Monday, September 23, 2013

Dear Family,

Good week.  It feels like it flew by, and then again, last monday seems an eternity ago!  It was a busy and hectic week as always.  Once again, not sure where to start.

Months ago, one of the sisters in Klang roped me into getting missionaries from the Zone to do some skits (on how to be a good friend/neighbor missionary) at the next District Relief Society.  The Relief Society activity was last monday (our Preparation Day) so trying to get missionaries to do skits was similar to pulling teeth.  After blood, sweat, and tears, we got two skits (I had to be the star of one -___- ) ready for the activity.  It actually turned out to be one of the best Preparation days ever!  The activity was so fun.  The skits were funny, and everyone thought our skits were funny!  The theme was around the world, so there were performances put on by all the branches (except for KL branch )and they were soooo funny.  It was nice to see all the old faces from the other branches.  Everyone also brought food ^___^  we then went and took Zone pictures in front of KLCC.

OH!  I know Elder Lee really well!  He is so awesome!  I've been on exchanges with several times in Malacca- he was the one who took me on the run through the rice paddy fields in Malacca.  He's a lot of fun.  I'll give him a call later.  He's now serving in Ipoh, which is in the Zone to the north of us.

We had our Zone Meeting on tuesday, which was really good.  It was nice to get everyone on the same page with things- especially because there are so many new missionaries in the Zone. We had a mini devotional done by Sis. Moore afterwards at their condo about cleaning up the Branch Directory.  It was a nice day for everyone.  

We've been having a lot of new investigators cross paths with us.  So many cool people.  It seems like as long as you are doing what you know you should be doing, and giving it your all, the Lord provides in all things.  We find them in the strangest places, and they come from all corners of the earth.  The members have been doing such a good job and making sure people feel welcome.  There is an indonesian member from the PJ branch who gave us a referral ( i can't remember if i included this last week) and she is doing so well.  She has read up until Mosiah!  She had been reading a lot of anti-  material online, and we were afraid that was going to turn her off.  Her friend frmo the PJ branch helped her see that each person has the opportunity to find for themselves the truth of the message, and to see how it can affect their lives.  She took some faith, and has had several significant experiences with it.  She came to a baptism in PJ yesterday, and told us that she wants ot be next.  She preparing herself to be baptism on the first sunday of november. 

We had an almost exact opposite experience on Saturday.  We met with a 24 year old who is studying theology and christian philosophy at his University.  He was really excited to meet two mormon missionaries.  He had a lot of deep questions.  His hobbies are apologetic debates, mostly against atheism and Islam.  We talked to him for almost an hour, and it really was quite the experience.  He thought of things in a completely different light.  In learning and learning about Christianity, he has tried to use worldly evidence to eliminate any need for faith.  It was sad, and ironic, to see that a person so dedicated to the Lord, had removed faith from the whole equation.  He told us that he would never use the Bible to prove Jesus Christ in his debates.   He had a lot of different ideas.  He found it interesting/admirable that we stood for the Book of Mormon to such lengths.  He told us that in the world of debate, the Book of Mormon is a big claim, and that we need to be able to warrant such a claim.  I agree with him in that the message we share is a huge claim, and that if we plan on sharing it with others, we do need evidence to warrant us saying something so bold.  
We talked about this idea with a member yesterday.  About faith and rationale.  I'm beginning to learn that faith is such a fundamental element in the purpose of our life here on earth.  I know that God knows that, and that's why he has specifically withheld so many things that the world would see as necessary in order to validate 'our claim'.  As I compared our indonesian friend's experience to our scholar's experience, it was evident that the real difference was faith.  In looking for exact evidence, it seems our friend looked beyond the mark like the pharisees.  In looking for truth, and following what she knew to be true and good, Debora (indonesian) was able to find the truth in the message.

This is already so long.

President Mains was in town this past week, that was nice.l

Speaking of Presidents in town, President Obama will be in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks, so all the embassy workers in our branch are super busy/freaking out.  They're pretty much closing off ALL of downtown.  It's cool to hear about.

Ok Bai
Elder Robinson

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