MERDEKA!!! Happy Independence Day Indonesia! This Wednesday was Independence Day for Indonesia and it was so fun! I think they love their country more than we love America to be honest. There was a two ward activity and it was a blast! Indonesians know how to have fun! And by that I mean real good fun! The day started with games outside like tug of war, potato sack races (but they probably were really sack of rice lets be real), and then a Krupulk eating on a string contest! You'll just have to google what krupulk is haha. Then after we had lunch there was a talent show! Indonesians for the most part aren't shy, so it was really fun to watch it all. There was lots of singing and playing instruments and pretty much all the songs were Indonesian independence songs. America needs to work on our patriotism haha. Then one of the members taught this line dance and literally EVERYONE danced. Literally the people here are so fun and I really love it here.
As for investigators we still have a ton! We are working on finding those who we can really tell want to learn rather than just want to be friends so we can put more effort into them instead of a little effort with a lot of people. There are a couple of investigators that I feel have real potential and I am excited to see what happens in the next month.
One is ........ She is a referral from one of the members. The member brought her to the activity on Independence Day and to church on Sunday. The word is she already has a desire to be baptized, but she hasn't been free to meet with us yet but she liked church and we have a lesson with her this Wednesday. I'm excited to meet with her outside of church to really get to know her, and I am really hopeful with her!
Another investigator that is awesome is ........ we met her on Saturday night while walking home. She is Muslim, but mostly because of her family. But previously she has been taught about the Catholic church and still has a desire to be baptized into a Christian church. The spirit was really strong as we taught her about the restoration so we will see how the next few weeks go with her too!
Tomorrow we are going to Jakarta because Elder Evans from the Seventy is coming to do a mission tour! Yay! To prepare for it, President Rowley gave us an assignment to read Alma 17-42 and some other talks and things from Preach My Gospel. While I was reading about the mission of Alma and the sons of Mosiah, I decided to write down what they did as missionaries, and then the blessings that came from the Lord. It was an awesome experience to read it while being a missionary. There are so many things to be learned from them. One thing I really liked was in Alma 33:22, which says, but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works." All we have to do is begin to believe. The beginning is really where a lot of it is. You can't go anywhere with an investigator if you can't help them believe that Jesus is their Savior. I also really like Alma 34:31, which says "Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you."
I really like this scripture because it promises us that if we repent, his mercy will IMMEDIATELY be brought upon us. He will bless us immediately. I have seen it in my own life and I have seen it in the lives of other people here in indonesia. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach people the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and see the blessings physically manifested to them through his grace and mercy brought to pass by the atonement.
Love you and have a great 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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