Sunday, August 26, 2012

From Jacob's 8/26/2012 Email

I don't know if I mentioned before, but there is a lot of traveling done in this mission, I have seen my mission president twice in the 2 months I have been here, but tonight around 5pm we leave for KL to receive training tomorrow. The training is for new missionaries, I am interested if the missionaries from East Malaysia will be flying over or not. It would be nice to meet up with Elders Guaghltier (sorry I think I spelled his name a mess) and Snyder again :D Elder Harper is serving in JB I think, and I will almost definitely get to meet him as well!

This week... one of the nicest things I heard said by someone who I shall refer to as "Auntie" was that her pastor told them that the Mormons are evil terrible people, and that they should not listen to them, give them the time of day, and above all else, not to read the Book of Mormon. She told us that she felt that we were serving Christ, and if she sent her son halfway around the world she would want to know that there was someone taking care of him.

A nice quote that Brother Winnheim shared with me (an American who visited from Utah) was "I am only one, but I am one, I cannot do everything, but that which I can do I should do." (by...someone- I forget :o) I firmly believe this. It is not enough to justify ourselves based on what other people do. At the end of the day we know whether we have chosen the higher path, whether we have improved ourselves in the eyes of God, or whether we are turning from Him to the cares of the world which moth and dust can corrupt.

So many people here and everywhere seem to be taking the easy path. The easy path is not the path that leads to true happiness. If one never struggles one will never grow, and in the struggle and the triumph the joy of life and the purpose of life are found.

Pedro* is still preparing for baptism, his parents after witnessing the power of the Priesthood are becoming more and more interested in this church. They came to church last Sunday. It is interesting how many people here are told that our church is evil, and more interesting how many people will take others word for that, and come to conclusions based on erroneous accusations.

Some things I have added to my understanding since serving the Lord these last 2 months, are 1) that God is infinitely more powerful than the Adversary. That His power is literally transcendent over any of its mockers. 2) That I really am not able to do the things the Lord has asked me to do on my own, and that only through His mercy and grace am I able to speak to this people every day in their language, according to their understanding, and help them add to the truths they already cherish.

I love you all! Thanks for you support :D Elder Black (White Elder)

*All names have been changed for the insanity of the writer of this news.