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 29, 2013
December 22, 2013 – First Christmas in Malaysia - Week 3 in Ipoh
This week was good.
We have been working
with our investigators and less actives. Our investigators are progressing. We
will have to push Xavier’s date back a week or 2 because his mother is in China
working until like the 2nd of January and we want her to be here. Also
my companion is WAY green and basically doesn’t know if Xavier asked her if he
could be. We will see though, she was investigating too before she went to China
Angel is progressing
as well. The whole branch has been going caroling every night for the last
little while and she has been coming too and has made some good friends. That
will definitely help her in the long run. We will try and put her on date this
week as we did not have a chance last week to meet with her.
The 1st Myanmar
refugee family and the 2nd one are doing well I guess. We found out a lot about
them when we met with them yesterday. So first off they are all a race called
"Chin Chi." I think. they are all one big group for the most part and
are almost all Catholic. We met with their pastor yesterday he was nice and a
little interested. Anyway they say that Malaysia is their first stop on the way
to America. I guess they are trying to get refugee visas or something. They say
they plan on living in Syracuse, New York. Not sure why Syracuse, maybe there
are already Myanmar people living there? Anyway interesting story. We are
meeting with Myanmar family 2 after this, wish us luck yeah.
On Thursday we had a
Christmas conference in Kuala Lumpur. We took a 3 hour train ride down on Thursday
morning and came back Friday morning. I received the package there. It was wondrous
and the music is much appreciated. The cookies were also delicious. The
nativity set is great and I set it up on our bookcase, it’s very nice.
Anyway, we jalan
jalaned it up Thursday evening, went to a mall for dinner that was located under
the Petronas Towers. They are very pretty at night and are covered in white
lights. The apartment we stayed at was the weirdest thing ever. So first off,
they have no water filter so they have to buy water from the apartment filter
downstairs, very odd. Secondly the apartment security is on a power trip and
demanded that we give him the copies of our passports for him to keep until we
left the next morning. Of course we refused which started a 15 minute argument
in Malay, (actually kind of fun) anyway they finally let us up without taking
the passport copies.
I’m not positive
that the apartment wasn’t a gang boss’ before it was the missionaries. It had
blue lighting (yes blue lighting in the ceiling) and this weird hanging chandelier
that almost touched the floor.
Anyway like I said
we have been caroling to people’s houses like 3 times this week and will go
again tonight and tomorrow night.
On Christmas we have
a few appointments already. There is a recent convert family that we have been
working with. Before they joined the church they were Hindu. Anyway on Tuesday
we met with them intending to relate the story of the wise men and how they
could share the gospel by giving away a Book Of Mormon to their friends. Anyway
come to find out, they had no clue what Christmas was or why people celebrate
it. I’m sitting there a little in shock about this revelation. Anyway we will
be going over on Christmas to help them celebrate their first Christmas, should
This Branch loves
missionaries - seriously. For instance there are like 5-8 people that give us
rides in their cars to appointments all the time. They provide referrals to us
all the time as well and help us teach. There are also a lot of really cool Young
Single Adults and Young Men that help us out. Yesterday the Relief Society gave
us Christmas presents.
Do you remember if I
ever told you about Sister Chris and her family? Well anyway, they love the
missionaries and shower us with stuff and favors. For instance, yesterday, we
went to their house for dinner (sangat sedap!!!) and they gave us all badminton
rackets (they own a sports gear store). Anyway I think I told you before but
Badminton is very popular in Malaysia, they have the number 1 ranked player in
the world. It is also very popular among the missionaries here. We go every Monday
and play for about 2-3 hours. I am getting much better.
Anyway, life is
good. I’m getting the area and faces down, and Elder Coloma is great.
Oh, about curry,
there are a million different types, Iban, Tamil, Hindi, Melayu, Chinese and any
number of mixes and such. They are all good, but yeah, I probably should try
and get some recipes.
Also, Sister Chris offered
her computer and gear to Skype. So yeah, make a Skype name. Sister Chris will
search you and "friend" you or what not. On Christmas day I might
send an email to reconfirm the time. There are two of us and one computer so
one person might go at 11 or 1 and the other will go at 12.
Mom: Good to hear
things are going well with Xavier and Angel.Hope you are taking pics of those you are teaching. Also, a suggestion -
when you take a picture of something, put yourself in it.You know- like Matthew with Kuala Lumpur in the background. Yeah….We like to see
Elder Halpin: You
sound like my "father" Elder Berger. He looks through my pictures a
couple weeks out and is like "these are good, just one problem,... where
are you!!!!" So don’t worry, I’ve got lots of me... Got to go, goodbye.
Mom: OK… Remember to
send them our way!!“See” you in a
couple of days.