On Monday we went to a Buddhist monastery near Toa Payoh. It was incredibly beautiful. The first part started out in what seemed to be a shrine to Buddha, with hundreds of Buddha statues, and it was kind of dark, but afterwards we went out and were able to go about the gardens and outdoor part, and hear the monks’ chanting. It was so peaceful! And throughout all of it I marveled at how blessed we are to know that we will be with our families again, that life will go on and be better, and that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and we love him and I just felt so so so lucky.
On Tuesday we had a GREAT district meeting with the new district leader Elder McCarthy! He did an excellent job and afterwards we went contacting and worked on some planning for the week. I look back on when I first started my mission and it’s really cool to see how much I’ve progressed, how much confidence I’ve been able to gain through building my testimony and faith in Jesus Christ. 🙂 And now I can talk to people so much better about this glorious good news!
Yummy Sri Lankan food
More Sri Lankan food
They love cooking!
On Wednesday we had quite the adventure. So once upon a time we went to heart attack the Christiansens, and on the way to their apartment we saw this tall white guy skateboarding down the hallway and realized–awkwardly–that it was Brother Christiansen! So we dawdled a bit until he left down the hallway (we of course said hi’s to each other as he was passing), and then we proceeded to go heart attack their door, then escape down some other stairs, thinking to get on the lift on another floor. But then the adventure began. Every stairwell we went on ended in a locked gate, it was the sketchiest apartments we’ve both seen in Singapore, and when we finally found a lift, there was a sign saying “door is locked” and we couldn’t get to them! (It was hilarious). Then a nice little Myanmar man appeared and guided us to another stairwell and then to a back freight elevator with doors that opened and closed super super fast (eek!) and then we finally made it out. It was so much fun 🙂 I love this place. 🙂
Note from Mom: They documented the whole adventure, lol.
On Saturday we went on exchanges! I was with Sister Fa in 1st Ward and Sister Opatha left (sigh!) to Ang Mo Kio. But me and Sister Fa had a great time! It was so much fun to catch up on old times, and it was her year mark the day before so we went out for lunch to eat delicious fish. Then later that night we met with a man named R who is a Seventh Day Adventist. He’s interesting. He has many beliefs that are true, but some are very different. But it’s been really cool to study to meet with him because I’ve truly built my testimony that the Book of Mormon and Bible work together to testify of Christ!
At fish restaurant
At Fish restaurant with Sister Fa
On Sunday we had a great and packed day. After church (which was fantastic), we went to the Ellis’s home for lunch. Afterwards we went home, studied and prepped, and then met with J to teach Word of Wisdom with O. Now sometimes this can be the most worrisome lesson to teach, because many of the things in it, such as no smoking, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, or green or black tea, are things that people have difficulty giving up. But J is amazing and is pretty much keeping it all already on her own. I love her so much! She is such a light and I am so grateful I have the opportunity to know her! The best part of a mission is learning how much you can love so many people. 🙂
Beautiful China town
In conclusion, I love this Gospel, and I love these people! Sometimes I get frustrated, but hey, I’m human. And there needs to be an opposition in all things, because otherwise how would we know the good? And I know and testify that as we strive to overcome opposition that we will truly know for ourselves through the light of Christ good and evil, what are correct choices, and we will receive guidance in our lives! I love you all!