We helped the Catungal family gather a whole bunch of rocks to start the foundation of their new house.
It’s been another great week here in Sampaloc!
First about the storm. On Monday they let us go out in the morning to email after they got the news that the storm had slowed down. After we emailed and got some food we had to go back to the apartment and had instructions to stay inside for the rest of the day. At that point it was really only sprinkling outside. We played a Book of Mormon card game that Elder Zook has. It’s called “And it came to pass.” It was actually really fun and super easy to pick up! Then we had our studies and dinner and just stayed in for the rest of the night. No excitement about the storm really. The hardest it rained was in the middle of the night and we didn’t have any floods in our area. We truly were blessed to be safe from the effects of the storm and I’m really glad that none of our investigators were affected either. It really is something that I have seen in the people here, that they acknowledge the Lord in everything. There is a lot of real poverty here but whoever we talk to still says that they are blessed.
Tuesday was back to normal and we had our zone meeting in Santa Cruz. It was really a good experience and one of the main subjects was OYM’ing (open your mouth). Something that our Zone Leader, Elder Richards, said was really profound and has helped me to understand why talking with everyone is so important. He said that “we shouldn’t be starting conversations with people as part of some number to reach a goal. We should be driven by our purpose which is to bring others closer to Christ.” It really made me think not only about my role as a missionary, but about all of our roles as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We all have a responsibility to “stand as witnesses” and to help others come unto Christ. I know that, especially in this Christmas season, as we talk with our friends, neighbors, and other non-members, that we can fulfill our missionary responsibility. I know that all of you can do this! The Lord will help you and as you seek to be a part of his work here upon the earth, you will strengthen your own testimony and the testimonies of others. So I invite you guys to talk with someone who isn’t a member about the Church. Maybe they won’t be interested, and that’s okay! As you show the Lord that you are willing to be a tool in his hands he will bless you with missionary opportunities. I just thought of something else the Zone Leaders asked Elder Zook and I in the meeting. They said, “If you had to OYM (or street contact) a thousand people in order to find and baptize one person like Brother Renzo, would it be worth it?” Obviously our answer was yes. I know that you will find great joy in helping people come unto Christ.
The other highlight from this week came up in a lesson that we had with Brother Cliff. He has been temporarily suspended from his job so we are getting to teach him again! Blessing in disguise – haha. We really emphasized with him the importance of reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. That has been a theme in our lessons this week. It’s so important that we have a testimony of the Book of Mormon because that is really where our whole testimony of the gospel comes from. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet and he truly was the Lord’s instrument in restoring His church upon the earth in our time. I know that it’s true, and I know that anyone who really has a desire can come to that knowledge as well. All that we need to do is read and pray, and the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth of it in our hearts. It’s so simple and yet so powerful!
I truly know that this is the Lord’s work upon the earth this day, and I am so happy to be a part of it!
I love you all so much and I hope that you have a great week!
Mahal ko kayo lahat!