Wednesday, March 31, 2010

11 Investigators to Church last Sunday :)

Kuala Lumpur Sentral is the largest Train Station in Southeast Asia...where they picked up Elder Kiwi from...

"KK" Kota Kinabulu is on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea...
where he said his investigator Renee is from.

Hey everyone,

Well this week was cool. Jacob is up and coming for a baptism and passed the review of the interview questions ha-ha. He will be getting interviewed tomorrow. He is way cool and he is doing awesome. We also had a man from south Nigeria show up at church on Sunday who was baptized like 5 days ago in Nigeria and then just came to Malaysia and was never confirmed :/ ha-ha…so we will have to get that taken care of.

Andrian the young Iban boy is getting baptized in two weeks as well by his uncle, which will be way awesome and way exciting. We also met some really cool Myanmar people last Saturday and they came to church on Sunday which is way awesome and crazy. They don't speak any English but they can sing English way well. We went to visit them yesterday and they sang us a Myanmar church song and it sounded beautiful, I have part of it recorded on the camera.

Also last Thursday when we went to pick up Elder Kiwi, we meet some Fijians at KL Sentral which was way crazy and awesome. We told them to come to church and they did ha-ha and the craziest part is one of them is a LA (Less Active) member who was baptized like 20 years ago in Fiji. She’s way cool and we are going to try to start teaching her other friend.

So in KL every week is always just craziness ha-ha. Our Sri Lankan referrals from our member came to church for the first time and had a way awesome experience and it was cool. Oh I almost forgot about the most exciting part. It is that we had 11 people come to church that were investigators :)

We also had Renée another referral from some members come to church with her cousin for her 2nd time and she pretty much knows the Book of Mormon is true and this church is true, she says she feels awesome about it all but, she is worried about her family back in KK (Kota Kinabulu) and it seems to us that she is looking for an answer, maybe from one of the lessons. But she is doing good and we gave her Moroni 7 to read and I hope it helps, she is way awesome and so is her cousin. Who by the way loves Silverstein, so when I missed her call and called her back it was her ring tone and it made me way trunky for some good music I used to listen to ha-ha.

So things here in KL are going good and its cool, so a crazy story for the week is about this Nigerian man named Sam who I met maybe like 2 days ago who told us he was a “prophet by calling” and that right now he was taking a break because he was pursing his career ha-ha. He was way funny and crazy and then a Nigerian who was deaf and mute came up and wanted our card and this Sam guy kept saying; “by god’s grace you will be healed by the end of this year”. And he said it multiple times so well see ha-ha.

So that Chinese Art I sent you that I bought from a nice lady at Central Market. Well two weeks ago she said she wanted to give me a gift cause I was the first white person she knew that spoke Malay etc…ha-ha. She’s really nice and cool and so long story short we went back to see her last Wednesday and she gave me 6 paintings that she made just for me, and this cool roll up Chinese painting, and some tradition Kampong food she made for me. And she wouldn't let me pay for it, so I have some really cool art to send home in a bit. But I felt bad for her giving me so much stuff, so I went and printed the picture we took with her and bought her some Krispy Kreme donuts since I can't paint or anything ha-ha and we went and took them to her yesterday. She was way happy and excited for some donuts. Then she says come back in a couple weeks and she will have some more paintings for me. She is way nice. That is pretty much all that happened last week.

That’s all.
Elder Watkins

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Taco Salad, Kool-Aid and Refried Beans...

Hey everyone!

Well this week was pretty good. Kiwi is off on his visa run and I am hanging out with Elder Thomas and Elder Kelley. Umm…so, awesome story for the week… Kiwi and I found a member from Guatemala here in KL WAH!?!?! She’s from the City of Retalhuleu near the Pacific Ocean! Pretty cool eh? Well we got excited at first cause, we thought she was just someone who wanted to learn but, turns out she wasn't in our area, so it was lame. Then we passed it to Elder Thomas and he met up with her and she was already a member ha-ha so crazy... her parents are also members as well which is cool. But she says it’s hard for her at church cause her English isn't super awesome but, she has started to come.

