Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Sandakan Approach

I'm emailing on Tuesday because the power went out a few minutes after getting onto emailing yesterday. This week was very memorable for me and I will always remember it for the rest of my life. This week was so awesome in so many ways.
Elder Ormsby and Elder Lundquist came on splits with us for Wednesday and zone meeting that morning. It was awesome to catch up with him after a few months of not being in the same zone. I got a package from my parents and a letter from my Bishop's wife. Thank you Diane! :)
Then afterwards, they weren't really given time to do splits, because they immediately left to the airport after eating lunch.
We worked a lot with R, an investigator for the other elders. He and another 8-year old in his family, U were baptized this Saturday.
Saturday was probably the most stressful day ever. We were trying to make sure everything went to plan, but we got to the church at 1pm and we found out that the program wasn't made, and that we had to make it, so I had to make a new template for a program (which is super difficult on OpenOffice) just to find out that it doesn't work out, so I had another Elder get my hard drive from the house, which had the baptism programs I made in Bintulu.  Just like the Mormon Standard Time, the baptism started 30 minutes late, but by then we had more members there than a normal sacrament meeting.
Then after the baptism, we had a bunch of youth together like I'd never seen before. We had a night games activity with them, which included a twisted version of cops&robbers and dodge ball. However, the robbers were chasing the cops, so something was wrong there... Haha.
While playing dodge ball, my shoe finally gave way and it ripped apart. It was Saturday night and I didn't have any other pair of shoes, so that Sunday morning I was forced to tape my shoe together. Our branch mission leader laughed and said "If you were in my mission, the members would heckle the crap out of you, and then even though they are poor, they would buy you a new pair".
Fortunately, we don't have to wear shoes in Church, so I got away with my taped-shoes for the day, and then I just barely bought a cheap pair of shoes until I can take out my other pair in Singapore next month.
Anyway, we had 48 people at Church on Sunday!! 48!! That is a huge jump from what we were getting in the last 6 weeks.  I am really pumped and hopeful for this Branch. We are really trying to form this Branch not by teaching lessons and getting numbers, but by actually fixing problems and bringing people back to activity with a DESIRE to learn, not a forceful desire that we push on them.

Then finally Monday is the part I will always remember.
We went to catch crabs with Michael, but an hour away from home, he doesn't remember where to catch them. We are all hungry and tired, and don't know how to get home. We're super sun burnt, and I'm the only one with a phone or wallet. We finally have somebody stop and pull us out to their village, which happened to be only a mile away.  A Muslim family was very hospitable and gave us some food and drinks before we hit the road. We then got back to Michael's house to pick up our stuff and we were pretty miserable. We decided we would just go email and then take a nice cold shower afterwards.
10 minutes into emailing there is a blackout in Sandakan. So much for emailing... Then we go home, and then blast the air conds and the showers, and just relax for a little while. It was one of the worst and best and memorable days ever. :)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Building the Sandakan Empire

Hellooo everyone.
This week was fantastic. Elder Allen is now my new companion, and although we are starting on a rough start, many things happened this week that just brings my hopes up for this branch. 
First of all, we now have a member named Michael that is super down to follow us to lessons. Not only that, but he wants to show us all the former investigators that he went to teach that got forgotten about after our area got whitewashed a million times. So we brought him on our first day yesterday and he was an impeccable teacher! Very interested in making sure they understand the doctrines. I am super excited to have him. He is willing to help every single day of the week. So long as our schedules are available... Our zone leaders are coming tomorrow and that means Elder Ormsby one of my previous companions will be going on splits with me! Yes, super jacked out of my mind! :)
So Elder Allen and I are just going to try wrecking through the branch trying to visit them and get them back to church, and then also fix some of the problems in the branch. 
As most transfer weeks go, not a whole bunch of work was done, just a bunch of visiting, but I'm excited for this next week.. Very promising. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Magic Conch Shell LU LU LU LU LU LU!!!

(Ethan, Brigham, you should read this part if you have time:)
Hail to the magic conch shell! I just got back from fishing at a member's house, and I wasn't having any luck with the banana leaf branch with a worm tied to a string, so I decided to pick up this conch shell and praise it like from Spongebob "The magic conch shell!!!" lulululululu!!!" and then I threw it into the water, and then immediately some bubbles were popping out of the water, and so I put my worm near where I threw the conch shell, and BAM I caught a fish. 
All hail the magic conch!!

Ok now for my week, and this also is my week for being a year out so... I did have an enjoyable time at Pizza Hut. Uhm, this week we really tried focusing on our investigators, but they kind of blew us off every time... Tuesday on our way to go to their house, they called and said Thursday.  Thursday they called and said Saturday. Saturday they called and said at church . AT church they called and said they were out of town until today... So we still weren't able to meet with them. Our plan was to get them on date for 3 weeks from now, so we'll see how it goes with them soon.
In other news just some less active work. I'm learning that a bunch of the less actives don't remember anything from the missionary lessons... So...That's awkward. Anyway, I'm reteaching them the lessons, because I feel it's necessary for all members to know the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. :)