Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Elder Coy at Five Years Old!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello everyone! 

It's been a miracle week, get ready.

It's way cool to see Elder Mitchel with McKay, he's in good hands then :-)

Anyway, this week has been crazy. We met several times with Bro. Bangga, going through some final preparations and reviews before his baptism the following Saturday. It was a great experience to see him so prepared, this was one baptism that we did very little to instigate, he did it all himself. It happened on Saturday at 6:30, and we were at the church the entire day getting ready. The other miracle was that our Branch Mission Leader has opened up to us a ton and performed his calling wonderfully. 

It's crazy to think that that is not all the highlights though :-)
We have seen amazing miracles in contacting this last week. Elder Call and I had the idea to focus on any area we have not been to before, so we were literally looking in the nooks and crannies of our comparatively small area. One night all our appointments fell through, so we prayed on the street corner and asked God to send us where he needed us. Elder Call suggested that we bike deeper into our area so I could show him around. We did so although it wa

s already dark, and at the border of Batu Kawa and Matang we found a car on the side of the road that was stuck with a flat tire.4 people were there, they didn't know how to change it, but we did only because the day before after Zone Meeting we had stopped to help another cal with some Chinese guys that knew what they were doing, so we didn't help as much as bought them water bottles :-)
Anyway, the 4 people next to the car was a girl named Fran, her boyfriend Karl, and her two room mates, all kuat Roman Catholic, but they were eternally grateful that we were able to help. They bought us drinks afterwards, they called themselves missionaries in their own right and we had a great conversation. We were able to testify of our purpose and our belief in the Restoration, which they probably would never had considered had we not been able to help and get to know them first. It was great, they said they had been hoping someone would stop and help but that it only ever happened in movies. They asked for a Restoration pamphlet and also accepted a Kitab Mormon as a free addition to their scripture library :-)

We went to a little abandoned back road another day and met a man who was the sole worker in his kabun named Mr. Ng. He was extremely friendly and helped us to a free dishing of his vegetables as we discussed with him the purpose of Baptism in relation to the final judgement. He was open to meet, but told us 'if you keep teaching me and I can't come to church it won't have any use'. He understood that important fact, but was honestly the only person working in his garden. We offered to come and help him, and he accepted for next week.

We also found a little kampung near a members house we haven't visited a lot, where we met a man named Gundi that was 23 and newly moved there because his wife had twins, apparently one the babies is not doing well and is still in the Hospital. We shared aboun Christian Temples and Eternal marriage, and he was very down to meet.

Other then that, the District had a farewell party for Elder and Sister Przybyla who are leaving with Elder Stowell, who gave an amazing talk in Sacrament about the destructive power of gossip and contention. Elder Przybyla baptized Bro. Bangga, and he asked me to confirm. Kevin and Augustine were also sustained Priests in Priesthood, and Jihap is bringing his other children to church.
Sunday morning we had a random person calling us 4-5 times during Sacrament trying to find the church. We found that the Indonesian mother-in-law from the Batu Kawa longhouse had coerced one of the other dwellers there to drive her and her granddaughter to church on his moto, and the members supported her fantastically. They offered to drive her next week if she wanted to come again.

Too much to write, so little time! I love you all so much!

-Elder Christensen

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