Well, lots of random things this week, one of the first and foremost is that we were pleasantly surprised to hear a little bit of ruckus by our door during studies the other day, the quiet sound of paper sliding under the door, and feet beating a quick retreat to find out that, surprise, our power got cut! Yipee...
So, I'm still not entirely sure what happened. There's a guy here in Malaysia who handles all the church finances, so we faxed him our power bill weeks ago, but for some reason he just didn't pay for it. I... don't really know why. We called him the other day and he said he would pay it right then, but it was a national holiday in Singapore so it wouldn't get through until later. OK. Well, we called him yesterday again and it turns out due to a miscommunication he thought we were just going to pay for it. Well... Today the power it still out, so we don't know what's going on. On the brightside we slept out on the porch area of our apartment since we don't have any aircon or fans, which turned out to be a little like camping! As nice as it is to cool your apartment with fresh air though, we're pretty excited to be getting our power back, although we still don't know when exactly that will be.
We discovered new wildlife this week (it seems like I've been sending a bunch of wildlife e-mails lately). Anyway, this week Elder Whittaker and I started watching some fish in a nearby water channel thing, only to be shocked to see one fish jump out of the water and land on the beach. That was unusual, but you can only imagine our surprise when said fish started paddling along the beach with his flippers, and then quickly dart down a hole in the sand. Turns out as we kept watching we found about a dozen of these "mudfish" paddling their way across the beach and darting down holes. They've got to be some of the weirdest animals I've ever seen, although I'm actually pretty sure I've seen them on Discovery Channel or something. They're just some kind of crazy fish that for some reason can survive out of the water for a little bit, and has developed a way to use it's little flippers to almost kind of walk. Ridiculous. I'd love to get more information on them if you can find any though!
Things are getting a little more stable with our investigators. We have one looking pretty solid to be baptized in the early part of September, and two more who should be going on date sometime this week (they're actually that guy we randomly re-met I talked about last week and his wife. They've been to church twice already and are looking pretty solid). So, we're feeling prety encouraged. Still just working hard everyday.
Well, that's pretty much it for the week in Tawau! Elder Whittaker told me that he thinks for everyday, you should be able to say that today is better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow, and I'm thinking that's a pretty good way to get by in life. Seems pretty applicable here!
The gospel is true. It's what makes everything we do as missionaries worthwhile. I know I'd be lost without the church and I'm so happy to get a chance to do my part in sharing that with others. It's so good to get two years of your life totally focused everyday on doing better to help more people. Not many more noble goals.
Love you so much!