Well, we did finally hear about the tsunami on Sunday at church. It was really unbelievable to see the pictures of what's going on there in Japan. It's hard to believe that something like this could happen even in a developed nation like Japan. It's a huge blessing to hear that all the missionaries are accounted for though. I hope to hear soon that the members are safe, and we're definitely praying for the people in Japan. It feels a lot closer to home being over here in Asia!
Well, for the last two days Elder Peterson and I have been out of our area doing exchanges with the other elders here in KL. It's always tough to be away from your own investigators and area, but it's been really cool to see what the other elders are doing and try and find ways that we can help them. The elders here in the zone are really awesome, and we're very blessed to have a really motivated and faithful crew doing the work here in this part of the vineyard. So I've definitely learned a lot the last couple of days and I feel like I've gotten to know the elders in the zone a lot better, which is very important too!
As for the rest of the week, it's always hard to even remember what happened! One of the things that has really surprised me about missionary work is how fast everything changes. It really feels like week to week you're working with an entirely different group of people. Even the investigators you work with for a long time seem to change so much it's hard to keep tabs on what they're all doing. But, for a minor update, it seems like our very spiritually sensitive Myanmar investigator is doing very well, although she's going to have some trouble coming to church for a while since her boss is out of town and she can't take a day off until he gets back. Can you believe that? Not a single day off. It actually seems to be a pretty regular schedule for a lot of people here to get two "off-days" a month. They're actually really lucky if they're working at a company that allows them to take those off-days on Sundays, since those are some of the biggest business days here in Malaysia. So that's always a challenge to deal with, but we pray and do the best we can and often something will work out.
We're planning to have two baptisms this Sunday! One is ***, our Nigerian investigator who bore his testimony the first time he ever came to church. He's really done awesome, and has made a lot of progress really quickly. He didn't really have any major concerns and he's looking very solid for baptism, so we're really excited about that. Our other potential is a man named ***, who is really excited to be baptized, but lives really far from the church, making it a little difficult for us to find good times and places to meet him. So if we can work it out, we're going to finish his teaching this week and get him baptized on Sunday, if not, it should be another week.
So Heavenly Father is still blessing us with lots of really awesome people to work with. It's been cool to see the sentence in Preach My Gospel fulfilled where it says that the Lord will put people in our path and put us in the paths of others who are prepared to hear the message of the gospel. I've definitely learned that that's true for myself.
Well, other than that, it's been a pretty standard week. I'm so grateful to be serving a mission. I know that the Lord has called me here and I know that this is his work. It's one of the greatest blessings of my life to get to be a part of it!
I love you all so much!