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Catching Biawaks and Hiking more Mountains

Last preparation day was quite an experience. A branch member wanted to show us how to fish for biawaks, four foot long lizards that roam around Malaysia. We went to a vacant house next to the church, which had a swimming pool. The biawaks love to lounge in water, so we set some traps on the side of the pool. We used strong fishing line with a hook and chicken stomach. We were able to hook two biawaks, but the first escaped because the hook was not tied properly. The second was caught, and we took some pictures with it before releasing it into the ocean. We had some refreshing coconut water to cool ourselves off.

Sometime in the week, ten homes were destroyed in a fire. We still don’t know what happened, but we are hoping for ways to help the victims of the disaster. Elder Lloyd and I conducted four hours of service this week, helping someone move boxes and equipment out of a store. We know that this does not always result in a missionary opportunity, but at least we are helping someone in this world!

One concern I commonly come across with investigators is “I don’t have time”. When they say that, I say in my head, “You don’t have time for the happiest message on this Earth, the answer to life, and salvation for your soul”? In Malaysia, it is common for us to find everyone “at work” all day. They say they cannot meet with us because they are “too busy” and “too tired”. We go to visit them anyway, and they are playing games on their phone, talking with their friends, and sleeping. I learned that the excuse, “I’m too busy” is a symptom of a lack of priority. Almost everyone we have visited has time to meet with us, but they do not want to meet with us. Our new “tactic” is to not give members notice of our visits, but show up at their house ready to do some service. We find that we catch people in a position where they need help, or are bored and lonely.

With our most recent convert, we have seen much growth in his testimony. He has expressed his willingness to do missionary work already, and has told his friends about the church. His friends have mocked him because they have never heard of the church, most people are Muslim, Catholic, or Buddhist. When we were eating lunch with him he said, “I feel kinda like Nephi with the people from the building laughing at me. I don’t care though, I like the taste of the fruit of the tree”. We had never taught him the symbolism of the vision, and we are proud of him for likening the scriptures into his own life.

With other members in the branch, some are struggling in their testimony. We have tried to help them in any way possible, but the most important message we bring is faith. As missionaries, it seems as if Satan cannot use attacks of “obvious and serious sin”. The most common threat is doubt, fear, and laziness. Many members here don’t know if they have a testimony that God exists, but they express their desire to wish that it is true. The members know what is true, but it is hard with the surroundings to constantly stay strong. The only hope we have is to share our testimonies, and let the Spirit teach them.

Today, we travelled to Semporna with six other branch members! We checked out tourist shops where people would mark up the price by 300% because we looked foreign, and restaurants next to the ocean didn’t have seafood. We however did get to relax near a man-made “beach” and hike a small mountain. It was a great time to bond with the branch members. We are planning on having a BBQ for the Priesthood brethren this weekend, hopefully we can have more less actives attend. When looking at missionary work from a broad scope, it isn’t work. It truly is “missionary fun”! We get to eat new food, talk to new people, share a happy message, and learn new things. It sometimes doesn’t feel like it, but it is a privilege to serve the Lord!

Love,
Elder Chin

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Patience

It’s funny how we learn when we teach someone else. This week, I was struggling with how to have the Spirit. It seems that our lessons are “good”, but they don’t have “authority” to them. We realized how unqualified we are as 18 and 19 year old boys. As we were pondering this question, we had a teaching appointment. With our investigator, we were teaching him the principle of prayer. He had a troubling situation and a sincere desire to pray. He however had never received an answer to his prayer. This reminded me of the times I have prayed, only to receive an answer years later. We felt that we should teach him the principle of patience and faith. This however answered my very question, we don’t instantaneously have a testimony. As in all things, the Spirit must be grown, nurtured, and strengthened until it stands strong. I learned that it is OK to be a terrible missionary, success is measured in our willingness to serve.

I had a wonderful training with President Mains in Kota Kinabalu. We were instructed how to establish our purpose with our investigators. As a companionship, we have set a goal to invite our investigators to be baptised in the first visit. It is important that they know what we as missionaries are here to do so our relationship is not casual. The salvation of souls is serious business, so we must let them know the seriousness of the gospel. I was also instructed on the importance of recording information. In the scriptures, there are multiple references to making a record of the people. In fact, that is what the Book of Mormon is. If we don’t record what we learn, we don’t learn. We have also made a goal to keep our area book updated daily, and use our planners to record our goals.

