Sunday, July 28, 2013
So we have had a pretty great week actually! Almost all our investigators came to church, all that came are progressing really well. We have a baptism planned for the 27th of this month for four people, and so far it looks like they will all make it, perhaps even bumping one person up to make it a five person baptismal service! but we'll see haha.
The one tough thing was that we have a new family investigating and the whole week we have been committing them to come to church, and they said they could come. The plan was to have the senior couple bring them, just this once so they could see where the church is, and yesterday morning they were waiting outside their house when we came to get them. So we were super excited cuz we of course thought they were waiting for us... But it turns out they were waiting outside cuz some guy was coming to lend them money or something stupid like that... so when the Vaughans (senior couple) came, they were like, "uh no, we arent coming to church.." soo ya haha we were pretty frustrated, confused, and angry haha. To add on to that, the less-actives that live right next to them were also up and about, and we told them they could come to church, like the had said they would, but they pulled out the classic bag of lamest excuses ever. I dont want to rant too much cuz it makes it hard to love the people haha. So suffice it to say that yesterday night as we were discussing them and what we can do to help them, we were pretty disappointed.. but such is missionary work.
One of the people we are teaching is named Justin. Hes 19 and a pretty solid kid. speaks a very little bit of english, but likes to mix in the english he knows when we are teaching haha. Hes learned just about everything, and hes one the people getting ready to be baptized on the 27th. He moved here from a city called Sibu, which is a different area in the mission. but he moved here with his aunt. A pretty solid kid, and i think hes understands what we are teaching pretty well.
Sounds like you guys had a great time with your pals from California. Awesome that you gave them BofMs! about referring the missionaries to them, I would suggest calling them first and seeing if they would be interested, rather than just having two missionaries randomly show up. maybe give them a little time to read or something. I loved hearing about how Catherine let you know mom how she had felt a difference between our home and her friends. It is so great to hear about your own missionary experiences! But definitely pray to know what the best way of going about it is.
For 4th of July, we did nothing.. well i guess thats not true. two of our members had birthdays so we went and enjoyed nice food and good times with them. We have really great relationships with our members here, and it is not too difficult to find people willing to follow us to lessons. It is also helpful that the area is relatively small, and there area two major centers of member population. A very welcome change from Samarahan.
So i have some news.. My release date has been moved up to Jan 16th! its really weird to like be informing you, but its only 6 months away, and i know how you like to plan for things far in advance mom! haha. so ya jan 16 will be my release date. Its because Pres Mains made it so that we go home in line with the 6 week transfer cycle, in order to avoid a transfer right in the middle of a cycle. So thats as of now the date. i dont imagine itll change, but I will be having an interview with Pres Mains in August, so i guess i might be able to confirm it 100% then.
I guess its weird for me to talk about it cuz the release date seems like the part of the mission that never happens haha. But its coming..FAST
Love you all
Saturday, July 6, 2013
pretty good week this week! at first we were kind of struggling to get things going as far as bringing members to teaching appointments, but in the end we did ok. highlight was Super Saturday. A District Youth activity where all the youth form the Bintulu District (4 branches) come together and just like play games and do activities together. its great! we played a big game of capture the flag and then lunch and some other little fun things. We would play a little game and the the losing team would have to do some kind of thing as punishment for losing haha. example: one losing team had whipped eggs rubbed in their face haha. another example: walk around the circle of teams while imitating a handicapped person.. hahaha a great example of Malaysian political correctness...
We started teaching a girl named Rose the week i came here, and she is doing pretty well so far. She read through the intro to the BofM and almost all the testimonies, and we didnt really commit her to read much at all haha. She isnt too educated so she had a hard time understanding some of the words and stuff, but mostly the names of people and places. Shes the only member of her family who isnt baptized, so it not too difficult a situation as far as her fellowhipping goes. we are hoping that as she prepares for baptism we can help her less-active family members come back to church as well. Shes 19 and a baby girl who is 1 already and is the cutest little girl ever!
We have a few other people on date to be baptized, and they are all also doing pretty well. id like to tell you all about them, but that would take too long haha. so i'll just pick one to talk about each week
I always love hearing about what you guys are doing at home. it sounds like you had a great trip mom, i also often ponder on what adam-ondi-aman will be like during the Millenium. sorry to hear about the boat motor dad! :/ but i couldnt tell you what id give to go on a fishing trip to Kab. those pictures were like pictures of heaven haha
So this area continues to be awesome! Elder laycock and i get along really well, we are both veryr experienced, we both speak the language really well, and we are just helping our investigators. I imagine this is a rare period of time, where both missionaries know what they are doing, and the both get along as well. I am certainly cherishing these 6 weeks until transfers! (E Laycock is finished after this transfer cycle) which finishes the last week of July/ first week of August. I could see myself finishing my mission here, but its hard to say. So far it sounds pretty good to me!
Love you all!
So this week is transfers. and as of right now i cant say Im happy about where im headed off to... Im going to Bintulu, which is also in Sarawak, but is a smaller city, and is poorer, and the branches are weaker there. My companion has six weeks left, hes cool, so thats good, but i dont know/like anyone else in the zone... I'll admit i'm somewhat down, but not terribel. Im sure its not as bad as what ive heard or what i think. prayers not a few will be asked from me, for me haha. I actually anticipated such a transfer, and told myself that if it happened I would just do my best and try to be a good missionary, and the rest will be in Heavenly Father's hands. I guess the hardest part is leaving Kuching, where I have many elders who are my good buddies, and going to a zone where i dont really have any..
In other news, we had a GREAT week with Kelvin and his wife! We taught a great lesson Sat night, in which we started teaching the Restoration, and I feel like we established a good foundation of prophets and priesthood and those kinds of things. The best part was that Kelvin came to church and brought his 7 year old daughter! He seemed to enjoy church, but its always a bit unsettling when the branch you try so hard to bring investigators to isnt functioning exactly the way it should.. But he brought home a Gospel Principles book. He and his wife are strong readers, so hats really good. They are now in E Hirschi's hands and his new comps.
One amazing thing that happened with them: Karen, Kelvins wife, skimmed through the BofM, and happened to come across Moroni 8, which mentions the doctrine of "infant baptism is a wicked abomination." so i was a bit worried, but it lead to a good conversation about the age of true accountability, and it then led to Karen saying, "Then in he next verses it says that infants who die go to heaven. is this true elders?" (something to that effect in Malay) We said yes and she went on to explain that they had a child a while back who only lived two days.. I know that these words fro the BofM brought great comfort and hope to them.
I have gained a great testimony of the power of speaking the truth, and letting people read truths from the BofM o gain a testimony of it.
I love you all, next week will be contain a lot of new stuff haha!