Wow this week has been pretty crazy but so fun too! I have lots of experiences I want to share. Also, this week Elder Jensen brought his laptop for us so now we don't have to share the I-pad, So you'll get a normal email again :)
Tuesday we had a meeting with our investigator _____, his younger sister ______, and his friend _____. They came with a lot of questions, like what do you believe about Heavenly Father, what does it take to be saved according to Mormons, how do you baptize, and lots of other questions. It was kind of fun to answer all their questions and to understand where they are coming from. After we had answered a few of their questions, it got to the point where we just needed to testify of the Holy Ghost and how through reading the Book of Mormon with an open heart, you can really receive a testimony of the truth about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Gospel for all of us. His friend was way closed off, but as I looked at _____ as I was testifying I know that he felt something and that he will read from the Book of Mormon. I'm excited to see what happens when we meet with them again to see if he read it with an open heart or just looked for problems with it.
Sister ______ is also doing great. She is so so so cute! At first when we would go there she wouldn't really understand why we were there, but after a few times she knew that we would be there for about an hour and that at the end we would teach her about what we believe and about Jesus. We were able to teach her about Jesus Christ by using the gospel art book. We also taught her about what a commandment is and that through following them, we will receive blessings. She doesn't really understand anything yet, but she has enough faith to do the things we tell her even though she really doesn't know why. She came to church again and she actually kind of was paying attention (she falls asleep sometimes because she is 65 haha). I'm so excited for her to continue to learn, because I know that she has so much potential to become baptized, especially as we help her recognize the spirit.
On Wednesday we were also trying to find someone we could take to the member meeting with Elder Ulisses Soares. We aren't allowed to go unless we have an investigator there. We met this lady on the Busway who said she would meet us later because she wanted to come, but that was pretty iffy.. Then later we got a missed call from a random number, so we called it back and we told the lady about the event and she told us to text her the information and that she wanted to go! Turns out she actually called us on accident. She wanted to call someone else to go to another preaching thing from another church, but she called us and said why not. She had been a contact from the Sisters a few months ago, so that was really cool.
The meeting with President Soares was so wonderful! It was pretty sad though because there was SO MUCH TRAFFIC!!! It is the beginning of the month of the fast and also the assension day of Christ which they get as a holiday here, so EVERYONE was trying to get out of Jakarta. It was so sad because there were so many members that got to the church when it was already almost over. We got there late too, but only like 10 minutes. So that was way sad. But anyway He focussed on telling the members about how much the apostles and prophets really focus on all members of the church all around the world and how they pray for them in Asia always. He also focussed on the Sabbath day. I actually learned a lot from him. He talked about how the first presidency wrote the family proclamation and how everyone was confused why they were focusing so much on families, but we see now how families are always being attacked. He said the same thing about the sabbath. That we don't really know what is going to happen in the next few years, but that the Sabbath will literally be attacked and we have to be ready for that day. So I want to invite all of us to really focus not just on what we aren't allowed to do on the Sabbath, but to ask ourselves, what can I do on the Sabbath to remember the Savior? There is this WAY good video on the Sabbath about Christ and the atonement too, so all of you should watch it because it is absolutely amazing.
Then on Thursday we all went to the church again and the whole mission was there! There were so many missionaries I hadn't ever met before, but also it was so fun to see Sister Roylance again and Sister Hyde and my old companions. Sister Rowntree has been here for a week with the Sister Training Leaders because her companion Sister Angeli was sick and had to go home for 3 weeks to see if she could get better. Her companion is from Bogor, so she just went there. He taught us about the importance of having faith, setting goals, and being obedient. Just like President Rowley always talks to us about. He and his wife were so cute and it was cool to hear him talk about the first presidency like they are just great friends because he meets with them all the time.
After the meeting, all the missionaries were just there waiting to be told where everyone was moving. Those who were moving were told to bring their stuff and then they were told right then where they were moving and to where. Sister Xiao is moving to Solo as a Sister Training Leader with Sister Roylance! Then, all of a sudden Sister Rowntree opens her letter and it says you have been assigned to Jakarta Utara! WE WERE SO CONFUSED!! So pretty much Sister Angeli is still sick and can't come back to the mission yet, but if she does she'll [probably be my companion in Jakarta. There is a Sister that hasn't gotten her visa yet so now Sister Rowntree and I don't have companions, so we call each other "The Leftovers." she will probably be here for about 3 weeks. It has been SO FUN being her companion again. We teach so well together and have realized how much we really enjoy each other. I have felt the spirit a lot in lessons and my confidence as a missionary has gone up so much too. We have made great goals and contacted a lot of people and I just sleep every night feeling happy about the next day to have to work again. I'm so so so glad the Lord gave us an opportunity to be companions together again.
