Don't worry Mom, I have already thought about what I want for Christmas. An umbrella, my backpack that is upstairs by the bed, and the mini version of Preach my Gospel in Indonesian. I NEED that really bad because I always have to bring my English one if there are district meetings but the meetings are in Indonesian so it's just weird. That would help tons. I also want a good family picture to show people here. I want a good photo that is laminated that I can always bring with me to show people. Other than that I just want lots of candy and maybe something special like for my Birthday or something. Because I assume you'll just send one package for both. Don't send clothes because clothes here are SO CHEAP and SO MODEST! Literally it is such a blessing to live in a country where it is no way appropriate to wear shirts without sleeves and shorts that don't go to your knees. Definitely blessed here in Indonesia. My hair is still pretty sad on the ends, but the roots are DEFINITELY growing, but slowly because it's only been 2 months. I think the roots at the top of my head will be to my ears by the end of the mission, but it's gonna take a good year after that until it is completely normal. So I don't know if its the shampoo or what but it's growing slowly but steady :)
This week was great and surprising. This next week is transfers, so on Friday we got a call from President and were pretty surprised that one of us was actually moving. Sister Kaleopa is moving back to Jawa Timur and is going to be an STL in Surabaya. She is pretty sad because Bogor is so awesome and she was only here for just over a month, but I know it will be an awesome experience for her to be an STL. Sister Simanungkalit is also moving to Jakarta. My new companion is moving from Jakarta to Bogor. Her name is Sister Roylance. She is from Arizona and went into the MTC right after me. So she knows all the Thai missionaries from my MTC District :) I hope our language is okay with us still kind of newbies, so we'll see how this works :) I think we are going home at the same time now because now I'm one transfer behind. I'm so much more prepared to lead the area this time so that will be a lot better now. I don't have to be as nervous as the first time.
The highlight this week was our baptism!! She was my investigator for a while before I got split just to Bogor 2, and she FINALLY got baptized! She has had 3 baptismal dates. 1 from the Elders before we got here and 1 for 2 weeks ago. She finally stopped smoking and was able to answer all the baptismal interview questions. Saturday was her baptism and it was so cute. There were definitely many trials and boulders in the way for this baptism. It rained the hardest it has in Bogor since we have been here. And the traffic was INSANE! The other sisters and ..... were a half hour late. But when she finally got there there were like over 50 members that came. I LOVE BOGOR! The fact that they all sacrifice their Saturday to drive an hour or more to the church to see this cute little woman be baptized is amazing. And she was worried that no one would come. She even bore her testimony that she wrote out and it was cute. I just see an angel when I look at her. She is definitely a part of the ward now. We have so much hope for her twin 14 year old boys that were so lost before she met with the missionaries. They hadn't been to school in MONTHS and just went to internet cafes all the time to play online games. But they finally went back to school and they both have an interest to get baptized. A lot of her family also came to the baptism which was really cool. If they could all get baptized eventually, that would be a miracle bigger than I ever could have hoped to be a part of. I am so excited to see the future for their cute family.
I love Bogor. I am so blessed to have been assigned here when before I wouldn't have ever thought it was a possibility. This is literally one of the best places in the mission to serve and to have fun, and I'm just so blessed. The Lord has definitely allowed me to receive blessings after having trials at the beginning.
I love you all! I hope you have a fantastic 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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