This week was still pretty hard with investigators not wanting to come to church and lots of our appointments canceled or just didn't go through. It's pretty frustrating to be honest, but we're still praying hard and trying not to give up hope.
This week we did have a couple good lessons. The first one again was with ....... She is getting so much better and understanding so much more. We decided to watch Finding Faith in Christ with her, which was a really good idea. It was really the first time for her to watch a movie about Christ's life and actually understand what was going on. Every time she said she had a question, it was eventually answered in the movie. I can see a difference in her. She actually asks real questions. Before we were pretty sure she hasn't been reading any of the homework we have given her, but last lesson she asks about the Aaronic and the Melchizedek Priesthood, which we didn't talk about at all, so it meant she actually read it. It was so awesome to see that what we are teaching her is actually making a difference in her life. I can see our purpose being fulfilled, as we are really helping her to come unto Christ and receive the restored gospel. She may not understand everything, but just us teaching her is really helping her understand that there is a Savior. I am so excited to hear when she eventually gains a strong enough testimony to get baptized.
On Saturday we met with one of our investigators ....... We talked a lot about faith with her, how it is more than just believing something, but has to be followed with action. It was the first time she has thought about it in that way. I felt prompted to ask her the baptismal questions, like if she believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet, if she believed that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, and if she believed that the Church of Jesus Christ is lead by Jesus Christ. She said she believed all those things with such a confidence in her voice. Then I invited her to be baptized and she said she wasn't ready and wanted to learn and understand everything first. We're going to keep teaching and working with her. She wanted to come to church this week, but she has to ride 2 angkots, the train, and walk to get there if Sister....... doesn't pick her up, and Sister ...... was in Bandung this weekend. So, we are really hopeful that she comes to church this week, and when she starts making that a habit we have a lot of hope for her desire to be baptized.
Even though the work is still hard here in this country, we are still grateful for the little miracles that happen. I am so grateful for the amazing miracles that happen at home, that my grandparents finally had the opportunity to be sealed in the temple this weekend with my family. Only on my mission do I realize such a blessing it is to know that my family will be together forever. There are so many members in this country that long for that to happen, and I can't wait for in a few years to come when I will have the opportunity to come back and see so many people partake of the celestial blessings that are available in the temple. That is something I want for these people more than anything else in the world, and I am so excited I get to be a small part in making that happen.
I hope you all have an awesome week. Remember how blessed we are all to have the gospel, and use that gratitude to share it with others. I know that we all will feel the happiest when we see our brothers and sisters joined together in the Kingdom of God here on earth. How great a blessing is it to know of the restored gospel and how great a responsibility it is to share it.
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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