Post Mission Experience: Once a missionary, always a missionary

I was serving as a missionary in Miri, East Malaysia around December 2013 to June 2014 and it was my second last area. Usually when I enter an area, I will do a huge cleanup on the member list including visiting every names on the list making sure that everyone actually exist. We have an area called Permy Jaya where about 50 household members live in that area and about half or probably more than half of them are either less active and inactive.

There are several names where me and my companion couldn't locate. I will always return to the same house asking for the same people before I give up. I have a huge impression about this member, Sister Marilyn who is not to be found anywhere in the area. Then, I got transferred out of my area and shortly after that, I finished my mission.

During that whole month waiting for time to pass to go to BYU-Hawaii, a member from Miri added me on Facebook late at night. Her name was Latter Day Saints. I approve her friend request and receive a  message from her. When I saw that she if from Miri, I quickly ask about her and I found out that she is Sister Marilyn the one that I have been looking for when I was in Miri. She told me how she misses the church and wanted to return and she hopes that her husband will be baptized in the church.

I asked for all the information that I need and pass those information to my former companion, Elder Stewart who replace me in Miri. I called him and told him about this family. They were so quick to respond to my call and they visited the family the second day. Shortly after that, I heard that 9 family members from the family got baptized into the church.

Today, May 29, 2015, the daughter of Sister Marilyn messaged me on Facebook that she has been looking for an elder who brought her mom and family back to church and asked if I am the one. I told her that I was the one. She thanked me for the blessings that she has been receiving from the gospel. I couldn't imagine a million time that this could ever happen to me.

I am definitely excited for this post mission experience and I was literally looking at every place to find Sister Marilyn yet she found me.

A picture that Sister Marilyn sent to me. Sister Marilyn is actually on the far left. I believe everyone on the picture was baptized. 




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