Wilderness Service Project
Magandang Tanghali mula dito sa isla!
Mid-day is great here on the Island!
Ang ganda ng buhay dito sa Quezon! Nagulat din ako sa butiking iyon. Kadalasan maganda ang panahon kaso lang umuulan ngayon pala. Hindi kami nagbibinyag sa dagat dahil merong font doon sa simbahan. Sana diba? Mahal namahal din ko kayo! You’ll have to get Elder Mendame translate that.
Also, ask Elder Mendame if he knows an Elder Villoso (my zone leader who is also from Iloilo.)
I’m excited to hear that Michael got his call, that is Awesome! It’s really crazy how fast time flies! I’ve been out for 8 months now!
Elder Jim and I are doing great! We’re both learning tagalog together and I have really felt unity with him especially this last week. The branch here is pretty great. There are about 120 people who come to church each week and they are all really dedicated in their callings.
On Tuesday we had exchanges with the Elders in Rizal. We had to ride over an hour and a half in a packed shuttle to get there. I worked with Elder Roca who only has 2 transfers left in his mission. It was kind of weird to think about being that close to coming home. I can’t even imagine, but I can see how fast it has already gone! Eight months. It’s so fast. Rizal is the very tip of our mission and it’s so beautiful there!
After another shuttle trip on Wednesday we were able to teach the Penaflor Family. We had originally planned to teach about the Plan of Salvation, but we both felt like the Word of Wisdom was what they needed to hear. When we followed up about their reading in the Book of Mormon we found out that Sister Penaflor has been reading the Book of Mormon to Brother Penaflor because his sight isn’t so great anymore. They had prayed and told us that they felt the Spirit and believe that the Book of Mormon is true. It made me so happy to hear! As we continued on and taught the Word of Wisdom, they accepted it wholeheartedly. As soon as we told them the 5 things that we should avoid, Sister Penaflor told us that they would quit drinking coffee from then on. We hadn’t even committed them to live it yet! It was yet another testimony builder that there are people in every area who are prepared by the Lord to receive the Gospel.
We had that service project in the pictures and it went pretty well until we were about to head back into town. We got a flat tire and after changing it decided that the spare wasn’t going to hold all of us so the 4 missionaries had to find another way back. It took up most of our proselyting time walking and waiting for a shuttle. After about 3 shuttles had passed by (all of them were full) we decided to just keep walking. We ended up finding a house along the road and it turns out that some less active members live there! Just then a trike came to drop someone off nearby and we were able to get a ride back to Quezon. I know that Heavenly Father has a reason for everything!
As far as investigators go we have a few others who are really progressing. One was a referral from some recent converts named Brother Joseph. He is really receptive. I felt like we should invite him to baptism at the end of the first lesson. He accepted and has a tentative date for May 30th. He came to church yesterday along with the Penaflors and 3 other investigators of ours! When I asked him if he would “follow the example of Christ by being baptized” he looked right at me and said “susundin ko siya” I will follow Him. I know that if we all have faith like that to humble ourselves and simply say “I will follow Him.” We can become much more than we are now. Christ is our perfect example and if we exercise faith, repent, and follow Him, He can work miracles in us and through us. I’m out of time but I love you guys and hope that you have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!