if you pick out the root of the word in the subject bar, you should be able to figure out that Niga was indeed baptized! Super spiritual and uplifting service after church yesterday. at least for me and Niga haha. (name pronounced nee-ga) I was privileged to do the baptizing. If you havent realized, it has been about 9 months since i've had a baptism. haha not that im really concerned about how many people I baptize, but that its always nice to do it. Classic Malaysia; we cleaned the font really well, but it didnt really matter cuz the water was so dirty that it was a fairly dark green hahaha. but Niga didnt seem to mind, so its all good. But ya next week he will be confirmed and then I can rest at ese haha. if youll remember the last people i baptized in Sitiawan were baptized but never came to church again and have yet to be confirmed... forever in limbo...
Suuuuper excited about conference. we will watch it in Malay with the members in two weeks, but we might be able to get it earlier in engilsh for ourselves before then. either way we will eventually get it in english and def use it for some study time or something.
so for training we are given an extra hour of companion study, and are given a packet with an outline of what we should be training on each week. its a 12 week program. it does include some on-the-computer training, so some days we will be going to the cyber cafes so he can do his training.
His Malay is still struggling, but each day he usually will take a small step outside his comfort zone as far as the language goes. he's also having a hard time adjusting to the food haha. pretty stereotypically picky kid. like i was before. but he'll adjust eventually cuz he has to haha. He's from Layton, UT. we dont have a ton in common, and before he came i thought i was a soft spoken person haha. you aint seen nothin till you meet E Hirschi haha. but its all good. we get along just fine.
today our member took us to his kampung, or village. about an hour form our place. we went with the senior couple that is gonna return to the motherland in to days. pretty cool place. even though its a bit tourist-ized, its definitely in the bush. I finally got to see SKULLS! theyre pretty morbid haha. i touched one of them :) they used to be kept for storage and then the tribe would do some dancing and other weird stuff in a circle while the skulls are sitting above a fire. but our member, Bro Komik said that hasnt been dnoe for a long time. also an interesting fact, they did not simply cut off anyones head, but only the heads of other enemy warriors haha. so there are rules to headhunting believe it or not. also i took an old machete sheath that Komik was gonna throw away haha. as authentic as you get right there.
Not much else to report on i guess. really cool about the drastic increase in missionaries though. we keep hoping that Malay Book of Mormon will come. i think i told you but the first presidency actually sent a letter out to us that states it has been published already, and it encourages members to buy their own copies and continue to use it in their studies. So I imagine it will come in April as the letter came in the third week of March.So that'll be exciting and will be especially effective to study the language.
Sorry about the winter being dragged on haha. I could go for a Twins game or two right about now haha.
Love you all!