There is so much to learn, and we learn when we strengthen our weaknesses. We are shown our weaknesses when we are humble. We are humble when we desire to follow Christ. Therefore, we learn when we follow Christ. The mission is the training grounds for life. This life is training for eternity. The things we do each day affects our eternal destiny.

Love,
Elder Chin

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First Baptism

The mission is a huge roller coaster, and I’m still getting used to the ups and downs of a mission. There’s a lot to enjoy, but a lot of stress and disappointment. The gospel is very new in Malaysia, so it is sometimes hard to remember that the church is not going to grow as fast as in Idaho or Utah yet. It is also a challenge to recognize what is church doctrine, and what Mormon traditions are. Not everyone needs to live by “Mormon standards”, but it is important to live the gospel. We are dedicated to the Gospel more than the church.

I had my first baptism this Saturday! Bro Ho was baptised by Elder Lloyd, and President Lu confirmed him on Sunday. He is very glad he mad this decision, and wants to teach his wife about the Gospel. We will hopefully start teaching her this week. At Bro Ho’s baptism, the Spirit was different from what I was expecting. It is still shocking that none of the Branch Presidency was able to attend the baptism, things were disorganized, and sometimes irreverent, but the commitment from Bro Ho was golden. I’m glad I was able to have this experience. I learned that the goodness from a baptism doesn’t not come from the excitement from those attending, the eloquence of the talks, or the size of the audience. The joy comes from understanding that one of God’s children has found the path home. Bro Ho is preparing to receive the Priesthood, and he will have a calling the following week. We hope he will be able to assist us in our missionary efforts.

I will be travelling to Kota Kinabalu for new missionary training. I can’t believe I am travelling already. I have only been here for four weeks, and I’m back on a plane. In another month, I’ll be heading back to Singapore. I wish I could stay in a single area to build up the branch, but I also would like to see the different parts of Malaysia and Singapore.

Today’s Preparation-Day was a blast. We went to Pasir Puti to climb a mountain. The mountain was covered in tropical jungle plants. It was about a two mile hike, but we saw a monkey in the first five minutes of the hike. There were ants one inch long, lots of mosquitoes, strange plants, and lots of humidity. At the end of the hike, there was a sky-walk where we could walk above the jungle floor. We brought two branch members with us, and we had a great time talking and discovering new wildlife. By the time we got back, I was so hungry I ate a huge plate of rice and curry, Murtabak Daging (Beef-like omelet), and Roti Canai (fried tortilla). I have become very fond of the price of food here. The huge meal I had costed about 8 RM, almost 3 US dollars. Unfortunately, the allowance from the mission isn’t very large, so I can afford to spend about 7 RM daily on lunch.

This mission has changed me so much, every since the first day in the MTC. I have learned more clearly what the purpose of life is, what brings happiness, and who God is. It is indescribable, but it is the greatest knowledge I have ever attained. I have a greater appreciation from my family, serving people, and a knowledge of the power of the Gospel. The environment here is similar to the early days of the church. The missionaries in Malaysia, like Joseph Smith, are a minority in terms of religion. Other churches may be 100 times larger, more organized, have wealthier members, and better programs. The laws of the land may be against the church, and missionaries are risking their lives to spread the Gospel. One thing I have learned is that prophesies are always fulfilled. The church has only been in Tawau for less than 20 years, but nothing will stop the Gospel from spreading. I am glad to be a part of such a great work, even if I am a member of a four-missionary district among millions of Muslims. I have realized that God loves all his children, even those who have different beliefs, are trapped in poverty, do drugs, and do not believe in the Gospel. Everyone will have a chance to hear the Message, but not everyone will accept it. My purpose as a missionary is to Invite Others To Come Unto Christ.

Love,
Elder Chin

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Revelation

This week was great, especially with the new year! We were able to talk to a lot of people about how they can improve their lives. Many people were receptive to this message. This year, I want to improve my Chinese, talk to more people, and smile more! We were able to double some of our goals this week, and we’re continuing to improve. Overall, we learned to work harder than ever and reap the blessings.

Brother Ho had his baptismal interview this week, and his baptismal date is this Saturday! We are extremely excited, we are planning to have him receive the Priesthood and a calling next week. He is ready to take this step in his life, and he realizes the blessings that come from the gospel. We will have an opportunity to talk to his wife and sister about the gospel soon, so we’re staying pretty busy.

