Manila Temple Trip
Manila Temple Trip
This is where it all begins…
Magandang Umaga lahat kayo!
So now about my week. It’s really a blur so I’ll just tell you guys about the most Awesome thing that happened to us! Elder Zook and I were really praying hard for these two investigators named Minda and Pablo to be able to receive an answer in their prayers about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel, and we both decided that we should fast. The next day after we had started our fast, we walked past the home of the Huliganga twins that we taught earlier. The father hasn’t been very open for them to be taught by us and they haven’t been home a lot so we hadn’t taught them since the very first time. We went up to the “door” thing and the father was standing just inside. We shook his hand and he said “wala sila” like they’re not here. We started to walk away down an underpass and all of a sudden we heard running behind us and someone yelled “Mormons!” It was the twins! They told us that their dad told them not to talk with us, but they still wanted us to teach them, so we went to the church right then. We watched the restoration video and after Joseph Smith’s testimony, brother Ringo said “tama!” like “that’s right!” I was so excited! The twins are now progressing towards their baptismal date! They are my age which is so cool. They really are so prepared by the Lord! I know that when we really pray and fast in faith, the Lord can give unto us whatever it is we need, even if we don’t know what we need! Really it was another miracle and a testimony builder to me that this is the Lord’s work, not ours.
Besides that we have been in some crazy places this week. There is some really poverty here. You probably wouldn’t believe your eyes if you saw some of the places we have taught lessons! The crazy thing is, the people are happy! This is just life to them. It really is a motivator to me to bring the gospel into their lives because it can really bless them. Families are a big thing here and it’s almost always the emphasis of our lessons. I really do know that families can become eternal through priesthood ordinances and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
. Another interesting thing that happened this week was our interviews with President Ostler. I rode the PNR (Philippines National Railway) for the first time. What an experience, talaga! So many people packed into each car. Interviews were pretty great. I wrote down an awesome quote from Pres. Ostler. He said, “Life (or your mission) is a store. Pay the price and take what you want.” I know that if we as missionaries do what is right and work with all of our heart might mind and strength, our missions can be the most amazing times of our lives.
Monday I had my first Family Home Evening here. We took the twins to the Barola Family’s home and had an awesome time! On Wednesday we planned to do service for a sister named Joji, but she wasn’t home. so we cleaned the Huliganga’s yard. I really think that was the Lords plan for us because their parents are starting to open up to us now I think.
Then on Thursday we had maybe the funniest lesson of my mission. We taught a sister named Brooklyn. She has 4 kids. the two boys are named Lebron James and Kobe Bryant for their first and middle names. Not even kidding! So it started off funny. Then as she is saying the closing prayer she can’t think of the word mensahe (our message) and she says just like this “Time out! Ano ba yan?” (like Time out! What the heck is that?) I laughed pretty hard after we left!
We had a special meeting on Friday where we got to hear Lynn G Robbins and his wife speak at Buendia. Then on Sunday, Elder Dallin H Oaks came to the Santa Cruz Chapel to speak to our stake! The power also kept going out. When it did he would stand in the middle of the congregation and shout! It was a great time! It was an amazing experience and he shook almost everyones hand there before he even started the conference. I really do know that we have a living prophet and living apostles on the earth today. The Lord leads and guides this church through them! Elder Oaks said one thing that I want to write to you. He said will all of the full time missionaries stand. We all stood and then he said, :”I have a one sentence sermon on missionary work. Will all of you with missionary responsibilities please stand.” slowly everyone stood up. It was a great reminder that every member is a missionary!