Sunday, January 5, 2014

December 29, 2013 – Busiest Week on My Mission, thus Far - Week 4 in Ipoh

This week was very good.

The work is really picking up. This week was probably one of busiest on my mission so far and it’s looking like this week will be the same.

This week we were finally able to meet with Angel again. She is from mainland China and has a child named Cloey who is about 2 or so. We taught about the gospel of Jesus Christ and about how to gain a testimony. She already has a testimony that the Gospel is true. She is just worried about leaving behind her Buddhist traditions. We are hoping that she will decide to be baptized soon.

It seems that Xavier has disappeared off the face of the earth. He’s not answering our calls and we haven’t seen him around the condominium like we use to. Maybe he left town for a while? Not sure.

Pue Xue Ching was a referral from Brother and Sister Loke and King Loong their son. King Loong will be going on a mission at the beginning of Feburary to Anchorage Alaska. Their other son is on a mission here in Singapore. Anyway Pue Xue (poxway) is one of his friends. I guess that his sister is member and just got back from a mission somewhere and is now working in Kuala Lumpur. We met him on his lunch break at the mall where he worked. He is Buddhist by birth but doesn’t really believe anything at the moment. We taught him a little about who God and Jesus Christ are and also explained a little about the Book of Mormon and Bible. He said that he would try to read every day and pray about it, really excited for him.

Helen is a friend of Sister Loh. Sister Loh is in charge of family history work in Malaysia. She travels all around helping organize and move things along. She just got back from China where she found 20 generations of Loh family named (yes 20...). Helen is probably about 60 and is kind of depressed/sorrowful. She is Buddhist. Her husband passed away about 7 years ago and she is still very sad about that. Her aunt also passed away about 1 year ago. So yeah she said that she kind of feels lost as it were, she really doesn’t have purpose. We shared a little about the Plan of Salvation, what makes us truly happy and about God and Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to have the knowledge I have about the plan of God and the blessings it brings. I am so grateful that I have a purpose in life and that I know what can bring true happiness and joy.

David Kam is a less active guy who is about 20. His parents are Buddhist. Last week we were able to meet with them but not with David, this week was the opposite. He was taught and baptized when he was about 13-14 and has since then fallen away. At this point he says that his beliefs are "50/50" as it were. He believes in a God but doesn’t really know who he is or what not. We challenged him to read in the Book of Mormon every day and pray every day to strengthen his faith.

It’s really sad what the love of money can do to people. When we asked Sister Helen about what brings Happiness in life she answered "money." A lot of people are of the same opinion here. When we asked David about his plans he said something along the lines of "finish school, get rich and then live it up". You know the Beatles had it right when they said "money can’t buy me love" and it really can’t buy happiness either.

The Myanmar family 1 (Awan, Asong and their kids) is sort of stuck as it were. We still don’t have the Book of Mormon in Burmese and there is no translation in their race’s language, Chin. We shared the restoration video with them to help them understand Joseph Smith more.

Myanmar family 2 (not sure about all their names, Chin names are worse than Iban names in difficulty of remembrance I would say, I do know  Chung, Tinting and Amun). We finally got to meet again for the second time and it was really good. We shared about the restoration and they seemed really interested. They are Catholic currently. Chung can read Malay alright so we gave him a Book of Mormon and hopefully the family will read together.

Ha Fei is a less active guy too. He is a chef at a restaurant and is one of the funniest people I have ever met. He admits that his biggest problem is that he is a little bit lazy, but he is trying to overcome that and it’s good. He came to Church yesterday, a little late and in shorts and a t-shirt but hey, he came right? He will be good though, he is getting back into good habits like reading and praying every day.

Anyway that’s pretty much the rundown this week, Christmas was good as was talking to you guys.


Elder  Halpin

PS: I don’t have enough time to include pictures this week. All is good though. After this we are going to play laser tag and then badminton.


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