Wow this week has been pretty crazy but so fun too! I have lots of experiences I want to share. Also, this week Elder Jensen brought his laptop for us so now we don't have to share the I-pad, So you'll get a normal email again :)
Tuesday we had a meeting with our investigator _____, his younger sister ______, and his friend _____. They came with a lot of questions, like what do you believe about Heavenly Father, what does it take to be saved according to Mormons, how do you baptize, and lots of other questions. It was kind of fun to answer all their questions and to understand where they are coming from. After we had answered a few of their questions, it got to the point where we just needed to testify of the Holy Ghost and how through reading the Book of Mormon with an open heart, you can really receive a testimony of the truth about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Gospel for all of us. His friend was way closed off, but as I looked at _____ as I was testifying I know that he felt something and that he will read from the Book of Mormon. I'm excited to see what happens when we meet with them again to see if he read it with an open heart or just looked for problems with it.
Sister ______ is also doing great. She is so so so cute! At first when we would go there she wouldn't really understand why we were there, but after a few times she knew that we would be there for about an hour and that at the end we would teach her about what we believe and about Jesus. We were able to teach her about Jesus Christ by using the gospel art book. We also taught her about what a commandment is and that through following them, we will receive blessings. She doesn't really understand anything yet, but she has enough faith to do the things we tell her even though she really doesn't know why. She came to church again and she actually kind of was paying attention (she falls asleep sometimes because she is 65 haha). I'm so excited for her to continue to learn, because I know that she has so much potential to become baptized, especially as we help her recognize the spirit.
On Wednesday we were also trying to find someone we could take to the member meeting with Elder Ulisses Soares. We aren't allowed to go unless we have an investigator there. We met this lady on the Busway who said she would meet us later because she wanted to come, but that was pretty iffy.. Then later we got a missed call from a random number, so we called it back and we told the lady about the event and she told us to text her the information and that she wanted to go! Turns out she actually called us on accident. She wanted to call someone else to go to another preaching thing from another church, but she called us and said why not. She had been a contact from the Sisters a few months ago, so that was really cool.
The meeting with President Soares was so wonderful! It was pretty sad though because there was SO MUCH TRAFFIC!!! It is the beginning of the month of the fast and also the assension day of Christ which they get as a holiday here, so EVERYONE was trying to get out of Jakarta. It was so sad because there were so many members that got to the church when it was already almost over. We got there late too, but only like 10 minutes. So that was way sad. But anyway He focussed on telling the members about how much the apostles and prophets really focus on all members of the church all around the world and how they pray for them in Asia always. He also focussed on the Sabbath day. I actually learned a lot from him. He talked about how the first presidency wrote the family proclamation and how everyone was confused why they were focusing so much on families, but we see now how families are always being attacked. He said the same thing about the sabbath. That we don't really know what is going to happen in the next few years, but that the Sabbath will literally be attacked and we have to be ready for that day. So I want to invite all of us to really focus not just on what we aren't allowed to do on the Sabbath, but to ask ourselves, what can I do on the Sabbath to remember the Savior? There is this WAY good video on the Sabbath about Christ and the atonement too, so all of you should watch it because it is absolutely amazing.
Then on Thursday we all went to the church again and the whole mission was there! There were so many missionaries I hadn't ever met before, but also it was so fun to see Sister Roylance again and Sister Hyde and my old companions. Sister Rowntree has been here for a week with the Sister Training Leaders because her companion Sister Angeli was sick and had to go home for 3 weeks to see if she could get better. Her companion is from Bogor, so she just went there. He taught us about the importance of having faith, setting goals, and being obedient. Just like President Rowley always talks to us about. He and his wife were so cute and it was cool to hear him talk about the first presidency like they are just great friends because he meets with them all the time.
After the meeting, all the missionaries were just there waiting to be told where everyone was moving. Those who were moving were told to bring their stuff and then they were told right then where they were moving and to where. Sister Xiao is moving to Solo as a Sister Training Leader with Sister Roylance! Then, all of a sudden Sister Rowntree opens her letter and it says you have been assigned to Jakarta Utara! WE WERE SO CONFUSED!! So pretty much Sister Angeli is still sick and can't come back to the mission yet, but if she does she'll [probably be my companion in Jakarta. There is a Sister that hasn't gotten her visa yet so now Sister Rowntree and I don't have companions, so we call each other "The Leftovers." she will probably be here for about 3 weeks. It has been SO FUN being her companion again. We teach so well together and have realized how much we really enjoy each other. I have felt the spirit a lot in lessons and my confidence as a missionary has gone up so much too. We have made great goals and contacted a lot of people and I just sleep every night feeling happy about the next day to have to work again. I'm so so so glad the Lord gave us an opportunity to be companions together again.
It was way fun after Church yesterday to go to Monumen Nasional again with Sister Rowntree with her Afro out because two foreigners with her are just so interesting and everyone wants to talk to us!! It was way effective and way fun! So we might try it again next week after church if we don't have an appointment.
Overall I really like Jakarta and I am actually really enjoying being a missionary. I hope you are all doing great at home and life is treating everyone well. Remember the Savior always and you will be happy!!
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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