Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011 - SCOTT COMES HOME!!!

Elder Carlson's plane lands tonight at 7:10 pm, Hungary time (just after 11 am for you Utah folks). It will be SOOO fun to welcome him home. We will go immediately to the Stake Center where our Stake President will officially release him.

Besides his mom, dad and little brother, Ryan, two of his cousins, Sara & Samantha, will also be on hand to welcome him home.

Well done, Elder Carlson! We are so pleased with you!!!

June 20, 2011

Oh NOOO!!! Do I need to bring a shirt to change into for the interview with the stake president??? Just Joking... You know... I'm secretly hoping my flight to Hk gets delayed, so I miss my flight to moscow too... therefore, I'd get to spend a few hours in HK! :D That'd make my day, but that'd be difficult to work things out with you guys over there. Schedual another interview and all.... I'm excited to be back though. It's going to be nice to be with you again.
I'll tell you about this when I get back, but I got the best send out! Sunday night was a YSA FHE night, and it was basically a HUGE party. We brought 4 investigators too. There were probably 20+ people attending. Basically, we ate, played games, and I got to explain I'm leaving, my feelings about the mission, and share my favorite scripture. Then, as we were leaving to go home, we took a group picture. Then I said bye to people... It was such a fun night. I'm really going to miss this area. The members are so great.
Our ward is still in a rented chapel, but this month, if we can get an average of 120 people to sac. meeting, they'll build us a brand new one. 1st week: 90 people, 2nd: 104, 3rd: 129!!! So, we can totally do it. Us missionaries are bringing 7-8 people a week, including ourselves, so we'll accomplish it. 129 is pretty good yeah? It seemed like alot of people for taiwan, but we're DOING IT! So, I think we'll have a new chapel in DanShui when I come back and visit.
Truthfully, I'm excited to get back to Facebook... that's one of the only ways I'll be able to get back in contact with all my friends here in Taiwan. I'm really going to miss all these people. It seems like it's going to be soo sad. It's like what David wrote to me in a letter: "... Then you'll be on the plane home, not knowing when you'll ever see your friends in Taiwan again." I'm starting to feel like that. I leave the mission office at 5:30 am tomorrow morning, so basically, I only have 2 hours and maybe 30 minutes tonight. The rest of the time is all traveling time. Way way sad. I'll truly miss this country.
Love,
Elder Scott Carlson (Until I serve a senior mission)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 13, 2011

So about that rest that I wanted/needed... Well, my companion has been sick with the flu this past week. He still has it, so we've been taking it really really easy. Basically, I'm so rested that I wake up naturally at 5:30 now and just sit in bed until I have to wake up at 6:30. I've organized records, deep cleaned the kitchen, bleached the bathtub, and done other stuff. Yeah... so I got my rest. I'm afraid to set up lots of people for this last week because we might need some of that time for him to rest more and finally get over the flu before the next transfer. We've been teaching lessons still, but just mainly taking it easy so we don't kill my companion. I'm sooo excited to see you two again! I'm going to sure miss Taiwan, especially Danshui, but I'm way excited to be back with my parents again.

I'm going to miss Elder Siebert. He's a great guy. He'll do awesome in the mission and just see miracles the whole time with his efforts and faith. Yeah... I really don't know what to say now... because it's basically all over... As a sister missionary wrote in my bye-bye book, "These 2 years are the best, although not the happiest." It's hard, but I love my mission. I wish I could've worked more boldly in my previous efforts. I'm really really going to miss it. Sure, I'll be back in the world where I can use the computer, play around with friends, talk to my family whenever I want, etc... but there's just some other connection to life that I don't think I'll reach when I get back. It's like there are 2 'real life'.

There's this world, and there's knowing what real life really is in an eternal perspective. On earth we have iPhones. In Heaven, we'll have our personal revelation rock. On earth, we have our lives; work, home, recreation. And in Heaven, we'll just have worlds without number. The biggest connection I think I've felt during this time is Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ going before us in Their Work. Preparing the way. Helping us through the hard times. Basically this has increased my desire to serve the Lord more. I hope I can get a calling to serve others in my next BYU ward. I'm excited for it.

Well, I gotta go. Thanks for writing me so diligently these past 2 years. It's meant a ton to me. I love you both and I'll see you soon!!!
Love,
Elder Carlson
P.S. There's a chance I'll check my email next week if there's any last minute details. If not, just email the mission office.
Well, I love you both! I'll see you in just a week!