This Sunday, I learned about the power of inspiration and revelation. The Tawau Branch has quite a few less active members, so we have been working hard to visit all of the members and invite them to church. Not many members have been given callings, and those that have callings don’t know how to fulfil them. We have been having problems with coordinating meetings, and we for some time didn’t know what to do to get the branch on its feet. A lesson yesterday was given on the importance of callings, and why we need to serve in the church. Another lesson in Priesthood was given on how we can help motivate members to attend church. As a whole, the prayers that we have had for a week were answered. We are hoping to have the Branch President give out callings soon, and “fire everyone up” to build the Kingdom of God. As missionaries, we have noticed a big change in the member’s lives. We hope as we continue to work, we can have a ward sometime soon. When we double the branch size, we can have a real church building. Right now, the church is an old home. With this goal in mind, we want to help activate all the members. I have learned to enjoy the work, and I love working toward this goal.

Sorry this week’s email is a little short, we’re have a lot to do today. I hope everyone had a good New Years, made resolutions that you can keep, and had some time to spend with your families. Have a great week everyone!

Elder Chin

Scripture Power, Family Power

This week was a very stressful time, but I was able to learn more than ever before. Each day I wake up, I forget what my purpose is and who I serve. It’s really weird, but I recognize the importance of studying the scriptures and reciting the missionary purpose each morning. I believe that missions are structured this way so I am forced to constantly search for revelation for the day, and pray harder than the previous day. After I know what I need to do in the day, I have a purpose and a plan. Without a plan, the day will be longer than reading a “terms and conditions” document on software. I have learned what true scripture power is, giving us a reason to live and do what we do. Scriptures are the best tool in missionary work, they help strengthen everyone.

I visited the Sini family this week. This family has 11 kids living in a small wooden house. I was able to teach the family with the other three elders about Christmas. I went to them to teach them, but they taught me more. The family is very poor, and cannot provide transportation to go to church each week. They do not have anything other than family. They however are the happiest family on Earth. They are extremely well behaved, even the four year olds! When the youngest child (maybe about two years old) is crying, the other children will help comfort her without the mother asking them to. They clean up their own messes, cook their own food, and are very quiet and respectful. Even though the family is only able to go to church every five-ish weeks, they have Family Home Evening every week. The children have a strong testimony in Jesus Christ, and they love to count their blessings and serve each other. They have taught me that Christ-like attributes bring infinitely more happiness than any amount of money could. The Sini family has learned to work hard, and be grateful for even the dust on the ground. This week, we will do some service with them. They also want to show us how to catch biawaks (no idea how to spell it), which are four foot long lizards that get into people’s trash here. They are a strong family, and have taught me why families are central to God’s plan for us.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas holiday, we cooked the best food missionaries can cook. Some roasted potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. I never thought I would say this, but vegetables are a luxury, it’s hard to find clean safe vegetables here. I’m starting to get fat, even though I work out in the morning, eat very little, bike everywhere, and sweat at every second of the day. We eat a lot of rice and fried chicken, so I’m doing my best to maintain my health.

It would be nice to hear from whoever is reading my blog, so feel free to email me sometime! It’s a great blessing to be able to hear someone else’s testimony. Anyway, hope everyone is doing well!

Love,
Elder Chin

First Week In Tawau

Wow, this is the most stress I’ve had in my life! This environment is very different, and I’m lost most of the time. Everyone speaks Malay, and I’ve only studied Chinese and English! It’s a struggle, but I’m learning to enjoy it. It’s really hot and humid, and we stink a lot. On the plus side, the food here is amazing! There’s a lot of noodles, fried curry chicken, eggs, rice, and interesting drinks. The people here are very kind, branch members have already cooked us meals, and they have some devoted members. The church building overlooks a beach, and we can see Indonesia on the other side. There’s a lot of thinks to be grateful for.

My companion is Elder Lloyd from Bountiful Utah. He’s 19, very athletic, and very wise. So far, he’s shown me around Tawau on bicycle. Travelling here is really dangerous. We bike in the car lanes, and we’re constantly surrounded by cars. Cars passing by miss us by about 6 inches. It’s even more scary at night in the rain. Because Tawau is still a developing country, there’s a lot of litter on the sides of the road. The smell here is different too, street vendors are everywhere as well as garbage. There are plenty of new things here, and things to get adapted to.

Before I came to Tawau, I spent a night in Singapore. We travelled on the MRT (a train system that connects the whole Singapore island), and I placed my first Book of Mormon on the first day. On the following day, I taught my first discussion in Chinese to a guys named Kevin. He’s 19, and he is a golden investigator. He wants to be baptised, but his parents don’t approve. He sometimes sneaks out of his house so he can go to church. In Singapore, many people spoke English and Chinese. Here in Tawau, everyone speaks Malay, some speak English, and even fewer speak Chinese. It’s hard to learn Chinese when hardly anyone speaks it.

