Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Faith in the Priesthood...

So eh??!?! Hey Everyone,

Well I am practicing my "Manglish" (Malaysian English) because I now have a book about it and its way funny to learn all the things. Many of them I already knew but, now I am learning all the best ones and now all the people in our zone are using it.

Well enough with that but, this last week was pretty awesome just as usual. Some great news is that Fiona is back! Fiona is awesome and I am way happy she is back. She came back with her mom and so we have started to teach them again. We taught her mom and set her on a baptism date for Feb 9th. So we are pretty excited for her to be back. She is awesome. I love her kids to death, Elvince is now back with her too and he started Chinese school.  We started to teach him the little Chinese we know but, he has only gone to school for 2 days and he is still working on his Chinese. Sister Leslie usually follows us to teach her and she speaks great Chinese and has helped him out a bit. Sis Jemimi also has been helping us out with Fiona as well and they have become awesome friends which are the best because now they both support each other, and they are awesome. So is Fiona's mom, Yaat doing awesome. She is down with baptism and down with what we teach. She loved the Plan of Salvation because she was worried she'd have to hang out in a box under the ground and be scared until the second coming and that she would be trapped until she is resurrected but, we helped clear that up and now she is a lot happier. But, other than that they are doing awesome. Fiona still has some plans to move to KL in February but, they are still not super clear when she'll leave. Sounds like that she'll be shipping off right after her mom is baptized. Luckily she is heading off to Shah Alam in the Klang Branch area and there is a member there that can bring her to church still.

But, an awesome story for this week is about Sister Jemimi. She is totally a champion and she brought her friends to church that we have been teaching and they loved church. But, Monday we heard that she was sick and so we planned to go give her a blessing on Tuesday since that night there was no way to get to her and give her a blessing. Well from the sound of it all Monday she was pretty dang sick; her bones hurt and she wouldn't eat anything and she was just out of it and way sick. Well, we got out there really fast yesterday afternoon and she was doing a bit better but, still looked pretty sick. So we gave her a blessing and then I gave her a Propel packet that you had sent me, since it said antioxidants or something like that and Vitamin C so, I thought that could only help. So I mixed it for her and told her to drink it and to get some rest. So that was about 2 in the afternoon. Later that night she came and brought Leslie to help us teach Fiona and Yaat. Well we didn't expect her to come but, man she was already back to normal, she said that not too long after the blessing she was feeling awesome again and that she feels like a 100 bucks again. Well she is a woman of strong faith and so the Lord is always watching out for her. She is awesome and she has really helped my testimony increase about giving blessings and how much they really help. Here in KK the members really have strong faith and they all know if someone is sick to call someone to get a blessing which is awesome. But, when they call us we usually get a member to come and get the member to do the blessing to help them know how to do it and they are a lot better at speaking the language than us of course ha-ha. But, since I have gotten here I have given a lot more blessing than before in my other areas. Since the weather isn't so awesome right now many of the members are getting sick and we have been giving a lot more blessings recently.

Also exciting news with Jemimi is that her son will be getting baptized on February 5th he is turning 8 on that day and will baptized on his 8th birthday. He is way funny his name is Randy. We are also excited because Jemimi husband is coming back from KL and he is willing to learn so we will teach him while he is here. We will be going off to Kudat with them on February 2nd and we are pretty pumped about it.

Well, we haven't given up on Maria David quite yet, she is still hanging in there.  I gave her a call on Thursday morning and talked with her a bit; she was sick :/ but, she said she can’t meet this week cause she has a the whole week off for the anniversary of her father’s death and she'll be doing prayers... or something like that. All I know is that it is something in the Catholic Church. But, she straight away thanked me for calling her and said she is sorry that she is super busy but, not to give up on her.

Sister Dorkas is doing awesome also.  Her brother, Yafet came to church in December a couple of times but, he was only down here for a bit and he lives quite a ways away. Well, now he is back for like a month + and he apparently loves church. We taught him the restoration and he loved it. He also loves it that we come to teach him ha-ha. A funny side story is that sister Dorkas went to talk to some friends in the middle of the lesson…well she was being loud and so basically he told her to be quiet because he was trying to learn. Well it turns out Dorkas told us yesterday that he really got after her later that night said you were talking way too loud and I was trying to learn…ha-ha. She told us this and she just laughed and said; well, that’s a good sign right?

She also gave us another referral her name is Josephine. Josephine is 1/2 German and 1/2 Papa New Guinea. She has been in Malaysia for about 17 years and is married to a Sino Kadazan. So her 6 kids are 1/4 German, 1/4 Papa New Guinea, 1/4 Chinese, and 1/4 Kadazan. So it’s quite a mixture. Turns out she has heard about the church before but, never really learned. We taught her and her son and she was awesome. The lesson went really well and she loved it. She comes from a Catholic back ground but, doesn't frequent church very often.  She then asked us if it was alright to come to see our church on Sunday and we said; of course. She said; don't be surprised to see me at church this Sunday.

Mixdius is a kid from Ranau… maybe if you remember back when I got here we were teaching him and his brother, a member in Singapore. Well after a long kampong trip he is now back and is ready for baptism! Well the catch is he goes off to Ranau again for his “practical” which is like a test for his college for 3, he is getting baptized and confirmed this Friday before he heads off to school. He is way awesome and it’s pretty excited. We teach him the last bit tonight then he will be interviewed and then it will all be awesome! We are excited for him. He would have been baptized a while ago if his school hadn’t made him go to kampong during the holiday for so long. He stays in a hostel and during the holidays they close it and send everyone back home.

Well Desy and Victor are also doing awesome. Maryann their daughter was the only one who made it to church because of work but, she loved church so much. She even knows how to pray now; which is awesome. Last time we were there she had 2 new friends for us to teach and they also came to church. Well Desy is doing awesome she gave the closing prayer last night and asked the Lord for help to know whether it is true or not. She ended her prayer in tears because she felt the spirit and knew that Jesus loved her. They are having rough times but, she and her kids are doing awesome and are really progressing. This time when we taught them we had Pres. Fausto come because he speaks the Filipino dialect and it went really well. So they are doing great as well.

Things are still going good here with no real concerns. The branch is growing and the work is always progressing. Well I think that is all.

Madam Yapp is still coming to church but, is hard to meet with her. We are not quite sure what is going on with her partly because she really only speaks Chinese so when we call she doesn't really understand us and we don't understand her... But, she is still working towards February 19th. But, that is all I can think off. Till next week.
Elder Watkins

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