Today is the end of week three so that means I'm officially halfway done with the MTC!! I can't tell if I feel like I've been here for ages or if I haven't been here very long at all. Sometimes the week goes by so fast but sometimes it goes by slow. The whole MTC experience is kind of crazy haha but I really do love it!!
Last Tuesday after emails I went to the doctor with my companion because she was feeling sick/dizzy. They took some of her blood and cleaned out one of her ears. I felt so bad because she said it hurt really bad and she could barely hear. We didn't go to the temple so she could nap, so I got to write in my journal and write letters. My hand hurt so bad after 3 hours of straight writing haha. We didn't go to choir practice either so we went to devotional a few minutes early while they were still doing practice, and a man asks us if we want to be ushers. So we got to be ushers :) It's actually not that fun because no one wants to listen to you and adults are telling you to tell people where to sit and they don't want to listen haha. It was alright and I got to sit up close so that's pretty cool :)
On wednesday we got to Host!! I was so excited! The first one was so nice and good and then there were so many sisters coming in that I had to host TWO! They were in completely different buildings and I had never even been in the building where one of my girls was staying, and then their classrooms were different and their luggage was hard to handle when they walked inside to get books and register and stuff. I feel bad because I couldn't be a really good host when I was trying to figure everything out. Oh well :) Hopefully they're fine now that they've been here a week.
On Saturday I had my first TRC! I loved it so much!! I was able to talk about things without having to try to explain it because they were members and understood all the vocab. I talked about how we can get more out of the Book of Mormon if we study with an open and willing heart to apply and do something about what we are learning. The scripture I shared was Alma 12:10 I think... I don't really remember... If it talks about having an open heart and receiving the greater portion of the word then that's the one I shared haha. I taught sister Ingersoll who is going to BYU and she was so nice!! I also taught a sister from Jakarta who is going to BYU right now too! They had great feed back and they said I was doing really good for only being there for two weeks. They really built my confidence and I am so appreciative of that.
The days are pretty much all the same. Mondays and Wednesdays I have class in the morning and afternoon and teach my two investigators Joko and Alexhia. I wish I had more time to really prepare and think about what I want to say for my lessons but Sundays are packed with stuff to do and P-day its hard to study, but the spirit always makes in for the rest and I love when I leave a lesson knowing the spirit was there. If the spirit is there, it doesn't matter what I say as long as I testify and help them recognize that the spirit is testifying to them of truth. Surprisingly, It really does feel like a real lesson even though they aren't real investigators. I really try to teach to their needs and I can definitely tell the difference when I ask inspired questions and listen for what the spirit needs me to testify about.
The Pi (older) Thai's leave this week and it makes me so sad. They are so fun and I love exercise and meals and breaks with them. They are going to do so well and I am so glad we have gotten so close as a zone. The Mongolians leave next Thursday, and it will only be our district until I leave. Smallest zone ever haha.
I am so thankful for my teachers. All they want to do is help me. On Wednesday of last week Brother Rawle and I decided it was time that I only answer questions in Indonesian and my teachers will fill in the words that I don't know. It is so amazing!! I speak for 6 hours a day just in Indonesian, and I don't feel I have to be quiet because I don't know. I can still say everything I want and it is fantastic. I feel I can talk with them about anything and ask any questions and it is so fun just to speak the whole time in Indonesian. I don't get to do it out of class at all so I'm glad I can do so much of it during class. I also memorized the Joseph's Smiths account of the first vision this week and I can say it without mistakes. It is amazing how fast I can learn and I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me the gift of tongues.
The thing I have learned the most at the MTC is how to try and forget myself. My whole life I have been focussed on myself. I think that's how most people are before they go away from home. I was always wondering if I was doing what was right for me. Now I have realized that what I really need to ask Heavenly Father for is the gift of discernment to figure out what is needed of me to serve others. If I try to learn this language because I don't want to embarrass myself in front of my teachers, why am I even learning it? What I really need to do is ask to know what to say through the spirit that will most help the people I am teaching. I need to ask for spiritual gifts that will help me be an instrument in His hands to help his children. God loves all his children equally, and we all have the same right to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ in our lives.
On Sunday we watched "Becoming a Missionary" by Elder Bednar. I think he is right up there with Elder Holland as my favorite apostle. He says things how they are and doesn't sugar coat anything. What I loved about his talk was when he talked about when we decided to serve a mission. It reminded me of the poem Catherine shared in her talk in her ward in sacrament. In the pre-mortal life, I had best friends. I was promised that I would be born with the gospel, with a family who would teach me all I need to know and more. My friends didn't have that same blessing. I promised I would serve a mission. I promised I would use all my efforts to find my friends through the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I made the decision in the Pre-mortal life. I am so glad the Holy Ghost reminded me of my desire then and gave me that desire now. Really all I want to do is help people. I can't image coming home and worrying about myself again. I can see why people wish they could be missionaries their whole lives, because that is what I want to.
Saya suka MTC. Saya tahu (say it like cow with a t) bahwa Yesus Kristus adalah Jurusalamat bagi anak-anak Allah semua. Saya bersaksi bahwa Ingil-nya adalah satu-satu-nya untuk menjadi bahagia dalam kehudupan ini dan kehidupan kekal. Saya berterima kasih bagi kesempatan untuk menjadi misionaris dan untuk membantu orang lain datang kepada Kristus. Saya bersaksi bahwa Kitab Mormon adalah firman dari Allah.
I love you all and I love the support I get from everyone!!
Gereja Yesus Kristus adalah benar!!
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
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