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Scott Oelkers 09 Aug 2006
Does anyone have any contact info for Scott Oelkers? He was the ShiLin branch president when I was in Taipei (2000-2001). I would appreciate a business phone number, email address, or any old thing.
Allan D. Rogers Send Email
Taiwan reunion trip 27 Jun 2006
To those of you who are making a return trip to Taiwan for the reunion: Check over your reservation carefully. Especially for the hotel. There were some mistake on mine and it has taken a while to get them corrected.
Mark P. Terry (唐皓傑) Send Email
Max Reeder 21 May 2006
Does anyone know of a Max Reeder who served a mission in taiwan in 1965? I ran into a extended family all baptized after he had unsuccessfully taught the mom's sister. If you know him please have him email me--this is the kind of story any return missionary would love to hear.
Mandy Kay Ormond Send Email
fabrics 14 May 2006
I've looked through this entire site to make sure I wasn't double posting and all I've found were clothing suggestions for sister missionaries. I was wondering what type of suit I should get, and if I should get a suit in Taiwan. I'm also preparing to recieve my temple endowments and I was wondering what type of fabric would be best for Taiwans climate. Any information would be wonderful, I enter the MTC on July 12th
Jonathan David Ware Send Email
TaiBei members? 14 May 2006
Does anyone have contact info for the following 1977 Taibei members?

Sung De Min
Wu Li Sze
Ho Gwang Hwa

Thanks for any details.
Marcus Alan Vincent Send Email
Seeking host family in Taiwan 06 Apr 2006
Hello, my name is Darin Humphreys. I am a graduating senior in chemistry at Utah State University, and I plan to live in Taiwan for a year to learn Mandarin and to take a break before I begin graduate school at BYU. I served in the Philippines from 1999-2001. I speak Tagalog, as well as Spanish, and of course English.

If there is a family living near a university in Taiwan (were I may take classes in Chinese) with whom I may live for part or all of my stay will you please email me? I can pay a negotiable monthly amount to cover my stay. My address is:


I look forward to hearing from member families. Thank you.
Darin J. Humphreys Send Email
new missionary 26 Mar 2006
my son was just called to the Taiwan Taipei mission. can anyone send me information that has served a mission there? How did you like it? Anything to look out for? please send to cnb29@byu.net. thank you.
Craig Ballard Send Email
Mandarin Speaking Career Opportunity 24 Mar 2006
We are beginning a search for a Manager of Asian Operations who will
a year here in Northeast Indiana and then will be relocated to Shanghai
handle all business operations for a privately held manufacturer.

We are seeking a new grad or candidate with one- two years of
or operations experience with either a BSME or a BSEE. Candidate must
fluent in both Mandarin and English.

If you are interested in checking out this career opportunity please email me.

Chase Lauritsen Send Email
Need Mandarin-speaking Support agent 17 Feb 2006
LDS Distribution Services has an immediate need for an international support agent who speaks Mandarin as a second language and English as a native. Other Asian languages (e.g., Japanese, Cantonese) are a plus.
Check out the job postings at lds.org or send an e-mail to ArgyleST@ldschurch.org.
Steven Argyle Send Email
Mandarin-speaking veil workers needed 21 Jan 2006
The Oakland, California Temple Needs YOU!!

To all Northern California Returned Taiwan Missionaries and Chinese or Taiwanese members:

The Oakland California Temple is in great need of Mandarin-speaking veil workers to assist with the monthly Mandarin endowment session, which will be held the first Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. If you speak Mandarin, they'll train you in the ceremony. The Temple is just getting started with Mandarin sessions, and we want to help them along. If you've been wanting to have more opportunities to use your Mandarin, and been thinking you ought to go to the Temple more often, then this opportunity is for you!

To participate in this, you must:

  • Be endowed, and hold a current full-use temple recommend

  • Preferably already be a set-apart veil worker in English (if you're not, please see below)

  • Speak Mandarin. If "spoke Mandarin some time in the past" describes you better, you're still in a far better position than the English-speaking ordinance workers who are trying to memorize the necessary parts now.

If you have not already been set apart as a veil worker, and know the ceremony, then you should apply to become a veil worker.

