Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Week #32... Rain, Rain, and More Rain!

-The rain has been pouring for literally 5 days straight now. Not once has it stopped and it isn't just barely coming down. It is coming down hard. 

-When you wake up it rains, when you go to sleep it rains. When you are teaching it is raining, when you are studying, when you are eating..and the last but the worst always when you are biking.

-I have gotten soaked so many times this week it is unbelievable. Basically once I leave the house I am wet for the next 14 hours no matter what. At first it was fun but now it is kind of getting annoying. 

-I haven't seen the sun for a week it seems. But actually it really hasn't come out for 5 days. 

-Working out is hard because of the rain but I have been using the x-bar that Dad gave me and have been getting some solid workouts with it. Some of the Elders in our apartment are jealous of it. Pretty handy device. 

-Other than rain, last week we went to the river here called waterfront and got to practice blowing blow dart guns. They love doing that out here. 

-Oh and shout out my brothers on the court at MIT with a couple more league wins this week. 

-Also I bought a Sarong this week. It is a dress that men and women all wear here at night time and so the missionaries all wear them at night too. I'll try and attach a picture in case anyone wants to see me in a dress.

-I finished memorizing the Chinese dictionary this week. My vocab is definitely one of the best haha.

-We had a huge service project this week at my recent converts house, Auntie Mui, the old lady that finished the book of mormon in a week and a half and has almost finished it again. 

-We cleaned her house and it was literally the dirtiest house I have ever cleaned. There were thousands and thousands of cockroaches. And these aren't the regular cockroaches but huge massive abusive things. 

-But it went really well. It is so nice to have a branch that will support and serve your recent converts. 

-Then today we went to a cultural village and there learned a ton about all the different cultures in Malaysia. Very interesting. So many different cultures here it is insane. 

I will end with a interesting thing I learned this week in personal study. Reading in the 4 gospels and Jesus The Christ (a stellar book by the way) I read the healing of a blind man in Mark 8. But this healing was different from all the other healings that Jesus ever did. Why you might ask? Well, because the all masterful powerful Lord Jesus Christ healed the man in stages. 

At first he healed him enough to see but "not be able to tell the difference between men and trees." Then he healed him fully. 

Why did he do this? He has already proved us many times in other healings that he is all powerful? He could have done it all at once if he wanted but he didn't. 

I think it was to show us that things don't always just happen perfectly. God wants us to learn precept on precept and so Jesus wanted us to learn the principle that faith is a principle of action. You have to work. It all just doesn't happen, but little by little you can achieve great things. Its about the process. And the process is work. (see quote below)

Love you all,

Elder Pierce 

"The good works that really matter require the help of heaven. And the help of heaven requires working past the point of fatigue so far that only the meek and lowly will keep going long enough. The Lord doesn't put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does it because the process will change us." -Elder Henry B. Eyring

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