Good week in Indo! BUT sad news...I'm moving in 2 weeks! To Jakarta I gooooo! So i thought I would never love any place more than Malang...but I love Jogja more! I am supposed to move on the 6th on November, BUT I am trying to get Pres to let me stay until the 9th because that is the Johan families baptismal date...THAT THEY CHOSE THEMSELVES. They are ready to make a leap of faith! We've been a little frustrated this last week because they love learning and they love the gospel, but they just didn't want to have a date set for baptism. Pak Johan just kept saying...ya a date can always be changed, we can be baptized anytime, we want to keep finding the truth...yada yada yada. Which is all really good, but they just didn't have that sense of urgency. So we hit them with "Your 4 Minutes" talk from last April, and that touched their heart. I love that talkbecause I can relate to it! It talks about Olympic athletes preparing their whole lives for ONE 4 minute race. 4 minutes to show what they've got. If they make one mistake, they are done. THIS IS OUR FOUR MINUTES. We lived with our Heavenly Father before we came here, we were prepared and ready to come to Earth, we knew the plan and knew what we had to do to return to Him. This is our time to perform, our short time for us to show our faith, this is a test. Just like Olympic athletes have certain maneuvers they have to do, we too have certain things that are essential for our salvation, we have commandments we must live. We must be baptized by someone who holds priesthood authority from God, we must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and so on. We never know when our 4 minutes are up, and we have to be ready.
The difference with us is, no matter how many mistakes we make, no matter how many times we fail...WE CAN START OVER, we can be lifted, cleansed, healed by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I can not explain my gratitude for my SaviorI have felt of the ENABLING POWER of His Atonement in my life. I have seen it change others lives. It is real and it is there for all who come unto Him. I know that full access to the blessings of the Atonement are only available through HIS restored gospel. One of our investigators texted us this week and told us that he could not learn anymore, that he wasn't ready to change and become "true" (can't quite translate what he said into English). We weren't going to give up on him that easily, so we went over to his house. Long story short, he has been living with guilt for so long for something he did in his life. He explained that whenever he tries to change, he goes back to the same bad habits and he just felt like he had no hope. We told his that this gospel is what he needs. THIS GOSPEL IS WHAT WE ALL NEED. It is the answer. Feelings of guilt, remorse, sadness can and will be swept away through Jesus Christ and His gospel. I invite anyone who has not yet, to learn of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and see the changing power it will have in your life. It is real, and I am so grateful I can share it with all.
I am so happy. I am happy because the gospel brings happiness into my life. Be happy!
This week was great! And even greater after I heard Rhett and Trenty killed it in their football game! :). Man I love this gospel, and I love being a missionary. The Johans are still doing good, but I don't know if they are ready to be baptized next week. They want to do it all for one, all six of them to be baptized together, and we want to make sure everyone is ready and really understands.
I've been sending some pics of an older lady who I think in last weeks pictures was cooking on the ground, wearing a head covering. That is Ibu Margrhetta. I love her. Her daughter, Gina was baptized about a year ago and missionaries have been trying to work with her mom and dad for a while, but the the mom is just hilarious, crazy and doesn't really care too much about spiritual things. Anyways we've started really working with her these last couple weeks and just trying to build a relationship with her. Last week the dads mother passed away. The mom has just had a change of heart and more of a desire to learn. We seriously have to teach like we are teaching primary, but she understands, is repenting and coming to Christ! She has committed to be baptized and has stopped smoking and drinking coffee and tea. No matter what walk of life you are from, this gospel will bless your life, it is the answer and the way for all. I know that is true.
I loved genaral conference so much!! I loved Uchtdorfs talk about light and truth...it is so true! TRUTH does not change! Indonesians favorite thing to say is that all religions are true...that just cannot be true. If everything is true, nothing is true! There is ONE TRUTH. ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM. I am so glad I have found it and I am so glad I can share it will everyone! Christ lives, His gospel and His church have been restored to the Earth.
