Wow what a week this was! It was literally one of the coolest experiences of my life.
Wednesday we met at the church with the members to carpool to the meeting for Sister Linda K. Burton. She is the general Relief Society President. It was absolutely pouring in Bogor, which was kind of crazy driving in the rain like that. We got to the church way early and just got to talk to the members. We talked with Brother Burton a little bit and that was cool at the beginning. Then we had the meeting. Sister Rowntree and I were in the Choir with Bogor sisters, so we sat in the FRONT ROW! It was like I just got front row seats to a concert of a celebrity, but hearing the word of God. It is literally a missionaries dream. Sister Burton is just so sweet. She travels for like 3 weeks and has meetings non-stop where she is the most important person there and everyone is there to listen to her. She must be so exhausted but she doesn't even look it. She is just a pleasant, lady-like person. You don't even really get anxious around her. I felt like I should be anxious but I really wasn't. The Bogor sisters loved it when she called the choir angels. She just lit up the room with calmness, peace and the light of Christ. Elder Funk who is he Asia area president from the Seventy was traveling with her. He was one of the first 24 missionaries to serve in Indonesia and opened quite a few cities. He still knows Indonesian too. He was so comfortable here and you can still tell Indonesia is definitely his favorite place to visit between all the countries he is responsible for.
Wednesday night we slept at Senopati in the Mission Home and then we had a missionary devotional with all of them again. They mainly focused on us becoming servants of the Lord. I can look at my notes and remember what they said, but honestly what is so much more important is the peace and happiness I felt with them. I felt that really, this calling of being a missonary is the most important responsibility we have on this earth. Without it, people around the world will be in darkness, and many won't be prepared for the second coming of Christ. That is why we are here and why we have been blessed as members of the church. We need to prepare the church and the world so that Christ can come and be our ruler. It is a huge responsibility but we can do it together.
The coolest part of all the days was to be able to sit at the same table as her during lunch. I hope President posted all of the pictures from the meeting with her on Facebook because I don't have any. There was no time to take pictures when we were hearing from a servant of the Lord. There were just 8 sisters on the table, eating Indonesian food and hearing from her experiences and answering the questions she had for us. It was like all the other missionaries in the room didn't even exist. It was just us and her at the moment. She shared about how us as Sisters don't need to think we aren't as good as the Elders or that we don't matter as much. There are many people that get baptized because Sisters taught them, because Elders don't connect in the same way. She talked about how when she is in councils with so many important people with masters and doctorate degrees, how many times she is the only female. She used to feel that she didn't need to say anything, but she got braver and realized they really needed her. They might have special degrees, but most of the time they don't know what it is like in most of the normal callings of the church. They have never served as a primary teacher or a relief society teacher. They have always been stake presidents and doing all of those so called bigger callings. They need the perspective of a normal woman. She just got her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah, has been a mother and grandmother and has been faithful in her callings. That is all. And that is what they need. We all have things to contribute to the work, and Sisters need to step in and share what we have because it is of worth. She wanted us to make sure that later when we are in councils in wards and stakes, we need to speak out. And maybe it will be weird for the men for a while, but it will get normal. We now know how to teach because of our missions and we need to share these skills we have. It literally was the coolest hour of my life. I felt her passion and love for the Lord and the church. She knows how important our callings are and she wants us to magnify it always.
As far as the rest of missionary work it was pretty good this week. We finally found 4 new investigators! A couple from contacting and a couple referrals from members. One is named ....... and she is 19. She is really cute and she has come to church the past couple of weeks. Her brother in law is a less active member that used to be really strong. Hopefully we can help her and our other investigators learn and come unto Christ. .......... is also still getting baptized this week! We hope we can get permission from President to go and we will just have to wait to see what he says.
Transfers are this next week so you will know if I am going to endure to the end (at least for a couple months) in Bogor or be moving to Jakarta (because thats the only place that doesn't ride bikes) Oh yeah! Elder Sukarlis who was in my district in Solo got a Pilonidal cyst the past couple weeks! He had to come home to Bogor for a week and then this week he is going to be assigned to an area that doesn't ride a bike. That's good I went first when I had mine because now they know what it is. My experience with it in Solo helped them catch it early enough and he doesn't have to have surgery.
Love you! Have a fantastic 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
Jalan Senopati 115
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