Dad: Sorry to everyone that USED to read Andrea's blog. She is writing every week, but I have not created the entries. So at long last, here is a compilation of the last several weeks of letters. The oldest are at the top so read all the way down to see what Andrea is up to now.
Dear Friends and Family,
Long time no see. The Lord truly blesses all of us. As we went back and forth to the hospital, we were able to talk to quite a few people about the gospel. it was a testament to me that wherever we are, we can share the gospel with everyone, any time, any place.
We are teaching an investigator named brother Ronnie. He has been taught by the missionaries for many years, but as of yet has been unable to stop drinking. He told us he wants to be baptized, and we are excited for him. I know that the Savior loves each and everyone of us, and whatever we are facing, no matter what it is, He can and will help us to rid ourselves of our vices.
It just reminds of Alma the Younger, the vilest of all sinners. They were destroying the church, and in earnest prayer, his father asked for help. He was in the greatest bondage, but as it says in Alma 36:2-3
For they were in bondage, and none could deliver them except it was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and he surely did deliver them in their afflictions.
"And now, o my son Helaman, behold thou art in thy tyouth, and therefore, I beseech of thee, that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me: for I do know that twhosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trails,and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.
I know the Lord gladly will help us, deliver us from all our afflictions. I know we must never give up, for great things await us.
Dear Friends and Family,
There have been three big miracles this week.
1. while we were tracting we found a less active member from Bacolod, and told us that she was unsure when and where the church was. We invited her, and the next day she came to church with her whole famiy, all of which were nonmembers. We have a return appointment with them this week, I am super excited.
2. We were exploring again in Lainit, the farthest part of the area, and we were lost. While we were walking we saw a guard, and he came up to us and said, Sisters, I am a member. He gladly showed all of the members and a few of the investigators.
3. We had 5 investigators at sacrament, an all time record!
These are just some of the things that we have experienced. It is just a testament that God loves us, and will answer our prayers for even the small things. Keep Happy, Keep Trusting, and Keep Shining and the Lord will accomplish wonders through you.
Hello Friends and Family,
The older I get in the mission, I feel like I have run out of ideas on what to write. Things are pretty much the same. We figured out that Sister Pancho legs have swollen, and when we went to the doctor he told us that she would need to be on bed rest for this week. It reminds me of the There is no need to run faster than ye have strength.
But, thankfully we can go on exchanges to work our gigantic area. It has such great potential, and so do our investigators.
One of our investigators, Keith(Kate but that's how you spell it), a part member has come to church twice now, and as part of the lesson for Relief Society they talked about temples. Sometimes as members we forget how different our vocabulary is from other religions. She had a lot of questions about the temple, What's the difference of a church and a temple, who can visit, and the best, how does a person become a member.
I told her, if you want to become a member, you need to be baptized. Then, she asked, what do you need to be baptized? YES!! I have waited to be asked that question my entire mission. She has a desire to be baptized and eventually make it to the temple.
This gospel is so true! The more that I study, teach, and am on my knees I know that he leads this church.
I know that We have no need to fear. We may have many weaknesses, but the Lord knows it. He knows what we need, when we need. He will never give us something that we can not overcome. That is the wonderful message that we can share with everyone. He will never fail us, and all he asks of us is to follow Him.
I have experienced ...(little kids begging,) but thankfully just asking for money. They will say in English, MONEY. So, usually I just keep some crackers in my bag, or candy to give to them. Especially when I was in the city. One time when I was in the jeepney there was a guy who was trying to put his hand on my bag, and to open it. But, I felt like I needed to move my bag, and so nothing happened. We are safe as we follow the spirit.
Dad, I have been thinking about school and things. So, I think what I will do is to sign up for summer semester, that way that I could look for work and to save up enough money for books and to get on my feet. I just want to spend some time with the family, but at the same time I can't just go home from my mission, I need to be busy. I'm sure you experienced the same thing, I realized how much time I wasted reading or being on the computer.There is so many worthwhile thing to do.
I am going to be transferred tomorrow, so please pray for me. Karay language, and I heard that the area is quite challenging. But, it just needs the Bibo spirit.
When you were in your mission, were you assigned in a branch, or mostly wards? One thing that I have seen here the elders and sisters assigned here have lost hope by disobedience and forgetting their purpose. But, we are trying to change that by our own obedience, and we have come up with plans for activities to help the members here to have unity. When the hope is rekindled, I know that there can be progression. Lots of prayers and guidance of the spirit.
Hello Friends and Family,
I am sorry that I haven't sent a group email in a while, the time is so short.I would just like to high light one miracle this week.
August in the Philippines is the start of rainy season,and it has been raining the entire week, I mean every single day. This week, we were wet, tired, the other day, so as part of our companionship prayer we asked to be safe from the rain.
The next day, every time we were in an appointment it started to rain, and when we left, it stopped. This is just one example of the blessings if we are obedient. There are more to come.
That is such a blessing that you were able to get a full time job. I just hope the blessings continue. I was actually thinking about Grandma Betts this week, wondering how she was doing. I am sad that she's gone, but it's good to know that we can do baptisms for the dead for her. It's a good reminder for us to be kind just like her.
This is by far my most challenging area, and yup, probably my last. We have gone tracting this week, and zip, zilch, nada. They are willing to listen, but if they listen to us, they will be persecuted by their neighbors. The last person we talked to let us in the house, but it was like she nervous the whole time, looking out the door. all righty then. We'll just have to ask lots of referrals from the members, and focus on the part members.The members here are few, that come to church anyway.There are about 400, but mostly less active. Last Sunday we had 41 people come to church, which is an improvement at least. The week before I came they said only 26 people came. The members may be few, but they have such strong testimonies, especially the recent converts. They are eager to work and to help make Tigbauan a ward.
Despite the challenges, I really like it here. It's true that it's rural, but that means that it's cheap. Transportation is all right, and most of the time we can walk, unless it's in the more rural parts of the area. But if it's late at night, you might have to walk for almost an hour to get home. Lesson learned from the past missionaries.
Allyssa's home? What, time flies. Meagan already has a countdown. I'm just enjoying the time while it lasts.
Hi, I am Andrea's dad. If there are errors on this site, then they are mine. I hope that this will be a good way to keep a lot of our good friends and family updated on the adventure of Andrea's mission.