Hello Friends and Family,
This week has been alright. Work went on as usual. But in exciting news,The family we taught last week came to church. They were smiling so much when they came to the door. They are excited to be an eternal family. I can't describe the feeling when an investigator AND a less active comes to church. Imagine Christmas morning, and your birthday combined into one day. I know, is it really that exciting? Yes, this is really that missionaries live for. Salvation one step at a time.
The cool thing is that sister had worked the entire day (literally 24 hours), but she changed and came to church with her two hyper kids. And, if they continue coming to church, we can have a wedding and a baptism on the same day. This is one of the dreams in my mission, but the more important things is that this family will be united in the gospel.
The closer that we get to our Heavenly Father, the more temptations that we face, but Jesus Christ's influence overcomes all. I know that no matter how small our faith is, it is enough for the Lord. It doesn't matter how fast, but the direction that we are going.
I know that this church is true more and more each week. As we share in the blistering heat, or no matter what condition, Charity conquers all.
Sorry, no pictures, but stay tuned for next week. We are doing alright.
Here is an update of my life. The changes are the only that are constant in the mission.
But, our investigator got married today!!! They were so cute, just smiling the whole time. I let here wear my dress and shoes, and I have never seen someone so grateful. That is what I love here in the mission. When we give of ourselves, even just a little bit, we can see the changes in our investigators and their love.
Unfortunately, Sister Baclayon is transferring a week early since there was an emergency, so my new companion will be Sister Sta Clara, another companion from Mindanao. This is like the fourth now. Just more adjustments, but it will be fun to see what good we can do together. The experation date with my companions is about 5 weeks, and then we can't be together. Maybe this one will last longer.
But, life is good, just hot. But, also news, so next week our email time will be shortened by a hour next week and for the rest of my mission so we will email one hour a week, but skype will be 2 hours, so don't worry. It just means that my emails might be shorter, but I still love reading all the emails, so keep em coming.
Everyday is an opportunity for change, little or small. We are so lucky to have the knowledge we have, and I know that our Heavenly Father loves us so much, everyday he watches over us and extends help.
Hello Friends and Family,
this week has been great, full of lots of surprises to say the least. Last Sunday, our work was just great. Our investigators were going to get married, it seemed like life was perfect. Of course, this is the time we receive a call from the Assistant to the President, telling Sister Baclayon that she was transferring, which is a week faster that it should have been since there was an emergency transfer.
Afterwards, Sister Baclayon just cried for a couple of hours, telling me that the goal of her whole mission is here in this area, and just this once she would like to stay a long time in one area. Jumping from one area to the next, she has six areas right now. She just wondered why it had to happen to her, why not somebody else. She told me she just wanted to go home since her hope in the mission was lost.
I was frantically, by myself, trying to put a zone activity together. We had planned before, but the last minute details still needed to be put together. I have probably never been so stressed in my whole mission. We woke up at 4 am, with basically three hours of sleep, and then we went to help the North zone enjoy an activity. It was rough at start, but it was successful because of the help of the ward, and especially the Lord.
Afterwards Sister Baclayon was mostly back to her normal self. We then were able to witness the wedding of Jenalynn(investigator) and Arnel(less active). She told me even though she wasn't able to witness their baptism, but at least she was a part of their conversion.
This was all one day. The next exciting part of the day was a ward home evening, where she was able to say goodbye to the members, which isn't possible in some situations. Then, around 9 we got home, just exhausted, but feeling accomplished that we had done everything we could.
The day after, she transferred, but it was a testimony that the Lord really does answer our prayers. All of our wishes, if it is right, will be granted by the Lord. I was able to talk with Sister Baclayon yesterday, and she told me that she found another family in the city that is ready.
Another missionary is from Sri Lanka, a country which is close to India. She told me that since she was converted, and she saw a picture of the Salt Lake Temple, her goal was to go there. But, imagine going from India to Utah. In other cases it would be almost impossible. But, with her mission call she was able to go to the Provo MTC, and was able to fulfill her dream.
In spite of all the trials we experience here on earth, in spite of the times we have no other person to turn to but our Father in Heaven, He is always there. We never have to be lonely, to experience sorrow without a support, a hand hold when we feel all hope is lost.
I know the Lord answers prayers, miracles really do happen, and will continue according to our Faith.
This last week I have been feeling under the weather, but we still worked. We were punted, and we were just wondering what we were doing wrong. But this Sunday, we had 7 investigators, SEVEN people come to church. This is the first time in my entire mission, that the gospel principles class has been so full, we had seven investigators, and the Elders had seven investigators. 14 investigators all together. The Lord is really hastening his work, he is in the vineyard toiling with us.
This is still the best decision that I have made in my life so far. I have seen so many miracles and seen the Lord's hand here in my mission, and the great thing is once I get home it doesn't need to stop, it can continue and become even better.
We are so loved from our Heavenly Father since he gave us the gospel.
Love ya so much,