Thank you so much for that 4th of July Party Pack, it will be nice to have some fun on Saturday.
So you know how that the Stadium of Fire is just a couple of block away? We get to go to the field and watch those fireworks tomorrow. So excited because this will be the first time that I remember going to the Stadium of fire.
Saturday will be our going away party to America. The MTC is holding a devotional to celebrate America, and my companion gets to hold the Fiji flag in the parade, so that will be lots of fun.
Okay, so here is an update on what's happening this week.
We leave this Thursday ... in the morning, then fly to LA, to Hong Kong, and finally go to Manila. I'm actually the travel leader, which basically entails that I make sure that my group is on the plane, and if something happens, I have to call people
Once we get to Manila, we will spend four days in the Manila MTC. From what I understand, we will go tracting, and basically wait for our visas to clear. It will be really interesting to see how that will work since we don't speak a lick of Tagalog. okay, so I can say mabuthi, which mean I'm good, but that is the extent of my Tagalog.
By the Way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!! I actually sent out letters today with a letter for each of you, so (crossing my fingers) should come pretty soon.
So we are only allowed to take two suitcases with us, and our carry on can only be 15 lbs. 15 lbs is nothing! Unfortunately we can't even buy another bag to take with us because they don't have room on the plane to Manila.
My carry on will be my blue missionary bag, and the other suitcase I can't bring. So, I will most likely be sending a suitcase home.There are currently two options. I can send home the entire suitcase to you for about $30, or I can send it to the local post office for free, but you would have to come pick it up in Provo. Please send me a Dear Elder by Tuesday to let me know which option you would prefer.
Also, this is your last chance to use Dear Elder because it's unavailable in the Philippines. (hint) so any last words would be appreciated, and from then on I will be be in the Philippines!!
I am so excited to finally go to the Philippines. This experience reminds me of that quote that I gave for my farewell talk. There is no such thing as being ready. If we all waited to be ready, nothing would ever get done. the best time is now, you should do it now.
I know that the best time to serve a mission is now, and that the Lord has sent me to the Philippines for a reason. We were all foreordained for the callings we receive, and the Lord has prepared our lives so that we can become who we need to be. A couple of weeks ago we had a devotional that really opened my eyes. She said that our weaknesses are given to us for a reason, and we were foreordained specifically to have them. She also said that we need to be proud of them, because that what makes who we are, and who we will become.
We decide how we can improve, or if we will let our weaknesses overcome us.
But with the Lord anything is possible, and as we rely on Him whole heartedly, those weaknesses will become our strengths so that can help those who are in need.
Thank you all for your great examples, you inspire me.