Miracle August: Homecoming talk

I came home on 2nd August and technically I am suppose to give my homecoming talk the following Sunday which is on the 3rd August. And it also appear to be fast and testimony Sunday and I didn't want to take up all the time but to leave some time to other to share their testimony. I was assigned the following Sunday to give a talk and I guess I'll take that as a homecoming talk.

I remember being the most excited missionary ever when I got into the field wanting to baptize the nation. Little did I know that I have to wake up every morning at 7:00am and do at least 3 - 4 hours of study every day. I am grateful for those morning studies because it has increase my gospel knowledge and strengthen my testimony. Waking up seems to be a burden but later I understand the importance of it.

My first culture shock experience was being in my first appointment not being able to understand a single word of Malay. I have learnt Malay over 7 years and here I am sitting in a house couldn't understand a single word spoken by my investigators. I have to say Easy Malaysians have better Malay than West Malaysians. Second experience was when I was on my bike in Sibu standing before the traffic lights where I felt that there is a lot of glance at me and weird looking at me. I didn't feel comfortable, confident and was always afraid. Sooner or later, all of those were overcame. One of the senior couple in Johor Bahru shared a quote from Professor Dumbledore, "Every day we have to make decision between doing what is easy or what is right."

Things that I have learnt on my mission was that satan is real and powerful. I have seen many many many members who stop enduring fall from the church and eventually bad things started happening to their family and they started pleading to us, "Elders, my son is taking drugs, help us!" "Elders, my daughter just ran away with another guy." The gospel of Jesus Christ prevent those things from happening in our life. I learnt the importance of consistent, consistent in praying and reading the scriptures. When we stop, satan tend to take over. I have learnt that when we do what the Lord wants us to do first, everything else will fall neatly into place. Thats why I rarely ever have worries in my life.

Another thing that I have learnt is the atonement of Jesus Christ. Satan will tell you that you are hopeless, useless and have no meaning in this life. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I understand that we are all child of God regardless what mistakes we have done in our life. T he most important is that there is always a way and that is atonement of Jesus Christ if we are willing to repent and not repeat the same mistakes again.

Recently, one of my friend talked to me on Facebook and express interest in becoming christian and desire to learn of our church because of the example that he had seen in me. We all could be example to friends around us.

And I met with my friends both time and they are always talking about problems in their life and then they would start looking at me and would be like, "Look at Kelvin, he has no stress". I started explaining how I live in a stress free environment which is to stay away from cigarettes and alcohols.

I have always love all the Young Men in the branch because they are all like my little brothers and I want the best for my little brothers. I emphasize a lot on going on mission. I am glad that a lot of them are considering and are planning to go on mission from the example that they have seen in me. Which also mean that I always need to be a good example to all these young men.

I named this Miracle August because this is my last month in Malaysia and everyone that I see this month is a miracle to me and great example to me in my life. There will definitely be more but this is as for now.

with Angelo and Anna! 

with the missionaries and Adrian! 


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