Well, kind of six months. I really have no idea when my actual anniversary is, but I'm pretty sure I'll be going home at the transfer at the end of September, so we'll just count it as six months and as 1 year left. Every day I am so grateful that I can be here in Indonesia.
Today we went to a place called "Puncak" (poonchak) which means the peak of the mountain. It is the same place up where the Safari zoo is. We went hiking to this tea farm that was huge, and so pretty! You could see all of Bogor from the top. Don't worry, I didn't eat any of the tea leaves so I'm still keeping the Word of Wisdom. I also ate Rabbit Sate, which just tasted like chewy chicken haha. We ate at this place where you could look out and see an amazing view. I just look out and think of how amazing my opportunity is to teach the gospel in such a pretty place. My garden of Eden would pretty much be that place, but also with a beach right next to it haha :)
This week with the work was better. I feel less stressed with leading the area now that I've done it for a few weeks. I feel confident about where we are going and I don't freak out as much when plans don't fall through.
One of my favorite lessons was with ........ She is literally so amazing and I am so excited for the time she gets baptized, because she is so ready. We taught her the Plan of Salvation on Friday, and I think it was the first time I felt completely comfortable teaching it. It has been a little harder to learn the lessons fast when we don't teach very often, but now that I usually understand what people are saying, it's like I forget that I'm teaching in a different language. It is definitely the gift of tongues to help me understand what they are saying, but it has changed to more of the gift of the spirit to know how to answer their questions. I worry less about not knowing the language and I can focus more on what doctrines I am teaching. It is really amazing to think of my knowledge a year ago. I just barely learned that I was coming to Indonesia. I had no idea I would have experienced what I have. I had no idea I would be totally comfortable walking around, trying to find addresses from the ward directory, and just trusting that eventually I could find what I was looking for. Being a missionary is fun, and I'm glad the Lord has blessed me to feel that way.
We had a funny experience riding an angkot this week. Angkots are really jelek (crappy, bad, old), and this one was especially old and worn down. It was completely full and all of us wanted to go back to the train station, so the driver decided to take a different route. There was a huge hill and we were just crawling up so slow, and he just barely didn't make it, so all the motorcycles behind us had to back up so we could get back down the hill and try again. We try again, and it can't make it up again, so half the people in the angkot get out and push it up the hill! We finally got up after thinking we are gonna die. We get to another hill and everyone in the angkot is like holding on to one another hoping we can make it up, because it was even busier and more motorcycles than the hill before. Luckily we made it up and didn't die. It was definitely the most exciting ride in a car that I've ever been in haha.
That's about it for this week! OH yeah, next week ........ AND ........ ARE GETTING BAPTIZED!! I don't teach them anymore, but it is still way exciting that I get to see both of them baptized this Saturday, so be excited for those pictures :)
Love you! I hope you have an awesome week!
Love, Sister Davis
Sister Jacqueline Davis
Sister Davis is currently serving as a missionary in the Indonesia Jakarta Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Sister Jacqueline Davis
Indonesia Jakarta Mission
Jalan Senopati 115
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