We have taught one investigator in Chinese here. His name is Mr. Ho, he has a wife and two young girls. One my first discussion, we were able to commit him to baptism. He has been coming to church, and he wants to join the church because he feels something different when the missionaries teach him. He is a very logical person, and has refused baptism from other churches because he does not understand or believe the doctrine. He has a very kind heart, he picked us up in his car so we could teach him at his house. He also gave us breakfast, which was a red bean filled pastry. He is on date to be baptised on January 3, 2015. I’m looking forward to this day.

The branch is about 60 people, and some of the members really love us. Mama Tina is one of those people, and she really looks out for us. After church yesterday, we were stuck at the church because it was raining. She brought us dinner (chicken wings, rice, noodles, papaya, eggs) and waited with us until the rain stopped. I was very grateful for that meal. There are two RM’s in the branch who help us organize the activities. We have many less active members and members who are uninformed about how the church runs. Right now, we are working on visiting the branch members and getting to know them. Even though church is very different, the gospel is still the same. I’m sure the early days of the church were similar to what we have here, so I am learning to be patient in this work.

I bought a bike, got everything settled in, and we’re working hard everyday to find ways to serve the people here. It’s a different world, but we’re on the same world. Plenty of things to change and learn, but hey! I’m in the mission field!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your families, we will be doing what we do best on Christmas day. Missionary Work!

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We’re breaking out of the MTC! JK, they’re letting us out

The day is finally here, I’m leaving for Singapore! But first Las Angelas, then Hong Kong, and then after 28 hours, I’ll be in Singapore. If my assignment is in Malaysia, I’ll have another 4 hours of flight! Pretty awesome, we’re working pretty hard to get packed in time so we don’t miss our bus. The sisters in my district didn’t receive their visas to go to Taiwan, so they’re staying in the MTC for a couple more weeks. They were pretty sad, but the Lord has a purpose for everything!

I had in-field-orientation this week, which consisted of learning how to find investigators, plan effectively, and how to be a missionary. It was a long 8 hour course, but we learned a ton! I’m sure I’ll need those skills in the next few days! On the plane, we’re going to be jumping right into the work! I want to find some guy going to Singapore for business that speaks Mandarin so I can practice my conversational speach. I’m not too worried, just worried about the parasites and things that don’t really matter.

I started learning to write Chinese Characters this week! We somehow had some “primerib-like-substance” for dinner this week, it was really good! For yesterday’s devotional, the BYU mens choir sang Christmas songs for us. A very eventful last week.

I was able to view Character of Christ, a talk given by David A. Bednar at the MTC a few years ago. It described how Christ was able to perform the Atonement, and what the difference between a testimony and conversion is. I learned that when people face difficult trials, they turn inward and worry about themselves. He compared this person to the cookie monster. “I want cookie, I want it now!” But how often do we act like this and say, “I want it my way, I want it now”? We learn from Christ that when the natural man tells us to look inward, Christ looked outward. After suffering in Gethsemene and being betrayed by Judas, Christ had all the reason in the world to turn inward. His apostles did not support him while he suffered, he was betrayed by a friend, and his life was about to be unfairly judged. He had all the power in the world, he could have at least complained, “No one knows how I feel, someone should feel bad for me”. But at this point, he was more worried about the guard that had his ear cut off. He found an opportunity to look outward and serve someone. This is the Character of Christ, always turning outward. A testimony is knowing Christ did these types of actions and believing it. To be converted to the gospel is to have done these things, and knowing them so firmly that they become habbit. They become a part of your character. To be a true disciple of Christ, we must do as our testimony directs, being selfless at all times and always serving other people. This is what Christ did, and when we do what he did, we cannot fall away from this great work.

Anyway, I hope you all are doing well! Merry Christmas! Enjoy this time to remember the Savior’s birth, but never forget about the Character he had in his life.

Love,
Elder Chin

Mission Eve-ish

This will be my last week in the MTC! I received my travel plans on Thursday, I’ll be leaving at my expected time! I leave from Salt Lake City on Dec 15th at 6:50 p.m. and will stop off at Los Angeles. I will then visit Hong Kong, then Singapore! I’ll be jumping 14 hours into the future (time zone)! I’ll be traveling with Elder Jones, Avery, Harmon, and another Sister we haven’t met. We are expecting to be there in the afternoon (Singapore Time) the following day.

