Elder Seth Barrus

Elder Seth Barrus
Jakarta Indonesia Mission May2013-2015

Monday, March 17, 2014

Good Things in the Forecast

Eating a fish head (with a spoon in it's mouth!)
I feel like we aren't doing anything different, and yet, the Lord is blessing us. Long story short, Mas Bxxxxxx wants to be baptized faster. Like next week on the 23rd of March! It's kinda thrown us for a loop because before this, he could only meet on Sundays, right after church. He said he'll find time this week where we'll be able to meet every day and finish everything up before his interview. I'm hoping by next week's email, I'll get to tell you how it went. We taught Word of Wisdom last Wednesday and by Sunday, he had stopped it all, cold turkey. So here we go! 

Brother Wxxxxxx is doing okay. While we were having family night with him and his family, the phone rang with the news that his little brother has a brain tumor and is in critical condition in the hospital. That shocked him a little bit. So we taught about the Atonement and how everything unfair about life can be made OK through it. He's started to interact a lot more with the members, and vice versa, so I'm still certain that all we need is time with him.

 Elder Heiner and Elder Canfield are serving in Tangerang 2, where there hasn't been a convert baptism for about 3.5 years. And these last couple of weeks, they've been doing work! And finding perfectly prepared people. Most times when we don't understand why, the Lord knows perfectly. And we'll know in the end.

Fun story of the week: since not a lot of our current investigators could meet, we started flipping through the area book and found some former investigators to contact. Ibu Exxx was one of them and we decided to go to her house right then. She invited us in and started to tell us that she'd recently been in a motorcycle accident, and how after her accident she's felt that she has more time for the things of God. And also her son, Bryan, has been hanging out with some pretty bad influences. She said her first reaction was to call up someone who could help, and her first thought was: The Missionaries! She didn't have our number anymore though, so when we came by 2 days later, she took it as a sign. We reminded her of the Restoration and at the very end of a very spiritual lesson, she said, "I thought you guys were Jehovah's Witnesses. Aren't Mormons Jehovah's Witnesses?" Not quite. But I'm glad we made that clear. I don't know why she became a "former investigator", but I feel like it's her time now. Every person has their own timing and situation. 

I've been thinking a lot about how the Restoration really is one of the most monumentous events of the world's history. Before, when people in the spirit world learned about the gospel, they were probably told they have to wait until the Priesthood is again restored on the earth. They must have been overjoyed when Joseph went with his humble prayer into the sacred grove. We read in D&C 15:6 and 16:6 that "The thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto the people, that you may bring souls unto Me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father." 

Hidup adalah enak. Dan lezat. (Life is good. And delicious.)

Elder Barrus

Elder Canfield, Elder Sutadiyono and I riding in an angkot.

Love this guy! My companion--
Elder Sutadiyono.

I found Zion! It's right across the street from the Tangerang Chapel!

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