I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving this week!Here is a part of my week from my journal:
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Posted by Litster at 6:29 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Selamat siang semuanya!I am so grateful to have the opportunity to write to you all today.
Posted by Litster at 10:49 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Have you ever had ants in your pants?! This morning I was hanging up laundry and I looked down and and saw all these giant red ants on my feet and then I felt something bite my leg! I ran inside screaming "ants in my pants! Ants in my pants!" Inilah kehidupan misionaris. This is the missionary life. haha
If this week can get any better, I will be a missionary for the rest of my life if I could! We reached our goal and then surpassed it this week! It was incredible and a new record for my companion. We had 0 lessons at the first of the week, and then God blessed us with a bunch for the rest of the week! We always have lessons planned, but most fall through. a bunch fell through this week, but we got a ton of opportunities to teach and serve new people. I am so grateful. I truly believe that God is answering our prayers and blessing us for fasting last week. Out of all the lessons this week, my favorite was with this big priest. usually he won't listen to us and he will just talk and quote the bible the whole time. So today we switched it up on him and watched Finding Faith In Christ. He still talked and quoted a million Bible scriptures, but when we got near the last 10 minutes, he was silent and cried as well. The spirit was strong in the room. It was a miracle!
So our investigator who lives around the corner from the big priest told us a story. The big priest, who normally doesn't like us and tells everyone to never listen to us, went over to our investigator's house and talked about us with her. They told her to receive the missionaries and their lessons! They told of their son who works on a ship in America. There son told them that there are Mormons on the ship and that they are good people with strong morals.
The people on the ship see our church member's good example and it is affecting our missionary work here! I am so grateful to the strong members who live by example the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We pray so hard for the work here, and I have especially prayed hard to see the fruits of our labor. And God has heard our cries. We had 7 investigators at church this week and a bunch of inactive members come as well! We are being rewarded for our efforts. I just wish are branch would be re"ward"ed too. haha (I wish our branch would become a ward)
I am so happy that God is letting us see the fruit of our labors. I testify that He hears our cries. They are not in vain. We are His children and He is guiding those who obey His commandments. Humility, patience, and diligence is key in the work of a missionary.
Posted by Litster at 8:19 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Over Halloween, my district met up with all the districts in the Surabaya region. Surabaya is on a different island than Manado so we had to fly 3 hours to get there. Surabaya is on the island Java and is on the Eastern side.It is supposed to be the hottest area in the whole mission! But we were lucky with good weather and rain so we were blessed! Our meeting was called a PLD. This PLD was special because Elder Gong from the Quorum of the Seventy was there. We prepared all month for this meeting and we were so excited to meet Elder Gong. He taught a ton about the Atonement and about stakes in Zion. The spirit was so strong and I was able to feel and remember what it was like when I first gained a testimony of the Atonement years back. He specifically mentioned the word "tremble" and that Jesus trembled from the pains and sufferings. Elder Gong brought in the sprit so strong and I am glad we had this amazing opportunity with him. We were all introduced to him and he talked and had lunch with us as well. One cool thing that I learned from Sister Gong was that if you are called to serve in the Seventy, you are to fulfill that calling until you are the age of 70 years old. So Elder Gong has served since he was 56 and now he is 60 years old and has 10 years to go. But she also said there are some who are 45 and get called! That's a lot of service! Elder Gong is over all of the asia region except for korea japan and the philippines i think. But he covers half the world's population! 3.5 million! Just him and his wife! So he is traveling all the time everywhere! I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet with him personally and talk to a leader in our church. I know this gospel is true and my testimony is growing continually in this mission. My companion, Elder Taulu, is awesome and we are great friends. I have learned so many things from him and I am so blessed to have such a good companion as my trainer. I know that we are called of God to serve where we are called and that we are serving our brothers and sisters wherever we are. I attached a couple photos of Elder Gong and my companion and I. Thanks for the love and support!
Posted by Litster at 8:09 PM