Yeah!!! I had my first baptism here in the mission. I am so happy. She is 9 years old, and the cutest little girl ever. When the district leader interviewed her she told him that she was scared that she would drown. I had to laugh at that, but we explained to her that no, she would not drown. She was just shining, so excited in spite of the fact that she had been sick two days before.
At the baptism, I thought, you know this is why I am here on the mission. To help others to get excited about the gospel. One of our house mates Sister Lazatin put it well. When you have one baptism, you just hunger for more. I love being able to help others.
I finally kind of feel adjusted to the mission. I don't understand everything, but I have gotten better at the language, the food is good, and I feel really good. I love being here in the city, challenges and all.
It doesn't mean that I am perfect, definitely not. This week I made a mistake that's funny, so I will share it with you. So, we have been asked as a mission to teach all of lesson 1,2, and 3 in one lesson. So, we have been adjusting to that. But, with my other companions I would always do the part about the savior, dispensations, and then pass it over to my companion. This week it was the opposite. I was describing the Joseph Smith story, and accidently said Haligi instead of Kasanag. The difference is that kasanag is the word for light, and haligi is the word for pole. So I accidently said that a pole fell on his head, and then he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus. Thankfully Sister Casil corrected me, and after the lesson we just laughed.
Now, the moment you have all been waiting for. The miracles. I could talk about it all day, but there are a couple of highlights for this week.
We have this really awesome investigator Glezel. She has a friend in California who is a member of the church, and decided she wanted to learn more. When she first met Sister Mitchell and SIster Magno(about 4 months ago) She asked what isn't allowed in the church, and right away stopped alcohol, tea, and coffee, no questions asked. She is just the best, and she will often travel to the church when she is on her break from work just to meet us. In spite of the fact that she worked until 2 am, she still came to church at 9. When she went to Kalibo she askd us where the church was so that she could visit. She is just so prepared to receive the gospel.
Then, we met Angelina, 55 year old woman who had a stroke 8 years ago, leaving her with a crutch to walk every where. We had one of the members show us her house, and it turned out that they were friends before, but Angelina had no idea that this sister was mormon. She now has a baptismal date, and sister Arline will help her to get to church. Sister Arline also had a stroke, so she told us that they would hobble to church together. So much fun.
And not to boast, but Sister Arline can't see very well unless we are close to her.She thought that I was a Filipina because I can teach in Ilonggo. That just made me like I am doing something right. I want to become more fluent, and I can't wait to see what I can become.
One of the greatest things that I have learned in my mission is that anything is possible when we trust in the Savior. He is the truth, the way, and the life. No matter what our circumstance is in life, can be overcome with the atonement. As Boyd K. Packer said, the atonement leaves no scars.
I love being a missionary, and I am so glad I have one year left. I know, hard to believe, but I have been out for almost 6 months. It's crazy how the time flies.
Until next week,