Week 17

Hi family,

I know right! When the member called me to eat the worm, I was hesitating and I have no idea where the courage actually came from to actually pick up the worm and put it into my mouth. But thankfully it doesn't taste bad but taste more like prawn. You should taste it someday. It's a very expensive food here in Sarawak. 

I kinda miss eating tang yuan together as a family and frankly speaking I didn't know that 21st December is actually tang yuan day. So, I got back from Singapore on 21st and then I went and talk to the house owner which is couple houses away from my house. And she was talking about tang yuan day and I didn't even know that it was tang yuan day, then she went and grab a pack of tang yuan and gave it to me. It was really good. And I did share with the missionaries staying with me. 

Anyway, the past week has been really busy and this week is going to be busy as well. We had Christmas party in the new chapel last Saturday, baptism last Saturday as well and then more Christmas parties tomorrow.

Do you have the latest Ensign already? If yes, go read the article from Elder Jefferey R. Holland. He is really a good and inspired speaker. I love listening to his talk in General Conference and also in Church Magazine. I hope I can speak like him someday. Anyway, in the latest magazine, he writes about understanding Christmas. Since Christmas is tomorrow, how many people actually understand what Christmas is all about? I used to think that Christmas is more about exchanging presents and that's all. It is not completely wrong but it is not completely right. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has emphasize that we need to understand Christmas rather than just enjoy it. We need to understand His Message, His Mission and His sacrifice for others. 

I'd been recording the church attendance for the past 5 weeks, it is always my top priority to bring members to church. So these are the church attendance for the past 5 weeks. 57 ---> 39 ---> 54 ---> 43 ---> 54 (yesterday) I have also study what is the problem that causes church attendance drops. I noticed that when we focused too much on the less active members, they came to church but the current members never show up. And when we focused too much on the current members, the less active members never show up. So, I finally come up with a conclusion to focus on everyone whether you are current member or less active member so that none of them will be left out or didn't show up in the church. I know things are gonna be hard but nothing is impossible. That is for now but hopefully I will be able to come out with more solution later on. 

And, I would like to encourage and invite more locals to serve mission. Singapore Mission has more than 110 missionaries but only 10 are from local. We need more local. I am not saying we do not need foreigner missionaries but the more local the better and the merrier. On the other hand, I am trying to encourage youths in Sibu to serve mission as well. Hopefully a year from now, we can see more locals coming in. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! 

Elder Tan

Christmas party in the new chapel. Turnout was pretty good.

Taking a lift down from the tallest building in Sarawak, Wisma Saiyan

That's what I do when I am bored. Hahaha!

So so so tired in Singapore. Need more sleep.

Elder Loke loves cam whoring and we were talking a lot that night before we went to sleep.

Cam whoring in Singapore Mission Office. We have our tag and tie removed and its approved by the mission president for certain issue.

Cam whoring in Singapore Mission Office. We have our tag and tie removed and its approved by the mission president for certain issue.

Baptismal font in the new chapel.

Filling up the baptismal font.

Now it looks more like a chapel!

Sagoh and me.

Our investigator getting ready to be baptized.

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