Monday, November 30, 2009


On an average day these scooters are packed in on the sidewalk right outside of our chapel, which is over the wall to the left of the scooters. We provide a large parking lot to accommodate the cars and scooters that our members drive to our meetings and none of the scooters in this picture belongs to our members. This scene is very typical of all of the streets and sidewalks in Taichung. This country is truly "on the move."
A huge modern hospital across the street from our chapel. It has a large helicopter landing pad on the top, and a large square hole in the building.  According to legends, the hole allows the "wind dragon" (typhoons), to blow through the building without damaging it.

Jim gets a good haircut, shampoo and a massage from the barber who has an underground barbershop near our apartment. The cost was 200 Taiwan dollars, about $6.00 in US currency.

Some single LDS English teachers who had a belated Thanksgiving dinner with us Sunday since we were working on Thanksgiving day.  All of these teachers are college graduates between the ages of 23 and 26. The first girl on the right side is Sara Spencer, from Rexburg, Idaho and a good friend of our daughter Jessica.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday November 7th

Saturday November 7th
We safely arrived here in Taichung a few days ago and are now totally swamped with all that there is to do. The mission president is fantastic and the missionaries are the best in the world. Last year they baptized over 1300 converts in this one mission alone and the church is growing rapidly. Tomorrow we will attend the ward about two blocks from our apartment and it is an English speaking ward with about 60 or so members and many are American English teachers making up the ward membership. I have attached a few pictures of the mission home office from a distance, our apartment complex, the one in the picture with the balcony light on is ours, and our ward building. There is a tremendous spirit among the missionaries and the members and the people on the street are very friendly. The second night that we were here about twenty of us, with the mission president, went in to the very crowded market street, and after a rousing hymn we held a street meeting, and while standing on a box we preached to the masses. It may be hard for you to believe but Sister and Elder Greene both actually took our turns individually standing on the box and calling out to the people and sharing the gospel with then. It reminded me of what some of the early missionaries in England did. Many pictures and even a video were taken and they were turned into a DVD, of which a copy will be sent home in a few days. I know that this is where the Lord wants us to be at this time in our lives. We love you all!! Elder and Sister Greene

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We entered the Mission Training Center on Monday, Oct. 26

We were blessed to have Jo Ann's sister Carla, in Salt Lake City, volunteer to take our sixteen-year-old dog Rajah while we are in Taiwan. We could not ask for a more loving person to watch over and care for our special family member.

The MTC is a wonderful place with thousands of single and senior missionary couples preparing to serve the Lord all over the world. We are standing in the main hallway where world maps and beautiful artwork are posted. Jo Ann is pointing to our "Taichung, Taiwan" island on the map.

One of our favorite paintings is Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball shouting and waving at their families as they were leaving for their missions. Brigham and Heber were almost too sick to even stand, leaving sick families in the care and mercy of the Lord while they left to serve as missionaries in His service. They shouted "Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for Israel!" Their wives smiled and were comforted with this parting. Jim has been struggling with some medical problems and we wondered if we would be leaving the same way but the tender mercies of the Lord through some last minute medical specialists have brought him knowledge and relief and we are scheduled to leave as planned.

This is the door knob hanger that we will place on our apartment door as we leave for our mission. We are scheduled to fly from the Salt Lake City airport this Tuesday morning, November 3, for the two-hour flight to Los Angeles and then the 14.5 hour flight to Taiwan. The travel office has been kind to us and have us booked in business class, which is a step up from the economy class. We have eleven elders and one sister who will be traveling with us.