If you are interested, or have questions, then please contact me, Vic Walker, on the phone at (916) 933-2907, or on the Internet at vwalker@pharmdata.net.
Vic Walker 葛志浩 Send Email
Host Family in Provo 06 Jan 2006
Does anybody know any couples live in Provo, UT willing to take an international student to live with them? My sister is going to BYU-ELC from Taiwan for learning English this coming September 2006. She is planning to stay at least a year in the USA. Since she is a Hard Worker, and Love to Help Out things, she might be able to help the couple she lives with…. by the way, she is a sweet girl…who doesn’t speak any English….^O^ If you have any info, please feel free to contact me @ amei66 (at) yahoo (dot) com


Mei-Lin Liu Send Email
July/August 2005 tour group for 50th Anniversary 05 Jan 2006
[Note from site administrators: This site does not endorse this travel agency, but is allowing this post as a service to the users on the site. If there are other options that people know about to get to some of the 2006 celebration activities --- please post them for the benefit of those looking for ways to get to Taiwan]

Columbus Travel, a Utah travel agency, has put together a great package available to anyone who would like to attend the celebration. The philosophy for this travel package was quite simple: put together an extremely good quality package that includes airfare, hotel (at least 4 star property) and bus transfers to/from international airport, at a price that can't be beat. This will allow everyone the freedom to select the specific commemoration events that they would like to attend, and also provide sufficient time to explore Taiwan. Side trips to Toroko Gorge, AliShan, etc. can easily be arranged, and extensions to Hong Kong or mainland China can easily be added to the package -- this travel agency arranges the largest volume of China travel booked out of the Intermountain West. Taiwan's subway, rail and airline systems provide quick and relatively inexpensive methods to make day trips to those places you served in as a missionary.

Package includes the following:
* Round-trip air via Malaysian Airlines, Los Angeles-Taipei (non-stop)
* Round-trip airport/hotel group transfers
* 8 nights accommodations at the Sheraton Taipei Hotel
* Hotel taxes and service fees (currently about 15%)
* Daily breakfast

All-inclusive price: $1,595 per person, double occupancy, based on current airline taxes.
Price is based on $1,424 per person base price, plus applicable airline taxes (currently $171).
Taxes subject to change.
$200 deposit (refundable) will hold your reservation.
$50 per person discount to those submitting application and deposit before January 20, 2006.
Space is limited, so make reservations soon.
Call Columbus Travel for price quotes for triple/quad occupancy and children rates.

Travel Itinerary:
Day 1, July 28, 2006 (Friday): Depart LAX - skip Saturday due to crossing International Date Line.
Day 2, July 30th (Sunday): Arrive in Taipei 6:10 a.m., group transfer to hotel,attend church, well-deserved rest, or sightseeing.
Day 3 through Day 8: 50th Anniversary Celebration activities, or activities selected by couples or informal groups, sightsee, visit old friends. Travel around Taiwan own your own schedule.
Day 9, August 7 (Monday): Depart Taipei 4:00 pm, Arrive LAX 11:35 am (same day). Connecting flight to home destination.

Meals, local transportation, and all activities or side tours will be selected by individual participants.

Columbus Travel will also help book flights to LAX (additional airfare to apply).

Contact information (for questions or to book reservations):
Columbus Travel
563 West 500 South, Suite 180
Bountiful, UT 84010
Telephone: (801) 295-9568 or toll-free 800-373-3328
Contact Janice Johnson, ext. 2001

Be sure to check out the 50th anniversary information on the church's website at http://www.lds.org.tw Click on "50th Anniversary in Taiwan" [English] on the upper right corner. This site will provide updated information on the celebration activities.

Posted by:
Mike Shumway
PO Box 524
American Fork, UT 84003
email: mikeshum@xmission.com
voice: (801) 756-9442
Michael D. Shumway Send Email
searching for a long lost friend... 30 Dec 2005
i have a friend who went to taiwan to teach english in 1991. she met a boy who started taking the discussions and was baptized in the zhongli (chungli) branch while she was there. he was 19 years old when he was baptized. throughout the years she has lost touch with him. he has since served in the army and has moved from where he once lived. she spirit keeps letting her know that she needs to try and get a hold of him. the only thing is she doesn't have a lot of information. she has his chinese last name, but not his first. she has his birthdate, and his baptismal date. actually i have all that info too. the help i am asking for is if anybody knows of a way to try and track him down with this information. please contact me if you are aware of anything i can do to find this information. thanks so much for taking the time to help out!

erin petersen
Erin Gale Petersen Send Email
looking for information 27 Dec 2005
Does anyone remember an Elder Brandon J. Welling from Virginia? He would have served his mission around 2000-2002. I am not sure if this is the correct mission but if it is and you happen to know him PLEASE email me! My email address is g8trzz@aol.com Thank you
tammy brooks Send Email
Christmas Phone Calls 24 Dec 2005
With Christmas here and realizing that many of our alumni and parents will be making international calls, here is the most economic solution we have found. The company is OneSuite. Very decent prices if you are calling current missionaries or any past friends/converts in Taiwan or any country.

