This week has been another amazing one, and I don't know if KL can possibly be as cool as Singapore! First, we went to Marina Bay after email last week. It's the iconic place in Singapore, and we got some good pictures and got to spend time with a really cool recent convert before he left back to China. The Merlion was my favorite part of that.
We went to FHE after with
the YSA, which was fun as usual. They are all super cool. The next day we
did things for our work permits, that went by smoothly, and we even made it
back for district meeting, where departing missionaries shared the advice
that they wish they had known earlier, including one of the APs. A bunch of
them left this week, but something like 8 English speakers came this week,
as well. I am no longer the least experienced missionary here! :)
three investigators, none of which I've met before, and that was fun. One
of them said I need to call him and he will cook for me.
The next day was
also great. I went to Little India for the first time and got to eat a
bunch of Indian food. A lot of the Chinese people aren't fans of Indian
cuisine, so I got to eat nearly two meals, since one of the members who
went with us didn't like hers.
We got another elder who was in Singapore
for a couple days, and he was super cool. He stayed with us that night, so
there were 7 mattresses in our one room, which is kind of odd since in our
same building there is another English companionship of elders by
themselves in an apartment.
Anyway, Elder Mitchell and I went out
contacting for a bit by ourselves, which was fun. One very cool thing that
happened is as we left the building, we saw two people coming in, which we
didn't think much of. We said a prayer, and as soon as we opened our eyes,
they were walking out of it past us, and we talked to them. It turns out
they weren't members and were just seeing what our church was about, so
that was good.
We got back and did a basketball activity with YSA and
people they invited, which was actually very effective. A bunch of
nonmembers came and we talked to them. And then I saw someone I knew from
BYU, Damon Petersen (hopefully that's the right spelling).
durian that night, and I finally had my first taste. I had tried many times
to get things like durian juice or Durian McFlurries, but I was told my
first try had to be fresh. It definitely smells not so great, I smell it
all over the place. It tasted and had the texture of an enchilada, I think.
I wasn't a fan.
Anyway, the next day was also a good one. We did weekly
planning, which takes a very long time. I thought we accomplished a lot,
though. One tradition before weekly planning is to go to a nearby pizza
place first, and we ran into our Stake President there. As he left, he
said "Enjoy your free meal!". It turns out he payed for all of us! What a
kind man! He's super great. There were 8 missionaries, and this place isn't
Our next day was probably
the best of the week because we taught 4 lessons, which all went well. The
first investigator seemed a bit uninterested when he was first met with,
but in this lesson he was very interested in family history work, and then
accepted things that are a bit weird for some people like the Word of
Wisdom and Baptisms for the Dead immediately, no question. He also firmly
believes he will get an answer to his prayers soon. The next one we watched
the Joseph Smith video with, and by the end, she was practically bearing
testimony to us about it. Our third lesson helped a recent convert be
willing to start attending church again. Our last one was with a guy that
apparently has made tons of progress, and I really like him. He agreed to
The next day we had some very interesting lessons, but the
most memorable part of the day was in between lessons. I went back down the
hallway to adjust the AC when suddenly I heard a "crack" below my feet. The
hallway was dark, and I couldn't really see what it was, but it looked like
a toy lizard. As I was coming back, I looked more closely at it. And my
worst fears were confirmed. It wasn't a toy. But it was a lizard. And it
was dead. In the end, it turns out I may not have killed it, but I still
feel really bad about killing a lizard. When we left the building, the
Filipinos came to play there weekly game of full court basketball outside,
but after seeing what Elder Frey had done to the basketball hoop, they all
left, so then both of us felt badly, and it was all okay.
That night we
went to a dinner appointment with some super cool people in the ward. We
ate wonderful dumplings and macaroons, and I learned how to play real Mah
Jong (or however you spell it).
Yesterday was also pretty dang good, though
we did forget to tell two referrals who were willing to come to church what
time it was at. They came to break the fast with us, though, which had some
pretty dang good food.
Today was the best P-day so far, we went to Pulau
Ubin, an island just off the main one, and there we mountain biked. There
were four of us there, since the other two decided since it was pouring
rain they didn't want to, but though we were soaked before we even got
there, it wasn't crowded at all, and it was super, super fun. We walked
through Mangrove Forests and saw plenty of wild boars, and had lots of good
biking. And I ate another durian, which I am now a part-fan of.
I will also
be leaving to KL this week!