December, it’s still not cold

It’s still not snowing here, actually we’ve been getting a lot of rain. Sibu does not have a very good irrigation system so the roads flood. It’s a somewhat developed city, but it sure does not have a good way for people to avoid water. This week I went on companion exchanges with the Malay Elders. They found this biking trail next to a park. One of the Elders fell into a swamp, we were all wet from the rain, and we biked through a flood in the road. Malaysia isn’t very suitable for snow, but it sure can give us acid rain, mud, and mosquitoes!

I get the impression that some of you think I am in Singapore. I’m in East Malaysia in a city called Sibu. It’s about a 3 hour flight over the ocean eastward of Singapore. If I were in Singapore, I wouldn’t be biking through floods. But Malaysia is great, I don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Elder Sabin and I have been increasing our efforts to find people with interest in hearing a Christmas message. We also found some people wanting to join our English class, which hopefully will give us a chance to offer them a gospel discussion. I really like the Christmas season, Sibu is the most Christian area I’ve been in. There are just as many Methodist churches as there are LDS churches in Idaho. There are many other churches, and some of them have some incorrect views of our beliefs. But during the Christmas season, people seem to have put this thought aside and focused on remembering Jesus Christ. I have found that although we don’t have the same beliefs, we agree that celebrating Christmas means that we are kind to each other. We serve each other. This past week I had a 30 minute discussion with people on the street who were Jehovah’s Witnesses. We were able to share some beliefs on the Plan of Salvation, emphasizing the importance and role of Jesus Christ. They had a slightly different belief, but nevertheless their belief led them to do much good in their missionary service(all members of the JW are part-time “missionaries”). Now is a great time to invite everyone to hear a message of Jesus Christ. We were invited to a Christmas Party by our random neighbor, and I’m sure many other people at this time have open hearts.

Seize the chance to spread the Christmas Spirit with the message of Christ. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Love,
Elder Chin

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