Onesuite is similar to a phone card, but can be recharged and has no connection fees. Using the local access numbers is only 3 US cents a minute to Taiwan. If a 800 number is used, it's 4 US cents a minute. Calling cell phones is about 3X the price of calling a local phone. These are phone to phone calls. This method works for any country in the world. Instructions and country codes are available on their site. The website is only needed to buy credits. Email if you have any questions.

Merry Christmas

PS. Mission.net has no affliation with Onesuite
Taiwan Taipei Admin Send Email
China Rural Education Foundation 12 Dec 2005
The China Rural Education Foundation (CREF) currently supports 85 students who can now attend elementary schools with help from the Foundation. The students come from poor rural families in Gan Quan County located just south of Yan An in Shaanxi Province. Nine of the Directors for the CREF are returned missionaries from Taiwan and the other three have spent time in Taiwan and China. See the website at www.thecref.org for details.

For the second year, the CREF is sponsoring a Chinese New Year’s Celebration and fund raising dinner on Friday, January 27, 2006 at the China Lily Restaurant, Lindon, Utah, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be good Chinese food, live Chinese entertainment, plus video and photo displays of the villages and students. Last year Presidents Boyd Hales, Kent Larkin, and Frederick Crook attended the dinner and had good opportunities to visit with returned missionaries.

Please save this date, Friday, January 27, 2006. Plan to come, bring your families, and encourage your “old” companions to come. It will be a great time to remember Chinese New Year’s while supporting needy children in China!

Contact: Frederick Crook: fwcrook@yahoo.com call 801-492-4796 or 801-380-0265 (cell)
Virginia Bryson: virgini101@aol.com
Marshall Witt: marshallswitt@yahoo.com.

Note: message posted at request of Pres. Crook.
Michael D. Shumway Send Email
Line of Authority 21 Nov 2005
I was in Taiwan with my family in 1987-1988 on a business assignment. We attended the English speaking branch - Stan Winters was the Branch President. While there, I was ordained to the office of High Priest. At the time, I neglected to get the line of authority from the person who performed the ordination. Since then, I have contacted the church office in SLC - they haven't been able to help me. I have a jpg copy of the certificate. Could the Taipei mission office help me in getting the line of authority if I were to email the jpg document? Does someone know the email address of the mission office? Any other suggestions? Thanks for your help.
Craig Rasmussen Send Email
what clothes/etc for sisters... if you trust me 20 Sep 2005
I've logged on to the Alumni site to find a lot of questions about what sisters need and where to get it, etc. I thought I'd post a message that addresses some of that broadly, for fear those who would be helpful won't find your message/don't respond in time. However, I preface my advice with the warning that I've been home for 7 years now... things may have changed!

Let me first say, CONGRATS ON YOUR CALL! You are being called to the coolest mission in the world. The people are amazing. The food will make you hungry to return to Taiwan for the rest of your life. And don't let anyone scare you about the language. Once you are immersed in it, it is easier than you think - and of course you'll have the gift of tounges. Just exersize your patience and dilligence in the first few months and after that it will be smooth sailing!

But on to the practical stuff. (and if what I have to say doesn't cover what you want to know, send me an email.) What to buy and where to get it.

Definately take thermal garments. You will most likely be on a bike, even in the winter, and skirts don't offer much barrier to the cold. (This may not apply to missionaries in Taichung or Gaoshung - I served in Taipei. However over my one winter I served in an area now part of the Taichung mission and I've never been so cold.) Thick, darkly colored tights (if they are still okay to wear) cover the garments making them almost undetectable. I also invested in a pair of wooly leggings (I found them at the DI, but you might check dance stores for some sort of footless warm-up) that I hiked up underneath my skirt when I was out and about.

For the cold, the warmer the coat the better. Mine also came from DI and was a thick wool. Also handy was a long, thin scarf I wrapped around my head and neck. It protected my ears, especially when biking, but allowed me to wear my helmet.

Skirts that were full enough for biking but the right length and without some crazy print were hard to come by. Again, my best purchases came from the DI. If you can't find a whole wardrobe in the US however, bring extra cash and plan to have things made there. It isn't cheaper than the DI, but as of 7 years ago, it was about the same as buying something new here, only there you could specify fabric, length, cut, etc.. Even if your first areas aren't around a place you can have clothes made, it isn't a bad idea to finish off your wardrobe there, once you've seen what the other sister missionaries have. The ones about to come home especially have definately bought things in Taiwan, and can point you in the right direction for style and place. Clothes in Taiwan are cheap, so a little money should go a long way.

