|Pday break. The Botanical Gardens|
Monday, August 5, 2013
First Baptismal Date!
Hello there! So life is good here. Real good. I have found that my biggest de-stresser is when I sit on a tricycle (motorcycle with a sidecar) with the wind drying off my sweat and I get to stare at the beauty of green rice fields, palm trees, and colorful homes that are small and large. Oh the peace that I feel to be in the wonderful land. The Philippines has my heart. These people have it too. The kids make me smile and the men and women are kind and generous. I wish you could all just be here to see what I am experiencing. I try my best to describe my amazing experiences here.This week we had the "New Missionary Check Up" with President. It was amazing to see all my MTC friends and see how they have been going through all the same struggles. One of friends has already lost 20 lbs here! Nuts. President gave us some amazing counsel. My favorite thing he said was that we are here to bring people "unto", but the spirit brings them "into". So powerful, right? And then he gave us all this talk called, "The Fourth Missionary" by Lawrence Something... I cant remember. How grateful I am to have read that at the beginning of my mission! It taught me so much on how I need to let go of all these things I am holding onto. I need to learn how to surrender my will. I need to place my heart in the loving hands of the Savior, and then His Will will be done and miracles will happen. That's my new process I am beginning. It is honestly so much harder than it sounds. I have found that there are memories, wants, and desires that I have, but I just need to let them go and surrender. I need to lose this battle in order to "win". Just thought I would share this new insight and process I have begun.