When you are in the MTC for 4 weeks and do the same thing every day, the days start to mesh together and I don't really remember what I did. Most of the time I can't even remember what I ate for lunch at the beginning of the day haha.
Everything is just pretty normal. I love it here. I love my district and I love the people I get to spend time with. Sometimes I think I'm convinced I'm actually going to Thailand because I almost hear Thai just as much as I hear Indonesian haha. But I'm still very grateful that I'm not learning Thai because just script and tones alone is ridiculous, but I have faith in my district and I am amazed what they know and what they can do already. Some of the Elders during their hour of SYL they tried to help me understand Thai and it was pretty funny, but they were genuinely trying to help me come up with ideas for the lesson I had that evening and I could feel that they were genuine. I have also had some kind of deep gospel talks with them which is nice because our goal is to teach with simplicity, so talking deeply is a privilege.
This week I will share a lot about what I learned. Mostly I teach my same investigators, Joko and Alexhia. Joko has two children and is more shy. As I teach the lessons, I try to help him understand how this will help his keluarga (family). Alexhia is single and lives by herself. She has learned a lot about many many religions and she started the lessons just because she wanted to learn about Mormons. She has had a hard life with her family, but this week she "came to church" and she loved it. She loves to learn and she loved church and meeting people who were kind and could be her friends because she is mostly lonely. Sometimes her questions are a little harder because she has a good background of knowledge. I also have a new investigator Tante (Aunt) Bella. She loves to study the Bible and she went to church with a friend last week. I have only taught her one lesson, but I'm sure she read a lot of the Book of Mormon between now and then. She is so talkative and it is easy to teach her because it is almost like she leads the discussion and I answer her questions. It is so nice now that I can speak enough to make somewhat normal conversation. I only use a note card when I teach to put new words, like empat (4) main points, and questions and commitments. As my teachers have continually told me so many times, it takes a lot of faith, but as I am teaching my investigators every time, you have to act in faith before the Holy Ghost will testify of truth and help you receive a witness.
I am continually trying to have the Holy Ghost in my life. I can really tell the difference in lessons when I ask questions and add in things that I hadn't originally planned on. Most of the time if a new idea comes into my head I hesitate because I'm scared I'll get myself stuck into a corner and a question I can't answer, but as I continually have faith and every time I have built up the courage to go for it it has really helped and the spirit has been there.
As I am here longer, my desire to stay increases because I continue to grow to love my teachers so much. They are all my best friends here at the MTC. The greatest learning experiences and times when I have felt the spirit have been with them. Even if it is just in a simple role play, it has been with them. I love Indonesian. It is such a simple language, and teaching the gospel is wonderful in it. I can relate to Teresa when she said she couldn't teach in English because I tried this week with Sister Allred to see what words I wanted to use in English that I didn't know in Indonesian, but it was so hard!! My mind kept switching back to Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian), but eventually I was alright. I was excited to see that there really wasn't anything that I wanted to say in English that I couldn't say in Indonesian. I am so happy with the way the language is progressing and I love that my teachers continually are trying to help me. I wish I could just pack them with me and they could come to Indonesia to be my companions. I literally love them so much and I cherish every class moment with them that I get to speak the language I love. I am so excited to have a companion who speaks Indonesian so we can bond that much more. I still love Sister Dhakal though and she has taught me so much here.
I don't know my flight plans yet but I will probably be flying alone, yes. The only thing I would be worried about at all would be the layover somewhere in Asia where I can't read anything, but I'm sure I'll be okay :) There is a possibility that I could fly with the Malays if I had a layover in Singapore or something, but we'll just have to see.
My bag did come yesterday!! It is different than what I sent you but I still like it and it will work perfectly! Terima Kasih Banyak!
Also Becky sent me those Book of Mormon figures so make sure to tell her thank you so much and I am so excited to share them with people who could really learn from them :)
Love you!! I hope you all have a fantastic week and will continually strive to become more like the Savior.
Kasih, Sister Davis
Kecil Satu (Little one)
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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