Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day, Everyone!

Not much really happened here, for Father's Day, so I hope a lot more fun and pie are being had where you all are.  Dad, and Grandpa, and Uncles, thank you all for being such great examples to me and being great husbands and fathers!!  I hope you all have some time to relax and to enjoy whatever festivities are happening at the family gathering.  (Although, I don't know if it's possible to do both at the same time...)
It's great to hear from Grandma and Shelley over email, but once again, I don't really know what to say when you can read my words almost instantly.  Send me some pictures of the party!  I'll send you a couple of pictures from my week, and explain a little of what's been going on in Sibu.
Well, we haven't moved out to the new house yet.  I think there are still people living there, so we'll probably move in two weeks.  Next week is zone conference in Singapore, so three or four days will be filled up with taxis and airplanes and layovers and finding a hotel and giving and hearing talks.  I'm always re-energized by zone conferences, so I'm looking forward to this one very much.  Because we will be leaving on Monday, I don't know when I will have time to email you.  It probably won't get to you on your normal Sunday night time.  If not, I'll let you know next time what I learn and feel at zone conference.

We met a couple of times this week with our new investigator girl, (     ) and her brother (Ethan).  They are both pretty playful, and they don't focus during our lessons.  It's funny because they ask to have lessons with us, but they aren't willing to pray or give honest answers to questions.   I don't know how much I can expect from them.  After all, they're pretty young, and they haven't always had a great environment at home, so it may hurt to be honest and accept new things from new people.  However, they love the plan of salvation diagram I created in Singapore, and they loved the spirit and physical bodies that Mom sent.  Thank you!!  They help immensely in teaching with clarity.  It's hard for them to read the old Chinese in the Book of Mormon, so it's going to take a lot of work and patience to help them progress, but we'll keep trying!
An Elder that served in Sibu formerly came to visit the saints here in Malaysia with his wife.  Elder David Hunsaker, who lives in Salt Lake City stopped in for our Sunday meetings, and all the members were very happy to see him!  He did so much good work and helped several people accept the gospel while he served here.  I hope I can do the same.  I don't know if I'll have a similar opportunity to return in a few years to see the growth of the Church in Sibu, but I know that the Lord's work will progress as the gospel is spread here.  I'm glad to be a part of it, even if just a small, and often confused part.  I know that the Lord is helping me to overcome certain weaknesses as I continue to serve Him in the best ways that I can find, and I pray that He will continue to do the same for all of you, too!
I love you all so much!!  Thank you for all the kind words that I can read over email, as well as the prayers and thoughts that I can feel from you, half the world away.

Dad: When you say "giving" and hearing talks, do you mean that you have been asked to speak?  I assume not.
Brennan: All the missionaries get a topic and are told to prepare a 7-10 minute talk before zone conference.  Some are called up on the spot to speak when we meet in Singapore.  That happened to me at Christmas Conference.  At that time, I had completely missed the topic, and I didn't even know that Elders and Sisters were called up to speak.  I remember hearing my name through the dark fog that separated me from the world of the awake.  I opened my eyes when Elder Harper nudged me and said, "Get up there. We're waiting." 
I said "*wgehuat?" 
He said, "President Mains just announced that you'll be giving a talk.  Good luck"
As I scooted down the pew past him on my way up the pulpit I asked, "What's my topic?"
I ended up saying a few very repetitive things and talking about how we all have the Light of Christ, and when we cleave unto light that we receive, we will receive more and more light.  Someone called me on the phone which I was using to frantically look up a scripture as I spoke, so I had to silence it.  That was pretty embarrassing.

Tip of the week:  Don't drink the orange juice.

Maybe it came from green oranges like Elder Broadhead's?

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