Indonesia, Jakarta Mission 3/13 - 3/15

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 21, 2014

Well, things here have been going pretty well again this week!  The Lord has really been opening doors and progressing the work here!  We had another busy week this week!  

Sadly Pak M was not baptized.  He has been getting a lot of opposition from his old church.  His priests have been coming to his house and yelling at him and scaring him from being baptized, and holding monetary weight over his head.  So he has been really stressed over the past few days and has begun distancing himself from both parties I think.  Which is sad.  I know that he will find all the peace and blessings he is looking for if he will just make a firm decision to be baptized and will go through with it, but the more he wavers and goes back and forth, the harder things are going to get for him.  But we really have to help him build the faith to make that step!

Brother W is doing well and progressing. He already acts like a member--he helps our investigators, he participates at church, and all sorts of things! He is excited for his baptism, and we are too! But he also knows that that is not his final goal! He is already talking about going to the temple as a family, and often says how he would love to serve a mission with his wife, Sister A in a few years! He is amazing! 

We have another progressing investigator, Mama V.  She is reading and coming to church, and is open to baptism. She just wants to learn more first, so she hasn't set a date yet. But she is doing well. 

We have one other progressive investigator. His name is J. We met him a little over 2 weeks ago, and have taught him twice now. He has been reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and came to church yesterday. But after Sacrament meeting, he pulled us aside and said that the whole time he has been asking, he hasn't felt anything. In fact, he said he felt completely empty and even bored during Sacrament meeting. We have had members to his house, and he is sincerely wanting to know and is willing to be baptized if he receives an answer that it is true. But it is hard, we have explained all about the Holy Ghost with him and he still says he hasn't received any answer at all, and he is getting frustrated. I don't really know what to say to him other than keep trying at this point.  It is kind of confusing and frustrating.  Hopefully he will keep trying!

I love you all so much and hope that you have a great week!  I think today we are going to go get our bikes serviced, grocery shop, and have a nap!  We are dead tired!  We probably ride at least 30 miles, and sometimes maybe up to 50 miles a day...It is tiring!

But it is good, and I am enjoying the work!  Have a great week!

Love you all!

Love Elder Wood

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