You gotta do what ya gotta do to get your investigators to church... haha
Wow, awesome week! So on Thursday my comp started feeling super sick and she had to run out of a lesson and throw up, that was defs an awkward situation...but the family seemed not to mind or think it was too strange..that's Indonesia for ya! haha! Anyways my comp got up on Saturday and just felt super bad and said she didn't think she could go out. I have never stayed home since I've been out and some part of me just wanted to tell her to toughen up and just go out and the Lord would bless her hahaha...but then I though...what would the Savior do? Sometimes I have ask myself that question haha. Anyways we ended up staying home until our 5 o'clock appointment and then went out, she slept all day and I read alllll day. It actually turned out to be a really cool experience. I read about half of Jesus the Christ and I was sitting on our front porch and our neighbors kept coming by (they are almost all muslim) and asking me what I was reading and how I could read for so long and not fall asleep. Our neighbors are awesome! BUT, what made this week awesome was Saturday. President Donald is in Jogja until Thursday and him and sister Donald went out with us on Saturday. They went to the Johan family with us and it was the coolest lesson ever!! Pres told his conversion story and we also had another member with us who is the same age as the oldest daughter and she also told her story. President is super good with his Indonesian now and the spirit was SO STRONG. It was just what they needed. The oldest daughter finally just opened up to us and started crying and said that she knew this is what she needed to do, but that it is the hardest decision she has had to make. Almost all her life she didn't get along with her younger siblings and she was always praying so that she could change and then at there church she got the calling to teach Sunday school for the kids and it has literally changed her and blessed their family and she feels that she is leaving them and leaving something that is good. That was hard for me to hear, but we told her that sometimes God has us leave something GOOD, to receive something GREAT. I talked about my choice to serve a mission and we promised her that as she follows what the spirit is telling her she will be blessed beyond measure. We invited them to fast for fast Sunday yesterday. After gospel principles they had to leave church, but about 30 minutes after leaving they came back while we were in Relief Society and found President Donald and asked him when they could stop fasting...haha! President Donald and Sister Donald love them and so do I. I have so much love for that family, words cannot describe. Right now we have the most progressing investigators I've had all my mission, the Lord is blessing us and I am so grateful to be doing HIS WORK.
Moroni 10: 16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
Look at the fruits of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints and judge.
Yesterday was the sacrifice day for the Muslin people, so there was cows, goats and sheep being slaughtered all over the streets! Our neighbor keeps bring us tons of meet! This is goat...yummmm! Did I tell you how good horse tastes??
I know your bored of hearing it, but another great week. A couple cool experiences from this week. At the end of a great lesson with the Johan family we expressed that we knew it was not going to be an easy for them to leave their old church because they were strong in the church and had lots of friends there, but we promised them that their family would be blessed and God would help them as they followed the truth and the Holy Ghost. They paused for a minute and then the dad, Pak Johan said something that was so powerful "our family is not strong in our church, we are strong in Jesus Christ" and they want to follow HIM. They have found HIS church. Yesterday after church they asked if the Elders could come and give Pak Johan a blessing because his heart disease had come back. We went over with the Elders and as they laid their hand on his head the room was just filled with the spirit, I felt it and I know that everyone that was there felt it. The plan is for the six of them to be baptized on the 19th of October because of conference. If all goes as planned the Elders should have some of their investigators also getting baptized with them, good things are happening in Jogja! We have also been teaching a pastor of a small church here and his son and they are AWESOME and accepted the commitment to be baptized...we will see how that goes! This week my comp was struggling a bit and getting a little stressed with the language and we talked a lot last night about just enjoying the ride and being happy! One thing I've learned since becoming a missionary is that we are all going to have trials, times that are hard, people that let us down, and things are almost never perfect or just the way we want them, but it is our choice how we deal with things, our attitude and prospective is OUR choice. Are we going to let these things get us down, or are we going to put a smile on and just say "come what way and love it." I know that no matter what trial we are given, it is for our growth, and as we come to the Savior with our troubles, our sorrows, our mistakes...we will be given strength and peace of mind and heart. Men are that they might have joy! I know that the greatest joy comes through following our Savior and living His gospel to the fullest. I am so far from the person I hope I can become, but i know as I pray and try to become better and more like my Savior everyday, and help those around me do the same, I can some day become like Him. We can become perfected in HIM! THAT is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love you all, I need your prayers, but more that that, the people I am serving need your prayers, please pray for them! :)
Yes, I know I live in paradise.
The rat is for you mom...these are our stuffed animals here