Hello, my dear family and friends,
We have had a great week in paradise! I apologize for the late email, at that last minute, they changed the schedule for MLC to Monday, and today, Tuesday, is our preparation day. So many things have happened this week, many miracles, and many happy reunions!
1) On Tuesday, we visited our Sisters in Mandaue for their District Meeting. We got a bit lost, but we stopped and many kind people helped us with directions. Sister Allen and I now know much more about Mandaue than we ever planned to know. :-) Later, Cleo Fae and her friend, Rigel, worked with us in our area. They are great!
2) This is the family of Jerry and Flor! Flor is a recent convert and Jerry is willing to also follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized!!!
3) We had exchanges and Sister Schroeder worked with Sister Allen (who is the trainer of her first trainer) How cool is that! And I worked with Sister Delos Reyes! She is awesome.
4) We taught Maria Jennifer outside of her home, and it was such a great day! Our plan happened exactly! All by the Spirit.
5) Sister Allen and I at MLC! She is the best!
6) Our whole group! The first MLC with President and Sister Maughan. We love them so much and our mission is certainly blessed by their Christ-like leadership.
Thank you all so much! I love you! Mosalig sa Ginoo!
Dear family and friends,
It has been a wonderful week here in Lapu Lapu. My new companion, Sister Allen is amazing. She is the most Christ-like missionary that I have been privileged to meet! We are both American and it is very nice to avoid the language and culture barrier that sometimes occurs in companionships. I love her very much and she is fluent in Cebuano, still one of my weaknesses. There is so much to learn from her and I am looking forward to it! I am finally feeling better from my sinus infection, it did get worse before it got better. Sister Allen is so patient! In the Lapu Lapu Zone Orientation, we really struggled to introduce the implementations because I lost my voice! But have no fear, it has again returned. I am grateful for Priesthood blessings, and cough drops this week. :-)
All went well with transfers. With only a few days down, we haven't had much time to bond with the Sisters. For this coming week, we have transfers planned, so our report will contain more information. We will be sure to let you know of any concerns. In Lapu Lapu 1, Sister Capoy and Sister Reyes are happy together and are determined to be exactly obedient, diligent missionaries. In Lapu Lapu 2, Sister Gil and her trainee, Sister Arce are doing very well. We talked with them at the Zone Orientation on Friday. In Mandaue 1, Sister Obedoza and Sister Serapion are also doing well! They are in their second transfer together and are working very diligently. In Mandaue 4, Sister Delos Reyes and Sister Schroeder are very happy together as well. This is Sister Schroeder's first area in Cebu, so I know that she will learn so much from Sister Delos Reyes. We love them all so much!
A favorite spiritual experience of mine this week, was as I was doing my best to study the Book of Mormon in Personal Study. I was feeling stressed and overwhelmed, not able to feel of the Spirit. After trying and trying, the words of the familiar hymn, "As I Search The Holy Scriptures", came into my mind. I got my hymn book out, read the words to myself and clearly felt the Spirit. I especially like the fourth verse,
"As I search the holy scriptures,
Help me ponder and obey.
In thy word is life eternal;
May thy light show me the way."
I am so grateful! Nasayud ko nga si Jesukristo mao ang kahayag, ang kinabuhi, ug ang paglaum sa kalibutan. Ang Basahon ni Mormon mao ang Lain nga Tugon ni Jesukristo. May His light show us the way! Thank you! Have a wonderful week in paradise!
Dear family and friends,
Happy Independence Day! To celebrate, we are having a simple Sister's Activity on the beach in Lapu Lapu. The clouds are threatening to rain, but we will do our best! Maybe dancing a bit in the rain! Sister Mumu and I have had a wonderful week here in the Maribago Ward in Lapu Lapu, Cebu. As Sister Training Leaders, we conducted our last exchanges of the transfer. I worked with Sister Capoy and then Sister Gil. Sister Capoy is a natural teacher, and her language at home is Cebuano, so she is a very effective is proclaiming this restored gospel. She is also very strict in obedience, she sees a problem and is not afraid to fix it. Her goal is to develop her ability to build trust with the members, as well, develop her diligence. Her body gets tired very easily from the work because she is so small. Sister Gil is a wonderful missionary. She really has the wisdom and humility to follow the Spirit. She is doing her very best to be exactly obedient and it shows in her countenance. This Tuesday, she was sick, but we were able to offer help and be there to give instruction and comfort for her and her companion. We have many amazing missionaries here in the Cebu East Mission!
Our area is also doing well, we have begun an implementation of emphasizing the Book of Mormon, to strengthen the active and less active members of our ward. It is still in the beginning stages, but we have a small fireside planned this coming Saturday to teach the ward missionaries to introduce and use the Book of Mormon in missionary work. We will let you know how it goes! We also had a baptism this past weekend for Federico. He is such a sweet spirit and was so ready to enter the waters of baptism. Before so, we were helping him practice his testimony. In Cebuano we say, "Nasayud ko nga..." Meaning, "I know in my heart that..." and adding a simple testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, His restored church, and His gospel. It is a good thing that we let him practice before, because he thought that bearing testimony is a time to confess sins! Oops! :-)
We are seeing miracles here! Let us always remember in whom we have put our trust, our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is His work! Thank you! Have a wonderful week!