Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ipoh Zone at Monkey Beach
Week #27 - Transfer Accomplished: January 9, 2017 - January16, 2017

It's that time again. Yep, you guessed it, TRANSFERS. Luckily, I am staying in Penang, as well as getting a companion whom I already met in the MTC, and is super sweet. This week, our Zone went to Monkey Beach... except we didn't make it. The hike was too long so we stopped in a nice area, and ended up feeding monkeys! The elders had some pow, and we found the monkeys when they stole one of the elder’s pow. Afterwards, the monkeys continued their search until all of the pow, bread, and nuts, we had brought were gone. We left after having a great time together. 

Sister Vranes feeding a monkey
As for miracles this week, I can confidently say, "Transfer accomplished!" For the past transfer, we had been trying to accomplish a goal of no dead time (or be so busy with lessons we cannot contact), as well as achieve at least 15 potential investigators, with a final transfer goal of 90 potential investigators. Each week, we had set certain goals, but were a few short of the mark. It was frustrating! What were we doing wrong? We were obedient. We were trying to talk with people as honest children of God. We worked hard and had a desire to do the work. We prayed like crazy. When it seemed we weren't going to be able to make our goals, our prayers were answered. We were able to teach so many lessons that we were going crazy trying to fit people into our schedule. We were also able to finally achieve 15 potential investigators. So, what does this mean? Well two things. First, our perspective had to change. We had to learn to use the power of the
Sisters Vranes and Durham at Monkey Beach
Atonement and prayer to change us and soften the hearts of those we met. In this time, it was a waiting period on God's timetable that taught us many lessons. Second, God answers prayers in His

own time. It may seem rote, but it is true. Sometimes, He answers when He thinks we are ready to
receive the answer. Other times, He answers when others are ready to receive an answer to their own prayers. God's timing is true. He always answers our prayers, whether the answer comes quickly, or whether we need to wait for the answer. His love for us is perfect. He knows and loves each of us, and is aware of our needs and desires. I know this is true. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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