Wow today is already p-day again!! It's so hard to know where to start.
I'll start with more about my companion, zone, and district. My companion is Sister Dhakal from New Zealand. She is originally from Nepal. She lived in Thailand for 3 years when she was 9, and her parents were converted to the church there. She then moved to New Zealand. She had a head start with Thai so she has been a real help to the rest of our district. We are pretty different, but we have been better at getting along the past week than we were the first. The other two sisters in our district are Sister Capin (Australia, she is half Filipino) and Sister Casper (New Jersey). The four of us share a room and we spend pretty much the whole day together. Sometimes it feels like we are a four some. They are also both going to Thailand, so during class they are a threesome and they all teach together. After I leave, they will be a trio for the rest of the time in the MTC. There are 3 more sets of Elders going to Thailand. Elder Dugquem and Elder Blocker are from Southern California, Elder Lovelock is from australia and he studied Indonesian at college. His brother is serving in Indonesia right now and has been out for a year. And his companion is Elder Earl from South Carolina.Elder Hunt is also from Australia, and his companion is Elder Santeco from Hawaii. Elder Van Gils (St. George) and Elder Grant (Fruit Heights) are both going to Malaysia speaking Malay. Malay and Indonesian are pretty similar so we can talk pretty well together, but it's different enough that we have to be in different classes.I love the bond my district has. We have been told by multiple people that we are so strong for it only being not very long. We have so much fun together, but we also know how to have really great discussions in district meetings too. It is crazy how much you learn to love people so quickly. In my zone, there are also 5 other Thai speakers that are a transfer ahead of my district and they leave next thursday. We have a group of 9 going to Mongolia. They have to be here for 10 WEEKS because they have to become certified English teachers. they have 3 weeks left. It feels like they have been here forever, but I only leave 2 weeks after them!
Dad said that you wanted to know what my every day is like so I'll start from there. Get up at 6:30, get ready, then go to breakfast. After breakfast I have class from 8 to 11 with Brother Rawle. Then I go to exercise, where I usually play four square. It was nice last week because a lot of people left, but then on Friday we had a new zone of English speakers so its crowded again :/. I love playing with our zone because they like to go as hard as they can on each other and its so fun! I am getting pretty good if I do say so myself :) Then we have lunch and I have class with Sister Sheffield or Sister Allred. By the way, of all the advice I got for my mission, no one told me that your first investigator is actually going to be your teacher!! Some one could have told me that!! Oh well, its fine. But that totally would have changed everything about what I taught Gina haha. After class is dinner and then study time/planning lessons for investigators for 3 hours. Even though I'm solo, I'm never supposed to be alone, but that doesn't really work because everyone in my zone has class in the evening and I don't on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. So I study by myself, which I like because I'm not distracted, but I think scheduling is trying to figure out what to do with me haha.
Thursday was an exciting day!! On Tuesday I was told that the Honorable General Consul Umur Hadi from Indonesia was coming to the MTC on Thursday to hear me be taught!! Oh my goodness! I had only been here for a week!! But it actually went really well! They had the Malay's be in there with me so I wasn't the only missionary. Don R Clark was there, MTC President Burgess, and a couple more important people. I came up with a couple of questions that I could ask him, but I had to mostly read them. I guess he went off in Indonesian slang for like 3 minutes so I couldn't understand anything. He said I did fantastic at what I did know so that was cool! He is the one who is in charge of doing VISA's so we're hoping this will help him process VISA's faster so there won't be any delays at all anymore. I also learned that the church is only allowed 75 total Visas for senior couples, the mission president, and all the missionaries. So I guess the number of missionaries probably changes based on how many native missionaries there are. It is crazy how different my MTC experience is from everyone else, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. The Lord knows I am exactly where I need to be.
Yesterday I had class with Sister Sheffield AND Sister Allred! I had two teachers all to myself! It was kind of weird because they could talk fast with each other and I would try to pick up on some words and guess the context, but I can't tell if I'm right or not haha. We talked about the how to begin teaching a lot and practice doing that. It's hard because I think of things to say that I can't say yet, but the Holy Ghost helps me go around words I don't know with words I do know. The Gift of Tongues works in many different ways, and I'm grateful for it :)
I feel like the language is going on well! I taught my first lesson to Joko (Brother Rawle) and I didn't write out the whole thing. I actually taught! It was cool even though it wasn't that good because I would get stuck, but I am improving so much all the time!! I can teach a pretty shortened version of the whole restoration, but considering I've only been here for 2 weeks I feel I am doing really well! Tomorrow I teach Joko and Alexhia (Sis Sheffield) all in the same day, so that will be kind of a challenge, but I know I can do it :)
The Devotionals here are so good! Rosemary M Wixom came on Tuesday evening and it was so so so fun! We sang like 15 primary songs which I LOVED! Also for Choir we sang Child's Prayer and they had the grandchildren of the MTC presidency sing too and It was so cute and the spirit was so strong! She talked about how we have to teach simply, like we would teach children. On Sunday we heard from Stephan B Allen who is the Director of the Missionary Department for the church. He talked about repentance a lot. In fact, on sunday a lot of it was on repentance. My companion and I taught Relief Society and it went really well considering it was the first time we taught anything together. What I learned most was that repentance is an everyday thing. I really need to make repentance part of my nightly prayers. It really is a time to reflect on your day and ask Heavenly Father to forgive you of our mistakes and to help you improve the next day. If we sincerely desire help and do our best, I know Heavenly Father will help us.
That's most of my week! I wish I could write more but we only get an hour. I am so thankful for the gospel and for the MTC. I am now so comfortable here. I love my teachers and I love learning about the gospel. Saya tahu bahwa Gereja Yesus Kristus adalah benar. Saya bersaksi bahwa Allah mengasihi semua anak-anak-nya. Saya bersaksi bahwa allah akan membantu saya belajar Bahasa Indonesia and membantu orang di Indonesia.
Saya mengasihi anda semua! I love you all!
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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