This week was extremely busy, but we didn’t stay much in our area! Before we flew to Singapore, our branch president had us over for dinner. My companion is the newest in the area, and he was requested to stand on his chair and sing during dinner. Our pre-Zone Conference adventure took us to Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, and Subway. Basically a very expensively build garden integrated with architecture and technology, a three very expensive buildings with a very expensive boat on top, a lake with a lot of expensive buildings in the background, and Subway with 50+ Elders. Subway requested that we tell them next time, they had no idea what hit them.
Zone conference was fantastic. Some missionaries went to Missionary Leadership Conference before Zone Conference and were saying that someone from another mission knew me. I walked into the chapel, and I found Elder Paskett from the Jakarta Indonesia mission! He was in Singapore for a visa run, just dropping in for the world-wide missionary broadcast. I was way happy to see him there! I also saw Elder Jones (my MTC companion) who I had not seen in over a year! Aside from seeing all the friends, we received great training on how to better teach. Most training emphasized preparing ourselves as vessels for the Spirit to teach. I committed myself to better preparing myself each day to seek guidance. Praying frequently and having my heart centered on the work will be the focus of my efforts.
On our way back to Sibu, we hit up the butterfly garden and other sights in the airport. Oh yea, and tons of Star Wars models. There were other models, but we couldn’t get good pictures of them. The Singapore airport is so expensive and has at least 10 gardens, several koi ponds, butterfly rooms, lots of shopping, expensive food, and free computer access. It sure is a busy place there.
As soon as we got back to Sibu, we had District Conference for two days. The focus was strengthening families. It was a great focus for the people here. Somehow no one in the world can escape from the powers of greed, lust, selfishness, and evil. Even in little shacks along the rivers of Malaysia, evil always finds a way to spread. It’s important to teach others how to ignore these distractions and always desire peace and happiness.