This week we had a couple fun experiences contacting. We found this place that was SUPER MACET (traffic) and so we won't go there again :) Then we went the opposite way on another afternoon which went kind of a long the coast, so I saw the ocean! YAY! There was also this area that had some places obviously for rich people. We also discovered another cool mall that is way fancy and that will be another fun P-day thing.
We got called by Elder Jensen who is the senior office couple missionaries saying that we have to move apartments! But just one floor down haha. So that's pretty much what we did all morning. We cleaned the new apartment, and then later we have to move all of our stuff into the apartment. So that is our exciting P-day activity haha.
This week we also had Zone Conferences. We had interviews and a training with Sister Rowley on Wednesday and then we had Zone Conference on Saturday. It's not as weird being at Zone Conference because I see President at least once a week here at the Mission Office and the Senior Couples too. We talked about following the spirit and talking with everyone. It was a good Zone Conference, and it helped me want to be more brave when talking to people. After Zone Conference we had about 3 hours before English class to go contacting, so we decided to just ride the Busway wherever we felt needed to go. So we got off at the main busway close to where the church is and sat at the stop on a couple of benches for a while. Sister Xiao had a prompting to talk to a man who had been kind of staring at us for a few minutes. But that meant that she had to awkwardly get up from the bench we were sitting on, sit right in between 2 men, and then find an excuse to start talking with them. After a couple of minutes she stood up and sat right next to them, and then the guy immediately asked her if what she was carrying was a Kitab Mormon. He had met with the Elders before but he doesn't have a phone so he lost contact with them. It was cool that she was able to meet with him and get his address. He also had given away a few Books of Mormon to his friends, so she wrote down those names for the Elders to ask him about. Also during that, on the bench I was sitting on, where Sister Xiao was sitting a cute young girl sat by me and she had quite a few questions and we are hoping we can meet with her this coming Sunday. So we just have to follow the spirit and be willing to open our mouths and then Heavenly Father will put people in our paths.
We also met with those people that we contacted in the Supermarket last week and they are now new investigators. We are slowly getting to know the ward and finding ways to meet new people. As we just work every day we will be blessed with satisfaction in our work and we will be happy doing it.
That's all there is for this week,
Love you so much!
Love, Sister Davis
Life is just so different here than with other areas. Sometimes I feel like I am in a different mission! A lot of this week has been still trying to contact old people that the Sisters before us taught, which isn't very clear because people are at work and we don't know their schedules so that's been kind of difficult. So our days if we don't have any appointments are full of just going around trying to find new ways to contact. We go to malls or ride the busway or just go anywhere.
On Saturday afternoon we decided to go to a supermarket that we were close by after lunch. It was Saturday so it was fairly busy. We went inside and just would ask people random questions. We asked about shampoo, another time about what oil was the healthiest, and those didn't really work that great, but one time we were in the isle with a ton of snacks and there were lots of wafers in the isle. Sister Xiao asked them which wafer they liked the best, and instead of just giving us a small answer and ignoring us, this lady was so enthusiastic about these wafers! She has so many opinions and would describe why they were better than others and it was so funny. Sister Xiao almost broke face because I was laughing so hard. We got their contact and they even gave us their address. So we are going to try to go there this week and teach them.
Starting from scratch definitely is a learning experience, but I've just told myself that it's going to take a while and as long as we are working all day long the Lord will provide for us what we need.
I'm really glad Sister Xiao is my companion. We get a long really well and we laugh a lot. She is a really great missionary too and I can learn a lot from her. We are both fairly long on the mission since we came in together, so we both have a lot of experiences to pull from. It's also nice that she understands Indonesian better than me now so I am learning a lot more too.
This week is also Zone Conferences again so hopefully we can get some new ideas to try and to explore.
Love you! I hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister Davis
Wow this week has been crazy. Just everything haha. Everything is so new I don't even know where to start!
