This week we were gifted with Mangos. For example one morning, all I ate for breakfast were 4 mangoes! It was wonderful! This joy was brought upon us because of our loving members. We had three different members give us several mangos! Gotta love mango season in Taiwan!
On a different more melancholy note, my beloved mission president, President Day, as well as 27 other wonderful missionaries will be honorably returning home this next week.. I am happy that they have completed their service honorably and for their service in general but I am sad to see them go. A lot of the missionaries going home are good friends of mine. They are my leaders and my examples. I am sad to see them go. Moreover, I cannot express to you, my friends and family, the influence that President Day has had on me, nor will I ever be able to explain it with words. I am so very honored to have served with him, and to have felt his love for me as a missionary.
I enjoyed this segment of a poem by T.S. Eliot:
O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying!
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
Wisdom comes with following Christ.
I love you all and hope you know that my favorite foods are still steak, sushi and ice cream.
Elder Henry David Christensen