Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 4, 2018 Not Much Time

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

I'm so sorry, but I have no time to send an email today.  I spent all of my computer time recovering my pictures from my corrupted SD card (Don't worry mom, I saved them :) ) But as a result, I'm out of time to write.  However, I will send some pictures :) Hopefully I haven't sent these yet.




May 28, 2018 This Week Was a Week That Happened Too Quickly

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

This week many things happened, but it went by so fast that it only felt like three days.  Elder Magadia and I worked so hard this week and, to be honest, we are both exhausted.  It doesn't help that my companion also has a sick stomach.  However, despite all of the difficulties, we had a successful week.

First off, we went to an area where missionaries haven't been for quite a while. We did some contacting there and were able to find the Belen family and also found another promising investigator named Ryan.  We are going to return to them this week and hopefully we will see some progress.  Also, Delmary, who we have been working with for quite some time, accepted a baptismal date for the 10th of June, and she is on track to reach that goal.  Finally, we had a surprise investigator, Abby, come to church this week who actually came from another area, but is now staying here in Ballesteros.  We haven't been able to visit her yet, but we have an appointment with her tomorrow :)

Also, Saturday morning during our weekly planning, Elder Magadia and I received a text from our Branch President, which went something like this,

"ELDER PUWEDE BA KAYONG SPEAKER BUKAS KAYO NG COMPANION MO? SLAMAT"
(Translation: ELDER, COULD YOU AND YOUR COMPANION BE THE SPEAKERS TOMORROW? THANKS)

"Pwede po. Ano po ang topic namin?"
(Translation: We could, what is our topic?)

"KAYO NG PIPILI ELDER. SLAMAT ULI"
(Translation: YOU CHOOSE ELDER. THANKS AGAIN)

"Salamat po Pres :)"
(Translation: Thank you Pres :))

Yes, the branch president did use all caps haha.  So Elder Magadia and I turned out to be the speakers yesterday.  I was first.  When I got up to speak I asked the President how long I should speak for and he said, "You're in charge, just use inspiration" which was quite specific.  I chose to focus my talk on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the blessings of joy and peace we receive as members of the Church.  Then, I connected those blessings we feel and sharing them through our efforts in ministering to others.  All of us have experienced the wonderful blessings that come from the Atonement, and it is our duty to share those blessings with others as we represent the Savior and minister to our beloved brothers and sisters.

Overall... it was only about 12 minutes :)

My companion gave a wonderful talk on Obedience as well.  We as members of the Church must become examples to others of obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel by obeying all of the commandments which God has given us.

Another 12 minute talk :)

Companionship Unity

Anyway, that's all for this week.

Sa susunod na naman
Mahal ko kayong lahat!

May 21, 2018 Sorry, Another Short Email

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

So.. there was no internet earlier here in Ballesteros and I only have a few minutes to email. So this will be quick.

First off, my new companion is great! His name is Elder Magadia from Lucena, Quezon province, Philippines! That's right folks, my last companion will be a Filipino! I'm super excited to be working with Elder Magadia.  He absolutely loves the work and really wants to learn.  I'm also grateful that he is willing to work hard and stay motivated throughout these last weeks of mine.  He's willing to help me work hard so I can finish my mission strong! I'm very grateful for his companionship and I'm excited for these upcoming weeks.

This week we had a baptism! Kimi was baptized this week and the service was wonderful! Her mother, who is a less-active member, was able to attend both the service and the sacrament where she was confirmed! It was truly a great day to see them all enjoy such a spiritual event!

That's all I've got for this week.  The other elders borrowed my card reader, so I don't have any pictures to send this week, but next week there will be some!

Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Sa susunod na naman!