Hello! Maayong buntag! Good morning! I hope that each of you had a wonderful week and saw the Lord in the details of your lives!
This has been a wonderful week! It began on Monday night with a Family Home Evening with Rosalie, Reylan and their sweet family. I am so impressed with their faith and trust in the Lord. In the Philippines, and I am sure other places as well, the services for civil marriage and other government needs are terribly slow to accomplish what is needed. As well, being poor, they are very disadvantaged. So it is a great opportunity to practice patience! We are doing our best to lift their burdens as they wait. We had fresh buko juice for the treat! My first time!
We had our first missionary coordination meeting this week! Our branch mission leader is not much older than we are. He is often busy, but was able to find time to meet with us and we are grateful! As well, we had members working with us last night. The power that they bring to lessons is amazing! Sister Ligaya Baguio helped us review with the youth of the Toloy family about the Book of Mormon. They have stopped progressing, reading, praying, worshiping at church and keeping the commandments. We found that they did not have an understanding of the power of the Book of Mormon, and the reality of the promise that if we read, ponder on its message, and ask through prayer with faith, a sincere heart and real intent, that we will receive an answer of the truth! Their desire had been weakening, but the spirit was strong as we testified of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and the help of Sister Ligaya was crucial. We hope and pray that they will again turn towards Christ and come unto Him by keeping these simple commitments. We also visited less actives from our branch. I learned firsthand the reality of our imperfect nature as mortals, that as missionaries, our calling does not mean that we are perfect teachers. Not at all! We must surrender all pride, study diligently, prepare ourselves and rely fully on the Lord, to be directed by His Holy Spirit. Mosalig sa Ginoo! Trust in the Lord! This is His work and for that I am so grateful! It is a privilege to be a missionary!
Thank you each for your faith and trust! Have a wonderful week!