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Model missionaries ride bikes in event

Taiwan leaders invite elders, sisters because of their positive values

TAIPEI, TAIWAN

To highlight the value of saving energy in Taipei County, the county government recently supported International Car-Free Day by sponsoring a bicycle ride in Taipei that drew 55,000 bicyclists.

A zone of missionaries from the Taipei Taiwan Mission was invited by the government to join the ride.

Throughout Taiwan, the Church's young missionaries are easily identified as they pedal to their appointments on bicycles — elders in their signature dark pants, white shirts and ties, sisters nicely attired in skirts and blouses. All wear the distinctive black missionary name tag.

Missionaries of the Taiwan Taipei Mission west zone were invited to show how to save energy by ridin
Missionaries of the Taiwan Taipei Mission west zone were invited to show how to save energy by riding bicycles. | Elder James Phillips, Taiwan public affairs

"Some of our zone's missionaries got up early and rode an hour just to get to the starting point by 7 a.m.," said Elder John Macfarlane of Fruit Heights, Utah, zone leader of the Taipei West zone. All 18 elders and sisters in the zone made the ride.

When Church leaders visited with Taiwan President Ying-Jeou Ma in 2008 he offered praise for the Mormon missionaries serving there, saying they have helped instill positive values and spirit in the public.

Missionaries of the Taipei Taiwan Mission.
Missionaries of the Taipei Taiwan Mission. | Elder James Phillips, Taiwan public affairs

An article in The China Post, a prominent Taiwan English newspaper, quoted President Ma as saying of the missionaries: "Their clean image elicits good feelings and they promote energy conservation by using bicycles as their main mode of transport."

"It is our honor to have your riders in this event," said Gong-Shin Fei, a Taipei County representative who invited the mission to participate.

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