It was way fun after Church yesterday to go to Monumen Nasional again with Sister Rowntree with her Afro out because two foreigners with her are just so interesting and everyone wants to talk to us!! It was way effective and way fun! So we might try it again next week after church if we don't have an appointment.
Overall I really like Jakarta and I am actually really enjoying being a missionary. I hope you are all doing great at home and life is treating everyone well. Remember the Savior always and you will be happy!!
Love, Sister Davis
Hi! This is weird because now we don't have 2 computers to use for emailing so I get to use this I-pad from Elder Jensen. So sorry if it's not as long as usual.
This week was a great week! We had a few cool lessons that I want to tell you about.
The first one was with a guy ________ (Guntur means thunder in Indoesian so that's pretty cool) we met him about a month ago on the busway and finally got to meet with him. He also brought like 5 of his friends with him. He is in his mid 20's. He is someone who is pretty strong headed. We had to be very clear with our lesson and be very respectful of his comments. He took notes while we were teaching and would throw Bible verses at us. He would try to think of questions that negated what we said. So at the end of the course we just told him that the only way he could know if this was the true church was for him to just read the Book of Mormon himself. He is the kind of person who is hard, but fun to teach, because when he said he would read it I knew he would. So we are going to meet with him on Tuesday again, so hopefully that goes well.
Right while I have been typing this, the postman guy came and delivered my package! Perfect timing! It has exactly what I wanted and I'm very happy about that. Thanks Mom!
The other person was ________. She doesn't really understand much, so we focused on Heavenly Father and how to pray to him and why we pray. She came to Stake Conference yesterday and she is very cute. It's also cool because her older brother who has been inactive for a long time really wants her to learn and now he is very active and comes to every activity.
We also taught _________. She had some questions about the afterlife, so we taught her about the Plan of Salvation. She is very busy so we don't get to meet with her often, but it is cool to see how she has opened up a little bit. Hopefully she is reading from the Book of Mormon and also she comes to church on Sunday.
Stake Conference was really good! I got to say hi to all the members from Bogor and it was just a blast. We also got matching dresses and ties as a district so that was really fun. I will have Sister Xiao send some pictures to you from her camera.
We also found out that Sister Xiao is moving! We don't know where yet, because since all the missionaries are coming to Jakarta for the Conference with President Ulisses Soares, they are being told to bring their luggage to Jakarta, and then they will be told during the meeting where they are being transferred. Sister Xiao is way sad that she has to leave and I'm sad she's not going to be my companion anymore too. So we'll see this week who my new companion is!
Well this I-pad is hard so I think that's all for the week that I need to say.
Love you! Talk to you next week!
Love, Sister Davis
Yay we just finished skyping! I now only have 20 minutes to email so I'll try to make this fast :)
I'll just share a few miracles we had. On Wednesday we were sitting on a bench on the busway and Sister Xiao was contacting a lady, and then this guy comes up to us and asks us if we are Mormon. He said he just barely finished a conversation with one of his friends about finding truth and where he could find it. He said he had learned about all these different religions and his friend asked if he had learned with Mormons and he said no but that he wanted to. So then right after that he ran into us. And we always have our Books of Mormon out so he recognized us. We talked to him for a bit and then he said he had time right then to meet with us. We had an appointment and he was a man, so we called the Elders and helped him find Senopati and he met right then. He also came to church this Sunday :) It's so true that the Lord puts people in our path, but really that the Lord puts us in their path! Hopefully he has a lot of progress in the next few weeks.
Saturday we did a service project at an inactive members house. His name is Brother _________. His house is pretty large and has a flooding problem, so they want to try to do some renovations to fix the house and the problems. But it is only him and his older sister there who are in their middle sixties so it is hard for them to do very much with the home. They had massive book shelves and wardrobes down in this area that they couldn't move, so the Elders, the Jensens (mission couple) and some members came and we helped clean out some of their house. We are no way near done but at least the men got the furniture out :) The Elders were late at the beginning, so we were able to teach Brother ________ older sister, _________. She doesn't really have a religion, so we taught her a little bit. When we invited her to church, she said that the door was broken because the wood had warped so they couldn't close it so there always had to be someone at home. Well, Elder Jensen heard that and him and Sister Jensen own a construction house building company, so miraculously there was a planer so he fixed and sanded down the door so it could be locked. So they said since they fixed it that means she has to come to church :) AND SHE DID! She was shy but she is fun if she knows people as well. We really hope the service we gave them and having us go visit her and uplift her will open her up to the gospel :)
Our other Investigator at church was ________. She is a friend of a member who is from Indonesia but now lives in North Dakota. The member came to visit for a while, so she invited her and some of her other relatives who aren't members to learn with us. So we taught her once and she had quite a few questions after church, Now we have an appointment with her on Thursday. :)
Hopefully we will have more information about them for next week. Next week is stake conference so that will be fun to write about too.
Also _______ my convert in Bogor, got her patriarchal blessing so that's really cool!
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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