Wednesday, August 26, 2009


So when I talk about weeks, it normally goes from Wednesday to Wednesday, since preparation days are on Wednesday. Well, the "week" didn't start of too well. We were dropped by an investigator who we met with for the first time. He had met other Elders before, but he said that he didn't want his family to be upset, so he returned the pamphlets and Book of Mormon which he said was hard to read, even though it was in Vietnamese. Slightly frustrating. Had to go to our ward mission leader's home after that without the investigator.

We had a great rest of the week though! We met up with Ahmed, our Malay investigator who is rather interested. He's a freethinker, so that's good. It's been fun teaching him because he has been exploring and studying many different religions. We met up with Leah again and had another wonderful appointment with her. She really is excited to be baptized, and so we're excited too!

Alvin is still doing good, and is set! He came to Church this past Sunday and loved it, as with Leah. We had four at Church, which was wonderful, and the Zone is at its best since last year, even with the withdrawal of missionaries.

We helped with teaching one of our member's children. She's a single Mom and wanted us to review some gospel teachings with her before her baptism in a couple of weeks. who is getting baptized in a couple of weeks. It's always sad to see that, where there isn't a complete family. The family as an institution really is under attack. Just the other day, I was contacting a man at the MRT while waiting for an investigator. The conversation was going good till I asked him if he wanted to learn more, then he went of our Church's Prop 8 stance! Was I surprised! He knew a lot about the Church, and wasn't too opposed to it. He was just rather offended since he himself had those same-gender attraction tendencies. He did give me his email, so we'll see how that goes. But, it really is sad to see the world really twisting the view of family. The First Presidency stated that "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners." We each have individual responsibilities as men and women.
Met a wonderful girl that I contacted, but unfortunately, she lives in the other Elder's area! She was very much willing to listen though. As I said before, it is amazing and a joy to find those who are sincerely seeking for happiness and truth.
Getting to know the members well, had a couple of good dinner appointments. I really like the members, they are really friendly, and some of them have really been starting to help us, so that's been great.

We've had quite a few appointments these couple of days, so we're off to a good start.

Been studying the Old Testament. Finally got through Leviticus and now in numbers. To be honest, it's been terribly boring, but I'm pushing through. I've been trying to take a break from that and reading from The Book of Mormon. Been blessed to gain so many meaningful insights.

Well, have a great week!

-Elder Chua

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