HEY I JUST LOOKED AT DROPBOX, MOM FINALLY GOT A FIRE PIT!
I haven't gotten a camera yet... might get one today... maybe. :P (If have time)
Sibu is really awesome, but the branch is really kurang on priesthood holders... like way lacking. We had 3 Melchizedek Priesthood holders stay for all 3 hours (our branch president was out of town) but the Elders quorum president's son is currently serving in this mission, don't remember where, but I have met him before, which was super cool!
The area where all of our members live is a ghetto... the Bandar area is really poor... but not like africa or south america... kinda like Detroit :P Lots of people, not a lot of houses, all the houses are really small.
There are some awesome families that we are starting to work with, and there are so many people that you can just contact for days! I love the area, but the branch is really struggling. However the 1st coun. is freaking awesome! One of the best members so far that I've met in Sarawak, really strong faith, like he is up there with the Kuching Branch presidents and District President's. His faith is really strong, and his diligence is incredible.
Lots of people are just lost, it's like the problems that there were in Kuching... but magnified by a 100... like in Kuching 18 people went to the priesthood fireside from our branch... here, maybe 5 would go...
Elder Hobbs is AWESOME! We get a long so well, both have good Malay, both want to contact, find through members, everything, he is really obedient, which is awesome, and we are having an already very successful transfer, and we are going to change this branch.
There are a lot of kids in the branch... there were 47 @ sacrament and of the 47 20+ were under the age of 18... and the remaining 27- includes 6 missionaries...
Interesting thing, if you look in the bible dictionary under temple you find:
"A temple is literally a house of the Lord, a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead. A place where the Lord may come, it is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness."
Which obviously is something I didn't fully understand until I went to the temple. If the house is cleaner, the missionaries are happier, and more obedient, already more blessed by the Lord, and when that all comes in to play, then studies are being done properly, and everything is taken into place, as well as being happier and more united, and boom, more investigators, more baptisms, more less actives coming to church, and the more strongly knit the branch becomes, especially when it is a branch that so heavily depends on the Elders.
But I really love this branch, and Elder Hobbs, and I'm so stoked to serve with him and change this branch
The temple quote wouldn't mean anything if I hadn't gone through the temple... so that is why the house back home is not quite the same :P cause only 2 people there truly understand the holiness of the temple.
I brought my bike, it's not as bad as Kuching, less traffic... except in Bandar... where there isn't much space on the roads.
Today is Memorial Day in the US – a national holiday dedicated to the memory of members of the armed forces who gave their lives in defense of their country and for freedom and liberty for all peoples around the world. In the spirit of remembering valiant soldiers, I remember the example of Captain Moroni. In a great conflict between the Lamanites and Nephites, while Amalickiah, head of the Lamanite armies, was obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni was “preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.” (Alma48:7) He was “preparing (them) to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain…the cause of Christians.” (Alma 48:10)
Moroni was a strong and a mighty man who embodied all of the Christlike attributes we are studying in PMG; “…he was a man of perfect understanding (Knowledge); ..yea a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving (Humility) to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people (Charity, Love, Diligence); …yea, and he was a man who was firm in the (Faith) of Christ,..” (Alma 48:11-13) He was about “… doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God (Obedience), yea and resisting iniquity (Virtue).” Alma 48:16)
“Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men (and women) had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” (Alma 48:17)
As we conclude our month’s focused study of Christlike attributes, I invite you, soldiers in the army of God, to be like unto Moroni, a man of God. I promise you increased success which will be coupled with more joy and happiness as you labor with your might to “prepare the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord (our) God”
With love, your fellow servant,
This is really cool