This was quite an eventful week. On Tuesday, I went to Singapore and got back on Thursday. Then I took a bus to Sibu on Friday. I’ve been in Sibu for just a few days now. It was sad to find out that Elder Lichfield had to return to America, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.
Sibu hasn’t really changed a lot since I was here in November 2014 to March 2015. Seriously, it hasn’t. The same members come to church. Except for that now their are some more former investigators and our branch list isn’t very updated. I can surprisingly remember a lot of places and members. I think out of all my areas, I remember Sibu the best. I am excited to serve here. I’ll work my hardest to be obedient and work hard. Sometimes for missionary work, the key to having success is just being obedient and getting to work. I just hope I’ll have a companion who wants to be exactly obedient. Those are my favorite missionaries. I do think that when I was serving here previously, there was something missing. My skills weren’t very good. I don’t know if my faith was lacking, I think it was probably fine, but I think, while I was here, I just kind of followed my trainer around, knocked on doors and asked people if they wanted to learn about Jesus Christ. I definitely wasn’t very good at testifying. My language skills are much better now, though I’m still not even close to being fluent.
For the last part of my mission here, I hope to help the branch become excited about missionary work. Elder Lundahl-Wolford shared with me what he learned at the previouse MLC (mission leadership council) with Elder Evans (a visiting general authority). It sounds like it was a great meeting. I hope I can call a lot of people to repentance and help people on their path to conversion. I’ll have to work on getting referrals from the members. Our area isn’t in a terrible state, but I’m basically starting from scratch, so it’ll still take some time to build things up.
While Elder Lundahl-Wolford was talking to me I had some thoughts. One was that Elder Evans was right about Elders not being good at contacting people. I think what a lot of people are missing is charity. I’ll work on developing charity. I already really love the people here in Malaysia. I just don’t know why the Chinese people in Sibu are so much different than in other places. There are still prepared people though, I have faith, not in the people, but that God will help prepare them. I really enjoy talking to people. Especially in Chinese. It’s just hard to have a balance of getting to know someone and talking WITH them and calling them to repentance. I have faith that I can become better at this during the last part of my mission.
So for the next while, I’ll be working on having charity, asking revelatory questions, talking WITH people, and being a consecrated missionary. I’m not going to give up. I’ll give it my all until the end!
Thanks for reading my letter!