Elder Seth Barrus

Elder Seth Barrus
Jakarta Indonesia Mission May2013-2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Chinese New Year

I always knew I was the adopted child. We met this guy on a busway last week and after chatting with him he asked "Where are you from, Mister?" And before I had a chance to reply, he said, "Chinese, mister?" Ha ha! What? I know Chinese New Year is on Thursday, but it hadn't ever crossed my mind that I could fit right in with their celebrations. 

We don't have a ton of time to email today because the Solo Zone Leaders missed their flight for Mission Leader Council, we just received a shipment of 1,920 Kitab Mormons from Salt Lake and we need to send those out today, Mission Leader Council is tomorrow and we still need to tweak our training, and we're going to go play basketball with the district plus the zone leaders at 11:00. But I'll include essential details to enlighten you on how my week went. :)

The Lord blessed us with a new investigator named Axxx. We met him on a busway about a week ago, taught him the first lesson and then watched the "Prophet of the Restoration" film with him, and then he came to church yesterday. His English is near perfect and he even has that slangy American accent when he speaks. You know what I mean? Anyways, he used to be Muslim, moved and became Protestant, was brought in by the Jehovah Witnesses, and then settled on down with Catholicism before meeting us. He's had a pretty rough life, but he's down to learning more about what we have to share. He texted us yesterday after church and said he's never felt more welcomed before than in our church, and then thanked us for waking him up early to go to church. That's what missionaries are for right? :) Definitely the highlight of the week.

Still working with Aleks. President just got back from Taiwan last Friday, so hopefully his parents pick up the phone sometime and make an appointment with him.

Nxxxxxxxl is awesome! We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he had so many quality, honest questions. I like teaching him because he actually accepts the answers we give him. Some people just keep searching for mistakes and other questions, trying to prove us wrong, but he's truly on a search for the truth. He didn't come to church yesterday because he had another engagement, but he's coming next week he promised.

Happy Valentines Day! Since missionaries are protected from the vices that abound in such a holiday, I spent the day with my beloved missionary companion, Elder Wintolo. And since his mom works in Jakarta, she dropped off a huge 2 foot chocolate candy bar, some KFC chicken, and a cake at the office. So we spent that night chatting about how awesome his family is and eating the gifts they brought.

I had a couple of questions rolling through my mind over and over again this last week, and while searching in the Bible really trying to find an answer, I came across Daniel 12:10 which reads "Many shall be purified, and made white and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand: but the wise shall understand." I've experienced that over and over in my mission--people who were too prideful or too set in their ways, that when the Gospel was presented to them, they couldn't understand it, or couldn't get over the fact of sometimes we don't have answers to the whys of things we do. But I've also met the most humble of people, but they recognize when the Gospel is presented to them that it is from God and that they want to understand. Then they become wise. But the verse also mentions how the purified shall be tried. The wisdom doesn't come without some form of trial or opposition.

Elder Seth Barrus

No picture this week. Somebody took the card reader out of this computer...

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