Yep! This week my total time in Indonesia is 4 months! It's crazy! I am finally to the point where I can pretty much understand the gist of what people are trying to say. I still don't understand everything, but that stress has gone down, but now new stress has come, because I'm a missionary. Was there ever a time a missionary isn't stressed? Probably not haha :)
This week was overall better than last week I think. I have gotten to the point where I'm not as stressed when things don't work out and I just realize it's not my fault when plans I make don't work out with the agency of others. We had a few days where all our appointments we planned didn't work out, and one time we went to a new members house, ......, she is this old lady who is HILARIOUS, but sometimes when you show up at her house she isn't there... But it's alright :) every day isn't perfect as a missionary right :) We also went looking for a member we thought was less active, but turns out she is very active when we finally found where her house was after like an hour or more of walking and asking people where the address was and if they had any idea who this person was. But hey, we're learning little by little more about Bogor and now we know who she is :)
My favorite thing that happened was with a new investigator named ....... She lives right next door to a member and they invited her to their family home evening that we went to on Monday. She is Muslim, and she is really open to learning more about other religions. Right now she is just curious, but that's where it all starts :) We answered a lot of questions about the gospel, a little about the Plan of Salvation and lots of just random things. So yesterday at church the Brother that lives by her told us she wanted to come to church today but she has been sick the past few days. So we went to her house after church and she was so cute again! She loves talking with us and it is really genuine. I love how she is so honest right now about just being curious, and it is really those people who I love teaching, because you know that they are honest when they talk to you. I hope with time the curiosity can turn to faith and eventually to action. We'll see how the next couple of months go with her.
This week I have really been struggling to find the balance between following rules just because it is a rule, or following it because I actually like and understand the rule itself. I was reading in the scriptures, and I learned a lot from 1 Nephi 19:10. It talks about how the Savior "Yielded Himself" to complete the atonement. He didn't want to do it. He asked the Father for another way. But he still did it. He knew that that was the only way to bring about blessings for all of mankind. It really hit me that even the Savior didn't "like" all the rules, but he did them anyway. It wasn't until after he obeyed that he loved the "rule" and got to enjoy the blessings that came from it. If I just start to obey every single rule, I will eventually be able to see the blessings that will come. I just have to yield my desire for a while and eventually I know heavenly Father can change my desires to what I want them to be if I rely on him and his atonement. I love what you shared about Stake Conference Mom. I am so excited to be able to learn from your stake president, and I'm glad you share things like that with me.
I'm gonna be brave and try to send some pictures. Pray for my memory card please.
Love you! Have an awesome 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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