Week 39

Just to update you again in case you forget, I will be leaving on Wednesday coming back to Sabah on Friday night. Have a lot to do yet so little time. Frankly speaking, Singapore Mission is the only mission where most of the missionaries travel a lot compare to all other mission. 

In every branches that I serve in, I often ask myself a question, "Am I a burden or blessing to this branch?" I want to help in many way as a missionary but sometimes my companion would say, now you are more like a home teacher then a missionary. Back in Sibu, the membership record was in a whole mess. I print out the list and update every single member's phone number and address through a software that the church uses. My intention wasn't to boast or to show how smart am I but my intention was that future missionaries are able to trace them down. Through the process of cleaning up the membership list. I actually identified a member called Sis Deisy as M.I.A because of the inadequate information such as incorrect phone number and incorrect address. And I wasn't really on my own when I was doing cleaning up the record, I asked for the branch presidency to announce to all the members on Sunday to ask for their help if they were to spot any of the less active members, please approach them and get their phone number or address and pass it to the missionaries. Through that, Sis Irene, a really great member in Sibu that had helped me a lot in this cleaning up process. She gave me Sis Deisy's phone number and I called her up to invite her back to the church and since then she has been coming to church. Last week, her son just got baptized. And my greatest memory for me in Sibu was that I am able to organize five 8 years old kids to be baptized beside missionary work. It was a heartwarming joy when I see each of these kids go into the water and come back up. 

Now in Kota Kinabalu, I go back to what I used to do again and with the full support from leaders in this branch, a lot is possible to be done. I can't update you anything yet because it is still under process. I will update you the result in several more weeks. On Sunday, where it was fast and testimony Sunday, a lot of kids aged between 5 and above bore their testimony and it reminds me of Puchong branch where most of the kids would do the same. Before the sacrament meeting even started, I was challenged by 4 primary kids to bear my testimony but I told them, if you go up I will go up. I never really thought that they would go up and bear their testimonies. After all 4 of them bore their testimonies, they all looked at me == hahaha. It was so funny larh and I really love this branch. I hope the next transfer will not affect me which I know it will not but nobody really know what is in President Main's mind. Sigh. 

One of the thing that I really like to do in my mission is to read. I never imagine or never thought that I would ever develop the habit of reading but I really did. I tried to develop a reading habit before my mission but it didnt really work out well. Each day, I look forward toward my personal study where I get to learn more about the teachings and sometimes even when I was asked questions from investigators that I haven't even thought about it before, I would always open up my scriptures and start reading looking for the answers. One of the church member said, if I remember correctly, if you were to train your stamina, you go jogging, but if you were to train your wisdom, you start reading. I definitely have to agree that through reading, wisdom is impart into our mind. 

Beside that, something that I really learn a lot is about prayer. Prayer may seems to be something easy to be done but actually there is a lot more information about it. I picked this up in the Bible Dictionary "Prayer"

As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
Christians are taught to pray in Christ’s name (John 14:13–1415:7, 1616:23–24). We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ—when His words abide in us (John 15:7). We then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart.
Prayer becomes natural as we begin to understand our relationship with Heavenly Father which is really true. Sometimes you may find that when you pray for something you never really receive what you ask for. You have to understand that the purpose of prayer is not to change the will of Heavenly Father but to secure ourselves a blessing that are already in store for us and God knows what we need even before we ask for, and He knows what is best for us. So, do not counsel God but to receive counsel from him. For example, as I talk more to A, I begin to know more about him and understand more about him and this is the same principle with prayer as well. As we pray more, we begin to understand Heavenly Father's will. This is very logic. A lot definitely experiences unanswered prayers because the way that you pray isn't in the correct way. You need to use the right method which is to pray in the name of Jesus Christ and you also need to know that you need ask things that is possible for God to grant. As it was said, "
 Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart."

I hope that through this reference from Bible Dictionary, we will all began to understand prayer. In addition to that, I am grateful for Bro & Sis Loke because of Elder Loke's great example as a missionary to me. Bro & Sis Loke, you have a great son! Lemme talk about the first time when I met with Elder Loke in Youth Conference. We never really talked to each other and we are more like strangers to each other but right now, we are serving in the same mission and are best friend already. I am grateful that he is able to come on mission with me because he gave me a lot of advice to become a better missionaries. 

Pray always & take care

Elder Tan

Sis Parker last district meeting. Byee. 

We have a formal one and of course we need a funny one.

From left to right; Sis Tiffiny(looks like Kelly Chi), Chelsy, and DaiLou

With one of the, I doont know. 

Harvest Festival Church Style, Eder organizing game with all these anxious participants. 

Young woman and primary activity at the beach. I wonder why was I even there. LOL

This kid is only a year old and he/she is so good in eating watermelon. Sometimes in the church, he/she would come to me calling me =="

At KDCA where they celebrate Harvest Festival yearly. With me was a fat snake. 

With President Fausto, 1st counselor District Presidency and his mother in law. I love them very much. Truly great people. 

Ok. This is the story. A guy driving in his sports car and then it stopped working blocking all the cars from passing through. Then the police came to rescue pushing the car. 

Pity this 2 men in black and spiderman. Sweating all day long. 

A dog we spotted in KDCA. 

That is KDCA Cultural Village which consists of Dusun tribes, Murut and more which I dont really know. 

Sabah's Sultan Mercedes Benz with no number plate on it eh? 

I...... really have no idea who is this lady but she looks like some Miss or Lady for something. 

A copy of how I do my personal study. 




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