This week had its own adventures and weird days (but really is any day normal as a missionary?) but it was a really good one! It was Thanksgiving, Mission Tour with Elder Evans, and Stake Conference here in Jawa Barat. Definitely spiritually uplifting!
With investigators this week and getting lessons with them it was kind of hard just because we had some sicknesses and our investigators aren't very zelas when it comes to making appointments. But that really ended up being okay. Sister Hyde was sick at the beginning of the week so I went on exchanges with Sister Wheeler on Tuesday so they could still work. Sister Roylance wasn't feeling that well again too so it was good to have her stay at home with Sister Hyde. On Saturday all of our plans fell through, but Sister Wheeler and Sister Hyde had an investigator that wanted to go to the Saturday night meeting for conference in Jakarta, but they also had some investigators they wanted to meet with so they would come to conference, so we did a split there. They have a lot of investigators in the same area so on Saturday we got 5 lessons in 1 day! That is a ton for Indonesia so that was fun, even though it wasn't in my area.
Thanksgiving was pretty fun :) Sister Roylance and I taught English Class again this week and we used a little hand out that Sister Rowley sent to us about Thanksgiving so we got to explain all about why we have Thanksgiving there. On actual Thanksgiving it was Thursday so it was weekly planning session, so for lunch we just got pizza from Dominoes which was pretty delicious and fun :) That was all for Thanksgiving.
Friday we had Mission Tour! Elder David F. Evans came again. He is the same member of the Seventy that came a few months ago. The first time he came I felt pretty sad about what he had said because it kind of just hit right to the bone about all of the things we have been doing wrong as a mission, but this time was wonderful! We looked at the progress we have had since the first time he came, and we have progressed a lot! Our number of Lessons with Members has gone from 48 to 96 in a week as a mission, and the number of referrals went from like 300 per week to like 800 per week. Those numbers are amazing as a mission and I am really excited to see the progress. He also talked a lot with us about how to have faith. He said that the way to gain faith is to set goals and then to reach them. He talked about the importance of missionaries to have personal Baptismal goals and also for members to have personal goals about bringing people into the church. It was so beautiful. He also shared a verse from Ether 3 about the Brother of Jared. The Brother of Jared sees the finger of the Lord and then he is astonished and falls to the ground. Afterwards, the Lord asks in Ether 3:11 'Do you believe the words which I SHALL speak?" and Ether answers yes in verse 12. Ether has that much faith that he doesn't even need to know what the Lord says to know with an asurrance that it is true. How beautiful! Do I have that much faith? Have I completely surrendered myself to the Lord and truly believe all of the miracles he will work in this country. The Lord can do anything, but he will not do anything if we are not faithful. Am I limiting the miracles the Lord desires to work in my area because of my lack of faith? I just loved the motivation and happiness I felt from him as he spoke, and I am so ready to have more faith every time I meet with an investigator.
Sunday was Stake Conference! It is a HUGE deal in Indonesia and one of my very favorite weeks of my mission. It is so exciting to see the excitement and respect people have for a member of the 70 who comes. We got up at 5 AM because we were in the Choir and had practice before hand. We had such pretty dresses made by the members and it was so fun to just be matching. We sang Consider the Lilies, If you Could Hie to Kolob, and This is the Christ. All in English. These members are so great. It was fun to look out on the crowd and see everyone from up front. We also had 3 INVESTIGATORS COME! THREE! ..... came! I LOVE HER! and ..... came! I LOVE HER TOO! and ...... came!! We haven't met with her in weeks because she is so busy but two months ago she promised she would come to conference and she came and I was so happy about that. They all loved it.
After Conference we went home to Bogor on the bus, and when we were at the church, I felt we needed to go to ...... house, so even though we passed ......on the way home to Bogor, we took the 2 hour bus/angkot journey from the church to her house and had an amazing lesson! Last week we taught her about repentance and I gave her homework in Mosiah 26:30 about repentance, that as many times as we repent sincerely we will be forgiven. So she kept reading and read the whole story about Alma the Younger and understood literally all of it. She talked about how repentance has to have action and has to be sincere and it was literally amazing. We continued on and finished the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and asked her to be baptized again and to pick a date. She is still kind of nervous to pick a date just because she is always so worried to make promises if she is not 100% sure she can keep them. We read all of the baptismal interview questions with her and she believed them all. She said she wanted to ask her member friend Brother ...... about it and then we invited her to kneel with us and pray and I have never heard an investigator offer a more sincere prayer. I am so sure we can go there with Brother ......and calm her concerns and she will get baptized this month. I know it with all my heart and I am so excited to see it :)
As for our house, things are going great :) Sister Roylance is an angel and did a miracle with the bathroom. We're doing little by little to get better. The ants haven't been a problem since. Robert the lizard hasn't come home the past week, but his new friend Gabriella the lizard showed up above the front door the past couple of days. We're not worried because we're not Elders and aren't going to try to catch it haha. They just chill and eat the ants and it's fine. It's actually turning into a really nice house, other than the AC broke so we're trying to figure out what we can do about that today.
Also Sister Wheeler goes home next week, and Sister Hyde found out she is white wash finishing training in Solo Banjarsari Jebres! So Sister JATMIKO who is Sister Roylances Trainer is coming to Bogor today and then next week she gets her new Bule child. So we're pretty excited. We've heard some rumors about other people moving too because we don't think President is done telling everyone about transfers, but we hope and are pretty sure Sister Roylance and I get to be with each other for another transfer.
As far as my package, I think thats all... Some fruit roll ups sound really good and some fruit snacks... It will probably save space if you take them out of the boxes and put them in Plastic bags. Overall I think thats it!
I hope you have a wonderful week and "Light the World" with the Savior as this Christmas season starts. LOVE YOU!!
Love always, 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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