Tuesday, September 3, 2013


So this week has been pretty tough, as none of our investigators came to church, but we were able to teach a few good lessons. a couple of our investigators were also not able to meet with us, so our efforts were largely focused towards meeting less active members, which is not all that bad. its usually easier to get in the door of a less-active member than it is to find new people to teach. one of the initiatives started a while ago by the Asia presidency was to try to make missionary efforts half towards investigators and half towards less active/recent convert work. 

We ended the week with an awesome Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) Beach BBQ activity on Saturday, complete with volleyball and soccer and inter-branch tug of war haha. Super fun and always good for the members to get together with members of the other branches, as not too long ago they were all one branch (about 5 years ago i think) there is definitely a lot of love between the members here. One cool thing i noticed, that as the beach/park area was packed with people, I can say that our little branches here in malaysia are a "peculiar people" as we were virtually surrounded by other parties smoking and drinking, and frankly not appearing to be having a good time. haha. anyways it was great to be a part of that and we had some members come to sacrament meeting who have not been in a while.

So our investigator, Lucyana, will hopefully be baptized at the end of this week. i say this without 100% confidence because she will be interviewed tomorrow, and the elder interviewing her had been known to be pretty tough. Its a problem i didnt think i would ever face, but i just pray thay my feelings of her being ready are true, and the interview wont be a problem. So we look forward to that!

today we are havin a pretty relaxed p-day, gonna play a little ping pong with the other 2 elde3rs in the district. 

the Malay Book of Mormon has not yet played a huge influence in our work yet, but i think it will have a bigger effect on the members once they arrive. (the members have to order their own separately). i think there will be a big focus on reading it once they have it. We are at a point in our work where we dont really try to make time to find new people to teach, cuz we are already teaching "enough" people, and then with the direction to work half our time with less-actives, we dont really put a lot of emphasis on making sure we place a copy everyday. But the work is going well, the usual ups n downs of people progressing or not progressing. 

sorry mom but it is not exactly an easy task to print things off from the internet cafe, but if i remember i can do it on the church computer the next time im there. the quote that you inserted is a very prevalent one. thanks for adding that :) i think a lot of times i feel like the member work, the investigator work, etc just feels in vain because of the history and culture of the people here. but im always reminded that i simply need to do what I feel i need to do. to  put forth MY effort in faith, and then trusting that my actions will have a positive effect. We are constantly reminded that we sometimes never see the effects that we do have immediately or even ever. But when E Wilson visited at District Conference, he said its hard to believe how fast the church is growing  here and how much progress has been made since the last time he came. 

cant get enough of that picture of Kellen haha. classic shirt, ugliest thing ive ever seen ahah. and judging by that picture i think its safe to say that i am now the SHORTEST boy in the famiy. welp, i reigned over my little brothers while i could. now im gonna go back and get picked on all the time... just me n mom huddled together in a corner, bein small. 

nothin else to say here! love you all!

Elder Giblette


my favorite girlfriend, Nancy. this is at the longhouse about an hour outside of town where we have a group of about 20 people. we go up there each saturday to teach english and teach them how to read

another quality product from New Zealand haha

what is known as a ngingit; when it flew in i thought it was a bird haha. HUGE!!

Independence Day Grillllinnn!

East Malaysia getting the BofMs in Malay! 

Zone conference

So zone conference and Singapore were a blast! they did a good job controlling our time, so we unfortunately didnt get to really walk around and "vacation" in Singapore like we normally do. i cant complain though because i doubt theres any other mission who gets to have zone conferences like we have. anyways, a great, uplifting conference in which we DID finally receive the Book of Mormon in Malay! it is a "proselyting" copy, so there are no footnotes and only a brief, 3 page index. its wayyyyy better than the indonesian version though, and I at least have a much easier time understanding it. I can more or less read it and understand everything, being able to catch the meaning of unknown words through context clues. but the best part is being able to study it, and having confidence that I am learning vocab and grammar in Malay, which differs from Indon more than most people say. So hopefully with Pres Mains initiative to hand out a BofM a day, this new tool will increase the work here in [East] Malaysia. 

in addition to being in Singapore, we were able to have some key lessons with our investigators, and now have again 5 people on date to be baptized. all but one of them came to church too, which is the best part. So the work is progressing again here after a couple slow weeks. 

Its exciting to hear about another school year starting, and even more exciting to know that i'll get to see the end of it! Im glad you found my testimony useful, and i hope that Kellen does better than me as Seminary President haha. dont let him slack off!

So the painting was done by the landlord, in an effort to improve the house as part of his contract. the elders have been in this house since about 2007, so its relatively very old. its nice and large, with only two of us using it. and is indeed a house. 
The package is AWESOME! so many baking supplies haha! and the syrup is just perfect. already baked some of the peanut butter cookies last night. speaking of the state fair and deep fried stuff, my Louisiana-ian companion is quite the fryer, and we arent afraid to deep fry oreos on the occasion. haha, seriously so good. ive certainly expanded my cooking abilities on my mission, and my current favorite is a simple, yet delicous pasta dish. involving mixed pasta and cream of chicken. nice. since coming to bintulu, there arent many place to eat around our house, but in former areas there stands that do waffles, and they put peanut butter and chocolate spread on them while still hot. so good. also wayy back in tawau they had these things that were somewhat like pancakes, but they would only cook one side, then out butter, sugar, and some kind of peanut mixture on there. so tasty.

So as good as this week has been, it has also been a very very heartbreaking week for the Singapore mission. Last Friday night, an Elder Wiberg, serving in my former area of Samarahan, met with a terrible cycling accident. he was operated on and stabilized over the weekend, but late last night passed away. We are all still in shock, and he will be dearly missed. His dad, upon being told, faithfully responded with "he has been transferred to a better area now" Before going to Samarahan, he served where i am now in Bandar Jaya, and the membership here is devastated. we will be holding a kind of service tonight in place of FHE. I guess just keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. I cant imagine such a thing happening, but it is truly comforting to have a sure knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. We really dont know when we will be called back home, and we must always be ready. 

So i hope this doesnt damper your week too much, i cant think of a better to time to cross the veil, in the service of God, so in this i found great solace. Know that i sincerely do try to ride safe as we travel around, and that now i will be even more vigilant in being safe. 

I love you all

Elder Giblette