Friday, December 16, 2016

Week 1!

My trainer, Sister Roylance

The view from our apartment

So this week has been a great week! I'm in KL in the PJ branch, and my companion is Sister Roylance from Midland, Utah! I'm the first person she's trained, and she is English speaking! I'm actually the only Malay speaking missionary in KL right now. They straight up didn't have enough Malay sisters to train everyone in our group! As it is two sisters are getting trained by one sister! It's a training trio! That would be hard. I'm the only one of my group to go to west Malaysia. There are a few elders serving here that I knew from BYU so that's fun! Also due to the whole caucasian cutie thing our English classes are blowing up. The food here is super good, and I love our branch. Everyone in it is so wonderful! I'm stressed about the language because we have two Malay investigators, and when we teach I translate for them and Sister Roylance. I also do any Malay contacting. I love contacting. We talk to people on trains while we go between lessons. This week we had two contacting miracles. One, we stopped and talked to a girl on a bench. She said she was having a bad day. Turns our her grandma had died that morning. We told her about the Plan of Salvation. She's coming to our Christmas party bringing a friend and she wants to meet with us. She's super awesome. She's a pastry chef and has traveled all over the world!!! Another of our investigators, Ryan, is also a baker. He brings us cake every time we meet. It's awesome. Our lessons with him are some of the most spiritual. We also made two Malay contacts that came to church this Sunday. One was Riska, an Indonesian helper who wants to be baptized on January 21st. She's been looking for this her whole life. She believes in the Restoration. She's always wondered about baptism and Moroni 8 answered so many of her questions. The other is Diah. She just moved here from Sarawak to study and feels super lonely. She loves what the church teaches about families and feels like the missionaries were sent to answer her prayers. She makes my heart melt. All of them are perfect. This week a firetruck stopped to say "hi" to us and we got 12 PIs from it. I think we are dropping 11 of them though. I love this place. I even love the humidity. It makes the heat like a blanket not fire. I kicked a dog yesterday because it kept chasing us. Also I cut open my foot and it got infected and I got blood poisoning. We went to the hospital last night and now I'm fine. We found a family at the hospital. They agreed to meet with us too. I'm hoping it goes somewhere. They are awesome. Anyway this morning sister Tu, who we live with, dislocated her shoulder so she and Sister Kunie also had to go to the hospital. We are hoping no one else gets hurt. Malaysia is beautiful. The food is delicious. The people are wonderful. I love being a missionary!

Friday, December 9, 2016

I'm in Singapore. I'm safe. It's awesome.

Thank kids, kick dogs, refuse berries

So the heading of the post is some advice given by my teacher this week. I've taken it to heart. Our quote this week was “I think Google's budget ran low and instead of cameras they had to use potatoes"- Elder Hapairai. In other news, for some reason all our language materials had an Arabic law of chastity pamphlet in it. No other Arabic materials just that, but I can now teach the law of chastity in Arabic. Gift of tongues is real. I'm pretty sure my pronunciation is way off though. In other news it's been snowing hard and Sister L is in heaven she loves the snow. Contrary to some rumors that have gone around I have not been transferred to Hong Kong, but I was called as a travel leader and our layover is in Hong Kong. We leave Monday and we are all super excited! We all have to leave a bag so that's stressful, but it's ok. We don't need that much anyway. So Thanksgiving in the MTC was one of my favorite. Elder Howell's mother sent us a turkey craft. I've never met her but I love her for that turkey. Even our teachers love the turkey. We heard from Neil L. Anderson on Thanksgiving. Shockingly he talked about gratitude. We were all surprised. What he said was wonderful though. This very life here is a gift. Every breath we take is a blessing. Even when we are sick, or sad, or suffering our existence is a gift. I've seen more blessings here in the MTC than ever in my life. It is hard, but the trials are a real blessing. The fact that we can exist to experience trials is a blessing. There's a scripture about keeping your eye single to the glory of God and when we do that we realize how blessed we are. Man is dust, but Heavenly Father gave us this beautiful earth anyway. He gave us families, and friends, and chocolate, and all other things that make us happy. We also got to see the Christmas initiative a day early. Everyone should participate it's so good! Also the videos are great! Here's the link:

An elder in our branch is in the first big one. He's the Japanese guy who helps the other guy. Sorry that's not very specific, but I don't really know how else to distinguish the roles. Sister L and I sang in the choir. We sang Come Thou Fount. It was beautiful. If you go to the MTC just sing in the choir. It's my favorite part of the week. My favorite devotional this week wasn't the Thanksgiving one, but the Tuesday night done by Stephen B Allen in the missionary department. He reminded us why we were here and told us to serve worthily. He told the story of getting dear-Johned by a wedding invitation and reminded us that our afflictions are consecrated for our gain. He also told us a story about messing with the water pressure on a double water fountain when he was in a Stake Presidency. He kept pressing the button on his end so the sunbeam got hit in the face. The moral was don't let satan press you buttons and don't let your stake president catch you messing with sunbeams. I plan to follow both pieces of advice. My favorite part of Thanksgiving was being with my district. We all shared goldfish, chocolate, and jelly beans. This thanksgiving I'm thankful for them because they are the BEST! I probably won't email for a while because we are skipping pday while we travel. Literally due to time zones I will never experience the 6th of December! I love you all! Happy Thanksgiving! Do the Christmas Initiative. Also I managed to take a picture right as Elder Howell was falling. Please enjoy.