Sunday, September 29, 2013

August 6, 2013 – Matang Area is All Ours - Week 7 in Kuching

So this week was interesting.
First off Grandpa, I will use caps.

First off, transfers. So as predicted Elder Berger and I are to stay here. if you remember Matang Branch, our area, was split into 2 areas the transfer I came in. Well, Elder Trotter went home and Elder Johnson was transferred to Tauwau?( not sure on the spelling).  Thus we now have the entire Matang Branch. The distance from the furthest outlying settlement we go to and the furthest kompung in the other direction is 2 hours of hard peddling.

We picked up a couple new investigators with the other area, so now we are very busy. Anyway, the next day was spent getting things ready for transfers. Also Elder Berger became the District Leader so we had to get a bunch of stuff ready for him. The next day we had Elder Johnson because Elder Trotter left Tuesday night. Anyway we took a grand tour of the new areas and people, it was a lot of fun.

The rest of the week was full of missionary work as usual.

Monday was pretty awesome. Elder Trotter got released over the phone and came on vacation to Malaysia, so we went to Bako national park. Him and his family, they used to live in Spokane, they also took all our phone numbers and are going to call you guys in a couple weeks. Basically Bako is a peninsula into the South China Sea. You start out by taking these little boats to a beach where you wade ashore. Then you hike. We saw a wild Boer and some proboscis monkeys. We hiked to a couple other beaches, one that had a HUGE cliff overlooking it. The trails are basically made out of tree roots and are surrounded by jungle and boulders. In some places the trail is rickety ladders and walkways like the ones in kompung Kudei. The top of the peninsula is actually a plateau, it was really interesting because it was actually really deserty on the top. Anyway, we ended at a beach where we hung for a while before calling the boat to take us back.

On the way home we were going over the Matang bridge when suddenly "pishhhhhhhh". My tire popped. We were in a hurry to get home before 6 o’clock so we could go proselyting, but it didn’t happen because all the bike shops were closed and we had to walk home, it took about an hour and a half. So grand total Bako and walking home we walked about 12-15 kilks. Anyway, we meant to go emailing the next morning. Didn’t happen. We were one of about 3 companionships that had bike problems, so district meeting didn’t start until 12 when it was supposed to start at 10:30. Anyway, Elder Berger also got sick yesterday so it was kind of awful.

So here’s to a good day today.

Dad, or maybe Mom, whoever was talking about the ants, I think I saw that movie when I was a kid on TV and it scared the crap out of me. Also there is a MacGyver episode like that as well.

Photos. I’ll send a bunch, in several emails, I’ll also send an email with some stuff that would be nice to have. I’ll be in Singapore on like the 21st or 22nd for Zone Conference so that package would be sick.

Dad that sounds great, even though you can’t use the machine, your knees are still getting better.

Elder Halpin
This weeks pictures are all from Bako National Park


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