Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jan 19th, '10

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hey mom. this is zac. the mail service the church uses is really not
being very good right now. that probably explains why i dont receive
some emails. anyways, i got the most recent one you sent. so i replied
and i told you everything about my week. and then i went to send it,
and it said my session had times out and erased everything that i had
written you. the letter was pretty long too. so i'm a little annoyed
at present, and that iis why i will be using gmail today. i apologize,
because i cant remember everything that i had said in the letter that
got erased. ill try my best to reduplicate it. so i started out
something like "we've been teaching everyone." and it's true. but the
problem is that people here are a lot stronger in their religion than
other places. so we've been having to change our strategy to combat a
bit of stubbornness. some people just refuse to change, which results
in a quick drop. so we've been teaching and finding quite a bit. it's
been really good. although it's been tough, and can see an explosion
of success in the near future. so i guess i'll try to recount the
experiences i've had throughout the week. well, one day while we were
contacting in some flats, we saw this kid playing his guitar. so we
sat and talked to him for like 5 minutes. while we were talking to
him, another guy came up to us and was like "are you the mormons?" we
were confused because no one knows about the mormons. we told him we
were and he was like "ive been looking for you, can you come to my
house?" i guess he had been taught by previous missionaries in the
city 40 min from here. he had been confused between islam and
christianity. so we taught him for a bit. hopefully he'll listen to
what we told him. after that, we were walking home. these two people
on a moto pulled up next to us and asked where we were going. which
isnt too uncommon. so we talked to them for a bit and they invited us
to their house. yesterday, we had our first lesson with them and they
were pretty good. they seemed to kind of get what we were saying. i
hope they pray. they said they feel good about us. the weird thing is,
one of them has a sibling who claims to have power and that he can
talk to God. the kid has a friend who also claims to have power and
that he can go to hell and talk to people there. it all seems pretty
silly to me, but they are convinced. so we're going to ask the kid to
ask God what he thinks about our church. that should be interesting.
the two kids call themselves zeus and hades, which is one of the
reasons i think it's silly. dont they realized neither zeus nor hades
have anything to do with christianity? we had a good chuckle about
that when we left. but i'mfairly excited about that family. also, we
have a family on baptismal date. they are really good. they are
friends with one of the members who lives out here. they listen to
everything we have to say and they went to church with not even an
issue. so they should be baptized early in february after they have
been to church 3 times. it's pretty crazy being in just a group tho.
we had 18 people at church, including us missionaries. i got to bless
the sacrament, and give a talk. life is sweet here in malaysia. we
expect some good growth in the near future. anyways, i'm sorry i didnt
write much. the other letter took up all my time and it got erased. so
please show this to dad. this letter will have to suffice for the
week. i love you and dad and everyone who reads this. and even those
who dont. anyways talk to you next week. love, elder hill

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