On Tuesday we had our mission tour with Elder Meurs of the Seventy and his wife, along with President Rowley and his wife. It was just plain fun seeing all the Elders and Sisters come from the surrounding areas and be able to see each other again. It is so uplifting to feel their spirits and see their illuminated faces.
We, along with the Jackson’s, were assigned to feed this group for lunch. The sisters were working days before, buying food and preparing it for Tuesday. Sister Leary baked 3 different kinds of cookies (chocolate crinkle, peanut butter and chocolate chip) and banana muffins for the whole group. On Monday the two sisters were washing apples, lettuce and tomatoes for salad and preparing noodles for the pasta salad. We had previously ordered Subway sandwiches from the only Subway in East Malaysia.
Tuesday morning at 11AM Elder Jackson and I went to pick up the sandwiches. Subway had everything ready for us. They prepared everything so well and had all the veggies, sauces, lettuce and tomatoes all prepared and packaged for us. It was great. The best part was the Elders and Sisters. Most of the USA missionaries had not had a subway sandwich since they arrived. The green salad was a huge success – they loved that. The pasta salad was eaten but not as much as we thought.
The senior couples cleaned up everything after the meal so we missed several portions of the actual conference. That’s ok – we recognize that someone needs to do that work so the missionaries can enjoy the meetings.
Elder Meurs taught the Elders and Sisters how to plan to teach and how to teach. He used a template provided by Tad Callister (General Sunday School President). They had an opportunity after that to practice what they had learned. It was very beneficial for the young missionaries.
As the conference closed there was time for question and answers. The Elders and Sisters asked some great questions and received some excellent guidance from Elder Meurs and President Rowley. Following that, four missionaries were asked to bear their testimonies.
It was there we first met Sister Kian. She is from the Matang Branch in our District. She is a beautiful young lady. She had been out on her mission for about six months when her father and mother were involved in a motorbike accident. Her mother was killed and her father was severely injured. She returned home as a missionary to help with the funeral services and to help her family settle things. She then returned to her full time mission against the wishes of her family and friends. She is currently in Miri and will finish her mission in a few weeks. She has learned excellent English and hopefully can do something significant with her life. We will keep tabs on her and hopefully get her any assistance she needs to pursue a good education. She came from very humble circumstances, loves her mission and it shows. She is a light and strength to those around her and she is so very humble. Her father is Iban and her mother Filipino.
After the conference concluded I drove Elder and Sister Meurs and President and Sister Rowley to the airport to catch a flight to their next tour destination in Kuala Lumpur in West Malaysia. All were very gracious and appreciative. It is only a 12 minute drive to the airport which is nice because they were running late to catch their flight. After that all the senior couples went out to dinner to our favorite Chinese Restaurant. We have developed an instant bond with the other senior couples serving with us. It is very enjoyable visiting with them when we have the opportunity. By the time we dropped the two couples off at their hotel and returned home it was well after 10:30PM. It was an exhausting day.