January 5, 2011
Ok, so like I normally do, let’s explain the subject line. On Monday evening Elder Lim and I had an appointment. We left at 5:00 p.m. to go to this lady’s house, and it should have been a 15 minute ride because we were already downtown. Well, after 20 minutes, we called this lady and told her were by the police station. She said, “It’s just a bit further.” After another 10 minutes we called and got the same response. After 10 more minutes we called and she said, “No, you’ve been going in the wrong direction.” So we turned around and went the other way, back to where we started. We called again and she told us she lives by a mall and on a different street than she originally told us. After another 20 minutes a member drove by and we had him talk to the lady on the phone. We ended up following him to her house which was nowhere near where she said it was. Turns out that when we started, we weren’t more than five minutes away. So that’s the story. Funny thing is, it turned out well for us because we found a good area to contact in – at least we thought. We went so far that we actually left Sibu…the long way. Needless to say, it was a long day, and when we finally got to her house, she thought we believed in reincarnation because the missionaries that taught her previously apparently didn’t point that out. I’m afraid she was just looking for someone to talk to. She was nice though, so that was a plus.
The new guy, Elder Aikens, is here. He’s all gung ho and that’s good, but he has a lot to learn. I think he’s a little bit of a hothead. He almost broke his hand punching the floor after Elder Lim beat him at Chinese Chess. I’m sure he’ll come around.
So the Xu’s were baptized Sunday! It was awesome to see how much they’ve all changed and to be able to see them enter the waters of baptism. They’ll be confirmed this week in sacrament meeting.
I was able to go to Sibu Jaya with Elder Pingel to do some baptism interviews! Sibu Jaya is like a smaller Sibu with more Ibans. We went to a place called “the flats.” It’s 14 buildings with a about 50 rooms each, flooding with Ibans. It’s like stepping into a different country, again. When we first got there the Sibu Jaya elders didn’t know we were there and they weren’t answering their phones, so we just walked around for a while. After about five minutes these little kids stopped us an gave us badminton rackets. So we played with them for about 20 minutes, and held some little puppies they found somewhere. Pretty cool. Also, at one point there was a cockfight going on around the corner, but it ended before we got there. As we started walking towards them they broke up quickly. It’s illegal to cockfight here but it’s also really, really popular. Have I told you that I’ve never seen a policeman here? Well, I haven’t. I’ll send some pictures of the kids from Sibu Jaya. Also of the cry-face girl, Kelsey, and of our branch president, President Chua.
Lastly, yesterday Elder Lim and I went to the aforementioned area to contact. It turned out to be one of the richest areas in Sibu, which is bad news for us. We got three phone numbers and no return appointments in four hours. The people were, for the most part, very prideful and rude. I had the door slammed in my face at about every other house, but it was worth it for the phone numbers we got. Those people are ready I think. Needless to say, I’m very tired today. Hours and hours of biking, contacting and knocking gates in the sun will take it out of you.
Mom, my scripture of the week this week is 2 Nephi 29:3. It’s the one about people who will say they need no more Bible because they already have one. That happens a lot here, and I realized that you can apply it to a lot more than just the Bible. “We’ve already got humility, and we need no more humility.” See what you can apply it to in the family and then in your class. It’ll be fun!
The Church is true. The Book of Mormon is blue.
Elder Moody a/k/a Merah a/k/a Mu