Well this week has been a pretty crazy experience. I guess I'll just start with the most eventful thing.
So last Thursday after I had been riding my bike for a few days my tailbone was starting to hurt, like a bruise or something. I thought it was just from normal bike riding. It was weird because it's above where I sit on my bike. By Tuesday it had gotten bigger and I couldn't sit back on my chair like normal. I also couldn't sleep on my back because it hurt so bad. Friday it was like almost the size of half a golf ball so we called Sister Donald and we had to go to the doctor. So we went and they drained it. It's really infected. Since Friday, we have gone back every day to have it drained and cleaned. We haven't been able to ride bikes and I can't walk long distances so we don't do much every day. Every time we have to go to the doctor we have to call a taxi and that gets expensive every day. Since Friday we have just gone to the doctor, come home, studied, slept, and that's all. We did go to church on Sunday. So that's been kind of crazy and made work hard.
But before that we have had some missionary work!!
On Monday after we went shopping for P-day we had FHE with the Bishop and his family of the Jebres ward. He and his wife are in the Plan of Salvation pamphlet so that's pretty cool haha :)
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we had a lot of normal missionary work and met with members and our progressing investigator. Every day we met with Sister _____ and Sister ____ together. Sister ____ was planning to get baptized this Sunday, so we tried to meet with her every day to finish teaching her about the commandments and have her Baptismal Interview. We would spent quite a lot of time there because we could get two lessons in one place with Sister _____ and Sister _____.
On Sunday was almost her baptism, but it fell through so we are going to try for next week. I'm pretty sure we will be fine for next week but we'll just have to see. It was pretty disappointing, but we are hopeful that we can teach her and get her ready for this Sunday and hopefully there won't be any problems.
One member I love to meet is Sister _____. She is a tailor and she just finished making matching dresses for me and Sister Winanto!! To have them hand tailored it was only $3! and like 4 for the fabric. Ah Indonesia is just great :) Usually she is sometimes considered less active, but she came to church this week so we can change her status to member which is really exciting :) hopefully she can get back in the habit of coming. She has been a member for 20 years but her husband has always refused to hear about the gospel. We still give her hope and teach about the spirit world and that there is still a chance for him to accept the gospel one day.
Another member we visited was Sister _____. She lives so far!! and the bike ride was all uphill. I was so tired by the time I got up there but really it was a cool experience! She lives really in the villages with rice fields and trees everywhere. When I pictured Indonesia before I come that's what I pictured. I always forget to take pictures because we are always biking. Hopefully when we go back I'll remember. She is only 18 years old and already has two children. She was married at 14 and her husband was 17. They sometimes fight a lot and its hard for her. She seemed really grateful and wanting to listen to what we were teaching about prayer and scriptures again. I hope she can have the faith to do the simple things everyday to come back to the Savior. Really that's what it is. Those we visit always just need to do those everyday things and then their lives turn around. Every time. It is visible and they just need to have the faith everyday. We are promised if we do the little things, marvelous things will be brought to pass.
This week has taught me a lot about patience and being grateful for what I have. Every time we go to the doctor I look around and see so many people with barely enough money to pay for their visit that's not expensive anyway, but here it is. I am so blessed to know I will always have what I need and the knowledge that I am not alone in this through the atonement.
I love you all! I love your letters that are so uplifting and it's so fun to see all the wonderful things that are happening back home! Love you!!
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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