It has been such a wonderful Easter Week here in the Philippines, and we have seen many miracles. I hope that each of you got to watch the Hallelujah video about the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We spent all week handing out small cards with a picture of Jesus Christ and the website, teaching, testifying and inviting many people to learn more. Many miracles have come as a result. This is truly the work of the Lord!
They certainly have different traditions here. Because of the dense Catholic population, they celebrate Holy Week. One tradition is to eat no meat, a form of cleansing. So three or four times on Thursday, we ate what is called Bignignit. A sweet rice soup with coconut milk, ube (violet sweet potato), camotes, bananas, and small balls of jello. A funny looking soup, I wish that I took a picture. It is traditional even in the Mormon families to eat near Easter!
The picture attached is the sisters in the Eyas family, one miracle as a result of the Hallelujah video, and following the Spirit. Sister Nalawas and I met them, actually a few weeks ago, but on Saturday in the evening, we finally got to teach them! We trust that with time, the Lord will continue to prepare their hearts and the hearts of their parents through the Spirit.
It is true, as said in DC 1:20-23, "But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world; That faith also might increase in the earth; That mine everlasting covenant might be established; That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers."
I know that this is the work of the Lord, and that as we exercise our faith and trust in Him, miracles will follow. We are weak and simple beings, but with the help of the Lord, can become great. Thank you! Have a wonderful week!
And... I have a huge favor to ask each of you, my family and friends. This coming Saturday, April 2nd is 20th birthday of Sister Nalawas. It would absolutely make her day to receive birthday greetings to her email. Especially, because of the location of her home, she has never received any emails from her family. Only from friends here in the mission. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. :-)