Well, Kuala Lumpur is really…….. different. The missionary work is so different. This week was spent on the LRT, the train system that connects the entire city. Kuala Lumpur is a very large place, it is divided into smaller sections. There are 16 missionaries in the area, but we are spread out over the different areas. The missionary work seems very similar to Singapore, we spend a lot of time finding people on the trains. Sometimes we ride the train just to find people, going back and forth and back and forth. There are a lot of well educated people here, and the culture is very diverse. Instead of just Chinese, I’m finding people from Nigeria, India, Philippines, Australia, England, France, China, New Zealand, and too many places to name. It’s quite difficult to change back to talking to business people, but I’m starting to get the hang of it again.
My companion is Elder Li from San Francisco California. He has a quiet personality, he fits the stereotype of an ABC (American Born Chinese). We’re similar in a lot of ways. He loves piano, engineering, and saving money. I suspect we will only be together one transfer, as a group of new Chinese-speaking missionaries will be coming in soon. We created a transfer vision this week to strengthen the branch. Our main focus will be strengthen member-missionary trust in order to obtain referrals. It appears that investigators found through contacts on the train aren’t as committed as member’s friends. We hope to find ways to serve the members using our talents.
I had the privilege of going to a multi-religious prayer ceremony. We listened to different prayers and songs from the local religions, and performed “Where Can I Turn For Peace”. We heard from the Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, and Christian Faiths. Although I could not understand most of the songs, it was respectable to see these people worship in the way they do. In some regards, they are more dedicated to their beliefs than some of our church members. There were people who had never cut their hair, were bald, always wore a special type of clothing, performed symbolic actions many times throughout the day, and wore symbolic markings on their skin. I was very impressed by their diligence and commitment to forsake a worldly life to seek peace. At the ceremony, I was approached by people of other faiths (this never happens) asking me about our beliefs. I quite enjoyed this experience. Most importantly, I received a small bit of revelation that night. As I pondered all of the religions, I found that all of them were good. They all produced good fruit and seemed possible. However, the distinguishing factor between the Lord’s Kingdom and other praiseworthy organizations is the Holy Ghost. Other groups may invite the Spirit resulting in peace, righteous actions, and happiness, but non can have the fullness of the Holy Ghost. The significance of the Holy Ghost is personal revelation. Simply said, all these parties do good. But God knows the best method for us to be happy, and He chooses to use a church and a Savior. This truth is confirmed by the Holy Ghost, and this is the path to conversion. It is by learning truth through the Holy Ghost.
Good luck to those finishing school, study hard! In a few weeks, it will all be over.