Week 55

Last week we had a meeting in KL, one of the luxury condominium around twin tower. Apparently, the missionaries are cleaning out all the branches directory in KL District and it is to build a foundation for temple building. It is truly an exciting good news for all the Malaysians. But a lot more need to be done. The good news is that the foundation is now being laid all around Malaysia. And whoever that the missionaries couldn't locate, they need to use 8 steps to trace them down and if they still fail to trace them down, the record will then be moved to Salt Lake where there is another group that will trace them down. Sounds cool right? It sounds like you can run, you can hide but we will still find you. 
I love Melaka even though I am 2 hours away from home. I love cycling around Jonker Street and also around Melaka. I am still learning to recognize and remember the road here. The road here is so different and I find it super hard to be able to know where am I going most of the time but I still hope that I will be able to know my way around. I see a lot of potential in Melaka. I want to see Melaka grow before I leave. The branch has been struggling because in the past a lot of immigrants were brought into the church instead of local. Since I am the district leader of Melaka, I am making sure that everyone that are being taught are local. I know that the message is for everyone but I also need to think about the branch where we need a lot more local to help sustain the branch here. Immigrants will eventually return back to their country.
It just so exciting now in Melaka where everyone want to see growth and everyone wanting to go work work work. I learnt a lot from Butterworth branch. Even though it is a small branch but the people there are so united and this is what I like the most. If you have a big branch, the people are not united, it still wont mean anything. I find this scripture verses very meaningful and I want to be able to apply it in Melaka branch;

Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the ainward vessel shall be bcleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also. (Alma 60:23)
I gave a talk in the branch last Sunday and I relate an example. For instance, if you fail to win the bowling game, something was wrong with the ally, the pins, the shoulder and more and more excuses but the trouble is never themselves. I know that a lot of people would have wonder after attending the church for several years and have not seen growth in the church especially in Melaka, they began the question if this is the church of God. Think about it. If you have a child, will you give him whatever he wants or will you teach him step by step. It is the same principle of will you give him a fish or will you teach him how to fish. The church is perfect and the gospel is perfect but the people are not perfect. The question now is are you doing what you are suppose to do as a member? Do you think that you are ready to handle a bigger branch? Think think think. Think about it. And I am sure this apply to all the branches.

I definitely have to say I really love serving in Malaysia. 10 year or 20 years later, I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I was there to build the foundation for the temple. Not to forget all the other Malaysians missionaries that are serving outside of Malaysia, they are also doing a great job in helping other. Wherever you are called, the Lord knows how you are able to to help that area. So good job everyone in helping the work to roll out. 

Love you all,
Elder Tan

with Ming!

Elder Pratt jump over me while I am posting with thumbs up. Haha

with Malvinder!

with Jou in McD

with Sis Catherine and I am soaking wet

Babymikhil's family that are still learning right now.

Bobby and his dad with all the missionaries

The sweet husband and wife

Us all in Satay Celop. 

This is how much all of us ate. 

Mooncake festival in a kindergarten. The senior couple don't know how to use my camera. zzz




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