Elders Pagara, Barret, Beagley, Binhaon, and Coloma
The Church is in good hands with these Elders. – President Ostler
Last picture of Quezon district before the transfer
Trike selfie – photo credit to Elder Jim (that takes skill on a moving trike)
Mothers Day Video Call – What a Spectacular Day!!!!!!!!!
Magandang Gabi sa inyong lahat! (since it’s night time there)
It has been another great week here, especially being able to see and to talk with you!
Here are the talks I wanted to share with you guys:
-The First Presidency Message in the February 2014 Ensign, Serve the Lord with Love (parts of talks from Thomas S. Monson)
-Put your trust in the Lord from M Russell Ballard in the Oct. 2013 session of General Conference
-Come and See from David A. Bednar in Oct 2014 GC
Tuesday was the last district meeting before transfers and our topic was the “why” of our purpose as missionaries. The whole meeting was really about charity. I wanted to share with you guys one thing that was said. “If we do this work for any other reason than love, it isn’t enough. We might still get the job done and have some baptisms, but it doesn’t mean as much.” It was just like what President Ostler said in our interview. He said that we can do the work for the numbers, to look good on our weekly call-in, but it won’t be as effective, it would just be hollow. Charity is the right reason to share the gospel. Like I told you it doesn’t come right away. I definitely still have some work to do, but I know that if we really live the gospel and pray for help it will come. We need to build our own faith in scripture study and prayer, repent, and renew our covenants every Sunday and we will be more prepared to share what we have with others. I love the story that David A. Bednar shared in that talk about his son. After his injuries were taken care of and he had relief he wanted to share that feeling with all of those around him. It’s just like that for us. When we “hear the beautiful music of the gospel” in our own homes and lives, we will want others to listen and feel that joy as well.
On Wednesday we had yet another miracle. On Tuesday night, after a ride on a trike, I noticed that our cell phone was no longer in my pocket. I remembered thinking earlier that I should move it into my other pocket where I usually put it, but I had just kind of brushed that off. I did my best not to panic and just think about where it could be. We went back to all of our appointments that we had had earlier on and there was no sign of it. We determined that it must be on the trike that we rode and that we would just text and call it from the other Elders’ phone later on. When we tried to do that, there was no reply. I thought for sure that it had fallen out on the road or been taken by the driver and we would never see it again. Then I had a feeling come into my heart that I shouldn’t worry and I realized that all I could do was ask for Heavenly Father’s help. That night and into the next day I fasted and prayed that somehow we would get our cell phone, and all of the numbers of our investigators, back. Wednesday after eating dinner Elder Jim and I felt like we should go look by the market where a lot of the trikes gather waiting for people to ride. We didn’t recognize any of the trikes or the drivers and were about to give up looking when we decided to go around the block one more time. It was on our second time around that Elder Jim saw a driver who looked familiar. The driver had our cell phone at his house! He is an older man and doesn’t know how to use any other phone than his so he couldn’t answer us the night before. I know that Heavenly Father really answered my prayers and helped us out.
As far as our investigators go, The Penaflors are doing great! They have come to church 4 times now and Brother Penaflor has now quit smoking. We are continuing to follow up in order to make sure that he is really preparing for his baptism. These people are so prepared by the Lord through those around them, including their children who are members. They have seen what the Gospel can do in the lives of others and they are ready to receive it into their own lives.
I just wanted to share an experience with everyone that I shared with you guys on Skype about the Baco Family. We found this family through OYMing and had not had a member in our first lesson with them so we were really focused on getting a fellowshipper to come with us in the next lessons. When the time came for our return appointment, there was nobody who could come with us. We went to their house and they invited us in. Just about a minute after the opening prayer, an older Sister from the branch walked right up to their house. It turns out that she is a friend of theirs and they never knew that she was “a mormon.” She was able to help us by sharing her testimony of the Restoration. The lesson turned out great and the Baco family really started to open up to us. I know that it was what Heavenly Father wanted to happen. I have a testimony that His hand is truly evident in this work. I see it every day through all of these miracles. I know that if we do all that we can, He will make up the rest.
I am almost out of time, but I just wanted to say that I love you all so much! I know that you can each do missionary work even in little ways. In Alma 37:6 it says this: “…by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Heavenly Father definitely knows that we are just small and simple people and we are only capable of small and simple things on our own. But with His help, we can be the means of “many mighty miracles” -Alma 26:12 He will make up for our weaknesses if we humble ourselves before him (Ether 12:27) His grace is definitely sufficient for all who will trust in Him. He will give us what we need to say and do to accomplish these things. I know that this is true.
I love you all so much! Happy Mother’s Day again!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!