Monday, January 4, 2016

Merry Christmas from Taiwan!

 Merry Christmas y'all!
 Thank you for my package!
 Skype visit!!
 Random Christmas decorations
I hope you had a Merry Christmas!! As for me, it was definitely one I will never forget.  It's been a neat experience to get to have a Christmas in Georgia and one in Taiwan.  Thank you Emily and Sharon for sending money, and Snoopla and the Relief Society for your letters! They are all much appreciated! It was so good to see everyone over skype (skypee) and chat for a little bit. Thanks for taking time out of your Christmas Eve to see your little sis, daughter, granddaughter, and aunty (: 
 Pre-baptism dinner
 Best Christmas EVER!  Teresa's baptism
As you probably know, we spent our Christmas night at Teresa's baptism!! It was more than I could have ever asked for.  Her boyfriend came, and a few guys from high school (all from Utah!) so it was good that she had some support.  She's probably on a plane going back to Utah right now! I'm bummed that we can't keep teaching her, but I know she'll be in good hands back home.  
 These little tongxue's (schoolmates?) were watching us perform by the train station, and they knew all the words to our songs!  How Cute!
Met these adorable kids on the MRT
Christmas in Taiwan was pretty plain, haha.  I mean of course there's a few decorations, and random Christmas lights, but there's no snow, all the stores are still open, everyone still has work and school (except the people who go to Catholic schools), and no one really knows why we're so happy about Christmas.  It was an awesome experience to get to share about the birth of our Savior, and why this time is so important.  
 President and Sister Jergensen
 Reunited for Christmas with Sisters Jensen and Bowman
Lindsay, Kirkham, Hendricks, Cardon, Facer
Performing the 12 days of jiekou
We had an awesome mission Christmas party earlier this week, and it was so fun to get to see everyone from the mission! We performed a song with our district called the 12 days of jiekou (excuses).  These are all real things that people say to us! Hahah it probably sounds really stupid in English, but here it is!

1.thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
2 our house has stuff
3 i'm too busy
4 right not isn't convenient
5 i have no time
6 (silent hand and shuts the door slowly)
7 my body is uncomfortable
8 the Chinese new year is soon (it's not until february)
9 I'm buddhist
10 too "sorry"
11 they're all the same
12 i want to be baptized! (stands us up later on)

Well there you go.  They also had a really awesome nativity, where they kept contrasting between missionaries knocking on doors, and Mary and Joseph trying to find an inn.  I've never made that connection.  But we're both sharing the same message, and we both get rejected over and over until one day that miracle happens.  It was really touching (: 
p.s. I was told on our mission website there's a video of the Christmas party.  I don't know what the website is, but feel free to try and find it!
 Jia Qi's mission call opening, and Teresa's good-bye party with the ward
Jia qi, our little bestie 18 year old who was baptized two years ago, opened her mission call yesterday! She's going to Melbourne Australia, speaking English!! Ahh, the memories (: 
We went on exchanges once this week with Sister Chan, from New Zealand.  Let the exchange madness begin! 
Exchanges with Sister Chan
We had a ton of performances with the missionary choir, and by Saturday after our double header, my voice was about gone.  It's gone downhill from there, and I woke up today and had to go back to sleep until about 30 minutes ago haha. Darn, I haven't actually been "sick" for like 10 years! Well, I hope y'all had a Merry Christmas, and have a happy New Year!! 

Love, Feng Jiemei

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