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.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
May 23, 2013 - Week 2 at the MTC
Oh goodness, I didn’t realize dads surgery was today, best
of luck I’m praying for him. in answers from earlier emails and such we go to
the Provo Temple once a week on p-day.
Mom I feel so bad now, I had only managed to transfer over the
Old Testament. I need the New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants
and Pearl of Great Price. Just send what you do finish as you finish it in
emails, letters, Dear Elders or whatever. It might take a while, I had marked
the BOM and first half of the DnC pretty extensively.
On that note I just finished the DnC, really cool stuff in
there, good read.
Good to hear that the chicks are on their feet and the goats
are doing well. Bahasa Melayu is awesome. The reason there are many languages
mixed in is because first there were the natives, then the Indians came with their
Sanskrit, then Islam came with its Arab, then the European trading ships came
with Dutch and Portuguese, then the British took over, then lots of Chinese
immigrants came. There you have it.
Got my malaria pills and briefing yesterday, sounds like a
fun disease to get. Apparently the pills make your fluids smell weird. Wonderful.
The pills are doxycycline, so I won’t have acne anyway. That being said, Bro
Blisset one of our teachers said that when he was there 2-3 years ago the
mission president didn’t actually have them use them, they just threw them away
at the mission home.Ii guess Malaysia is actually really good at controlling mosquitos.
So who knows.
Reading about the rock hill that Amanda climbed made me
think of Mt Kinabulu. It’s the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and typically
takes 2 days to climb. It’s in Sabah and if you’re a missionary there it’s
almost a requirement to go to the halfway point on a p-day sometime. That being
said, it’s only typical for it to take 2 days to climb it. Missionaries aren’t
typical humans. Bro Blisset said that he knew a couple companionships that had
climbed all the way to the top and back down again in 1 day. You have to start
way early, fast walk/skip/jog up it, then jog/run/free fall down.
Got a haircut today.
And bought a laundry bag for 5.50 the day before I got your
Still haven’t received the package. Ugh it takes forever.
So about the missionaries going to Malaysia.There are 15.
-Three are learning Mandarin and we haven’t seen
them much less talked to them.
-Six are in a different district and class also
speaking Malay and so I really only know their names. The Six in our district
oElder Hill, He’s the district leader. He speaks
almost fluent Japanese and has insane martial arts skills. He also is a masseuse
and knows all the nerve points, he can wake you up, make you tired and a
plethora of other things. He can also bend in insane ways. Like he can do a
standing flip, start off laid straight on the floor and stand up like a zombie,
twist around so he can walk around like a lizard, etc...
oElder Paul, Elder Hill’s companion. He is an interesting
character that’s for sure. He did his hair with a flat iron every morning until
it broke. He eats 12 boiled egg whites every morning, he throws away the yokes.
He mostly eats spinach, chicken and parfaits the rest of the time, with some
other stuff thrown in occasionally. He loves the weight room but is more
concerned with "size" then being "cut" ??? not sure how
that works but ya. we love him.
oElder Thatcher, Elder Sherannian’s companion. He
is probably the most dedicated to studying and focuses the best of all of us. He
is starting to bald and his worst fear is going bald on his mission. It’s ok
though, we’ve elected him most likely to be the next district leader at the
three week switch.
oElder Sherannian. If he doesn’t stare you down
he will talk you down. Smart, he was almost done with his biology major when he
left. He and I talk deep doctrine quite often. He and Elder Thatcher probably
have the best grip on the language, followed by Elder’s Hill and myself and
then Elders Paul and Rodriguez.
oElder Rodriguez, my companion. His first
language is Spanish, he learned English at school and talking to friends. He is
quiet, but works hard and he and I teach, study and plan well together. Cool
story, he wasn’t going to go on a mission but then had several dreams that
changed his mind.
We have the best district.
We also have the best zone.
And the best mission.
End of discussion.
Apparently there are a LOT of KFC's in Malaysia. Also some Pizza
Huts and also a fast food place called Kenny Rogers. It would be awesome if you
guys could google Kenny Rogers and tell me what kind of food they have. Most of the time though you eat local street
food or make your own, I guess typically you eat at a members house once to
three times per week.
And dad was right; they almost only sit on the floor for
everything. I wish now I had stretched more.