This last week was amazing. I had so much fun. I love serving here in Kuching. Here’s what happened this week.
Monday – We met with our investigator named G**. He’s so funny. We still don’t know if he only wants to meet with us because we’re white, but we’re hoping he actually has interest in learning about the church.
Tuesday – We met with our investigator A**. We got his mom to stay and listen during our lesson. Her mandarin isn’t the best. She speaks Hokkien (a dialect of Chinese). We hope we can continue meeting with her. She told us she’ll come to church with A**. Well actually she said she’d come “if she had time”, which is what everyone tells us. It basically means they probably won’t come, the only way they will come is if they have nothing else that they’d rather do. Haha, it happens a lot, but hopefully she’ll come to church. We’re hoping to visit A** and his mother with Bro. D** (in our branch) and his wife. They speak Hokkien and hopefully Bro. D**’s wife (I don’t know her name) will be able to befriend A**’s mom (who’s name I also don’t know).
Wednesday – Zone Conference! We flew to Singapore in the morning. I got there at around noon. We went to the stake center to drop off our bags. We met Elder Baer and Elder Hanks there. Elder Baer was Elder South (my trainer’s) trainer, so Elder Baer is my “grandfather”. That was the first time I met him. I was really excited to finally meet him. I don’t think I’ll ever see him again. It was his last zone conference. We went with them and some other Elders to Subway for lunch. It was really good. It was fun talking to Elder Baer. After lunch we went to Chinatown to buy souvenirs. Elder Durrant wanted to buy souvenirs for his family. This is his last zone conference and he won’t have any other opportunity to buy cool souvenirs from Singapore. After Chinatown we went to the stake building for choir practice, which was fun. After we had our pre-zone conference activity. We talked about family history and read people’s stories of their ancestors. It was fun.
Thursday – Zone conference went really well. We had some good trainings, good pizza for lunch, and I got to listen to other missionaries’ departing testimonies. Everyone who was leaving before next zone conference bore their testimony. Elder’s Durrant, Stowell, Lundquist and I sang a musical number in the testimony meeting before they bore their testimonies. Our song went well. I recorded the song while we were practicing. We sounded pretty good. Many people complimented on how good we sounded.
Friday – We safely returned from Singapore and did some planning and preparation for the rest of the week.
Saturday – We met with a recent convert named Bro. T**. Elder Durrant and I were really tired. I was fighting to stay awake during our lesson. Our lesson mostly consisted of him talking to us about random things that I didn’t fully understand. I tried to get him to read a scripture from the Book of Mormon. He said he’d read it later. After we visited him we went to Bro. E**’s house. We’re trying to teach his wife R** who’s isn’t a member. Bro. E** thinks the more we go over and share a short message the more she’ll consider coming to church. Hopefully she’ll eventually come. Later that day we also met with a former investigator named J**. He’s been taught all the lessons multiple times and he’s come to church many times, but he still hasn’t read the Book of Mormon. He said he reads it occasionally. He committed to start reading every day.
Sunday – Sadly, our investigator Y** didn’t come to church and our appointment with him fell through, but our meeting went well.
Monday – We went to the Sarawak Culture Village. It was really cool. I learned some more about the different cultures of Sarawak, which is basically most of East Malaysia, or maybe just a decent chunk of it. There was a fun show they performed that had a bunch of different dances done by different tribes. After we went to the Kuching Cat Museum. Kuching literally means ‘cat’ in Malay. That was fun as well.
Now I’m emailing and I almost need to finish. So there was my last week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Just remember what the Lord has done for us and don’t forget to be happy. Always be happy. Thanks for reading. I’ll talk to you next week.