Sunday, November 5, 2017

October 30, 2017-- Pictures

October 30, 2017

Magandang araw sa inyo lahat!

This email is gonna be pretty short because I sent a lot of pictures :)
We had two baptisms this week.  We baptized the Umbrero couple. They are the ones who I said sell sticky rice and the like.  Their baptism wasn't anything too big, but that's what they wanted.  It was a great service, and we are setting up their children to be taught. We are pushing them to start preparing for the temple so they can receive the blessing of an eternal family :)

I would like to share just one thought I gained from my studies this week. I was reading about the plan of salvation, more particularly our purpose of our life here on earth, and I came across references in Moses 5 and 2 Nephi 2. After studying these references, I pondered over the meaning of the purpose of this life. I started with the well known reference of 2 Nephi 2:25, stating "men are that they might have joy" which I had always felt was a little broad in stating what our purpose in this life is. However, upon reading the Moses 5 references, I realized from the testimonies of Adam and Eve, that the joy they are blessed with is the joy that comes from receiving a remission of sins through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, all of which is possible because of the great atoning sacrifice of our Savior. I also began to connect these thoughts with references found in Lehi's Dream, partaking of the Love of Christ and gaining a desire to share that same Love with others. 

I realized now that this life is meant for us to receive joy through forgiveness of our sins, which can only come through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and my purpose as a missionary is to invite others to partake of this joy. To show others the way to be completely cleansed and start over. I'm so very grateful for the part I play in helping others partake of this wonderful gift.

Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Have a great week!

October 22, 2017

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

This week was pretty great actually. We had many teaching opportunities this week and really saw progress in our investigators. We set a goal this week as a companionship that, before we could go home, we had to find at least five new investigators everyday. This goal really helped us in the work this week. It helped us remain alert for the promptings of the Spirit and become more active in our finding. It also helped us prepare for our other teaching appointments as we were already primed and ready with the Spirit. Although this goal wasn't extremely high or anything like that, it was definitely something that helped us refocus and improve as a companionship and was a great help in the progress of our area.

We have two baptisms coming up this Saturday. Remember that one family we found who made that sticky rice stuff? Yeah, well Sister and Brother Umbrero have passed their interviews and are preparing to make their first covenant through baptism! Also, this week we will be able to start teaching their ten year old daughter! We hadn't been able to teach her in the past lessons because she was at school but now is the semester break for all of the students, so we will hopefully be seeing her baptism coming up soon.

This upcoming week we will be having exchanges with the APs, which means we have to travel tomorrow to Laoag, a fantastic, beautiful, scenic, nauseating six hour bus ride :)  I am actually really excited though because one of my Elders in my MTC batch is the new AP, and I can't wait to work with him.

This week, I would just like to add some thoughts concerning member-missionary work.  We all know that, as members, we are supposed to share the gospel with others.  However, many times we are too scared or shy.  We hesitate because we think about what they might say.  We worry that our relationships with others will be destroyed if they reject the gospel.  Whatever the reason, these doubts definitely do not come from the Holy Ghost.  Those doubts come from the adversary, who does everything to slow the progress of this great and marvelous work.  So, how can we overcome these doubts and fears? The answer can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

"36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not."

As we remember the promises the Lord has made unto us, we can let go of our fears.  We do not have to be afraid of what "might" happen if we think about the blessings that we could share with others.  This isn't just another religion here on the earth established to simply teach good values and help others gain meaning in life. This is the truth.  This is the only way to salvation and exaltation.  Therefore, we should not hesitate to invite others to receive all of the blessings the Lord has in store for them.

One phrase that may help calm our doubts is this,
"We succeed when we invite."
Others have their agency, but we do too. Let's strive to at least give others the opportunity to receive the greatest joy they could possibly experience in this life.

Have a great week!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!