Mis*sion*ary(noun)-Someone who leaves their family for a short time, so that others may be with their families for eternity.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The bitter makes the sweet that much sweeter and Uhh... Merry Christmas??
My dearest family and friends,
This week we had a lot of bitter
and finally some sweet. However it's okay because you can't appreciate the sweet
without the bitter!
The thing that has been the hardest this week has
been the Dalo Family. I love this family so so much but they aren't sure if they
want to get baptized anymore. Ah no! In fact they were supposed to baptized on
August 23, they were interviewed, passed and everything, but then they told us
that they weren't ready. They needed more time so we picked a date with them and
they decided September 13. However now they are second guessing. I can feel that
Satan is really working hard on them. Please pray for them so they can push
through and be baptized!
As for some of the sweet:
taught one of our investigators (a chain smoker) about the word of wisdom. He
has been texting us every day to tell us that he is quitting and will prevail.
He really has a desire to be baptized!
-Got to witness a beautiful
blessing. A father of one our recent converts asked for a blessing. The problem
is that he has tuberculosis. for those of you that don't know, this is a
extremely contagious disease and it's air borne. We asked Elder Pettingil if
he'd be willing to give the blessing and he just smiled and said, "I've never
heard of anyone getting sick from giving a blessing." He then, because the
father couldn't move, had to stick his hands through this window to give the man
a blessing. It was beautiful and afterwards the man was so grateful and so happy
that we came. #PriesthoodPOWER
-one of our investigator families was
really struggling with coming to church. We had a powerful lesson about the Plan
of Salvation and they need to attend church to be baptized and return to our
Father in Heaven. Then early Sunday Morning we pull up to see them waiting out
side the church. That is one of the best sites ever!
-I have found my
love for family history. We did Tatay Caalim's family history and since it's
really hard for him to speak and nanay can't remember anything we were just
planning on doing a little bit. But then we come to find out that tatay had done
it years ago but hadn't yet sent it to the temple. We were able to find all
these old records and miraculously tatay was able to help us put it all
together. It was so fun! I can't wait to do my work when I get home.
As for things here in
the Philippines.. It's still hot and always rains, don't worry the bathroom is
still full of spiders and it's incredibly beautiful. Apparently it's Christmas
season... Everyone is putting up lights and Christmas trees and lot's of
This week in the scriptures: I just finished Alma and
I'm so inspired by the stripling warriors. Just when you think they will be
defeated they prevail and this is why, "They did obey and observe to perform
every command with exactness; yea and even according to their faith it was done
unto them and I did remember the words which they said unto me, that their
mothers had taught them." Alma 57:21
So a big shout out to my momma.
She's incredible and I know the reason I'm here fighting this fight is because
of what she has taught me. I hope when things get tough we can do as the
stripling warriors and keep fighting for our faith in Christ and remember what
we've been taught from our mothers!
Love you all! and I guess Merry