Selamat Hari Raya!! Today is the day that all the Muslims get to break their month long fast of Ramadan! They only eat after sunset during that time. Its a big deal for all of singapore though, because it is a public holiday. So no one is working, there is no school, everyone is going out to party the day away, because its the only time they can! Haha welcome to Singapore, where life is ONLY a fast lane. If you aren’t going fast enough, you will probably get hit like a bug on a windshield.
This week was crazy, but so is every week. Maybe someday in an Email I will say, “this week was nice and even. All our plans happened, no one cancelled and we hit all of our goals.” Haha not likely here. We took a hit with our lessons with investigators. A lot of random cancellations, but a lot of miracles to fill those gaps. Proabably the best part of this week was that we met our mission standard of excellence of two new investigators. The last couple of weeks we had been getting maybe one, but we are working hard to get the members excited about missionary work and BOTH our new investigators were member referrals. Their names are S Ph and C. S Ph is from Malaysia but has been schooling and working in Singapore for the last 6 years. She used to live across from the church and has always wondered what it was like inside. Now she is living as a tenant with a member couple whos two kids are on missions. She really likes it with them. We gave her a church tour and she really enjoyed the chapel. She is really musical, so she was obsessed with the hymn book. We sang “I am a child of God” for her and she said she felt so peaceful. It was cool 🙂 She wasn’t able to come to church because she got sick, but she is really cool. I hope she goes places…like the baptism font!
C is a Filipina! She lives with Filipino members of our ward. Almost all Filipinos are Roman Catholic, but C is very open minded about learning. She is also very logical about things. That makes sister Fa very happy, and me as well. I appreciate when people are willing to listen to the facts before they make a decision. Out lesson with her was so good! We were planning on just getting to know her and share a scripture, and it ended up with us talking about missionary work, teaching part of the restoration as well as sharing the scripture. We shared Alma 7;11-13
“11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succorhis people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.”
This really hit C hard because she is so far from her family. It is a very normal thing for Filipino women to come to Singapore to seek work and then not see their families for years and years. They send home all the money they earn and live in cramped apartments with lots of other Filipinos, because its so expensive here. However, they make that sacrifice. C has been gone for two years and has a 12 year old daughter. When we shared the scripture, we put her name in it instead of “people.” She started crying after we read it, and then Sister F, her member friend, started crying and it was just a big cry fest. I love those, though, because it is a way for me to see the spirit testify to people. She is really awesome. We are going to visit her again next Sunday at 7.
In other news this week, Saturday was a really cool because it was a ward activity to a little island called Pulau Ubin. It is an adventure island! So you can bike places or go see cool nature of just hang out with a bunch of dogs 🙂 In our case, we started biking with members. When one of the young women flipped over her handlebars and got all scratched up, we went back with her to make sure she was ok. She went to the hospital yesterday and has no fractures or anything, just some deep bruising. Anyway…Pulau Ubin was great. S Ph was supposed to come, but couldn’t because she got super sick, as were P and her boys, but K was sick, and members were supposed to bring their friends, but THAT didn’t happen. In someways its was disappointing, it was great to spend time with the members. I also got sunburned, so that was fun 🙂
Well, kids, thats all for today! I love you all! We are going to Marina Bay with Sister A today and her three nonmember friends, so it will be a great day to be a missionary! I love you!