Also on Sunday we put an investigator named Jacob from Nigeria on a baptism date for April 4, which is pretty exciting. He loves church and all the African brothers at church and he loved choir. I think Africans bear some of the strongest testimonies sometimes...I think they are just really in tune with the spirit. But all in all he’s awesome and now he calls us every day just to say, "What’s up".

We also met an African on exchanges when I was with Thomas. I went to show him were his recent convert is and teach her. (Sister Florida from Indonesia) she’s way awesome. We taught her and then after we met this African, named Don Henry, who had heard about the church in Nigeria and he said, he toured the temple when they had the open house and loved it. And he wanted to be a member of the church ha-ha which is awesome. He then proceeded to say;
“and after I am I member, I bring my friends and they join the church and so forth.” Then he says; “and that's how it works right?” Ha-ha he’s way cool. This was on Saturday night and he came to church the next day which was way cool.

On Sunday a member made us dinner and it was Taco Salad mmmm…so awesome, with Kool-Aid as well, it was probably one of the best dinners I have had in a long time ha-ha cause it was refried beans mmm.

Umm also I found out something way cool at least to me it is, that Sister Christine the baptism we had a couple a weeks ago. She was baptized into Methodist about 7 months ago, then she came to Malaysia about 6 months ago but, before she was Methodist she was Muslim, so we just baptized an exmuslim which is cool huh? But I never knew until I asked Kiwi why she prays like a Muslim ha-ha. But she’s way cool and she'll call a talk to us once a week. Also she is bringing her boss to church and her boss wants to learn, which is way awesome.

Umm we also have a new investigator named Renee and she is a cousin of a member and she’s way cool and we met her on Thursday but she came to church last Sunday which was cool and she liked it. Apparently she asked a member about the church and said she likes what she learned but is yet to know if it is true. So she coming along great and we only taught her 1 time so far ha-ha. Roberson is still awesome but, no change on baptism, just that we are still friends which is good.

The weather here has had a lot of thunder and lightning and I mean… a lot and it’s been striking really close to where we stay and in the buildings we are teaching people and the members homes... so its way crazy.

Elder Watkins

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How Fa?!?!

Nathan, Roberson & Kiwi

How Fa?!?! That is broken English for how are you and it’s what the Nigerians say ha-ha... I don’t know if I have used that one yet.

But things here are going good. Elder Kiwi has been in KL for about 5 months now and goes on his visa run next week. Sister Christine is in the branch that we cover and we have like about 70 members or so. The branch is pretty awesome and we have some awesome members here.

Umm this week we saw Roberson and he took us out to eat at Steamboat, Chinese traditional style ha-ha it was pretty good. But he won’t be getting baptized this week because he’s not quite ready because he thinks if he joins a Christian one he will get bad luck from the Buddhist god’s ha-ha, but we will work it out with him eventually. He’s pretty awesome and he follows everything that we’ve taught him so far. Now it’s just getting him into the water with maybe a little push ha-ha... just kidding.

Umm in KL we don't ride bicycles and it’s all walking and public transport. I guess I am collecting name tags since I will have one in English, Malay, and Chinese now ha-ha…but that’s pretty much all of them. Elder Thomas and his greenie Elder Kelley are doing great it’s slow for them because they were in a white washed area, so they have only the investigators we had to give them.

Zone Conference is March 31 and April 1, so it’s really quick already. Things here are awesome in KL though I love this area and the people here, I just hate taking public transport, 1 cause it’s not super reliable for buses, at least, and 2 cause it takes so much time. But we travel great distances everyday so it wouldn’t be too fun to do it on a bicycle, that and we'd probably all would have had multiple accidents on bicycles the way people drive here in Malaysia.

