Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sad Goodbye to Elder Sutherland! Welcome Elder Beliang!

Hello family!

This week was indeed pretty crazy, so much so that my letter writing will be very specific this week! Need to get the best stuff in!

It was a very sad couple days letting go of Elder Sutherland. It was full of member visits, packing, hugs and tears (mostly by me), until he was gone. Elder Smith also came to replace Elder Misa, he seems like a great guy so far. However, my greenie didn't come in until the next day late afternoon, and I did not go to Singapore to pick him up as there was a major immigration problem with Sabah this last transfer. I don't want to go into too much detail, but Elder Sutherland's assignment was changed from K.K., Sabah to Bintulu, Sarawak and there might be another transfer this week. 

Elder Beliang arrived safely though! I must be either the luckiest trainer or the worst trainer in the world because he was incredibly prepared. He is an amazing Elder from Kuching, and has been in the church about 9 years. He's 21, and has been doing a lot of work with the Elders before, so the only things that he needed to really learn was the goal concept and the missionary schedule. Elder Beliang is in a special situation though, as he hasn't yet gone to the M.T.C. He will be leaving Oct 22nd to go there for two weeks in the Philippines, and I don't know what I'll be doing for those two weeks.

We have been having a great couple days though, Merang's family has been doing great. Their Baptismal date was moved to the 18th as before it was the same week as General Conference. Things continue to be going well though for them all.

We had a cool sequence of events occur. We were biking home, I felt impressed to stop by the David's door and drop by only for a second. We knocked, nobody was home. We continued, only to have my back tire randomly go flat in the middle of an intersection. We walked for a bit to see a car  that had driven off the road, with a nice looking Chinese family standing next to it. We stopped to see if there was anything we could do to help. The dad didn't give us the time of day, but talking to the mother the Spirit discerned for us that she had heard lies about us at church. I said that we were as much a Christian church as anyone else, and she was surprised to hear we worshiped Jesus. I gave her a card with the Chinese Elder's number, and told her to call if she had any questions.

We finally met again with David this week. They are doing good, we reviewed the Joseph Smith story and focused on Priesthood, and David asked us to come back this Wednesday and bless his wife, Siti. We asked Brother Entalai, a less active that lives a few doors down to help us, and he said that he could. Accordingly, he came to church the next day!

Speaking of Church, Kelvinson and Ignatius were able to come! On a random thought, I asked Merang if they could simply sit in the back of his truck while they drove to church (they live within easy walking distance). He said they could, and also that they could come every week if they so wished! It was so great, they have been so eager to come for such a long time.

Now it's today! Love you all so much!

-Elder Christensen

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