thanks for the emails they were awesome. really touching. from mom it sounds like things are really busy. well i can't believe you went to another jazz game. oh man. save a ticket for me will ya ha ha. i definitely want to go to the temple when i get home.
|What a cute white guy :)|
this week was ok only. hold on i have to remember what happened. well actually last week wasn't that good. our numbers were way low. but good things happened. the thing is that about 7 of our investigators went back to their village for various reasons. that is so frustrating. ha ha so we couldn't teach them and they couldn't go to church. if only we could force them. just kidding...but seriously.. last thursday we flew to sibu sarawak for our zone leader council. oh man ha ha we were all scared. from what we could tell we though president was going to rip into us. there have been a few cases recently of missionaries being idiots and not following some big rules. we thought he was going to rebuke us for obedience. well that's not really his style. he did talk a lot about commandments and obedience but he's a nice guy. nothing condeming but we got the message. i love those meetings. i'm very lucky to be able to sit with president once a month. and the zone leaders are so awesome right now. it is a lot of fun.
well i don't remember who i've told you about already so here's to gang. first we have an awesome investigator named simon. he is deaf in one ear and can barely barely hear in the the other (like only loud claps or horns or something). apparently he was in a backpack on his dad's back when he was young and his dad was hunting. the sound of the gun just broke his ears and some tree branch or something took out one of his eyes. maybe all at once. it's kind of sad. from what we understand the dad then took off. he didn't want to take care of him anymore. he met the sisters a few years ago but never stayed with it. about 3 weeks ago he just showed up in church. he is really eager to learn. we've been teaching him ever since and he is set to be baptized the week after i leave. he's not mentally disabled but it is hard for him to understand what is going on. but he is really really cool. we have good spiritual lessons.
next is a girl named senci. she is really cool. she has read about half of the book of mormon already and loves to learn. she wants everthing we have to give her. she is set to get baptized on the 31st. she went back to kampung (village) last week. it's always kind of a nervous time because we don't know if the kampung church will anti them or if their parents will get mad. but she said everyone sat down and watched the restoration dvd with her and they all really liked it. that is so awesome! there's no chance the church will go up there anytime soon but it's good that they like it. so she is doing really good. she is related to a strong member so it's exciting. i'll keep you posted
next is a little miracle. she is a lady named josephine. actually she is half european. wow. so we met her way way back in october or november. she came to church a few times but could never meet us. then she was having some passport problems and just dropped off the map. her strong member friend dorkas had no idea where she was. so we were pretty sad but moved on. last month she showed back up. she has been coming to church everyweek since she showed back up but we could still never meet her. so basically she has come to church a lot and knows a lot already from that. on monday we finally met her. she's great. we taught lesson 1 and things started to come together for her. she just kept saying "this is true". ha ha ya it is. so we asked her if she wanted to be baptized and she said "yes of course". also can. we were trying to choose a date with her. i said "well if you are really fast then you could get baptized before i leave". she said "ya i must be baptized while petersen is still here". i said "ok well that would be next week then". she was just like "ok next week i want to be baptized". ha ha it was awesome. really she already knows everthing from sunday school. she stopped smoking immediately and we've already seen her twice this week. it's so cool.
|Stenley, Pres. Chuah, Maylin, & Viviana|
|President Chuah & his Family doing |
a traditional Dusun dance.
Later, we all joined in and it was a lot of fun.
|The cute primary kids singing, "I am a Child of God" for the Larsons|
|The Reads & Larsons with gift|
|Larson's, Trevor, Read's|
so that's not everyone but it is a few good people. this past week a new senior couple came. they are the Reads. the Larsons leave next week so they overlap for one week. actually i found out that he worked with the weber state administration and she worked in the chemistry department of weber state. i said i was from north ogden and she asked me if i knew the lipperts. i said ya that's my bishop! ha ha they know the lipperts really well. well at least she knows all of the boys names. you'll have to ask them if they know her. on saturday was a welfare party, welcome to the reads and farewell to the larsons. it was a lot of fun. i'm really going to miss the members here. they are so strong and so fun to be with. there is one awesome member named jen. she helps us out with missionary work a lot. she had a passport problem so she had to leave to indonesia yesterday. she was so sad to leave before me and the larsons because she wanted to go to the airport with us to say goodbye. she was just crying. i hope i can meet her again. i hope i can see most of these people again. i hope they remember me. if nothing else i'm the tallest elder to ever serve here ha ha.well one more week. i'll make it count. president is coming in to town tomorrow for district conference. we'll be going to mount kinabalu again. the sandakan and tawau members are going to be coming in. it should be a lot of fun. thanks for the emails. i can't wait to see you. say hi to everyone. i love you!!