Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pakistani Investigators

Halo Keluargaku,

Well, Elder Lang and I have had a week of hard work! It feels like we were doing more knocking this week with some less than encouraging results than I've done for a long time, but our spirits are actaully still pretty high. Elder Lang is a lot of fun and it wasn't really very burdensome at all to get out there and put on some miles. It's funny, I've thought for a while that knocking is a little bit like magic. Your teaching pool will be running low, you go out and knock for a few hours, and then all of a sudden you have people to teach! Sometimes you just have to get out there and put on the grind. :D

There's actually a lot of good things that happened too though. One of the highlights is that our Pakistani investigator is doing awesome! We've been teaching a lot of the commandmants this week that we really anticipated having trouble with, things that would require a big lifestyle change, but he's taken it all like a champ! He already identifies the church as his church pretty strongly and he's looking really solid for baptism on May 15th. He's even quitting smoking. He went from smoking 20 sticks a day about a week ago to just one every two days when we last checked. He's doing awesome. He says he doesn't really think that he was ever really addicted to smoking, that he just did it as a style thing. Looks like that might be the case!

Some of the best news though is that one of his friends is also progressing really well, is promising to bring more family members to church this week, and he wants to introduce us to another one of his friends this week! I really believe that one of the best indicators of conversion is when people start to share what they've learned with others, and *** is doing a great job of that. So we should be seeing a lot of good things come out of all of this in the near future. Blessings for sure.

Other than that, we went on exchanges with some of the other elders here in KL on Monday, gave a training to everyone in KL city on Tuesday, and are planning to go on exchanges again on Thursday. President Clark talked to us about doing exchanges more often, so we're taking that advice to heart. It keeps us really busy, but it's pretty fun and productive too, so we're excited to do it.

Elder Lang and I are planning to go to the Orang Asli museum today. Orang Asli (or "original people") are kind of like the real original native people here in Malaysia, but now they've mostly disappeared. There's just a few scattered "kampung" (villages) here and there now, so I'm really interested to see if I can learn what happened to them all. Should be a lot of fun!

Well, that's pretty much the news from KL. We're getting a lot of rain lately. It's funny, you always know if it's going to rain in KL if the afternoon is really, really hot. I don't really know what the connection there is, but we've been having a lot of hot afternoons and rainy storms. I guess it's just the season (although I've come to believe that there aren't really any distinct seasons here!).

I love you all so much. It's always so good to read a letter from home. Hope everything is going great and I'll talk to you soon! (Like in three weeks :D)

Love you!

Elder Blissett

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