Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 22, 2017

Hi Mom,

Thank you so much for the update on everyone.  I'm glad to hear that Star wars was great and that the kids are doing well.  I did indeed get your packages, and I can't wait to open them! 

The time frame for the skype will be (Utah time) Monday, 7pm Christmas day.  Hopefully we can start skyping by then.  We will definitely see.  

I just got an update from BYU that my scholarship has been reactivated, which is a little scary because it means I'm getting kind of close to coming home now.  I'll have to look into the housing now.  When I looked into the housing before, the waiting list wasn't for my semester.  It hasn't opened yet for the next fall/winter semester.  

Well, that's really it for this week.  It's kind of quick because I don't really have time to email today, just to notify family about the skype call.

Love you and can't wait to see you!

Luke

December 10, 2017

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

This week was pretty great. We had quite a few lessons this week, found 25 new investigators, gained 1 more baptismal date, and had 4 investigators come to church. We also have a baptism coming up this week on the 16th, and our investigator is more than ready for his baptism. We are also happy to report that our relationship with the members is very strong. It was a little different introducing myself to the members because this is the first time I haven't "opened" an area where the missionaries before were pulled out. My companion already knows all of the members and the area and for the first week and a half I was sort of tagging-along trying to familiarize myself with the area and the people. Now, however, I feel confident in the area and I know the members in our area/branch fairly well. I'm excited to keep working here and seeing the progress here in Sinait.

Elder Galos and I are getting along very well. We don't have any problems with each other and we have a great time teaching. Our investigators are progressing and we are having great success with the members fellowshipping our investigators and bringing them to church. I'm really enjoying this companionship and I feel like Elder Galos and I really work to push one another. I really feel like we are equals in this companionship.

I'm doing just fine. I continue to love this work and these people. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to help others come unto Christ. I'm grateful for the responsibility I have to help others accept the gospel and be able to return to their Father in Heaven. There's nothing else I would rather be doing than participating in this great and marvelous work.

I hope all of you are taking time to remember the great reason that we celebrate this wonderful time of the year.  Be sure to take time to Light the World through any small way that you can.  The Lord doesn't ask us to do big, grand things.  The small and simple things are what matter most.

Until next week!

Mahal ko kayong lahat!

December 3, 2017

Naimbag nga aldaw kadigiti kabsatko!

This week was actually pretty great. Elder Galos and I were able to have a great time working together. I was a little apprehensive at first to start teaching with him because of the usual adjustment that new companions have when teaching, but I was pleasantly surprised that we had very little adjusting to do. Our teaching is quite unified and we get along great together. As soon as I got in Sinait we planned and headed out to work. It honestly feels like coming back home here in Sinait because I used to have district meetings here when I was assigned in Cabugao. It's been nice that I am at least somewhat familiar with the area and especially the zone.

I also have some very exciting news this week. I don't know if you all remember Vladimir from my second area in Cabugao, but I was one of the missionaries who found him and finished all of his lessons.  Sadly I was not able to witness his baptism because I was transferred.  However, when I got to Sinait I immediately inquired about Vladimir to see how he was doing.  One of the elders from Cabugao gave me the great news that he had recent been ordained to the office of an Elder and was given the Melchizedek Priesthood in their last District Conference.  I was thrilled to hear this news.  However, the best part is he came to church in our branch in Sinait.  We embraced and we caught up on a few things.  He informed me he was planning on serving a mission after he finished his studies, and was already preparing to begin his application to serve.  Finally, I was also privileged to have the sacrament passed to me by the same young man whom I had found more than a year ago.  Tears filled my eyes as I partook of the bread and water, realizing I had made an impact on somebody's life so long ago at the start of my mission.

Somtimes, we don't realize the fruits of our labors immediately after performing them.  Sometimes, the Lord will call us to another place before allowing us to return and see what impact we have made.  This week was a testament to me that no effort is wasted, and people are being prepared to accept this gospel and that this work can bless the lives of others in so many ways.  I'm so grateful for the wonderful privilege I have to serve the Lord as a missionary!

Until next week!

Mahal ko kayong lahat!