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, December 22, 2013
December 15, 2013 – Miracle Scripture Find - Week 2 in Ipoh
Mom: What is a
Elder Halpin: So,
this week was pretty good. First off a "shoplot" is this.
Mom: You will have
name tags in Malay and English and ??
Elder Halpin: The
other language name tag I will have is Iban.
I think this week my
email will consist mostly of pictures.
Anyway we have 2
solid investigators and 2 families of Myanmar refugees that we are teaching. They
are decently solid in their religions and only speak Malay and Burmese. It’s
pretty difficult to teach them, I am having a hard time simplifying my language
enough, you would think that wouldn't be a problem but they only understand
when you use slang and super simple expressions. They are also having a hard
time understanding the importance of the Book Of Mormon. Thus they always ask
for proof in the bible of everything we teach. It’s not such a problem but the
first time they asked it caught me off guard. I was scrambling through my Indonesian
bible trying to find the pre earth life as the family waited and my companion
and the member we had with us just looked at me....I finally realized I didn’t know a scripture
about that and so just said a prayer and opened the book, to a scripture about
the pre earth life! Total Miracle there.
The other 2 investigators
we have are from mainland China and so we use translators to help them.
One of the
investigators is named Xavier. He’s 14 and from mainland China and is on date
for the December 28th.He’s pretty solid
so we are mostly just working on making sure he understands everything and also
working with his mother.
The other good
investigator we have is Angel. She also is from mainland China. Her husband is
less interested, but is progressing. We will probably try and put her on date
They are both
progressing well and come to church almost every week.
Other than that it’s
been a lot of knocking and such, actually people seem to be more open here as
long as you go to the right area. We knocked for half an hour once and got 4
The other cool thing
that happened this week was last night. One of the member's niece was getting
engaged. So we got invited to the Hindu Temple - to the engagement ceremony. It
was pretty cool and we got some really tasty Indian food and a up close look at the
idols inside. The ceremony and dinner took about 2 hours. The actual wedding
will be in June 2014 I guess.
thought I would hear you say “really tasty Indian food”!
Elder Halpin: What
do you mean? Curry is delicious, no joke. Honestly there are very few things
that I’ve tried over here that I haven’t liked. Some things take some getting
used (for instance Durian) to but they are all good.
Mom: Hey…I am with
you.I love curry too.But the one time I tried to make something
with curry, you kids all complained so I didn’t try again.
Love you all
The 4 Matang Elders
with President Mobil and Sister Nisi family.
The Church building with our apartment tower in the background and Elder Coloma in the foreground.
Waiting at the gate for the ceremony to start.
A Buddhist temple built into one of the huge rocks I was talking about. apparently they have cave temples here. I even heard tell of an abandoned one full of monkeys....
A funny thing, I don’t have picture of Elder Coloma and I in our missionary garb. This is the best I have right now. (at the Engagement party).