Well, I've officially been on my mission for 2 WHOLE MONTHS!!! Can you believe it?!?! I've definitely had my ups and downs, but it has definitely been worth it, every second of it. This week, these last two months, have gone by so fast. It feels like just yesterday I was writing my first email home.
This week has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. I've struggled with understanding, with speaking to people, with teaching, with believing in myself. I prayed so hard this week that I could feel better. I constantly had this weight on my chest that wouldn't go away, I've been miserable here, ever since I got here. But, my prayers were answered a few days ago, I just started feeling better about myself and why I am here. I started to have a better attitude and actually enjoy being here. I know this mission is not going to be easy. I know I'm never going to be a perfect missionary, I know talking to people will probably never be easy for me, whether I know their language or not. But none of that matters- if I'm perfect. As long as I try my hardest it will work out for the best. As long as I have hope and faith, the Lord will take care of the rest.
We had Zone Training Meeting on Friday. I got to meet all of the missionaries in my zone. Some of them are leaving on the 16th! They gave me really good advice about being a missionary and sticking through the first couple weeks. After the meeting, many of us went to this restaurant called S.S. This is Sister Antonio, Sister Nainggolan, and me, waiting for out food.
I don't know what to say about this... On our way home, we had a photo op and we took it. Jogja is a tourist town, there are many people who dress up so you can get pictures with them.
Me, Sister Antonio, Sister Nainggolan, and Mary. Mary is getting baptized next Sunday! She was already going to get baptized before I got to Jogja, so I can't take any credit, but she's so great! I love Mary! Very little people get baptized in Indonesia, so my companions were very excited to hear that she wanted to get baptized.
This is Gina and me. Like a few weeks ago, I took a picture with Lely, one of the '"investigators'" I taught in the MTC. This is another "Investigator" that I taught my first week at the MTC, as portrayed by Sister Allred. She's so cute, and I love her so much. We've gone to her house twice to teach her family. They are awesome too.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and always keep the spirit of Christmas close to you hearts!
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world