Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gawai 5/28/17

So this week was awesome. Sister Thomas from the MTC moved into our apartment so almost our whole MTC group is together again (Sister Leaupepe and Sister Egan y'all need to come to Kuching- it's a party here). We make a lot of community curry at lunch. We all hit our seven month mark together. Also it's Gawai, the Dayak harvest festival and that is basically all that's gonna happen this week. I feel like the following pictures accurately explain Gawai. Last week our branch had it's preparing for Gawai party; this week we are having the Gawai party; next week we are having our end of Gawai party. In the middle of these parties nobody wants to meet and learn so Sister Cranston and I are just going to a bunch of members' and investigators' Gawai parties to see if the other people at their parties want to learn about how the restored gospel of Jesus Christ can bless their families. It's gonna be way fun, but I'm a little afraid because I'm scheduled to eat 8-10 dinners every day. Quote of the week "It's an FFA power grab!"- Sister Thomas. Love you all! Selamat hari gawai!!!

Sister Bithell

Inline image 1Sister Thomas in a pujabiInline image 2

                                               Party apartment
​                                               English class
                                ​Gawai, except Sister Chan because she is Chinese and dressed accordingly

Miracle of the Week 5/21/17

Miracles of this week is that Sister Cranston and I were biking wayyyyyy fast to make it to an appiontment on time and we were on a highway. I hit a patch of sand and my bike went down to my left which means straight into traffic. I felt my elbow scrape the street and then I was straight back up on my bike again just in time for a car to speed by. I have a nice gash on my elbow to prove it. So now I know it's true the Lord protects his missionaries. I'm waiting on transfer news right now and I'm mildly terrified. I think Sister Cranston is probably going which means I'm getting someone new, but I'll be happy regardless, because I didn't know true joy until I served a mission and I can feel true joy no matter who my companion is or how many investigators I have. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Selemat Hari Ibu 5/14/17

This week was a great week. Sister Cranston and I experienced a lot of cool miracles. Adelynn, in the top pictures, decided she wants to be baptized next transfer! Justina and fam, one below, picked a date too! We went into the lesson to drop her and instead she put herself on date without us challenging her! She is so special! Gawai preperations are starting. It's the harvest festival and we are way excited. We have several weeks and we have all ready been invited to 4 different houses. We are practicing the ngajat and stretching our stomachs. Last p-day we hiked this way cool waterfall and it was pouring rain the whole way up. This pday we are taking a nap and eating food. Funny story a few of our investigators have shortened my very hard name to "Sister Hell" I'm getting my new name badges next week and I'm way stoked to be "Sister Bell". The sister hell thing is even more ironic because right now I'm serving in the same zone as Elder Loosefer. It's very hot, and very rainy, and life is all good. We are seeing a lot of cool miracles. Also this week I had to eat pigs feet. They were better than chicken feet, but worse than snake. Love you all,
Sister Bithell
p.s. Quote of the week: Malaysia is basically Florida, we both have gators. At least we aren't France. All they have is frogs. - Sister Cardon

I Can Ride My Bike With No Handlebars 5/7/17

So this week was crazy! I love biking and we have been in some beautiful areas. Sister Cranston and I like to sing hymns while we bike and it is way fun! Also we went to Singapore for zone conference. It was cool, but I wanted to be back in Kuching. I learned a lot though! So funny story of the week we were at the church and I went to open the fridge and suddenly a live fish flips off the shelf and hits me in the face. I'm terrified because I have no idea what just hit me in the face and I'd already killed one snake that day so I scream and kick the fish as hard as I can. Sister Cranston has no clue what's happening and chucks her Bible towards the direction of the mayhem as hard as she can. The Bible finds my face and everyone in the church comes running. Sister Anita (who loves me because I look just like the Malaysian depiction of Mary, mother of Christ) leaps forward and grabs what is apparently her fish and starts shouting "nakal nakal jangan keluar!" and wrangling this giant fish which she was planning to cook. Later that night I ate that fish. Basically that moment summarizes what serving is Kuching is like. As we were leaving the church half an house later we discovered that Sister Itong was selling live fish from a bucket just outside the church door. It was amusing. Spiritual thought this week comes from  a conference talk I forget which one "sometimes the greatest form of charity is to withhold judgment". It's true. The more we understand people the more we love them. The more we love the happier we will be. Never hesitate to love someone. I love you all! 
​Love My comp and Singapore! (Sorry we look so haggard-that was our third country of the day)


​Why is my companion so darn beautiful???

I Sangat Letih 5/1/17

So this has been a great week! We are working with three new investigators named Justina, Adalynn and Wei Wei! We discovered half our branch was baptized when they were still seven. Also I'm in Singapore now. Sister Cranston and I will return in four days after zone conference. It keeps raining but it's also to hot and I love biking. Funny story of the week. I had to eat snake. It's ok though because they gave us delicious kuey afterwards. 

 Me pulling the boa to get to Jestina's house the boat is to the middle of the left.

​Six month celebration cake with sister cranston and sister cardon!​ Yay batchmates!


Kuching 4/16/17

So I'm in Kuching now and I am head over heels in love with this area! I'm with Sister Cranston from the MTC and she is wonderful! Her Malay is awesome and her Iban is not too shabby also. I'm on a bike now which I also love. Biking is basically the best thing to ever happen to missionaries. Also Kuching is way less hot than KL and way more pretty. The members here are great too! Story of the week! We were less active hunting this woman named Yinnie so we knocked the door that was supposed to be hers only to find a salty Anglican man who told us that a Mormon named Millie worked at the fish market. Sure enough we jalaned to the fish market and we found a woman named Millie who has not been to church is five years because she goes back to her kampong (hometown) every weekend. Anyway wasn't a lot we could do there so we pulled out the branch list and she was able to give us the new updated addresses of over 20 of our less actives that she is still close too. About ten of them are back deep in the jungle so we can't really do anything there, but we went to visit another one in foochow right nearby. Anyway we got to the house and they were not home but their 15 year old neighbor was out riding his bike. Anyway we told him what we were doing and he said he was Christian too and went in and asked his parents if they wanted to learn. They did not. So after that he spent the next two hours biking us to the houses of all his Christian friends to see if they wanted to learn. We found the Chinese sisters three new investigators. It was quite the miracle! Anyway I love this area and love all you! Don't forget to pray! 
Sister Bithell  

Close to where we found millie

View from the apartment

We tried taking a cute comp picture

Sangat Comel 4/2/17

This week was a great week! We started teaching a woman from the Czech Republic named Marcela. She is one of our LA's sister in laws. We also did a ward activity called "Walk With Christ". Missionaries were the primary cast. The Subang elders gave Nephi a traditional Iban twist with a conch shell and a bommerang. Elder Bonrostro was portraying some prophet, but he looked like hairy potter. Sister Tony Was Pilate's wife with a Muslim twist and Brandon Van Cott wore the family rug. We also had a problem with the Apostle John (bottom left) doing magic tricks, but the kids loved it. Basically PJ branch is just super cool!!! Shirley is still making fun of our costumes though. Working hard, teaching lots, eating great food. Love you all!
Sister Bithell
PS. I befriended a monkey