Speaking of the DI, another out of date/slightly tacky and totally useful wardrobe item we knee-high nylons. First, in the humidity of summer they seemed the only things that were bearable. Secondly, controlling a skirt on a bike was a lot easier when you could tuck it into the tops of the nylons. If you can't find any here, however, once again, they aren't as hard to find over there. And where ever you buy, stock up. You'll go through them fast.

I'm sure this is sounding like we looked ridiculous. Frankly, seeing the sisters on bikes always made me laugh. But no one you know is going to be seeing you... so it's okay.

In the rainy season (summer time) most rain gear available in Utah, at least, is totally inadequate. First of all, when it rains in Taiwan it doesn't neccessarily cool down. Sometimes it feels hotter and muggier. So your traditional raincoat is out. Plus if you are on a bike you'll drench your whole middle skirt area - which has an embarrassing appearance. Finally, it just won't block as much rain as you'll be in. (My first rainy season on island it rained for something like 14 days strait. The second wasn't as unrelentless, but I did ride through a puddle on my bike that came up to my shins, with my feet on the pedals!)

Fortunately, the Taiwanese have a better solution. It's called an "U-E", you'll learn how to say it better, but for starters that's close enough. It covers you entirely, giving room to pedal your bike, and because it's more like a giant wearable tarp, it won't let the water in, like a standard dress raincoat here would and in the winter you can wear it over your coat. You will sweat like crazy under it. But if they are still approved apparel, get that there. They are cheap and everywhere. (I did use the raincoat I'd brought with me. It looked classier so I wore it to zone conferences which we usually traveled to by bus, taxi, or train. I also wore it when it wasn't too wet and it wasn't too cold, or in the winter when I had 3 to 4 layers underneath.)

Speaking of sweating, don't bother with anti-perspirant. (This was some great advice I got from an RM before I went.) It's humid and hot. Only a portable AC blowing on you everywhere you go will keep you from sweating - and they haven't invented those yet. Buy a strait deodorant (it will be a little hard to find in the grocery store). It will keep the BO to a minimum, but not leave your garments with enormous yellow stains in the pits. (If you can't find just a deodorant, my husband served in a country with a similar climate and he used a product called Crystal Stick. It is available in some grocery stores in the deodorant department, and in most health food stores. It is more expensive than a stick of deodorant but it is the same size and will last your full year and a half. (When you are looking at two bags for that time, that's a definate plus!)

Any over-the-counter medicine you preferr when you are sick/in pain definately take with you. It's almost impossible to find/read/ and then trust what is available there. Definately be open to trying some of the traditional stuff, though. I did. Some of it worked. Some of it didn't. It was all fascinating.

On a medical note - I had a wisdom tooth removed there. No problem! It cost a fraction of the price it had to get my others out here (this one they thought wouldn't come in while I was there). The doctor spoke great English. And it was incredibly less painful than it had been here. My point: in case you need more help than your own medicine stash, you're in good hands.

Shoes. This is where I spent some money. I got the most comfortable 2 pairs I could find at Aeresoles. (I'm a sucker for heals but a lot of my comps wore black or brown girly Doc Martins.) When those wore out at about my year mark I bought new shoes there which were cheaper, didn't last as long, but did get me through my last 6 months.

As for my tips, I think that about covers it. Except for girly montly stuff, but for the modesty of the message board, I'll trust it's in the stuff from your mission Pres.. Or feel free to email me, on that or any other question that arises. It would give me immense pleasure to yammer on some more about the coolest mission in the world.

Best wishes!
Steffanie Casperson (Ackerman)
Steffanie Casperson Send Email
美國青苗 慈善基金會 31 Aug 2005
My name is Ken Duffy, a former missionary in the Taiwan, Taipei mission. I, along with a group of friends and associates, founded a non-profit charitable organization and am looking for people interested in participating.

The 美國青苗 慈善基金會 is a charitable non-profit organization that focuses on supporting the educational infrastructure in Mainland China. We secure charitable donations from corporations which are used to build schools and provide tuition assitance for Chinese children of all ages in areas of China where there is serious financial and economical need.

If you would like to be involved in this program or have skills and talents you would like to donate (e.g. web design, creative design, printing, etc.) please e-mail me through my alumni profile. Thanks.
Kenneth Michael Duffy Send Email
Looking for Sister Bao 10 Aug 2005
Sister Bao was my second companion in the Taipei Mission in 1978. I am trying to locate her and would appreciate the help of anyone who might know how to track her down. She is a native from Taiwan with two younger sisters who were also members. Please help.
Vicki Ramsey
257 N. 1st W.
Snowflake, AZ 85937 928-536-7460
Vicki Ramsey Send Email
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