Hello you old wonderful! (I got the new watch, it's beautiful).
This week has been an inspirational one, and an incredibly blessed one. It also came with some of the weirdest compilation of random trials I have ever seen or imagined possible in on week. Our Branch President was in bed with an eye infection (he lives 3 hours away from the church), our second Counselor's car was totaled in an accident, our primary president is having husband issues, our recent convert family disappeared off the face of the map, our Branch Mission Leader's wife is apparently having struggles and randomly left her husband and kids to go to her kampung yesterday morning, and the list continues.
HOWEVER! We did successfully complete the baptismal interviews for the family of 6 that will be baptized this weekend! Merang's family continues to do great and is on track for their baptism this weekend! We weren't able to follow up with Charity or Manggie yet, but they said we can meet this week.
It was a pretty humdrum week other wise. Tuesday was Zone Meeting again, which was awesome. Elder Jackson had misspelled 'white handbook' in a sms, so the entire zone now calls them their 'white hamdannk's'. Elder Shorts (from Mukah) and I figured out what a Hamdannk was though, it's just a pork Pau (white, ham, dank). We will start a fast food chain when we return called "Hamdannke's", a German owned chinese food company. Brilliant.
We met again with Jerry, who continues to do well. We focused on the Apostasy this week, and watched the film 'The Great Apostasy' which Elder and Sister Bodell brought, the story of Wilford Woodruff and Robert Mason. If he doesn't change this week though, we might have to drop him as he has shown no desire to change.
General Conference was amazing! We had all showings at the church, so it took a large chunk of our time from Saturday and Sunday. Elder and Sister Bodell were amazing though, feeding us both lunch and dinner on Sunday.
The week ended with an amazing miracle. We had text-ed everyone on our phone telling about the General Conference showings, and some random people we had never heard about called us and said they would come to Priesthood Session. They did, and it turned out to be a former investigator from forever ago. Her name was Ju, and she brought a friend named Amil. They were apparently church-hopping per say, seeing what the differences were in all Christian churches. They watched part ofPriesthood Session and we then taught them the Restoration in the front foyer. They were very intrigued and said they could come next week to normal Sacrament.
Elder Baer and I went on splits this last Friday, as we had a Chinese potential investigator. He was a man that Elder Beliang and I found as we were riding by a house near Merang's neighborhood. The little voice spoke, and we knocked on the gate at 8 at night. The 20 year old guy came out and told us we could come back. Quite literally, he was the most prepared person I have ever met. He said how a minister had helped him pray when he got sick after a operation, but the minister forgot about him. He felt he was healed because he believed in Christ. He recognized the face of Joseph Smith, and said whenever people talk about Jesus he feels like people are laying their hands on his head. He described it exactly as the picture of Peter, James, and John giving Joseph Smith the priesthood.
The Spirit is just the coolest, isn't He?
Love you so much!