Elder Seth Barrus

Elder Seth Barrus
Jakarta Indonesia Mission May2013-2015

Monday, February 10, 2014


We just finished up "mowing" the backyard before emailing.
With some nice hedgeclippers. (This is the "before" picture.)
Yes. Kittens. Elder Heiner and Sutarno came home one day, walked into the bedroom, and found a just born kitten lying on Elder Sutadiyono's mattress, meowing up a storm. There's a small little hole in our roof now where said kitten had fallen. I've seen some really really weird stuff on my mission, but I think that takes the cake. 

Ha ha! Okay. So there was a lot more that happened last week than just raining kittens. Like how we gave Mas Txx a baptismal commitment for the 23rd of February! He knows it's true, he just needs to come to church now to make that happen. We'll see how things roll the next couples weeks. We also met with Mas T when he came to church yesterday and talked about the Atonement. As we chatted, I felt the impression to just give him a commitment. And he received it! If he keeps coming to church and learning like that, he will be baptized on the 23rd of March. Things are looking up here in Tangerang!

We also were able to meet with our favorite Muslim investigator, Mas Bxxxxxxx, and talk about Jesus. It was a really neat experience. I felt like a modern day Paul or Peter because we talked a lot about the Law of Moses and discussed how it was all fulfilled when Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemene and was resurrected. We asked a very specific question and got a very specific answer.  "Do you believe that Jesus Christ is this Savior you're looking for?" and he said something I've probably heard a million times, but really touched my heart. He said "I know that Jesus is my Savior. I acknowledge that and am willing to receive him and his sacrifice. Jesus Christ is the same person all the prophets prophesied and testified about. He is the Son of God." It created a really cool feeling in that house. I add my testimony that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God, and has taken all of our sins, sorrows, and unfair things in our lives upon Himself. All He asks of us is to 1. Remember Him. 2. Take His name upon ourselves and 3. Keep His commandments. That's all and it's something I'll always be grateful for.

We left that lesson feeling really good and then went to another investigator's house who met us outside, gave us our Kitab Mormon back, and said "Saya udah diselamatkan" or "I'm already saved." Dang. It's funny how missions work. Because almost every time I feel really good and that we're making some headway, there's always something that humbles us. But, we just pick up and move on. 

We met our second favorite Muslim investigator, Brother Wxxxxxx, and had an incredible lesson where the Spirit was so strong. At the end of the discussion, we asked him if he wanted to be with his family forever. "Of course" he replied. We then asked if he would be willing to complete the requirements necessary to do that and he also replied "Yes. But give me more time. It's a process." And it is a process. We'll keep meeting and following up with him. Something that Elder Anderson said is becoming more and more apparent: that we have to respect everyone's own timing. Just gotta patient I suppose. Church is still and will always be true!

Terus Maju dan jangan Mundur!
Elder Seth Barrus

Playing futsol with the Tangerang Ward youth.

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