Elder Seth Barrus

Elder Seth Barrus
Jakarta Indonesia Mission May2013-2015

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Surat Mingguan (Weekly Letter)

Hello Semuanya!

I apologize first off for not writing yesterday... We ended up going to Malang for PDay, playing futsal over there, saying goodbye to Elder Heiner who moved to Bekasi, and hanging out there. And Elder Hendro still came even though he was way sick. He ended up throwing up at lunch and he's been really sick ever since. We're hoping he gets well soon, but his symptoms are looking a little like Elder Mocodompis when he had dengue fever.

Other than that, last week was great! We got to teach MW again and explain more about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and things like that. Even though he's got such an open mind, we're being really careful with him and making sure that he really is open to receiving Jesus Christ and the Gospel. We teach him Tuesday night, so keep your fingers crossed!

Not a ton of cool things happened last week except for maybe one: two weeks ago, while Elder Xiong and I went to Brother David and Sister Jayanti's house to teach them, we ran into three guys along the way who gave us their number and address and stuff and said we could come over sometime. We agreed and went on our way. I set up an appointment to teach them last week and when I arrived, it was just these three guys, William, Steven, and Howard. They are all Christian and going to school here in Surabaya. They live in this dorm-like room with maybe 10 other roommates and as Elder Hendro and I started teaching, the other roommates started filing in. At the beginning, there was maybe 12 people that we were teaching! Man, it felt like a regular Wilford Woodruff experience! The opportunity to teach more than 1 is an opportunity worth gold in Indonesia! A lot of them had to leave to places and couldn't stay the whole time, but we explained about the Restoration, gave 4 of them a Book of Mormon, and invited them to pray about it. I wish I could say through email how cool it was! They told us to come back and explain more and of course we will.

It's weird how acclimated I've become. We can get lunch off the streets at a street cart or "warung" of rice, fried chicken, vegetables, tempe, tofu, and sambal and a drink for 9000 Rupiah, which is about 90 cents in America. 90 cents! But I've become so used to thinking that's normal that when I went out to buy some "sate kamping", or like goat meat kebab, for Elder Hendro and the ibu asked for 18000 Rupiah, I felt like I was getting ripped off!! But only $1.80 cents for some really good meat and rice is a pretty good deal in America.

Um. Yep. My mind's kinda stuck on this week. And also there wasn't a lot of awesomeness that happened last week. So that's it! But there was one quote that I wanna share real quick from President Eyring in a Worldwide Leadership Training meeting in January of 2003. He said: "Because we love the people we serve, all of us want to do better in lifting our Heavenly Father's children tto the faithfulness and purity they need to have all the blessings of the Lord... You begin by holding up the Lord's sandards clearly and without apology. And the more the world drifts from them and mocks them, the bolder we must be in doing that."

Every member a missionary! Whether you're preaching the Gospel in Indonesia or not, through your example or your words, everybody can be a missionary.

Elder Barrus

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