Getting new investigators is going pretty well, we got quite a bit of referrals last week from members, so it’s pretty awesome. We are going to start teaching Marie Jean's Nephew, her oldest sisters son, who's now 8 or 9 and try to reactivate his parents. His parents want him to get baptized and he has come to church with Noria and Mary Jean twice now, so it’s pretty cool. We also got a referral from two return missionaries from this mission from KK in Sabah. They referred us their cousin and we gave her a Book of Mormon and taught her about prayer and invited her to church. As we just talked with everyone else she read the introduction, after we left she asked her cousins some question and then read for 2 hours from the Book of Mormon that night :) oh yeah her name is Renee and her cousins are Eddy and Eder Wong. Eddy heads off to BYU Hawaii in April so that’s pretty cool. We also got some referrals from our Sri Lankan member and they are also Sri Lankan and they are new to Christianity and want to come to church. Umm.... and that’s all I can think of for now.

Today we are going to tour a Masjid (a Mosque) which should be pretty awesome and then head off to Petalying Street and Central Market as usual ha-ha. But nothing else. That’s awesome that the slow boat package finally came and everything was in it ha-ha. Sorry that Josh’s shirt didn't fit but large is pretty much the biggest size you can get in Malaysia, especially in Malaysia brand tee shirts ha-ha…it’s super hard to just find a large…so I am sorry. Glad all the DVDs made it and I will pick up those 3 DVDs today you asked about and send them out next week with my Myanmar Sarong or the Sarong I had made, which is traditional Sarawak design.

Selamat Hari Jadi (Happy Birthday) Grandma Watkins!

That’s all.

Selamat Patang

Elder Jalan

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Christine's Baptism & My New Friend...

At Christine's Baptism...Christine, Elder Ng-Woon, Rafael, & Nathan

Nathan and Kiwi on their knees by tiny Christine.

Me and my new friend Mary Jean Cornelius (10 years old) who is awesome...we now have a secret hand shake...ha-ha :)

Namasta! (Napales)

Well yet again another week here in KL and things are going great. Elder Thomas is getting his first transfer from Butterworth to KL :) so we are inseparable ha-ha. He’s going to be serving in the PJ1 and PJ2 Branch and Kiwi and I will be in Klang branch. Elder Thomas will be training a greenie.

This week was pretty good. Sister Christine got baptized and I will send some pictures home and she is tiny ha-ha as you can clearly see in a picture with us on our knees or the picture with our African member Rafael. Umm nothing has really come of Amy because turns out she is Muslim ha-ha, so we just did some service. But we will lose like 4 of our investigators right now, because it turns out that they are in Elder Thomas area and not ours. But we just got a new Iban family from Bintulu who are LA (Less Active) and they should be coming back to church even though my new Iban friend, Mary Jean says that at church she feels happy, but bored ha-ha, she’s so funny… she is 10 years old. This family is part member also so we will work on getting there grandson baptized and the wife’s husband. They are way cool and her son Sesar whose 17 listens to the same music I did back in our Kampong. They are a pretty awesome family and the only real reason they are inactive is because they just moved to KL 4 months ago. They are a pretty awesome family and they have a lot of potential.

But a cool story is on the way out to meet them on a train called the KTM we meet a 19 yr. old guy named Dillon who’s Tamil-Chinese and he’s awesome, we taught him a bit and he bought us Ais Kacang, and we hung out and he is a pretty sweet new investigator. He is really outgoing because he wants to be in media and he wants us to come speak to his class in his Christian Fellowship Club, so that could be awesome. Just goes to show you, you find new awesome people anywhere and you always need to be prepared.

Our investigator Kalyany who’s way awesome made us dinner last week which was amazing. We taught her The Plan of Salvation and it went really well. Then Sunday comes around, we call, no answer, then she calls back, sounds angry and said, she can’t come, but it’s ok, cause she go to another church on Sunday :/ so well have to work with that ha-ha, but what can do ha-ha.

This last week was really rough in finding new investigators but this week has already started off better. We got a new Zone Leader though named, Elder Pulver ha-ha from t-vill who I have met before and he is Hayden Pulvers cousin :) Umm that’s all for that.

But we don’t wear name tags anywhere in Malaysia still, but now I have a name tag in Chinese that cost me 5 rm ha-ha, it’s cool I just picked it up like 30 minutes ago. My Chinese name in Pinyan is, Wen Chang Lao, or Elder Warm ha-ha. Oh yeah no dinner yet with Amy though :/ and 6 new missionaries come in Thursday. That's all.

Elder Watkins