Monday, August 24, 2015

You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine

Hahaha, I've seriously been counting down the days until you two start teaching. I'm so excited for you two! Can I come to your class every day when I get home? Actually, that's not a question. I'm coming.

 Also, my daddy is awesome. :)

I think the funniest moment of the week goes to a lesson we taught this week. It was a first lesson and all her kids were running around or playing on phones. I was in the middle of saying how important the Book of Mormon is to me, and why it's important to learn about Jesus Christ (A tender moment, right?) when all of a sudden "Up Town Funk" starts blasting for this little kid's phone. It was REALLY hard not to break into a huge grin and start laughing, but I seemed to be the only one who thought it was funny, or even notice it at all; so I swollowed my laugh and, as my mouth twitched from trying not to smile, I continued to teach about our Savior in shouts over  "girls sing the hallaluhiah! Wha!"

Our mission theme is the scripture about the field being white and ready to harvest (I really should know that reference by now... Oops!), and I've really seen that this week. Our investigators have really been dwindling this week and so we've been doing a lot of finding, and, boy, have we found! Last week we got 9 new investigators. Whaaaat?? It's been so neat going door to door, or appointment to appointment, and be able to see those people who like having us there, like what we teach, but aren't willing to really do what it takes to come unto Christ, and in contrast those who take in what we're teaching, keep the commitments we give them and then some, and just believe. Up until now we've had a lot of people who's arms we have to twist to get them to come to church, read the scriptures, or pray, but these people are rock stars. Seriously, you can see that they've been prepared to recieve the gospel; it's like they've been starving for it, and they're plowing through their challenges. My favorite are two girls who are a referal from one of our members, Sue and Kristy. They're so awesome! They tried to come to a baptism but were a little late, so we gave them a tour of the church instead. The next day they came to sacrament meeting and had a whole load of questions after, which is great! They're wanting to learn. I'm so excited for them! We also taught a man named Franky and his family to pray yesterday. He prayed for the first time! It's such a foreign concept to me that prayer can be such a foreign concept to someone. I'm so thankful that I can teach people about their true relationship with their Heavenly Father, that He is our Father, He wants to hear from us, He wants to bless us, and all we have to do is pray.

I read a scripture that made me think of that this morning in 1 Nephi 18:21. Nephi says, "And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm." That scripture perfectly depicts how I feel about prayer. My whole life can feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off, but when I pray and tell my Father in Heaven what's going on, what I'm feeling, and ask for peace, the winds cease, the storms cease, and there is a great calm. It doesn't matter if all those crazy things are still going on because I have the calm that comes from the blessing of the Holy Ghost that comes when I pray.

Also, look up "Earnest" in the bible dictionary some time. So cool! It says that when we feel the Holy Ghost it's only a hint of what we'll feel in our next life. I can't even imagine that. I feel so happy when I feel the Holy Ghost that I think I'd explode!

Here's a story for dad. Last week Sister P. and I were about to walk into a lesson with a potential investigator when she stopped on the doorstep and said, "I don't think we should be here. This feels really wrong." So we turned around, and prayed about where to go next. We followed a prompting we recieved to go down a street that we hadn't explored yet but always passed, a street or two away. When we started walking down this street this Chinese man starting walking towards us talking complete jibberish, also known as Chinese. He didn't speak any English or Malay, and we didn't speak any Chinese; so what do you do? He whipped out his phone, spoke into it, & then pointed it at me. It was a translator! I immediately thought of dad, laughed, and speaking into the phone said, "yes, we are preachers!" We eventually got our Chinese sisters on the phone, so they could talk to him. They said he's strait from mainland China, really amazing, and really intersted in learning. It was a really confusing, neat, and guided experience!

As for pictures, it's taking a really long time this week. The ones of me in a long grey skirt are from last Monday when we went to the cat museum. Couldn't take pictures in there. Darn! Then there's some random stuff.... I'm not sure if my pictures of the zoo have made it in yet? But if the have, I forgot to tell you that I went to the zoo in Singapore! So cool. Seriously. Everywhere you look there's some animal there! They're not lazy and doing nothing either, but they're running around, being crazy, and everything is so close to you! They even had orangutans swinging on ropes above your head over the walk way! It was gorgeous. So worth the bug bites!

Okay, no more time. I love you! You're going to do great today! I totally prayed for you already, too. No worries. :)

P.S. I really liked this quote I found in Thy Kingdom Come from conference: "We are far from perfect, but we are not casual in our faith." Love you again!

P.P.S. The picture of the zebra butts is my favorite. I hope it made it up this time. if not, next time.

Group photo from Fairy Caves a few weeks ago.

Random photo

Random photo #2

Outside the cat museum (Kuching means "cat!")

It seems Sister P hasn't Sister MacKay's awesome faces before.1


Storm coming in!

Actually, regular, daily weather pattern. ;)

Outside the cat museum

Always wet, in one form or another! lol

There are angels among us!

Artsy shoe picture


Sister P enjoying every drop of the yummy broth

These might be the investigators from the Uptown Funk story...

1 comment:

  1. wow. I can feel the humidity through the computer!