Thank you for all your pictures! Everyone is just going vacation crazy and it's so fun to look at. There is so much of this world that needs to be explored, and it's cool that our family is going all over the world to find it. I've loved hearing about your vacations and I'm excited to see even more pictures next week!
Wednesday Sister Rowntree flew back to Malang and I got my new companion! Her name is Sister Angelie. She is from BOGOR!! I love Bogor :) So I know her family and we can talk about all the members there and it's way fun. Sadly I never made it to her family's house. She is of Chinese descent, like a lot of Christians in Indonesia. She went to BYU Hawaii for 4 semesters so her English is way good. and also my Indonesian is going to get better because she is my first native companion since the beginning of September!! So that's really great.
Here in Jakarta we mostly do the same things every day. Get up, study, ride the busway to our appointments, contact on the busway, get stuck in traffic for hours, and so on haha.
I want to share about Sister ______ though. I love that little old lady so so so so much! She might not yet understand everything, but I know that she feels the Holy Ghost and she really loves to have us over. Before it was easy to have a lesson in a half hour, but now it's WAY hard to keep it under an hour because she loves telling us stories. She found some old photo albums in her house and she showed us all of them and there were a ton of pictures. She pointed out all of her siblings and where she was. She also had me pick out where she was in the picture and I got pretty good at guessing after a while.
Wednesday was when the miracle happened. She usually doesn't want to pray at all so on Wednesday I had her tell me a few things that she wanted to pray for. I wrote them down so she could just read it for the first time that she prayed out loud. She wanted to pray for her health, and also that her house could be fixed so it doesn't flood anymore if it rains. I gave the paper to her that I had written out with her prayer, and then she looked at me and smiled and said "What if I pray something like this? Heavenly Father, thank you for sending me Sister Davis and Sister Angelie to teach me. Please bless them with safety as they are about to go home." and then I reminded her "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." It was probably one of the sweetest moments on my mission. The first time I heard her pray out loud, she prayed specifically for us and prayed to Heavenly Father to thank us for coming. Even though it is slow and steady with her, it is steady. She comes to church now every week without us having to convince her. She can sit by herself without us having to be with her at every second. She makes sure to shake hands with some of the members she is friends with now before she leaves after church. She is such a blessing to teach and I just love her heart that used to be closed off and negative about life most of the time, but now is softer and she is recognizing that what she thought was just "good luck" from Chinese culture are actually blessings from God. We are going to focus this week on Repentance, and that instead of our sins staying with us until we die and then having another chance to try better when we are reincarnated, that they can actually be wiped away in this life through repentance. I really pray and hope that the spirit will be able to help open her understanding to such a new concept.
Because everyone in Jakarta is SO busy sometimes we have people that will come to church but to meet with them to actually teach them is way hard. So lately we have had to focus on finding more people. Always finding, finding, finding. Hopefully I have a new investigator to share about next week!
Probably the most exciting thing that wasn't missionary like is that near the Mission Home there is a grocery store that has a ton of imported stuff, so today I bought a big box of Pancake mix so that was exciting. Maybe in a couple weeks I'll buy the instant Country Time Lemonade powder or the Queso cheese dip haha. It's expensive so I have to pace myself.
I hope you have a great week with getting back to normal life and vacations and all that fun stuff. Love you so much!
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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