This was a special week. We usually teach “investigators” discussions, but my district was able to jiaodao (teach) one of our laoshi (teacher). We taught Sun Laoshi because she was having some difficulty with making decisions in her life. She is struggling with her major at BYU, feels like she should get married with her boyfriend, and wants to know her purpose in life. She returned from her mission in Taiwan three months ago and didn’t know what to do. We helped her take some steps to receive revelation and find peace in her life. It is amazing to know that no one in this life knows everything, we must all learn by faith. Even when we do what is right, there is no end to learning. This life is like an intense fog, God only gives us enough light to see our next step. But the small circle of light is enough to get us through.

In another discussion, Wong Laoshi gave us some ideas that she learned on her mission. She showed us the difference between God’s plan and Satan’s plan, and why Jesus was chosen as our Savior. God had a plan for us, and us following it meant we needed to rely on God. Satan’s plan was not an alternative plan, but rebellion against God’s plan. Satan’s intent was for us to obtain God-like attributes without God’s help. Jesus followed God’s plan because he wanted to have miracles for other people. Satan wanted to be the miracle. Jesus wanted people to be saved. Satan wanted to be the Savior. The difference is not between what would happen, but why. Wong Laoshi described some times on her mission where she felt that she was a good missionary, and she could take the mission into her hands. She soon realized that without God, we are nothing. We are serving His mission. The purpose is not to have people be baptized, received, or even to change people’s lives. The purpose of the mission is to do the will of God, even if we don’t baptize anyone. Wong Laoshi learned to never say two things, and to do three things. She learned to not say, “I’m a good enough missionary” and “I’m not a good enough missionary”. “She learned that she was not on a mission to save people; Jesus already saved them”. “Always love your companion”. “Don’t get in the way of God’s work”. At another time, she explained how she was mad at another person. She thought in her head, “that person should suffer for what they did”. She then had another voice in her head say, “How dare you say that, someone already suffered for that person’s actions”. The lessons she learned and shared with us have helped us realize what a missionary is.

When I attended the temple today, one of the temple workers shared a scenario about missionary companions with me. He said, “If your companion tells you he is going to watch an R-rated movie, and you don’t want to, what do you do?” The rule for missionary companions is to always stick together. Of course alert the mission president, but companionships are to protect both members. There will be times on my mission where I want to go somewhere my companion doesn’t want to go, and places he wants to go where I don’t want to go. I am to follow strict obedience to the mission rules and always be with my companion.

Well…. Last week in the US for 11 months! Next week, I’ll be in an oven with a humidifier!

Love,
Elder Chin

The Calling Is Real…And An Awesome Week

This week has been quite a treat. We were able to hear from Elder Oaks on Tuesday in our devotional. He talked on the danger of pride in a missionaries life. In a nutshell, yield to your companion, those you work with, and your investigators. If you get busy stating your opinion, you won’t be able to hear the Holy Ghost whisper to you.

I was also able to hear from Elder Bednar on Thanksgiving day. His devotional was unique, it was a question answer meeting. He passed out cellphones, and we texted him questions we had. I learned about what agency really is. In the MTC, there are many rules that we are expect to obey at all times. Occasionally, missionaries will use agency as an excuse and say, “I have agency, so I can obey this rule if I want to”. Elder Bednar explained that agency is not deciding to obey or disobey a commandment. Agency is choosing between and good and good. It is deciding which correct path we want to follow. As representatives of Jesus Christ, we no longer have the option to choose evil. It no longer matters what we want, only what God wants us to do. Disregarding the commandments is rebellion, not using our agency. As Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden partook of the fruit, they did not sin. They were given two choices: live forever in the garden without knowledge, or partake of the fruit and learn. Adam and Eve had two paths, but one was better than the other. They learned that it is better to experience sorrow and pain so that they could know good from bad. God gave us agency so that we might learn what gives us the greatest joy, not so that we could choose to rebel.

The rest of Thanksgiving day was great. I participated in a service project; making food packets for a food bank. My team was able to supply dinners for about 1000 people. We spent about an hour creating these packets. The project was set up in an assembly line, four people would pour ingredients into a funnel. Two people would hold bags bellow the funnel, and transport the bags to a scale. Two more people would manage quality control, weighing each bag. I was in charge of sealing the bags with a heat-clamp. The final person would package the bags into boxes. This service project was so fun, not only that we had a change in our repetitious schedule, but we could help local people with dinner.

