Sunday, July 4, 2010


What a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th of July. Alvin Chong Chen chose this day to be baptized, and in-as-much as I have known him since he was in our English class four or five months ago, and have carried on a weekly email conversation with him, sending him General Conference talks and the web site, he asked me to baptize and confirm him. His English is very good and he reads everything he can about the church, including "Jesus the Christ." The two Assistants to the mission president, Elders Oldham and Taylor taught the majority of the lessons, with me sitting in helping and sharing my testimony during the sessions.
For the past few months, without an official calling, he has taken it upon himself to be the official hymn book custodian for our small English speaking branch, handing out the hymn books before the meetings and collecting them after the meetings. Sister Greene has developed a special relationship with him and often shares scriptures and conference talks with him. She was asked to speak at his baptism and gave a beautifully inspiring talk on the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Our wonderful eleven English teachers will be leaving this week and a new group has already arrived to replace them. ` Our Gospel Doctrine teacher, Susan Butterfield and our Relief Society president Megan Gaian will be greatly missed. These bright and dedicated young LDS women, with the majority of the eleven being college graduates, come on six-month contracts and provide a great service while they are in Taichung. Other English teachers served as the Primary President, the Young Woman's President, the Ward chorister and counselors in various ward organizations.

Susan Williams, Carly Ostler and Candice Gonsalves are happy to be going home after their life-changing experience teaching in Taichung, Taiwan.

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