Hey all!
So I just wanted to write a mass email for my last one on the mission. You know, it's really weird to say that. Just last saturday morning, I got to attend O and M's baptism (pictured). They were 2 people I got to teach when I was serving in the mission office, and they got baptized about 6 weeks after we started teaching them. Talk about people really prepared to learn and accept Christ's teachings. They both have awesome prayers and really believe this is what God wants them to do. Anyways, it's great to see friends come to the Savior like that. I'll see you all in a week or more for others of you. Anyways, it's sad that I'm going home, but I'm excited to see all you again.
Love you all!
Elder Carlson

June 6, 2011

Ahhh!! This week it hasn't been like: "Yay, soon I get my ipod back!" or "I get to watch Star Wars again" or "I finally get to sleep in!". But more like... "I only have 2 more weeks in Taiwan!" "Only 2 more Chinese-speaking sacrament meetings" "No more cheap food and fun companions".... Yeah...I'm the Anti-Trunk!!!
But really, I'm going to miss it here a bunch. Taiwan has been such a good place to me. I am dead tired and would love to take a rest, but yeah, I'll miss this country a bunch. I am excited to see you all soon though. 2 more weeks! But truthfully, I feel like it's going to be really weird because it still hasn't hit me that bad that I only have 2 weeks left. It feels like I'll continue to be here for months and months.
I don't really have much to report on... I'm just super tired. OH yeah! O passed her baptism interview and will be baptized the same day as M. I'm way stoked to attend. It's 11 in the morning, so we'll see if I can or not.
I know this gospel is true and Church is needed by everyone. We don't just need to do "good things", but we need to learn what they are and how to do them. Church will help us learn and act. And especially help us become clean from our mistakes.
Love you Mom! I'll see you soon! Next week might be one of the last emails I write. Maybe that last day, but we'll see!
Love,
Scott

June 1, 2011

We had a cool week because both Elder Jay E. Jensen and Elder Bednar came to Taiwan. Elder Jensen spoke to our mission, and Elder Bednar spoke to the Stake. Only my stake here got to see him, so I felt really lucky. Plus, my companion suggested we go super early, so we got 4th row pew seats in a stake center sized room. We had the Wang family come, and they were awesome. They were dressed up really nice, and when they got there they just started reading scriptures to prepare. I love that family!!! Their kids were too rowdy to come, but Brother and Sister Wang came and seemed to like it. Especially because Elder Bednar spoke directly to non-members. It was really powerful. We had 4 investigators there (haha one got pulled away from us to usher people into the meeting), but I wish we had more because it would mean a lot to them to see and listen from a modern day apostle.
We also went on exchanges yesterday and when I was in a place called Beitou, my exchange companion and I contacted this lady, and we found out she lived in the US. So, we contacted her in English. I'm sooooo thankful for the Mission office. My English was more coherent, and my companion struggled in teaching english lessons. Really, the office improved my english a ton! It went really good and the spirit was strong. But she told us she knew some things about our church and couldn't accept the Godhead, or that we have to "earn" our salvation, or the 3 kingdoms of glory. I didn't have the Bible on me, but I asked her to re-read James 2. I said I didn't want to argue about it or say she's wrong, but I invited to read a few passages in the scriptures and if she wanted to learn more, check out mormon.org. She was really cool. I can totally see her accepting the gospel when she goes back toCalifornia.
Anyways, my companion is still really sweet and I'm glad to be with him. He helps me always work hard and do my best to find and teach. Time is ticking by, but it's going to be good. Our temple day is today so thats why I didn't reply on monday. Which, is going to make it even shorter because our next Preparation Day is only 4 days away. Then it's my second to last week. Yikes. Well... Onward ever onward.

May 23, 2011

Regarding the picture of Scott with his companion in the lily field:
Yeah, we went out to a mountain where they had a huge field of lilys. We could pick about 10 for only 3 USD. Haha, I'm not much of a fan of flowers, but I thought it was cool. That was taken on my camera by Jimmy Ku. The missionaries in it is me and Elder Cheng-Jui Yu (Chinese: 余承叡).
So here's something I wrote to my mission president today:
"We saw tons of miracles here and I'm so glad to be serving here in DanShui. The one I wanted to make note of was last week monday. I had a feeling to contact a guy nearby when we arrived at a house, and he set up for the next night. We met with him and his small family twice that week, and they came to church. They said they really like Christian churches and its what they were looking for in the past. They just backed out of getting baptized in the past because of their parents wanting them to worship ancestors. After working through that issue, they said they'd be willing to shoot for July 9th for being baptized. They came to church this sunday too. It was a really cool experience to show that through faith, miracles are brought to pass. Christ really is preparing souls here in Taiwan."

Yeah, basically I'm having the time of my life here in Danshui. By the way, M. is getting baptized on 6/11. And.... O IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON 6/4!!! I'm going to ask president if I can attend at least O's. We have a person or two getting baptized here in Danshui too, but I just love seeing O and M get baptized because I got to work with them a bit more and help them even with all the stress in the Mission Office.