Selamat hari Idul Adha! Today in Indonesia is a holiday, which doesn't mean much for missionaries, but it's a pretty big holiday here. Today the Muslim people remember the day Abraham sacrificed Ishamel (They believe it was Ishamel, not Isaac) so on this day they do animal sacrifices. The last week people have been selling goats and cows on the side of the road. It is weird what is completely normal here and is totally weird back home. Walking down the road and having goats do their loud human like scream 2 feet away is kind of normal here now haha. I really respect the people here so much and how religious they are. Everyone you talk to has a belief, unlike a lot of other places where people just kind of live their lives. It is so nice to live where every one dresses modest, there is literally no PDA ever, and there are rarely people who are drunk. It is a blessing to live in this kind of environment as a missionary.
This week started with Sister Hyde being sick, so we didn't do much on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Tuesday we had a member, Sister ......., come and stay with Sister Hyde at home so me and Sister Simanungkalit could go find a new desk and clothes closet for Sister Kaleopa, because the old one was super old from the Elders. Other than that we did lots of cleaning out house, watching all the church videos we had in our house, and not much else. But that's alright because Sister Hyde is feeling a lot better now.
I don't remember if I've told you yet, but our house had a huge leak above the stairs. Every time it rained (every night) water would flow down the wall and down the stairs. We had called the person who owns our house to fix it, but he was taking a little while to find someone to come and fix the problem. Well, Tuesday night it rained SO HARD!! Literally it just pounded for like 2 hours. Another leak started in our house, which really was quite big and our stairs were just flooded. Luckily the rain stopped and it didn't rain all night or our house would have been a mess. So that was quite an exciting evening mopping up water so all of our furniture didn't get all wet and moldy.
On Wednesday evening Sister Kaleopa came. She is from Brisbane, Australia, but her mom is Samoan. She is literally your perfect definition of an Australian Polynesian. She is really tall and everyone here thinks she looks just like someone from Central Java, so they are really surprised she doesn't know Javanese. This is her third city. She started in Solo 1 and 2 and then moved to Malang, where Sister Winanto is from. She has been in Indonesia for 11 months and goes home in February. I didn't really realize how scared I was to lead until she came and I realized if we didn't have a back up plan, it was only me who had any idea of where to go. So that was kind of scary. Thursday after Weekly Planning was kind of a mess cause all the people I had planned to meet couldn't and I got lost going to one place and I was pretty dang stressed. We eventually found a member who we could meet with, but after that I was pretty scared for the rest of this transfer. But luckily Sister Simanungkalit is still in Bogor so I can call her if I have any questions and she can help me plan who lives close and back up plans too. Especially since now I only have half of our investigators and members to meet with, there is now too much time instead of not enough. Hopefully the next couple of weeks we can build up our load of investigators and find those people here who are ready to receive us.
Friday was much better. It was our favorite day of the week before. My favorite lesson this week was with ........ This is the first time we were able to meet with her. She was a referral from Sister Joyce, who is the one who had the accident with the boiling water. ...... used to come to church with Sister ......, but she hasn't come since Sister ..... hasn't come, and she doesn't yet want to go without Sister ......, even though there are members who live by her that want to bring her. We taught about the restoration, because on her teaching record it said she had been taught about the Book of Mormon but not yet the whole restoration lesson. It finally clicked with her that the Joseph Smith story is actually something that happened and not just a story. I could see her understanding and wanting to find the truth. As we meet with her more and more, I know her testimony is going to grow because she is open to the truth. It's still a few more weeks until Sister ...... can come to church, but hopefully with meeting with her more ...... will be willing to come with other members too.
Another referral we met with was from Sister ....., ........ is her name and she came to church last week. She was really awesome. She has 3 little kids who were sick so she couldn't come this week, but she seems to have the desire. She is Christian but hasn't been to church in a long time. Hopefully when we teach her more she can feel the truthfulness of our message and will really be able to strengthen her testimony of Jesus Christ.
Another fun thing is that we got to go to Primary yesterday at church! This month is on Missionaries so they all wear Future Missionary name tags during class. We shared about what missionaries do every day and why we want to serve a mission and of course ALL 15 of them want to be missionaries one day. Bogor is really an awesome place where they have a lot of youth, so like 7 missionaries are coming from this ward just in the next 2 years. They really are so strong and I can see all those little kids one day really becoming amazing missionaries.
That's about all for this week! Hopefully we can find more people to fill our time and find those who are ready to Datang kepada Kristus (Come unto Christ).
Kasih, 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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