In nine days I fly to Taiwan to visit old friends and relive sentimental memories. I spent a year there teaching English after college. I am super excited to go back!!! I am also curious about how it will seem to my friends that in 5 years I've gone from uber-active mormon proselytizer to agnostic.
While I lived there, one of my friends (my supervisor) met with the missionaries a few times. Hearing her pray during the first lesson was one of the most beautiful experiences of my time there. Even now, as a nonbeliever, it's still a precious memory. After a few lessons my friend realized the church wasn't for her. Meanwhile, it was a great bonding experience. The experience whet my appetite and definitely contributed to my decision to serve a mission a few months later. I sent in my mission papers before I left Taiwan.
During this visit, I'll be traveling with my former roommate. She is a very believing Christian who also attended weekly church while we lived in Taiwan. I sent her a Book of Mormon from the MTC. In her response (which I received a few months after arriving in "the field") she explained she would not be reading the BoM and wished I would be more willing to investigate my own church...
Hmmmm. She got her wish. ;)
Man I can't wait til next week!