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May 16, 2011

Hey Everyone!

So quick update, I've now been placed in Danshui, Taiwan as a District Leader. (For those who don't know what that is, I'm basically leading a group of 5 missionaries in a north part of Taiwan. I basically train them weekly and also go on exchanges to train them on what the mission president wants us all to learn and know.) So, this week was great and we saw lots of miracles! My companion especially is cool. He's only on his 3rd transfer (3-4 months) in Taiwan, but his Chinese is probably as good and maybe better than mine. I can write characters, but he can definitely speak better than I can. But, yeah. He is a big help and we're having a good time. We were on the road the other day, and I started talking to an Indonesian lady (because Elder Denies taught me some in the past) and while I struggled talking to her, he talked to this other lady. He just said: "Hey, can I share this book with you?" and he and her just talked about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and the restoration of the gospel. She thought it was so cool that she invited us up to her house that moment to share it with her husband. Her husband wasn't as interested, but we'll meet with her this next week hopefully.

So guess what! I'm not trunky! I've been much trunkier on different parts of my mission, but this morning, my companion was joking, telling me of all the movies I need to see, music to listen to, things to do... I just shrugged my shoulders. Yeah, no effect at all! Like... I just thought "whatever! I can see all that soon and I want to be here in Taiwan right now..."

I'm glad you guys had a great week. I'm short on time, but yeah O… is doing great. They only have 6 more commandments to share with her, and she's great with being baptized! I'm totally going to attend and I told Elder Porter to tell me when they hold it. I'm so stoked!

So basically, I'm having a blast this last transfer. It's scary how fast it's going. Like David said, I'll be on the plane home soon and just... yeah. I won't know when I'll see all my Taiwan friends again. So, I guess I'll just live it all up while I can and enjoy the last stretch while working hard. Probably the biggest spiritual experience I had besides lessons we taught, was this morning in my studies. I was preparing for the District meeting (where I teach other missionaries), and while I was thinking of things to share and an activity to do, it felt like the Holy Spirit was testifying to me that this is EXACTLY what the missionaries need to do to improve their efforts, results, happiness, and biggest of all, faith. I'm excited to teach this tomorrow.

I love you all and miss you all too! I hope things are going great and summer preparations are going well.

Love,

Elder Scott Carlson

May 7, 2011

Well, big news! I'm moving! Hahaha... jk, I've known that for a long time. But, I'm moving back to Danshui! My second area! I'm so glad I'm back to the ocean. I love the ocean! So, I'll be companions with Elder Siebert. He's a good energetic missionary, so I'm excited to finish up my mission with someone ready and willing to work hard. The hard part is that I'm the District Leader. So, I guess I'll really have to jump back into the field running. Talking to everyone, planning out things for the day, etc. It's going to be tough, but I can do it. It's sad though that my time in the Mission Office is over. I'm really going to miss it.

O… and M… are doing awesome. I noticed that when you just stop teaching a "lesson" and start teaching the person because you love them, things go so much better. We were just teaching M… about the Plan of Salvation, and he was confused and didn't really know how it applied to him, but later we just swapped it around and showed what it can help him with and let him know about his life in the future.

I'll be honest that I'm excited and pretty nervous about next transfer. I haven't done whole day missionary work for a long time, and I've only had one junior companion. Now, I have to be an example to the district, and... yeah. I'll just do my best and see how it goes. I want to just be happy and focus on fulfilling my purpose. Yeah, if you want, you could pray for me...

Things are just going great here in Taiwan. I'll try not to count the time, but it's hard when you have 6 weeks, 43 days... hahah just kidding. I'm trying not to count. I just know it's coming soon.

Love you Mom! Talk to you Tomorrow!!!

Elder Carlson

(Scott called us on Mother’s Day and we had a nice talk. He really is doing well.)

April 30, 2011

This week was great. Elder Porter and I are working out well. I really admire some of his qualities and he's taught me things that I'll use my last transfer to just keep on going till the end. Since I've been in the office, It's really easy to find excuses to put off that finding/teaching investigator time. There's always something we could be doing to helping out the mission office, but we need to remember that our missionary work at night is just as important. Someone in the office said something that made me think about how to be a great father when I'm feeling work stress. Basically, there's work time, and family time. Once I get off work, I should STAY off work. I should go home, stay with my wife and kids and build a good relationship with them. Anyways, It was just a thought for the future. Doing it is more difficult that just thinking it.

O… is doing awesome. She has a great desire to learn alot, and isn't meeting with us just because we're cool or whatever. She's amazing and has thought about alot of more spiritual and life things. She has a baptismal date set for June 11th. Right before I go home. Of course, I'll be in another area, but I'll see if I can get permission to attend it. By the way, I'm still in the Mission office. I have 1 more week, and then I call home on the 8th, then move the 9th. I'm really hoping I stay close to Taipei. That's where most of the people I know are at, and it's close to all the places I want to visit before I return. We're also meeting with a guy named M... He came to our English class, but we met him before and talked to him about the gospel.

Yeah, so this last week is going to be sad. I'm really going to miss the office. I've had lots of great experiences there. I just think it's going to be hard in a new area that I KNOW I'm leaving in 6 weeks. It'll be hard to be motivated to build a good relationship with the members. I'll try my best though.