Elder Matthew Halpin here.
I'm serving a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I've been assigned to labor in the Singapore Mission.
I'm currently assigned to the Kota Kinabalu 2 Branch in Sabah, East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo.
My Family is updating this Blog for me.
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.
This weeks pictures are all from Bako National Park