Sunday, September 6, 2009

Correction

I wanted to correct some incorrect information on the blog (which has since been removed) concerning a district created in Malaysia. There was no district created in Sibu and there are no formal plans to open up the additional cities mentioned in the deleted post. I apologize for the misinformation.

6 comments:

andrew said...

Oh darn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just ruined my day. Well you were the only source that contained this information. Maybe I should check Rick's site for followup when I see a new district or a stake created. I just admire your integrity though by making a correction.

andrew said...

I would also like to add that the missionaries said that a new branch was created in Sibu and a chinese group became a chinese branch. I also believe that the Butterworth branch is no longer dependent on the penang branch. The main problem right now in east malaysia is that there are not enugh men converting-so there is a lack of priesthood holders. So some of the branches might have relief societies of like 200 people and only 30 guys in the priesthood meetings. if they were baptizing as many gys in that part of the world then there would probably be a temple there in 10-15 years. It sort of sounds similar to my case in Hong Kong where the international district is probably the size of a stake but the 6 philipino branches are 90% made up of female domestic helpers.

rfelsted said...

Andrew, you're in Kuala Lumpur, right? I've been following the growth of the Church in Malaysia lately and it's just about the fastest in the world, which surprises me since I see that the country is 60% Islam, 20% Buddhist, and only 9% Christian. What's it like in your city? Is there only one branch or a district with several branches. FYI, I'm in SLC within walking distance to Temple Square.

Rick said...

The Sibu East Malaysia District has now been created. It was organized on November 29, 2009, with 3 branches: Sibu 1st Branch, Sibu 2nd Branch, and Sibu 3rd Branch (Mandarin).

Matt said...

Thanks Rick for the good news!

Brad said...

I would just like to add that actually the missionaries are baptizing many priesthood holders in east malaysia which is allowing all of these district/branch splits to happen. Also, the church is still growing rapidly in all four cities in Sarawak which is where most of the baptisms come from in Malaysia. In Sarawak, a little more than 40% of the population is Christian.