So on Friday morning we're just casually studying and it's almost 9:00 so I just closed studying when I get a call from Elder Saunders who is the AP (which is normal now because we serve in the same ward) and he says that I have to leave my companions at home and come to Senopati by myself in a taxi because President wants to meet with me. What?! If anyone has ever served a mission that is not normal! I was pretty scared to be honest and my companions we pretty scared too. Then when President invites me in his office he says "So with your VISA" and my heart relaxed because I knew I wasn't getting transferred or we weren't in trouble or someone in my family didn't die or something like that, I was glad about that. My VISA expires the beginning of September and so if they renew it just for a couple of months it would take a spot for another missionary for a whole year. So we decided it was fine to finish a couple weeks early. So Dad told me in his email it's August 30, so that's happening and it's kind of crazy!
My feelings with it are totally fine. I love being a missionary, but I think every missionary is excited to be with family again. I still feel like I served a full mission and I don't feel jipped or anything like that. All is good.
Now back to normal stuff! This week was pretty normal again. ________ told us a little bit more about how she is feeling with everything. She really wants to know that it is true and she wants to come to church. It's just hard because her family goes to a different church and she feels scared to ask their permission or for their approval. So we have that mountain to climb but the important thing is that we are on the mountain! The hardest part is finding someone who has a true desire to learn. And ________ does! When we have a desire and ask in prayer the Lord will help us accomplish that desire and commandment.
_______ still is pretty much the same with everything. We still visit her, but it will just take the Holy Ghost to help convert her when she will open her heart to let him in. Patience is a virtue and we need it with her.
In Jakarta we meet with people of other Churches who are very strong and they like to debate a lot. So we try not to, but sometimes when they seem like they want to we try to share our message but it just turns into a debate like thing, even though they call it "sharing-sharing". So we had a couple of those this week.
Other than that, just busway, talking to people, handing out pass along cards, and all that jazz.
So that's about it!
I love you all :) Have a great month of AUGUST!!
Love, Sister Davis
So this week was pretty normal but there were a few exciting things.
Tuesday we got a bunk bed so Sister Utomo doesn't have to sleep on the floor anymore, so that was exciting. Now we can barely walk around in the apartment but it's okay. It's like Sister Patton and I have a sleepover every night because our beds are right next to each other haha.
Sister _______ is still pretty much the same. She said this week she isn't brave enough to be baptized because she is scared of falling backwards into the water, so at least we know she's thought about it. Pelan-pelan aja. She'll get there eventually. She still comes to church and she paid pretty good attention during the lessons on Sunday so that was good too.
_________ is still taking the lessons but she didn't come to church again so we are working with her to see what will help her become converted. She is learning and likes what we teach so we'll see what goes on with that.
Other than that we met with a couple of new people and they are just barely new so there's nothing that fun to write about them. Hopefully some of them will be excited when we meet them again this week and there will be more fun things to write about.
We went to __________ again this week to contact so I took this picture :) and this is our apartment with the bunkbeds too, so thats fun :)
I'm glad that EVERYONE emailed this week so that's fun :) I hope you have a great pioneer day and happy birthday Catherine!!!
Love you all!
Love, Sister Davis
Yep I GOT ANOTHER COMPANION!!! Haha I think I hold the record for the most companions in 3 months as a missionary.
On Monday President Rowley called and asked if there was anyway we could fit 3 Sisters in our apartment. I told him that it would be kind of hard but that we could do it because what President wants goes, and obviously he has a good reason for it. So on Wednesday Sister Patton moved here from Surabaya. She is from Michigan. She is half Korean half American, so she lived in Korea until she was 13 and then she moved to America. So she can speak Korean. She has been on her mission for about 9 months. So now we are a threesome! Right now Sister Utomo is sleeping on a roll up mat on the floor, but today we are supposed to be getting a bunkbed to put over top of the trundle bed we have now. So far I have had 6 companions in Jakarta and total for my mission is 12. That's almost more than one companion for every transfer I've been here. So that's fun :)
This week we decided to give Sister _______ the Cerita-Cerita Perjanjian Baru (New testament stories) book so she could read that and learn about Jesus. We read the first one with her and then told her to read the next two before we came back, and when we went back on Saturday she had already read 14 chapters! She would point to all the pictures and be like "That guys wicked and he wanted to kick Jesus out" and she would tell about the miracles that he did and it was so cool. She's still slow and steady but she's really great and one day she will be able to get that testimony she is looking for.
Also this week we met with ________. We read 2 Nephi 31 and she said her favorite verse was when it tells us to follow Christ and repent and be baptized. She didn't understand the whole thing about priesthood authority, but we explained it again and she kind of got it. She said she would have to ask her mom if she could get baptized. She didn't come to church again yesterday, but she still had a desire to learn so we're still going to work with her. She really wants to find the truth, it's just a process for everyone.
Sister Patton was in Jakarta for her first week while waiting for her VISA, so she remembered a less active member that me and Sister Xiao couldn't find when we were white washing. But Sister Patton remembered where she lived so we went there this week and she came to church with her two kids! That's so cool that Heavenly Father puts us in the right place and he brought Sister Patton here so she could help Sister Rianah come back. So Awesome!!. There was also another less active member that came to church as well! It's really great when you can see that your effort is actually making a difference.
I hope you have a great summer week and that you're enjoying the same weather I am haha. Love you!!
Love, Sister Davis
So to answer all your questions Mom, so Lebaran was 2 days but they pretty much get the whole week off. So today is the first day of kind of normal work, but the kids don't go back to school for another week so it's still pretty empty. It was so great because there was pretty much no traffic all week, but that means that we just have to find more places to go because no one is here to teach. It was fun though, because there were lots of tourists from Australia. They are on break too so we got to talk to Bules and we went to touristy places and had like hundreds of pictures taken with us because we're white people and we just handed out cards and pamphlets like crazy. So that was most of our week.
I could tell you about Sister Fuglsang but the exciting thing is that she is moving! She is moving to the city west of Jakarta called Tangerang and I am getting ANOTHER new companion! This is already my fifth companion in Jakarta haha. It's just like a transit here so I get all the companions for a couple of weeks and I can't move haha. So my new companion is Sister Utomo! She is from Surabaya but was working in Bali before so she is from Bali which is way cool. So there will be an excuse for me to go there someday haha.
Other than touristy stuff this week, trying to find people to talk to, we still taught Anyuk. She definitely still needs for it to be slow and steady for her to have spiritual experiences. She doesn't really believe it for herself yet, but she still enjoys having us come. We taught her about prayer again more specifically so hopefully she can apply that in her life. I think if she realizes that Heavenly Father is real and that he does answer her prayers that will be a great step in receiving a testimony of him.
There isn't much to say because life is pretty normal. I guess the most exciting thing today is that the electricity is out in the mission home right now but there is a generator that is connected to Presidents office and the Wifi so we got some laptops and we can still email thank goodness haha. That's about all I've got for today. Hopefully I will be able to think of more things to say this next week and now that people are actually coming back to Jakarta we can have people to teach again.
Love you all so much,
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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