Selamat siang, semua orang!
I hope all is going well for everybody. I'm doing just fine, but as I type it is snowing. I do not like the snow, I do not enjoy the cold, but I think I'm all right that it's snowing right now. I won't see snow for 17 months, that's crazy!
So this week went by so fast! I feels like it was P Day just yesterday, it's weird how fast time flies now. I leave the MTC a week from Monday. I'm getting my flight plans tomorrow and a week from today I'm packing everything back into my suitcases. Waduh, has time flied! My companions keep saying how they're going to miss me and
I love my language. I love everything about Indonesia! For those who are learning another language, the MTC has a program called SYL (Speak your Language) where you try to say as much in your new language as you can. Mostly those who have been here for a while try out SYL, where they can't speak English at all. I told my teachers that I wanted to do this, so now I'm full blown SYL, I'm not allowed to speak Enlgish in class unless I ask permission. It's hard but helps me so much! It feels like I've always known Indonesian, like it's something that has been a part of me my entire life, it's that strangest feeling, but I know that I'm meant to be going there. Things wouldn't be this easy and feel so right if I wasn't where I'm supposed to be.
Halloween was great! Our zone dressed up as Harry Potter characters during the day (with what Hogwarts type clothing that we could muster up) and at night we went to other rooms and trick-or-treated. We had a great time. Sister Ahlstrom (going to Armenia) and I put boxes on our heads and decided we were box trolls. Sisters Hodson, Leydsman, and Hutchinson wrote 'book' on their face, so theat they could be 'facebook' and it was a wonderful sight. Later, we decided to put the fake mustaches that moms had mailed to us, it was pretty great. In class that day, Sister Sheffield, one of my gurus, gave me some Indonesian candy. IT WAS SO GOOD! I can't wait to get some more over there!
I'm trying to be a better servant of the Lord. I want to to all that He wants me to do, to say all that He wants me to say, and be all that He wants me to be. It's hard for me to trust that everything is going to be all right on my mission. I know I'm going to fall short at points and that difficult times are before me, but I know that the Lord won't let me fail in His work. I know that this mission isn't about me, it's about God and bringing people closer to Him, and I'm trying to let go of my fear and letting Him guide me to where I need to be. Over the past week, I've been thinking about the story of Enoch, and how Heavenly Father helps those who serve Him. I've been reading over and over again Moses 6:31-34 and 7:13.
Heavenly Father will help us become who we need to be if we let Him, if we have faith in Him and His work. We must always remember our purpose and attitude in which we go about living, and if we can trust in the Lord to lead us in the right direction, we trully can reach our potential.
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world