Happy Lebaran! Lebaran is the Muslim holiday where they break their fast for the month of Rhamadan. I honestly don't know that much about it, except for they get a month off of school during the month of the fast and everyone goes home to their kampung so Jakarta is not even the same city. It was SOOOO EMPTY on our ride from our apartment to the mission office. It usually takes us like 20 minutes, but today it only took 10 and our taxi driver was kind of slow.
With that being said, since everyone is out of town for the next week, that means they aren't here to be taught.. So we had kind of a slow week last week and this next week will be really slow too, but that's okay :) There are still a few people who don't go home and since this week is still off for most of them we are hoping to get a few new investigators!
So on Monday Sister Angelie was told that she would be released to go home and get better. So Wednesday morning she was released and I got another new companion! This is already my fourth companion in Jakarta and my 10th companion! That's a lot of companions! I guess the Lord has something for me to learn from each of them :) My companions name is Sister Fuglsang. She is originally from Tasmania, Australia (How sweet is that) but now she lives in Brisbane. She is an art teacher in high school and she is SO talented. She can draw a sketch of the savior so fast and it is so amazing. I hope I can learn a lot from her. She is about 8 months into her mission and just moved her from Solo.
So the past week we have done a lot of contacting to fill our pipeline again because it was pretty empty from being home for so much.
Sister ______ is still doing SO well! We taught about Joseph Smith and the restoration on Tuesday. At first when we talked about the first vision she thought it was enlightenment, but that's because she relates everything we say to something she is familiar with. But she understood it quite well too. She read the part in the pamphlet about Joseph Smith and the Priesthood for her homework and she asked questions about it. She is quite a diligent investigator and we love that!
On Saturday we taught her about Repentance. I wasn't sure how that was going to go down because before she has been so stuck on the fact that when we sin we have spots and they stick with us until we are reincarnated. But when we taught her she didn't go against what we were teaching. We read about Alma the Younger in Alma 36 and the Joy he felt from repenting. She asked after we talked about all the steps and gave her the commitment to pray and repent of her sins, "What do I need to repent of?" She hadn't had a Christian background so she doesn't really know specific commandments besides to pray and to read the scriptures and to be kind to others like she has been taught her whole life. She usually stays at home so she doesn't really have a lot of opportunities to sin anyway. We told her just to be kind to Brother ________ and to ask forgiveness if she uses a strong or mean voice with him at home. She is so cute and so wants to do what is right.
On Sunday morning the Busway wasn't going to start until at least 9:00 because there was a prayer for Labaran in the morning. So she was debating on being able to come to church because of the buses and there is no other transportation for her. We were pretty sure that she wasn't going to be able to come, but at 8:30 they left home and they showed up at church at 10:15 in gospel principles and I haven't been so happy to see anyone at church before. She really is feeling the Light of Christ and the happiness that coming to church brings in her life that she would come even though she knew she was going to miss sacrament meeting. This week we are going to focus on the rest of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how the atonement really makes it possible for us to become cleansed from sin to return to our Heavenly Father. We are going to give her a baptismal commitment this week and I'm so excited about that! She lights my world on the mission and I am so grateful for every person the Lord gives me to be able to teach.
This week was also Zone Conference. We have them so often now and it's just in Jakarta so it's more normal than it used to be. We talked about the importance of having investigators come to church and how to help them get there. It's fun to see the progress of the mission. President Rowley has been here for a year this next week! Crazy how time really does fly!
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
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