Taiwan Trip . Day 6
It was another early morning! We got ready and met WenHo at the temple at 8:30 in the morning to do baptisms. The Taiwan temple is very small, but very nice. The people were super friendly and nice. It’s the only temple where you take your shoes off in the lobby. We parked our shoes out front and Abby and Madeline stayed in the first foyer while the rest of the kids went into the baptistry. We met the Temple President who was very gracious and then got changed. We had the whole baptistery to ourselves and the kids got to do a bunch of names (some of them were family file names from a member in Taiwan). Andrew did a good job pronouncing all the Chinese names as he baptized Emma and Peter. Emma barely makes a ripple in the water. It was really nice. They have a really cool painting in the baptistery which is a traditional Chinese painting of a man being baptized in the river. It was really cool. After that, we did confirmations and Mike had a hard time getting through it. It was a little emotional for him being there with his father and with Andrew who is getting ready to leave the house. It was a nice experience. After that, Mike and Sara did a session while Al walked around with the kids. They got more ice cream and of course more bread at SunMerry. They were fairly spoiled with food during this trip. Once Mike and Sara were done, everyone headed over to the church to help prepare Thanksgiving lunch for the missionaries. It was fun to see the food we had brought over being put to good use. There was so much stuffing! One of the missionary sisters got emotional because of how much the smell reminded her of home. The kids had a blast cutting and serving pumpkin pie to 160 missionaries! There were even two from Colorado. The missionaries were super thankful and super happy. It was fun to be a part of their feast and to feel their energy and excitement. Abby even made a friend with one of the sisters. After the feast, we cleaned up all the food and trash and help stack the tables and chairs. It was a great way to be of service to the missionaries and the kids had fun doing it. Andrew noted that it was his favorite part of the trip so far. That was pretty great to hear. Following lunch, we headed back to the apartment for some rest. Later that afternoon we headed out to Ximending (the Shibuya of Taipei) and took in some electric lights and went to an amazing Ramen restaurant. With everyone full, we went shopping and bought some fun socks, a track suit for Peter, and of course the cutest coat for Madeline at Uniqlo. We took in some street performers and enjoyed the buzz of electric lights as only Asia can do. It was a fun night out in a crazy part of town. Then it was back on the metro, back home, and back to bed.
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