Naimbag nga aldaw dagitit kakabsatko!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!! I hope you all celebrate this beautiful day of freedom and remember the price that was paid for this amazing country!
This week was pretty busy. We held exchanges with the District Leader in Lal-lo and I was with his junior companion in our area. I had a plan already to go and then Elder Saplan (My exchanges companion) tells me he has never, in his four months as a missionary in the field, done a solid finding activity, causing me to move some of our appointments and have some good tracting and street contacting that day. Here in the Philippines, tracting is actually pretty effective because most people here are very friendly and will always let you have a first lesson with them. We did all the finding activities and came up with 15 new investigators that day! At the end of the exchanges, Elder Saplan told me he was so exhausted, but also so happy with our experiences that day.
Later in the week we were able to teach Josh, he finally came back from his trips in Manila and Tuguegaro. We asked him about his scripture study and he told us he had brought his scriptures with him and studied them as much as he could while out of town! It was so great to hear! We continued following up with him and we discovered his concern on why he was reluctant to be baptized. He told us that he is someone who likes to analyze and comprehend all aspects of something before acting upon it. He told us he loves reading and studying the word, he just has a hard time applying it in his life because he hasn't examined every possible aspect of it.
After this, we shared an analogy with him to help him understand the difference between simple belief and knowledge with faith, action, and application. Josh loves basketball, so we used that to show how we need to apply things rather than simply studying about them. We shared how someone who wanted to improve their basketball game could spend all of their time and energy studying about basketball, different shooting techniques, different plays, different ways to handle the ball, and different formations. However, all that time and energy would simply be wasted if he didn't apply the knowledge. That someone needed to practice, use his new knowledge and act on it based on what experts say is the best way to shoot, the best formation, the best way to handle the ball. After acting on his knowledge and practicing the things he studied, he has improved. He now can say that knowledge he has is true and good, because his game got better. (Sorry if the analogy doesn't make sense, it's easier to talk about it than type it). After this analogy, Josh said he was enlightened and said he felt like he understood more about faith and applying knowledge to himself. We invited him to read Alma 32 and we will be returning to him tomorrow to follow up on the assignment.
That's all for this week, I hope you all have a great linggo!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!