Sunday, 19 July 2015

July so far - and Transfer News

July 5

I arranged through Facebook for someone to call and let Brent know that he was accepted at U of A.

Ya, I got the call.. that was unexpected... I have am absolutely torn between the schools and don't know what to decide... I was very content with only one school accepting me because that's an easy choice.
In this ranking UBC is 21st in the world... which is just so high... and UofA is 64... admittedly still pretty high... ,
UofA definitely is closer, and if I want to live in Alberta, UofA would probs have more connections... but UBC is also an incredibly good school... and I don't want to short cut my education... I have no idea where I should go. Church presence isn't too big of a deal because the church is strong in both places (keeping in mind that I've been in districts for the last 2 years...) and in both places I have the blessings of the temple and the opportunity to magnify my calling...

UofA seems like the cheaper option, but UBC seems like the better school... is there a way to see the schedule like I have for UBC?
Also this week we did a lot! New mission president, WE HAD PANCAKES AND MAPLE SYURP FOR CANADA DAY! (well... a day early for district meeting but still), we had the "Gawai close party" which was soooooooooo fun! it was such a fantastic week.

I was going to ask President Mains about what school I should go to... but he was leaving, and my new mission president has never met me... so I think I'm to myself on this one.

I sent him the Maclean's reviews and some other stuff I found

They all just say, that both schools are good, but UBC is better... I'm gonna have to figure this one out haha.

July 12

I'm thinking UofA I googled the distances for the institutes, and 50km in Vancouver to the campus... and on the campus in UofA. I've also realized, that if I want to live and work in Alberta, maybe I should go to the Alberta school. It's closer to home, and I want to be near home for a while. I think Alberta is the right place.
Lots of stuff this week! We helped a member on his farm, cutting grass with Iban swords, we had a district party on Saturday, lots of pretty Iban/Bidayuh/Chinese girls, and we went on splits yesterday with Young Men! Had an investigator come to church, all around good week!
Jumpa Lagi... or talk to you now if you are on
Elder Bester

UofA is right, I like the idea of going to UBC, but I think I need to go to UofA
No news yet... on the way... (about transfers)

I got transferred with 6 weeks left to Bintulu

But my companion is way dope, Elder Trudo, so I'm way stoked to be with him.

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Rest of June

Guess I've been so excited about how close to the end we are, I forgot to update the blog! Sorry!

From June 7
Were you anywhere near the earthquake that was in Malaysia this week? I think you weren't, but did you feel anything?

Floods in Malaysia -> Muslim areas
Earth Quakes in Malaysia -> hit a province that is %60 muslim... (although there are 4 branches there)
Sarawak -> Christian :)
I was fine, I've also heard that the missionaries in KK were also fine :)
Way to go uncle James.
We might have a baptisms this week! Yay!

Anywho that's me this week, what's up in Calgary?

The picture last week is an area called Kudei... which just looks like that everywhere... 
the new pics are a kampung out south of Kuching,
Me and Elder Ee, cause he got transfered,
and then another shot of where members live.

Oh interesting story! There is a kid in our branch, who got the Melchizedek priesthood a few months ago, and we found out he is only 17 and turns 18 later this month hahahahahaha
Bike riding is good. :P
Hopefully have a baptism this week!

From June 14
We just emailed about school, and got some pictures

June 22
Hey, can you send my regards to the Fick family? I don't have an email for them or anything, but, I wish to send my condolences.
I liked the pictures of the boys at the temple, they looked way sick.
I took some time looking at the schedule, I like the Work 3 HS-60, university is going to be difficult. Hopefully I have somewhere to live :P
Russell emailed me, he's super green hahaha, he's gonna be so green after the MTC. but he seems way more diligent than me before my mission... cause I didn't start reading my scriptures until the MTC..
I found Carson's dad's obituary, it was very nice.
Oh also wanted to say, there are some names that can be requested on our family history, but I think Grandpa would have to give permission (Babowal (so shouldn't be too hard to get permission))

We had district conference this week, got to see so many members! I knew almost every one there, I felt like a king haha, everyone likes Elder Bester haha. I got to translate the saturday adult session for President and Sister Mains, and translated (with another Elder) the general session into English.
We went to Bako National Park today! That was a lot of fun! Lot's of pictures.
Anyways, I think that's all I have, 65 days! (not that I'm counting... :P )
Jumpa Lagi
Elder Bester

Umm the pics, there are pictue of me with members at district conference, and then pictures at bako, pretty much it

do you know that you can get an ancestry account for free with an LDS account? the senior couple hooked me up a couple weeks ago!

Is my road bike still ok? I think I'm going to use that alot...? could you make sure that it's healthy...? :)
ok, I gotta go! See you in 65 days haha!
Jumpa Lagi,
Elder Bester

June 28

Cool little miracle, about 6 months ago I got a online referral to bring an English copy of the book of Mormon to a house in my area, we finally found the house (forever away) only to find no one there, and the guard said that no one actually lived there (the house was in a gated community) we left the book of Mormon on the doorstep, and went home.
Just a couple of days ago, I met a dude from Singapore at a funeral talked about the church and stuff... met him at lunch today! total fluke, and turns out that he owned the house that the book of Mormon was delivered to, read the entire thing, and asked for a copy of the doctrine and covenants

also, we were at a house, and asked a little kid how to say Kasut (shoe) in english (we were teaching English words haha) and he sits and says "Sh*t" that was way funny
also, hopefully have a baptism on thursday!

It's a moniter lizzard (I don't know how to spell in english dang it) and it swims through the plumbing every now and then and surfaces in our toilet.
and I was a little tired hahaha

Final Words from President Mains:

President Mains

Dear Elders and Sisters,

One last time in my capacity as your mission president, I wish to share a message and express my deep love and admiration for you. I love the Book of Mormon. I have come to appreciate even more, the plainness and clarity of the message contained in this matchless Book. This Book testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of His doctrine – The Doctrine of Christ. It was preserved and brought forth in our day to convince “… the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations…” (Book of Mormon title page)

Likening the words of this Book to myself has helped me appreciate the power it has to change my life. I will paraphrase and liken unto me the words of King Benjamin in Mosiah Chapter 2 as he addressed his people for one last time: …I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind; yet I have been chosen by God, and set apart by an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and was suffered by the hand of the Lord that I should be your mission president; and have been kept and preserved by his matchless power, to serve you with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord hath granted unto me…”Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God. And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)

It has been one of the unparalleled blessings in my life to have served in this calling. Because of this call, I have come to know each of you! You have become dear friends. I consider you as my sons and my daughters. I wish to give you my last counsel: “I say unto you that ye should serve Him who has created you from the beginning and who is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another…And behold all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments and [follow with exactness the mission rules]; and he has promised you, [and I promise you] that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper [in the mission field]; and he never doth vary from that which he has said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.” (Mosiah 2:21,22)

I will miss you dearly. Remain faithful and true to your calling and to your new mission president, President Simmons, who I love and respect.

Preach My Gospel Missionaries love and serve the Lord.

With love, your fellow servant and friend,
President Mains