Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ahhhhh, this was a dec week. (Picked up dec from my comp. shortened version of decent. I dig it.) We got to teach M again! She was the investigator who knew everything was true but wanted her fam to all be apart of it. We got to meet her husband too and hope things will progress with them. She is so awesome, she has so much faith. We helped resolve her concerns and questions about the Restoration and read in 3 Nephi 11 and she loooooved it. Oh and after our lesson, she walked us out to pick up a tricycle and we saw some people running and I could sense the vibes. Not good. Come to find out, there was a knife fight around the corner. Yeah we booked it out of there, and we survived!Last week we had our family mission plan fireside. Then Tuesday we went to the T family whose kids are being baptized next weekend, and the first thing the 13 year old son said to us was, "Meron ako isang referral para sa inyo!" AH IRVINE. YOU ARE ADORABLE. He gave us a referral of his 12 year old classmate who lives in the next city over so we cant teach her, but we sent it to the other missionaries. So tender!! So the point of it is, if HE can give missionaries a referral, YOU can too!! Love those kids. And so pumped for their baptism next weekend! Love bringing people into this amazing gospel.
Also, this week we went to the grocery store and I saw CRISPY M&M'S!!!! Does anyone else remember those?! I remember they made them when I was like 10 and then stopped and we loved them at our house! Then I also remember signing a petition at BYU for this girl who wanted to bring them back. lol. I found them here and they were delish to the max.
Elections are going on right now. And we were taking a tricycle to an appointment. And then we straight up got stuck in a parade. And then everyone was screaming and staring at us white people. And it was really awkward. I hate all the election trucks with the tremendously loud music that blows off my ears.Also, the most Christ-like person I know, Sister Meti, came to our house for exchanges. She is from India and is in my district and made us the most legit Chicken Curry. Yes, it totally cleared my sinuses from the spices and I loved it.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Ok, I am just sooooo tired. The mission works you like no other, but I can also say, I am sooooooo happy. This week I have been able to really take a step back and enjoy this all. I love it here. I love my savior, I love missionary life, I love the scriptures, I love my companion, I love the ward, I love my investigators, I love the culture, I love the food, I love the Philippines.This week we had some major spiritual experiences. We had a lesson on Tuesday with the S. family and they didn't do their reading assignment in 3 Nephi 11 so we read with them the first 17 verses. Also, they had said they hadn't received an answer to their prayers yet. Then we read together and they felt the spirit and they committed to baptism. It was the Book of Mormon and the spirit that converted them. So excited for them. We also taught them again on Friday the plan of salvation and their father died 5 years ago and oh man, we just followed the spirit, and you could say there were tears by the end of the lesson. Amazing how this gospel answers everyone's questions. That is one of my favorite things to witness here, seeing people understand and come to know the truth.
So all is well here, loving life. I love you all and don't forget to keep me updated!
Monday, October 14, 2013
General conference. The best. Oh man, every single talk was spectacular. It is true, conference in the field is a different kind of experience. I have been looking forward to absorbing all that advice and encouragement for so long now. I just felt so spiritually full afterwards. Didn't you love President Monson, President Uchtdorf, Elder Maynes, Elder Scott, and Elder Soares talks? So gooooood. And President Peterson surprised us and showed up to our chapel for the Sunday sessions, love that man, it was a pleasure to see him. I love how President and Sister Peterson openly say I love you to all the missionaries here, I know we all feel their love. But what I really learned from conference is that God needs to be everyone's priority. If he is not, life is going to be a lot harder for you. I have learned that. When you seek to draw closer to Him, there is a difference in your life. I also wrote a post it and taped it on my desk and it is from President Uchtdorf's talk. I wrote, "How is your walk with Christ today?" Good daily reminder.So this week was great, but a little slower than last week. We had Ward family home evening on Tuesday. Oh my goodness, these Filipinos make me laugh so hard. The games are SO fun with them. (Side note: it literally just started pouring outside, I can't even hear the sounds of my keyboard... its intense... and I almost left the house without an umbrella cause it was sunny when I left... classic.) But it was a good time with our amazing ward. Love them all.
Monday, October 7, 2013
I am jealous that you have already finished watching conference. I must wait another week to listen to the Prophet's voice and I cannot wait!This week could be considered the best week of my mission. First of all, with two 19 year old American girls roaming around the Philippines, we have had a great increase of whistling, hellos, and creepy people taking pictures.
This week I learned that prayers can be answered. I have been really anxious for some progression in this area. It has been really slow since we opened here. This week picked up like no other! Monday started with a great lesson with M. She has rejected baptism twice already but we couldn't give up on her. She is the investigator whose husband was killed in an accident at work with a building crushing him. She lives in a home with her parents and three children. On Monday, she told us she received an answer to her prayer and she knows that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Gospel is true, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. The spirit was so strong. We taught her again on Wednesday on the Atonement and how the first step to applying the atonement in our lives is by taking the first step to following Him through Baptism. She accepted! So amazing. We also invited her to the Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday and she was so excited to come, it was adorable. She loved President Monson's talk and told us how she could feel something special about him. Then we gave her a church tour. She loved all the art in the hallways, it was a great experience for her. Then she socialized with the members after, I think she had a really wonderful experience. It is just so humbling to see people really come closer to Christ through the gospel.