I've made it to Singapore! I traveled in a group of 9 elders, and I was a lone sister. After 18 long hours on a plane, we landed in Singapore, and I got motion sickness. It was a great
way to start off the mission in the field. Not.
The first place we ate in Singapore was as native as you can get...Burger King!
In Singapore, we met up with a sister who is from Malaysia going to the Salt
Lake City mission (Bountiful is also included). She's just waiting for her visa
to the U.S., so until then, she's serving in East Malaysia. Her name is Sister
Latchamanan (I think that is how you spell it). I also saw Sister Emma Toone in
Singapore! I went to high school with her. She was previously in Ipoh, and was
just tranferred to Singapore. It was great to see a familiar face my first day!
The next day, we found out our new companions and left to our new areas. There
was a Sister Peterson and Sister Montague who are Malay speaking and Mandarin
speaking, respectively. We met them our first day in Singapore, and they had
switched tags to try to keep us guessing who were our companions. Sister Toone
told me about Sister Montague and what she looked like, so the surprise for me
was ruined. It was funny to see Sister Latchamanan's reaction though.
|Sister Vranes with the Mission President,|
President Stephens, and Sister Stephens
My first area is obviously Ipoh, which is in West Malaysia. My companion is Sister Montague from Arizona. She's pretty awesome. They decorate the covers of their planners, to "waterproof" them, and she made an awesome one with a baby. There's a whole new language they speak here, and especially between the missionaries. They talk about babies and mamas (newbies and trainers), and people dying (or people who have just finished their mission). I was so confused. The culture here is so different, but I love the people! There are mostly Malaysians (Muslims), Chinese, and Indians. They are all so kind and friendly. I expected to be speaking Mandarin, but the area I am in is mostly English, so all of the lessons are in English. My companion and I still use Mandarin whenever we are together.
|Carrying lanterns for Autumn Moon Festival|
member's house and celebrate the Moon Festival. This was my first legit moon festival, and it was fantastic! We ate moon cakes, had authentic Chinese food, and carried lanterns down the street.
So far, we've got 2 investigators. When we invited one of our investigators to relief society, she gave us a referral in front of our faces by asking her co-worker to come with her family. They both came, had their two daughters, and two 3-5 year old sons. We painted water colors and it was super fun! On my first day contacting, we were able to get 5 new potential investigators. Here, the average is 3, or so. It's very hard around here.
|Celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival|