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.
Friday, November 1, 2013
October 27, 2013 – Revelation! Clean Shirts… - Week 19 in Kuching
This week has been pretty good. We contacted a ton of people
and will hopefully have some new investigators by the end of the week.
We have started to teach Theresa again. We will have to see how
far it goes, she is married to a less active member and yeah, we will see.
On Friday something both wonderful and terrible happened. We
were waiting in our house to go to an appointment and the other Matang Elders
came over to get some supplies. One of them pointed out that Elder Ferguson’s
shirt was basically yellow. We both agreed and Elder Ferguson lamented the fact
that no matter how hard he scrubbed and no matter how much soap he put in the
wash the sweat stains wouldn’t come out. Elder Tyler then asked
what kind of soap we used. I cheerfully responded with full confidence
"Softlan." He then asked a
question that will forever haunt my mind: "is it... FABRIC SOFTENER?"
I responded with a muttered, "never thought of that".... "maybe
that’s why my clothes always stink".... We quickly walked to the back and
confirmed my fears. For the past 4 months I have been washing my clothes with
fabric softener. Yes you heard that right. For the past 4 months I might as
well have been just soaking my clothes in a bucket of water....
Anyway it’s all Elder Berger’s fault. He’s the one that
picked it and I never questioned his decision. So yeah on Friday night I washed
all my clothes and hung them up to dry. The next morning when I could put on
clean clothes for the first time in 4 months was quite possibly the most
glorious feeling ever...
Anyway, holding out on bleaching things seeing as I haven't
actually used SOAP yet...
Anyway this week people were all in Kampung or super busy, we didn’t
get a whole lot of appointments in. We did meet with Sister Munah. The old one
in Siol Kandis that used to be Muslim. Well anyway, last week she was in Kampung
and was cutting a ring around the bark of a tree, not exactly sure why and some
sort of juice or sap from the tree got in her eyes. Long story short she is
partially blind now. It’s super sad because she can’t read now. She loves to
sing the hymns but can’t read them now. At one point some missionary recorded
all the hymns in Malay and so I am trying to track down someone who has them so
that I can burn them onto some discs for her.
We also had a district activity all day Saturday. In the
morning was a Young Men’s activity, so we went to Kampung Kudei and got
together a bunch of less active youth to go. They had a lot of fun and the next
day one of them was at Church. While I feel that a lot of the adult less
actives are somewhat hopeless, I feel that if a good Young Men’s program were
to be built that a lot of them would stay active and eventually go on missions.
So yeah, new project.
Love Elder Halpin
Here are some pictures
Sister Gulang’s house.
You will notice that the bottom is concrete and the top is wood.
That is because it is an old Meleyu house and 30-100 years ago the bottom wouldn’t have existed.
It would have just been the top half on 6-8 foot tall stilts.
You’ll notice the door going to nowhere on the top level, that is the original door.
Me attempting to Oxybleach 2 shirts overnight.
worked better if had had real soap the next day!!!