Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lots of Exciting things happening here in Sandakan

With his companion Elder Martin...

Hey Everyone,

Well it was really nice to talk to all of on Mother’s Day and to see Bridger and grandma and grandpa. But, now all me and my companion can think about is how cool it would be to have a sweet iphone now ha-ha.... But, it doesn't distract us ha-ha.

Well this last week was good. Monday after we talked with you we went and saw our investigator Irene from Pakistan she is super awesome and came to church last Sunday. We stopped by and she told us that she believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet but, she is still waiting for her answer from God. She is crazy awesome and every morning messages us a bible quote if we aren't going to be able to see her that day ha-ha. She has already read 6+ chapters from the gospel principles manual and has read just as much from the Book of Mormon so she is doing way awesome. We are planning on putting her on date sometime this week maybe even after church this Sunday. She also has a MDA and is way smart. Her father has lived in Sandakan for 15 years but, she has only been here for 6 months now. At some point she wants to move to KL because, well…she doesn't speak Malay but, she is learning but, she has better opportunities in KL.

Melvin and his wife Rose Minna are doing awesome as well.  We taught them last week about the gospel of Jesus Christ after they had come to church that day and it went really well. We invited them to be baptized on the 4th of June and they are down for it. Melvin is the only one who can read in the family but, he already has read from the introduction to somewhere in 1 Nephi 2. They are cool and their daughters are way funny and so easy to make laugh ha-ha. You can just stare at them and they will laugh. Rose Minnie not Rose Minna ha-ha and her daughters Kurnia and Wati are doing amazing as well. We finally got them to church after we figured out the reason her son was freaking out and screaming and crying when he saw us it was because he thought we were doctors coming to give him a shot and so he was scared to death. But, they are all pretty cool. They are preparing for baptism on the 21st of May.

We also have a whole bunch of cool members here. We went and visited some PM families in hopes to get some of their spouses interested in learning. We have had some pretty good success with doing that. We met with Sister Lucy and her husband last week and it went pretty good. The best one so far was when we went to see was Sister Lisa and her husband Justin. Justin has a degree in Electrical engineering and a degree in IT so he is crazy good on the computer and we watched him delete a virus in like 30 seconds but, not using his antivirus using CMD ha-ha it was crazy cool. He is a Kadazan from KK and so now we are starting to teach him and his sister who recently moved in with them also. So we are way excited for him. He speaks English, Malay, Kadazan, and 4 dialects of Chinese.... He is insane and his computer is way nice and it was crazy awesome it was one of those mini computers but he had a 400 gig hard drive and he also had 4gig of ram in it. It was awesome. So that was another way awesome lesson we had last week.

Recently there was a man here who was a father and uncle of many of the members here and he had a crazy bad infection in his hand and had been in the hospital for about 2 weeks now. Well it wasn't getting better so the first week I was here we gave him a blessing and he started improving. The pain wasn't as bad but, it still wasn't getting better and they were preparing to amputate it…well we went and gave him the sacrament last week and then we went and saw him yesterday and he has improved so much and he is going to get released in a couple of days. It is truly a miracle that he was healed. He has such strong faith in Christ.  It was so cool to see someone with such strong faith even though they aren't a member of this church.  He was living in Ranau which is in between here and KK. Now he is going to move here because all of his family is here and so we are going to start to teach him and his wife and we are excited for that as well.

There is also another PM family we started working with Sister Marlita's family. Her husband is Chinese and actually didn't like the church at all. He wouldn't let the elders come to his house at all when he was home or when he wasn't home. He got cancer which sucks but, we visited him a couple times and stuff and he is going through chemo and he is getting better but, because of the visits and the love we have shown. He is doing awesome now and he got out of the hospital last week and he asked his wife when we were going to come over and share with him so, he has had a huge 180° turn. So we go and see them this Friday.

There are lots of exciting things happening here in Sandakan. Things are good though and we are finding lots of cool people to teach. One member Brother Kennedy he has two daughters like 6 and 4 and they are so cute.  I’ll get a picture of them and send it to you he always dresses them in the same outfit it is way funny…they are hilarious and love the elders.

Rose got baptized back in KK last week which was awesome and Desy and Maryann should be getting baptized very soon because Desy is getting married to her husband this week or next week. :) So things are good. I still miss KK a lot but, watudu ha-ha. 

Mejumpa Vagu Ingin Oku Diikau,
Elder Watkins

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