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, March 2, 2014
February 23, 2014 – The Work Continues - Week 6 in Kuching
So this week went
pretty good. We were able to meet with a lot of people.
unfortunately is pretty much done. He is a board member for the Catholic Church
he goes to and the church officials basically told him that they would kick him
out and make him pay for all the "free" literature he has received
from them over the years (such as bibles, prayer books and other things) if he
continues to learn from us.... So yeah. We left him with the promise that he
could know if it was true if he sincerely read and prayed about it. We will
maybe visit him again later but there's not much we can do now.
Andrew is doing much
better although Anthony wasn’t able to make it yet. He continues to read and
pray, but quitting smoking has been tough and he is still working on it. He
lives with some of his siblings and other extended family. Usually they
maintain a cool attitude towards us, but the last meeting I felt like I should
invite a man sitting on the other side of the room to join us. His name is
Aflek and he is Andrew’s older brother. He is married and has 2 kids (Uber &
Nakal). He doesn’t read though. We ended up teaching the restoration to them.
Aflek seemed mildly interested. We will be going back on Tuesday to teach
Also, this Saturday
was transfers. I am staying in Kota Samarahan and Elder Poppleton is going to
Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Elder LaFontaine is coming here from Tauwau, Sabah. He
is in the MTC group before mine so it will be the first time that I have been
the "junior companion" since I was trained. I’ve heard that his
Bahasa is pretty good so hopefully I can pick some of that up. I talked with
him on the phone and it sounds like he is excited to work, so that’s good. The
transfers happen tomorrow so we are pretty busy today getting ready.
We also have lot of
really good potentials that I hope will start to come through in the next
The less active
members we have been working on have been making progress.
Brother Beliang came
to church for 3 hours again yesterday. We have been really trying to get them
to read the Book of Mormon every day, and it’s going well.
We were able to meet
with Brother Kelvin and Sister Karen yesterday. They are recent converts that were
baptized last year. They are doing really well. They read together every night
and always have questions when we come over.
I learned the other
day from a reputable source that the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great
Price are most likely going to be finished in Malay and printed before the end
of the year! Also, an Iban Book of Mormon translation has been given the green
light and work should start on it if it hasn't already.
Anyway, sounds like
things are going good at home. Great work at basketball Adam and Rosemitha!
Also great work Adam for sharing the gospel. After seeing how fearless people
are about sharing it here I'm going to have to pick up my ball game a bit when I