So on Tuesday morning Sister Rowntree got up early to head to the airport to go to Malang. At like 8 I called a taxi and headed to Jakarta. It was weird looking around at Bogor at all the streets and everything and realizing that I'm not going back there, and that I was going to Jakarta to move there, not just for a meeting or something. When I got here in Jakarta we just kind of waited for the other missionaries to come from the flights or wait for their new companions if they were in west Java. When Sister Xiao came I was way excited because it's been almost a year since we have seen each other. It's way easier meeting a new companion when you already have met them multiple times before. Sister Xiao is from New Zealand. She was born in Bandung in Indonesia and then her family moved when she was 7. A lot of her extended family is still in Bandung so she goes there with her family to visit them. We are honestly so alike in our chill ness, in the way we think, in a lot of things. We have already had a lot of fun and I'm sure we'll continue to have fun getting lost all the time here in this massive city.
After that we ate and then the miracle happened and Sister Solomon and Sister Hariyadi did weekly planning session for us the next week because they had been in the norther Jakarta area and were being switched to South Jakarta. So that was absolutely amazing because we would have just had to read the area book and guess forever. They explained about all their investigators and members and stuff for a couple hours and then we went home and unpacked our bags.
The apartment we live in now was the same apartment I was in the first week I was in Jakarta. It is SO SMALL! There is a tiny bathroom, a counter for a kitchen, our two little desks, our built in dresser, and our bed is a trundle bed so after we sleep we tuck it back under. It's nice to have a nice apartment though where everything works and it's up on the 17th floor so theres not a ton of bugs which is nice. It rained on the first night so it was so cool to look down and see the rain falling in the wind. I forgot to take pictures of the view and of the apartment so I'll send it to you next week.
Then on Wednesday was the start of our adventures. We had district meeting and then went on an adventure to ride the busway. The busway is the way we get every where here. You have a card that you put money on and then you tap the card to enter into the busway. You can go anywhere and it is only Rp 3.500, which is like 25 cents probably. They are these massive busses that have routes and you have to make sure you stand in front of the right gate when you get on the bus and find the right route or you will be totally lost. During rush hour it gets WAY crowded haha. Good thing they have places that are only for women at the front of the bus so we always get to go to that section.
One day we went to find a members house and the directions from Sister Solomon of where we were supposed to go once we got off the busway weren't that clear, so we ended up riding the wrong angkot the wrong way, and then once we found that out we rode the wrong angkot back, then got on the right angkot, then rode it the wrong way haha. So we spent like 3 dollars just getting lost on angkots which is like 2 meals so that was crazy haha. But eventually we found it.
The best lesson we had was with a woman named ______. There is a new member in Jakarta named Sister _______. I taught her once with Sister Jatmiko on splits before she was baptized and have seen her a few times since then. She is so excited and is so brave to contact people even though she isn't even a missionary. She was sitting on the busway one day and sat next to a lady and started talking with her and gave her a Book of Mormon. Then Sister Solomon and Sister Lee came on the busway and saw them and talked to them and now ________ is an investigator. We taught her on Friday about all of the Restoration, since before she only knew some of it. We gave her a baptismal commitment and she said she hopes one day that she will be ready and that would be something she would like to do if she knew it was right. On Sunday she came to church and stayed for Choir practice and for Institute after church, so we are really excited about her. She seems really humble and ready to receive this and to become a great member to add to the ward.
We also got to go back to my old area in Depok on Saturday to go to a members house in our ward. Our area is where all of the offices are, so most of the members live in Depok or on the other area, but they don't switch wards once they move out. So if we go to their houses we always have to go out of our area. But it was the one time when we didn't get lost at all haha.
When we don't have lessons we can go in malls and contact, or just ride the busway, and we're trying to find more ways to meet people as well. They have the MOST MASSIVE MALLS EVER HERE!! I swear this one mall we went into where I sent that photo was underground and had like 12 levels up and every store you coud imagine, from Europe, America, all the fancy food places, and way out of a missionary price range but it was way fun exploring it haha. I'm sure I'll get tons of more pictures later.
The big deal for Easter here is actually Good Friday, because it's an official holiday where people get work off here. So most churches have worship on Friday and then on Sunday it's just normal. So really Easter here felt like almost nothing. I almost forgot it was Easter haha. So on Easter we went to a place called Monas, which is Monumen Nasional, which means National Monument if you could guess. I don't know for what, but it is a huge place where people go hang out on Holidays, so we went and talked to people there for a few hours.
I think that's most of what I can think about of Jakarta. I'll try to think of more things to share about later :)
I hope you all have a great 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
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