Sunday, February 25, 2018

February 18, 2018

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

Well, this week was pretty great. We had two baptisms this week, however they weren't able to be confirmed because they weren't able to get a ride to church on time. But, next week we will make sure that they will attend church so that this crucial ordinance is performed. We also had one of our less active families come to church, and they were so happy to return to the church. Overall, it was a really successful week, and we saw great progress in all of the aspects of our area this week.


I received the sad news that Elder Francia will be transferring while I was sitting at the piano at sacrament meeting. I was honestly completely shocked, but I know he is needed in the area he will be transferring to. In the mean time, I'm definitely excited to be companions with Elder Cedillo and I know we will be able to go great things together.

As always, I'm still doing great. I love this gospel and I love sharing the joy it brings with others. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to help others come unto Christ by serving as one of His missionaries. I know that I'm not perfect, but I know that I can strive to improve and repent each and every day. I'm so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the enabling power it brings into my life.

And I know I promised pictures this week, but the internet is being really slow, so I'll just send them next week!

Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Sa susunod naman!

Letter to Mom

February 11, 2018

Dear Mom,
Thanks for the email :) I really appreciate the expressions of love.  To be honest, it's pretty hard being on the other side of the planet while you're all in Utah, going on with normal life.  It kind of feels really lonely out here, and those things you said really meant a lot.
I love you too Mom.  Thank you so much for all that you do for me, and the rest of the kids. I feel like I've kind of experienced a little bit of what becoming a parent feels like while here on the mission.  I have some housemates that don't like to help around the house, so I do the cooking, most of the cleaning, I wash my clothes, make my bed, and have to deal with people asking over and over "what's for (insert meal here)? I'm starving!".  I'm sorry for asking that same question to you so many times before, because I know realize how irritating it can be if you've had a tiring day.  

Thank you so much for the guidance you give me.  I love the insights you share with me in your emails, and how you consistently email me every week, no matter what :) I love reading your emails and how you keep me updated on the family.  I love your love for me.  Thank you so much for being the best Mother a son could ask for.

Love,
Luke

February 11, 2018

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

I feel like this week went by in a flash. We had a really busy week with MLC, attending District Meetings, exchanges, the baptism of Jamaicah, and a meeting with the district presidency and the Branch mission leaders here in Vigan district. Thankfully, everything went smoothly this week, and I can testify that God helped us this week in accomplishing all of the things that we needed to do, because despite how busy this week was, we were also able to have pretty great work done in our area. We were able to contact some former investigators this week and found them to be receptive. They stopped investigating simply because the missionaries who were teaching them were transferred and none came back, but now they are happy to receive the lessons once again. We also have the baptisms of Joshua and Lou Ella coming up this week. It's been a great time in Sinait, and we have been seeing great progress here and are expecting to see more progress ahead.

Elder Francia and I are doing great, as always. I feel like we are able to support one another very well in teaching investigators and training other missionaries. I have no problems with the guy, and I've seen great personal growth as I've tried to learn and also improve my own skills as a missionary.

I'm doing just fine here in Sinait. I really love the people here and I love the area. I'm so grateful to be assigned here, and I'm glad I have the opportunity to serve those in this area through preaching the gospel. I'm so happy to be a missionary, and there's nothing else I would rather be doing than giving my time to the Lord.

Sorry for the kind of short email and lack of pictures, but I promise next week I will have some pictures with my email :)

Until next time!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!