At yesterday’s devotional, we were treated with listening to Vocal Point from BYU. They sang many hymns, my favorite one was Nearer My God to Thee. The choir inspired all of us to sing appropriate music, so that the Spirit can abide with us. It was a great time, as we rarely hear music here other than us singing the hymns. Elder Jones gave the opening prayer for the devotional.

This weird experience happened to me today (Monday). I was released as the district leader yesterday, and Elder Ostler was called as the new district leader. District leaders are the only missionaries that should know the combination to the mail slots. So my companion and I were passing by the mail room today, and Elder Ostler asked me for the combination for retrieving the mail. I told him that the combination was in the leadership binder that I had given him yesterday, but I would show him how to open the lock. I have never had a problem opening the lock, but today I couldn’t remember the combination. I thought to myself, “the calling is real”! Because I was no longer the district leader, I could not remember the combination that only a district leader should know. Quite a funny experience, but it brightened my day up.

This week, I learned how to better set goals. I set general goals for language and Christ-like attributes, then distributed sub-goals for each day this week. By the end of this week, I hope to have all vocabulary memorized for the first discussion, and give uplifting comments to everyone I see every day.

I hope everyone is doing well, and hopefully staying warm! It’s freezing here!

Love,
Elder Chin

A Real Investigator

This week has been a blur, as all the other weeks at the MTC have been. The seconds seem long, but the weeks fly by. I don’t really know what to say. We received another district in our branch, so we have four districts now. The oldest branch will be leaving on Monday, going to mostly Taiwan. Elder Avery and Elder Harmon were assigned to be zone leaders, and Sister Payne and Sister Crowell are now Sister Training leaders. I have one more week as District Leader, it’s been great to be able to serve more freely in this position.

We taught a gold-tag investigator on Saturday, who was not a member of the church. Gold-tag investigators roam around the MTC campus, and we are free to talk to them in English. All other lessons are in Mandarin, so gold-tag investigators are a great way to learn. This was the first time we taught a non-member, and the experience was amazing. I won’t name her, but we learned that in her life, she had a son pass away only a few weeks after he was born. She was a member of the Church of God, and she knows the Bible very well. One concept that she couldn’t understand was why bad things happen to good people. She used a metaphor to describe her situation. “A child in 4th grade asks her father for a puppy because all of her friends are getting puppies. Her father denies her request without an explanation. She doesn’t ask why, but accepts the answer. The next year, she asks again. Her request is still denied. This goes on for some time, but one year, her father decides he will get her a puppy. The child is so happy, and doesn’t ask for anything else. The following year, her father decides to take the puppy away. The child is devastated because she receives no explanation.” What the investigator couldn’t understand was how God is a loving God when he lets good people suffer. It was quite hard to answer her question, but the members of my district (we taught her as a district) were able to reply with the Spirit’s answer. Sister Crowell’s replied with a question something like, “yes, the father took away the puppy. But did he not send her brother to comfort her?” Another problem the investigator had was God not answering prayers. She stated that in the Bible, we can pray and God will always answer our prayer. Often times, we do not recognize the way God replies to our prayers. Sometimes the answer is not immediate, or in the form we like. But God will always send what we need most. We do not know what plan God has for us, but we must learn to trust that he cares about us, and knows what he wants us to become. It was a unique experience teaching a non-member about the gospel. I am so excited to be able to do this in three weeks.

My zone has become quite close, we know all of each other’s best stories. Elder Tan is in the departing district, and was a zone leader for the past three weeks. We have been laughing at a what we say “WE GOTTO GO BACK TO THE SUSHE RIGHT NOW!” Sushe (it’s probably not spelled correctly) is dormitory. Anyway, Elder Tan was doing some business in the bathroom one day. He stands up to pull up his pants and tuck his shirt in, and notices his shirt is wet. He thinks for a minute, and shouts “OH NO!”. His shirt was long, and part of it had dropped into the toilet. Elder Tan tucks in the front of his shirt and runs out of the bathroom. He shouts to his companies (Elder Mertz and Elder Davidson) “WE GOTTO GO BACK TO THE SUSHE RIGHT NOW!”. They run down the hall, and some sisters see him. They shout to him, “Elder! Tuck in your shirt!” He replies, “You don’t understand!”. They were able to get back to the sushe and change his shirt. Elder Tan was embarrassed for the day. The following day, he goes into the bathroom again. The same thing happens, and they run once again back to the sushe. We assumed that one of the bathroom stalls is cursed, and we learned to always be careful where our shirts drop.

Well, three more weeks! It’s getting really cold here, so I’m excited to get out in the field. Hope everyone is doing well!

Elder Chin

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