November 24, Sunday
I had an unusual amount of stress this week, and I’m pretty sure it was all caused by my knowledge that I had a talk to prepare for sacrament meeting. Last week at church Elder Black was quicker than me to sit down and become occupied with something else when we saw a member of the bishopric approach, so I got to speak today. My talk was as immaculate and eloquent as could be expected of a talk written the hour before sacrament meeting, but the on-the-spot translation into Chinese destroyed any coherency that had survived the translation from mental panic to a written outline. Nevertheless, I received a few complements from members about how clearly I spoke. I sat down after I finished speaking and felt all my stress drain away.
I learned a lot about just how refreshing the Sabbath can be today. I really felt it bring a lot of peace into all my activities as I centered my thoughts on Christ. Even though today didn’t feel especially restful, since we had so many lessons to prepare and teach. I really do feel recharged and ready for a new week. I’m so glad that I’m already used to Sunday activities that help me keep the Sabbath day holy. So many people here are shocked by this commandment – they didn’t realize that it brings great blessings, and they find it very hard to consistently keep. I know there really are great blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy, and I see them so abundantly here.
P.S. I learned one more thing: don’t accidentally give a contact homework to read 3 Nephi 3:7.
November 25, Monday
I just went biking in Pulau Ubin today, Monday. (drat.. I had no camera with me.)