Every week is so different as a missionary and I love it. You never get bored and if you do it means you're not working hard enough.
This week started on P-day going to the Bishop's house to go to his Catfish farm. We grabbed Catfish from out of a crate into a bucket and then the bishop brought them home and cooked them right up so we had awesome fried fish, literally as fresh as you can possibly get. It was way good and really fun!
We also met with Sister ..... and her sister, Sister ..... on Monday. I loved hearing their story and just how sincere they were. They have been inactive for about a year, and all they needed was a push to come back to church. We talked with Sister ..... for a while and she said before this time, she didn't really feel like she had a testimony. She is just newly married and was going to just go to the same church as her husband. But since they came on Sunday, she told us that she knew that she had a testimony, and she couldn't let go of what she has believed since she was young. She said it was the first time she has prayed that there would be an opportunity for her husband to want to be baptized into our church. The sad thing is they moved this week to a place where there isn't a church, but they are going to come to stake conference and they really hope they can eventually have an opportunity to move to a place where there is one.
On Wednesday Sister ...... and I went to Jakarta for exchanges with the STL's. I was kind of worried it would be sitting on the busway and contacting all day, but the appointments I had with Sister Jatmiko actually worked out! The best one was a lesson we had at the mission office with their investigator Sister ...... On the outside she is probably the last person I would contact, but they found her because she heard in on Elder Tuttle contacting someone and then she came to church. She is so amazing! She has had a rough life but her faith and willingness to follow what she hears is wonderful. We taught about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she really understood and loved it. She has a baptismal date for next Saturday, and I really hope everything can work out with that. The thing that is hard is that right now she is working at the ministry for the church she goes to, so if she changes churches she loses her job. I can't imagine having faith like that to just really trust that that is the right thing.
This weekend was conference! I was so so excited, and then the Zone Leaders called and said there was a new rule that missionaries weren't allowed to watch it in English, which really bursted my bubble... I was really sad because I didn't trust my Indonesian enough and I thought I would fall asleep from having to translate everything in my head, but it ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be! I understood the gist of most of the talks and was still able to write a ton of notes. But on that note I really really need the English one as soon as it hits Deseret Book because I want to actually understand all of it. The overall message I got was that these are the times that members need to understand all the foundational doctrines of the Gospel to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Literally every single talk related to one or more missionary lessons. The restoration, the plan of salvation, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The commandments, and laws and ordinances. It is so much more important to understand and to live the simple doctrines because that is what is going to give us the greatest happiness and prepare us most for the eternities.
Today for P-Day was AMAZING! We went to the area Puncak again, because you could stay there a week and not finish everything. I think Bogor is literally the best place for P-day in Indonesia. This place was a huge waterfall that was so pretty! We went with ....., a member who is planning to go on a mission within the next year. We took lots of pictures and went on a hike. At the top, we got stuck in the rain, so we waited at this shack store place where we ate, and then when the rain calmed down we started to go back down the trail, but then it started raining again! Luckily I brought my umbrella to save everyone's bags from getting wet. I also bought a bag for P-day that was about $3.50 so yes Indonesia is literally the greatest.
I'm so happy to be here on my mission. I get to see the Gospel work miracles and bring happiness to people's lives and also to go on crazy adventures half way around the world.
Love 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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