October 26, 2011
We have made a discovery! We spent the week faith finding but weren’t finding any success. When we came home last night (Tuesday), Elder Gott and Shumway had a referral for us! The only number they had was from a Chinese guy who seemed really cool. So, here’s the lesson we learned: When you exert the faith and effort, even though it’s hard, sweaty, discouraging, and a lot of the time not too much fun, the Lord will provide . . . eventually. We worked for days all over Miri without any success and then we get a referral while inside our own apartment. Elder Forsyth and I enjoy finding “loopholes” in missionary work, especially ones that make the work easier.
Saturday was pretty crazy. We received a text on Friday night at about 10:00 p.m. notifying us about General Priesthood Meeting the next morning at 7:00 a.m. We had already planned the day with appointments, but since President Ingklon was unwilling to lend the conference DVDs, we knew this was our one and only chance to watch it so we canceled everything and made it on time. Things weren’t really planned out very well. It turned out they didn’t have anything equipment to play the meeting in either Chinese or in English. We went home and brought back the DVD player from our apartment but he used it to televise the General Relief Society Meeting in Malay. I was not a happy camper. We ended up watching it on the Family History Center computer that had terrible sound because of the speakers. I ended up spiritually fed so no harm done.
Sunday we were expecting no investigators at church because none came last week. And we were right, except the fact that Roy’s mother, Helen, showed up unexpectedly to watch. She wanted to be in the room with all the people so she ended up watching in Malay. We had the sister missionaries sit with her and she said that she really enjoyed it. We decided that was God’s way of telling us that she was ready to learn so we went over and taught her the first lesson. Well, actually Elder Forsyth did so I could keep Roy busy so she wouldn’t be distracted. It was a big step forward for her and I think she will get baptized. She invited the sisters, new elders, and us to her house tonight for dinner so I’m excited to go.
Monday was bad. Everything fell through. After sitting on a curb for an hour making calls and trying to figure out what we could do, we went back to the apartment to regroup.
Tuesday was good. We knocked all day then taught Helen again then taught Charles a recent convert lesson after all that. We saw some Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching while we were knocking and thought it was that one guy who totally interrupted us last week. We went up to talk to him but it wasn’t him. It was a young couple from California and they were so nice. The husband got up from his study to come and talk to us and was really down to earth and chill. I was taught from that at that moment, they were being much more Christ-like than I was. I was really nice and apologized for interrupting and all, but it’s good to be called to repentance every now and then you know? So the moral is to always be humble and follow the Savior and you can’t go wrong. True? True.
Well, we’ll keep trucking and try to find people who are prepared and willing to change their lives. Until then, peace, love, and chicken rice.