Elder Seth Barrus

Elder Seth Barrus
Jakarta Indonesia Mission May2013-2015

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hari Pekerjaan

(Hari Pekerjaan translates as Day Job.) Labor Day? What is this day of labor you speak of? I thought every day was a labor day. At least for missionaries. Happy PDay!

I am no concert pianist, but when called upon to play some songs for ward conference, I can plink something out. The Jakarta 2nd ward held ward conference yesterday and it was awwwesome! Every single one of the talks was about "mempergegaskan pekerjaan Tuhan" or "hastening the work of the Lord." The stake president and his counselors talked about using facebook, instagram, tweeter, and all them other websites to spread the news of the gospel.

Ixxxx!  He came to church yesterday, has no problems with paying tithing or fasting, and is all set for baptism this Saturday. We got the word out yesterday, so hopefully we get a lot of member support at said pembaptisan. I thought the principle of paying tithing would be something investigators have a big problem with, but for the most part while on my mission, everybody's been 100% willing to pay it. We're meeting him later today as well just to shore things up.

Did I ever tell you about Cxxxxxxxx? A member here invited a random guy he met at a hospital to church. And he came. And he keeps coming. His name is Cxxxxxxx. He's come to church three times now, but he's never had time to meet outside of church. So we sat down with him right after church and taught the first lesson. Needless to say, he was entirely confused why all the members keep mentioning the Kitab Mormon, but after explaining about the Restoration, he understands. And wants to be baptized at the end of September if he knows it's all true. Cool member missionary work story right there. 

Comparing flip flops

Jakarta District?
The exchange of the week award goes to the one and only Elder Wood in Tangerang. Great guy and even awesomer missionary! He's training right now and is the district leader in my former area. We went out proselyting and teaching and preaching and all that stuff missionaries do. We even got kicked out of a housing complex because we were "disturbing the people". Hmmmm. We didn't argue, and quickly left after teaching our appointment. Tangerang's a funky place, but a piece of my heart still resides there. 

I've never really understood how the whole hashtag things work, (I always just think hash browns). But apparently there's this hashtag going around that I've seen on facebook called #sharethegood. In keeping spirit with aforementioned hashbrowntag, I found a quote from Elder Wirthlin in April of 1992:

"We can fill our lives with good, leaving no room for anything else. We have so much good from which to choose that we need never partake of evil."

So true! And we have the responsibility to give our friends and neighbors a chance to see how much goodness there really is out there. 

Hope you all have a week full of goodness and joyness and awesomeness! 

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