It was a good week out here. Missionary work is hard but way worth it. There's nothing like doing something you know that you can't do alone!! You can be a tool in the hands of the Lord, and you can facilitate huge things to happen, but without Him and His help, you can do nothing. It's nice to know the Lord can accept your imperfect efforts and still bless the lives of people trying to find truth through you.
It's definitely rainy season out here!! We are working in and often through rain. It's just part of the gig though. We get wet like every day. Thank goodness for showers at the end of the day.
This week, we had a bunch of blessings. We found a family through a former investigator, and we had an appointment to teach them last week which we felt wayy good about, but then it fell through. So this time we felt a little hesitant - but we got the appointment this week. We met them, and after teaching about the Book of Mormon, and how we believe that prophets of God lived in America. They explained that they understood the story but "sama ada itu benar ke tidak" (whether it's true or not) is the question. I love it when people say that. It makes me know they really think about and are considering the ramifications of what we are teaching. We then show them this verse from the Book of Mormon:
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
We teach them that if they want to know it's true, they must read the Book of Mormon and pray. I bore my testimony that the Book of Mormon brings me to closer to Jesus Christ and that it will do the same for them, and that I read and prayed and know it's true. So did Elder Ormsby and Alana, the member that followed us. They committed to read. So exciting!!!
So yeah. That was good. We feel that as we are more and more diligent, and working to concentrate our efforts in ways that will produce the most fruit. Pretty important.
Another good thing that happened this week is that Sister Win, a member here in Kota Kinabalu, who is stoked to do missionary work, invited a good friend of hers from school to go to church with her. He accepted and I met him there. I sat next to him at church and helped him understand about the sacrament and stuff. He could be a new investigator this week! I'm calling him tomorrow to see how.
And, last of all, we taught a lesson to a long time member's husband, who is Chinese and never wanted to join, and he was saying to us that if he can understand what we teach, he will be baptized tomorrow. He's a boss and a way awesome guy. He has helped the church tons over the years, but has never joined!! So we are excited for him.
Love you all!! I know Jesus is the Christ and that He just wants us to come unto Him and be blessed by following what He has asked us to do! I rejoice that I am able to try to bring people unto Him by inviting them to change their lives. There's nothing better. I love you all!!
Elder Clay Coleman