April 26, 2012
Sorry all, but this won’t be a long e-mail. We went back to bike on Pulau Ubin today and it has run my dry on both energy and time. We were supposed to have five baptisms this week. As the week progressed I learned that we will have no baptisms this week. Great! One of them will be in Malaysia for the week; one wants to wait with his friend that needs to come to church a few more times; one needs to sort through some poor choices; one needs a stronger testimony of tithing; and we haven’t heard from the other in almost four days.
In Malaysia, when I taught someone to pray and then had them pray for the first time, they usually took all of the time to ask for things. They really didn’t ask for worldly things but they asked for a lot. The Chinese are very different. They pray for the first time by telling Heavenly Father about their day, about the way they’ve spent their time and what they have learned in our lesson, and then they ask for maybe one or two things at the most. I find this interesting because we learned at the MTC that prayers are like an accountability session with God. The Chinese treat it as return-and-report without ever having learned that principle. I think that’s pretty cool.
I have learned that it’s always best when teaching to focus on the basics. I don’t get caught up in programs or gimmicks. I’m always afraid that if I get them hooked onto something else that they won’t ever have a solid foundation in true doctrine.
Much love, home dogs!