Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week 78 - Happy New Year and I Have Learned that Not Shrinking is More Important than Surviving.

Selamat Tahun Baru!

This past week has probably been one of the weirdest weeks of my whole mission in terms of adjusting to this and that. With new missionaries coming in, New Year's, and transfers and other work that we have had to get done....thank goodness things this week will maybe return to normal haha. 

The biggest miracle of the week to was we went from 0 people to having baptismal commitments to having 4 by the end of the week. We were inviting everybody, of course lead by the spirit! Most of them are new people and out of the 4, one of them is really progressing! He has come to church the past two weeks and we have met with him and have another appointment to meet with him on Tuesday! I am coming into the New Year just fired up ready to go and work! 

This past week, we had transfers which seemed to go smoothly, it is always nice to get the calls that they made it safely. On the same days as transfers, 12 new missionaries came in! The Indonesian missionaries left straight for their areas on the 31st and the American missionaries are still here waiting to head to immigration to get their kitas. My companion and I have been working with Elder Bell and Elder Fowler! You can already tell they will be great missionaries. Basically our missionary efforts have doubled because this past week we went from 1 companionship to being able to split and having 2! 

We got a referral from a member in Bali and have been trying to make an appointment on skype. He has been a little busy with traveling because of the new year. This will be an exciting opportunity for us to  teach him. He has already seen a baptism and went to the branch Christmas party there. When we called to set up a skype appointment, he yelled into the phone, "OH YAAAAAAAA, Yes, Yes, Yes!" He was super excited to hear our voices! 

As for New Years, we spent it nicely watching our dreams! Nothing too exciting, we went to bed at 10:30 and woke up the next morning and went on with life. Apparently there was fireworks all over the city, we just did not hear them! 

2016 is here....which is crazy! My quote for this week comes from Neal A. Maxwell,

"I Have learned that not shrinking is more important than surviving."

This has been the quote that I really liked from my studying this past week and has a lot of meaning!

Elder Hayes

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