meeting.

President and Sister Hoer raised these two turtles, along with five very large gold fish, in the small pond in the mission home back yard. They were about the size of a half-a-dollar when they put them in the pond about three years ago. When they bend over the pond to feed them the turtles come over and poke their heads out of the water as if to say, "ok, ok, now give us the food." They are fun to watch and I believe that the Hoer's will really miss them.


President Hoer, wearing a traditional Mandrin coat, with some of the office missionaries; Elders Greene, Canann, Porter and Chuang.
This picture of the Savior, presented to President and Sister Hoer in behalf of the 164 missionaries in the mission, was created from over 1,500 pictures of mission baptisms conducted over the past year or so. They will be greatly missed by the missionaries and by the members in the Taiwan, Taichung Mission, but the mission"Youbanfa" "There is a way" attitude will live on.

Elder and Sister Greene with President and Sister Hoer at their final zone conference before
leaving the mission field on July 1, 2010.

This is the building of the Mission Arch at the zone conference with President Hoer helping place the "Keystone" of our religion, the "Book of Mormon" into its proper place.

The Arch in place provides an excellent backdrop for these missionaries who make up the Taizhong District of the Zone. Elder and Sister Greene at the right side, and the office staff, Elders Chuang,Taylor,Oldham,Porter and Canann kneeling on the front row.