Hello Everyone! Life’s still great here in Sibu. It’s been a crazy week. We’ve had things to do every day. We had a great Christmas and I’m so glad that I could celebrate Christ’s birth while representing him and spreading his gospel. Well here’s my weekly update:
Miracle of the Week: We finally met one of our less actives. Now we know where she works and hopefully we’ll be able to meet with her. She also gave us a big box full of steamed dumplings (like steamed buns with pork and egg in them). They’re pretty good and it was a great Christmas present.
Monday: We had a Christmas party with most of the elders in our zone. I met some of the new elders in our zone. We ate KFC, played a little bit of ping pong, and we watched White Christmas! I really love White Christmas. I’d never seen it before and it was awesome. I love watching movies. That’s probably one of the things that I really miss. I still want to watch Meet the Mormons too. After our party, we went to a mall and caroled. There weren’t very many people who watched us, but it was still fun.
Tuesday: We went early to the water board. I guess it’s the company that’s in charge of all the water here in Sibu. We had our water shut off last Friday because we hadn’t paid the water bill so we went to pay the reconnection fee. After we went to the water board we went to the church for our district meeting. We have a new district leader named Elder Thatcher. He’s great and we had a great district meeting. Later we bought new cool pedals for our bikes because my pedals were getting pretty destroyed. My left one was completely gone, it was just a pole, haha. I got cool new gold pedals. Oh yeah now Pegasus(my bike) has golden horseshoes. Later that night we had our branch Christmas party. It went pretty well and the food was pretty good. Something I’ve learned is that here in Sibu is that the food members make isn’t as good as the food we buy at cafes. At the party we met a good amount of less active members we had never met. We have a lot of less actives in our branch. They don’t come to church, but they love going to parties.
Wednesday: We ate lunch at Elder and Sister Bodell and got to know them better. We called all of the members that we thought we could meet with and later we met with our district president M and his family. We also met with a member named S. He’s awesome. We ate at McDonalds with him and his sister J who is a recent convert. Later we walked around with S a bit and looked at Christmas trees they had outside of the Wisma Sanyan, which is the tallest and probably nicest building in Sibu. McDonalds is right across the street. I also found out that I got like 20+ bug bites the day before. haha I don’t know why bugs like me so much. That night we finally got water. It was a great Christmas Eve present.
Thursday: Christmas! Woo hoo. We woke up and opened up presents which was really fun and later we went to Elder and Sister Bodell’s house for a district lunch. It was fun. Later we met with Sis. N and Bro. D at their house. They’re the best. They’re so nice. They’re one of the active families in our branch. The gave us cool pens and it was awesome. I love pens. We also ate some cake which was pretty good. After we met with Sis Ni’s parents the Brother and Sister C. Our lesson went well too. I think they’re also active. Those were the only people we met with on Christmas sadly. We were going to meet with a less active named A, but she cancelled.
Friday: Skypeing! We got to skype our families and it was great. I talked to Elder South’s family a little bit. We skyped at the Bodell’s house and used their laptops. After we did weekly planning because we didn’t have enough time on thursday. We were planning to meet with A and H, but we didn’t meet with A and H wasn’t home when we went.
Saturday: This afternoon we went to a wedding reception. Sister E in our branch invited us and Elder and Sister Mills. Sister E’s son was getting married. Sister E’s family is Methodist so it was a Methodist wedding. We didn’t go to the wedding, but we decided to go to the reception. Elder Mills picked us up. Sister Mills wasn’t feeling very well. When we got in the car Elder Mills gave us Christmas presents and they were sweet Sarawak soccer jerseys. I love the Bodells, they’re the best. The reception was held in the Kingwood hotel in one of the ballrooms. We had a difficult time parking, but eventually we found somewhere to park. The reception was crazy. There were probably more than 1000 people there. There were so many people there. We had a 5 or 6 course meal. It was a cool experience. We sat at the church members table. Sadly I didn’t take my camera.
Sunday: Church was fun. We taught the young men’s class, which I guess was just made. Sister M, President C’s daughter asked us to teach it. We taught the only young men in our ward, J (I don’t know how to spell it) and J, they’re brothers. After church we went to the district choir practice, which was fun. The Bodells are in charge of it.
Monday: Now it’s p-day and I’m emailing, haha
Well that’s my update. Thank you so much for reading. Remember to make goals for the new year and make Christ the center of your life. Something I’ve been working on is having charity and I also challenge you to try to develop charity. I promise if you try and make Christ the center of you life. God will bless you and you will receive many blessings and tons of happiness. I love you all and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Elder Maxwell Wimmer
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