I have officially one year left. It's strange, it feels like I just got here in the mission, and boom, one year left. When I was in the mtc I was like, yeah, right, time does fly.
In the mtc it was one of the slowest times in my life, and it felt like forever. The first twelve weeks two. Now, the time is just flying. Pretty soon I will be coming home.
This week we have been revamping the area. The city has had missionaries since the dawn of time(1970's, but still that's a looooooonnnng time ago), and missionaries have come and gone, and most of the people here have been taught or knew the missionaries one point or another. The investigators from before are the Sunday investigators, the ones who want to be visited at hapon(or four o' clock in the afternoon).
It's almost like white washing the area, starting from scratch. The great news is the Lord has truly helped us to find 13 new investigators. We are excited for their progress, we have return appointments with them this week.
The mission is in a time of Revolution right now. Big changes. It started with the challenge from Elder Bowen, the Seventy that visited the mission. He told us that he had three simple things that would change our mission forever.
1. To ARISE at 6:30. Not just wake up, but prepare.
2. Plan for 30 minutes every night
3. Have 30 Testifying contacts a day, or testify to 30 people each day
When I first heard this, I was like the first two we do, but the third is impossible. How can we testify to thirty people a day? But we have done it twice this week, and I know that it's possible.
When I first got here in the mission they were focused on understanding. So, they split up the lessons into little segments. But, now they want us to teach Lesson 1,2, and 3 as whole lessons. We have found great success in teaching it this way. Now that we started it we're like why did we ever split it up before. Just doing what Preach my gospel says.
They are also focusing on teaching families, not just individuals. They said about 80% of people here in the Philippines are members of the church, but only 20% are active in the church. We talk to quite a few people who said that they used to be Mormon, but have returned to the Catholic church. I was like , used to be? It's because they used to teach individuals, and many families were split on their religion. Not anymore, we are starting to change the mission. And when you are searching for families, you find them. We have found about 6 families so far, and they have 11 or 12 children. Amazing. The Lord can truly do anything.
We had Zone conference this week, and the AP's told us that the mission has been breaking records in baptsims, testifying contacts, and all of the numbers have been breaking records. It will be great to see what the mission will introduce next to become more like preach my gospel missionaries.
I am so happy to be a missionary. It may sound cliche, but there truly is no work that I have felt fulfills my life. I can testify of the scripture that says that when you lose your life you truly find it. I don't know what the future will bring, but the church is the stability of my life, and for everyone who has had the chance to hear it.