Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hey everyone! 

This last Sunday we met with a guy who is from China or Singapore. He knew very little Indonesian so we taught him in English. We met with him at the church and he told us that he has wanted to learn about our church because of a coworker of his who is from Arizona and a member of the Mormon church. he said that his coworker was "different" than the others and that he didn't smoke or drink alcohol. I always like like this because it shows how important it is for us to live the gospel and share the gospel through our example. And because of this faithful member we got a new investigator in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

When we taught him in the chapel, he asked, " you are missionaries of this church, right? Why should I join your church? Convince me why I should join this church." We answered him by giving him the message about the Restoration and Joseph Smith. 

The lesson was going just alright, nothing too exciting for him, until the First Vision. I explained to him about Joseph Smith and how he was searching for the truth. Joseph Smith prayed and then saw God and Jesus Christ. I recited the First Vision to him and the spirit was very strong. We continued on and taught him about the Book of Mormon. He wants to learn more and come to church after he gets back from Australia in a week or two. 

Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Love, Elder Litster

This last Fast Sunday was awesome. God always answers our prayers and is helping us with our missionary efforts. We went to English ward this morning and the we went and greeted the Indonesian members as they came in until their 10:00 meeting sacrament meeting started. Part way through the meeting, an older man came in and sat down near the front of the congregation. After fast and testimony meeting, my companion and I went and talked to this man. he explained to us that he had come in contact with the Bekasi Elders and he got a pass along card from them. He lives closer to the Jakarta South building so he came here for church. He also told us that he is Buddhist. We were very surprised to hear that! There is only tiny population of 0.05% people who are Buddhist in Jakarta!  The majority is 95% Islam. He joined Buddhism while he was in Japan for 6 years doing college. he is planning on going to America next year and he wants to learn about Mormons and join the Mormon church in America. After the three hours of church were over, we taught him about the Godhead. Having a Buddhist background, we had to go slowly as we taught about who God is and how Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We were happy to find out that he believes in God and that he prays to Him every night while doing meditation. We asked if God ever answers his prayers. he said often times He does answer his prayers by helping him to know when to choose right or wrong in decisions he must make. We then identified to him the role of the Holy Ghost in giving us guidance in our lives. At the end of the lesson we asked if he knew hot to pray and if he could close the meeting with a prayer. He told us he doesn't know how to pray to God properly. He had us write down how to pray and we showed him a pamphlet as well that teaches how to pray. He was still a little nervous about it so Elder McCleary invited me to pray first and then he could pray afterwards. He agreed. After I prayed, he said his prayer and thanked our Father in Heaven and then asked that he will be able to meet Mormons in America next year. After the meeting we made a return appointment for Wednesday evening this week.
We also painted a members home this week, fixed a couple leaks in member's homes and had our house smoked out for mosquito season coming up.

Elder Litster

Zone Conference with some of the Elders.

The big city of Jakarta!