Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Last Week's E-mail

Halo Keluargaku,

Sounds like everything is still going well at home. Cold I imagine, huh? That's an interesting difference from here where the heat has been absolutely blazing for the last few days. Definitely the hottest it's been since I've gotten here. What's funny though, is that we're also getting the most rain I've seen since I've arrived. Even Elder Porter who just got here from Sibu, a city famous in Malaysia for it's floods, said that the rain here on Sunday was about the hardest he's ever seen. Just so loud and coming down in waves. I took a video, but I'm afraid it may be a little too big to send. Next time, ah? But hey! It looks like I can send you a video of the Ipoh bus system! Hooray for the new e-mail system. So, public facilities here aren't always world class (I've heard the general hospital is quite the experience), but occasionally we find ourselves in a position where the bus looks like a pretty good idea. So here's a little taste of what an Ipoh bus ride is like! I don't know that the film can quite convey the craziness of the driving. You feel very safe though! Buses are huge.

So, the week here in Ipoh has been kind of just about getting back to normal. After so many mission tours and everything it's weird to just be back to normal missionary work again, but also really nice. Hopefully we're going to get some time for a while to just get back to it and build up the area. In the last couple of weeks we actually had a lot of investigators who looked really good drop us, which is always hard, but at least it gives us a chance to focus on those who are really committed and to try some new things. Getting dropped is just part of missionary work right?

We have seven new missionaries coming in Tuesday of next week. Everyone is talking about really big transfers coming up so no one is really sure what's going to happen. Sounds a little bit like we're going to be in a totally new mission by next week. Definitely keeps things exciting. Transfers are a lot of fun.

This week I've been trying out a promise Sister Nelson gave us at our last mission tour. She talked to us about the scriptures and told us that what most people don't realize, is that the scriptures are an answer book for all the questions we have. She promised us that if we'd approach the scriptures everyday with our biggest question in mind, how to help a particular investigator or increase our faith or what is the celestial kingdom like or anything, whatever our question was, that if we'd prayerfully approach the scriptures with that question in mind, we'd find the answer every time. She actually told us we wouldn't even have to read for long, that we'd just run into the answer. So she challenged us to try it for just thirty days and that's what I've been doing. So, after one week only I can already testify that that's absolutely true. I've had diverse questions, even some I didn't really think there were answers to at all, and all of them have been answered to my satisfaction. The scriptures are amazing, a huge gift from our Heavenly Father. They really are just our answer book to life. All we have to do is humbly, prayerfully approach them truly searching for answers, and we'll find them. Every time.

So, that's the week here in Ipoh! We're keeping up the hard work and having a lot of success. Ipoh is amazing, I'm learning to love it more and more and really coming to believe it's one of the best areas in all of Malaysia. I'm really blessed to get to work here.

Love you all so much! Talk to you soon!

Elder Blissett (Kevin)

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