Brother Jacob & Brother Vida – The Paje’s
Brother Christopher – His Brother and Sister are Getting Baptized (The Gerarmans)
It has been another Amazing week! I just sent Tucker an email saying this, but Elder Bernard lived in Federal Way, Washington since he was 14! How awesome that he is going to be serving there!! Maybe Tucker will meet his family!
I read a talk the other day by Gerald Causse from a mission presidents seminar and it just made me realize once again the importance of focusing on the temple. Even with those we teach who aren’t baptized yet. We still want them all to set goals for the temple. I’m so happy to hear that you guys are going to the temple with your own names! President Ostler actually emailed us to get on Family Search today and prepare a name for temple work. I’m going to try and do that right after this.
Also, Elder Zook goes home at the end of this transfer or maybe even a couple of weeks earlier. Elder Merrill told me that he’ll be going to BYU Idaho! You’ll have to try and get in contact with him.
We had Elder Merrill’s last zone meeting on Tuesday. He has been a great leader and a great example to me. We’ll probably meet at BYU after the mission as well. Something that he said was the best quote of this zone meeting. Earlier on we watched the video from a talk of D Todd Christofferson about the currant bush. Elder Merrill commented on that in his testimony and said this: “Whenever God is trying to teach us something, that is the most important thing for us at that time.” He talked about how for almost a whole transfer he was stuck inside with a companion that had back problems. He said that even though he wanted so badly to be finding and teaching and baptizing, he knew that Heavenly Father wanted him to learn something else at that time. I am reading right now in Alma in the Book of Mormon and it really relates to what Elder Merrill said. While Ammon was out converting a king and all of his people, Aaron and his other brothers had been rejected and locked up. It says that they bore all of these afflictions with patience. They had enough faith to accept the trials the Lord gave them and to trust that as they were promised in Alma 26:27 He would “give unto [them] success.”
The next exciting detail is that all four of our candidates for baptism passed and will be baptized on Saturday along with another investigator from the other Elders here in Quezon!!!!!! Heavenly Father has blessed us so much as a district in the past month. I know that as we continue to work in unity with the branches in Quezon and Rizal that the blessings and the miracles will continue even after we’re gone. I am so excited for the Gerarmans and the Pajes. They were prepared by the Lord for this time. I feel so blessed that the Lord has trusted us to teach and guide these humble people down the covenant pathway.
For my last highlight I wanted to share about our finding this week. We knew that we needed to focus on finding this week in addition to preparing some of our investigators for baptism. That way we could keep up the momentum after they get baptized. The only problem was that we couldn’t seem to find anyone. all the way through Saturday we were praying to find these people whom Heavenly Father has prepared to receive our message, and it just wasn’t happening. Then, yesterday, as we only had about an hour left before we would return to the apartment, we decided to follow up on a referral which we had met on Friday. Sister Almoguera had come with the youth for an activity and, as we arrived at the church for our coordination meeting, her friends introduced her to us. It took us a little while to ask around last night and find the house, but when we did we knew that Heavenly Father wanted us to be there. The Almogueras are actually a family of five who allowed us to teach them right then and there and committed to a baptismal date in the first lesson! I know that this was Heavenly Father’s way of answering our prayers. I am continually amazed and grateful for the miracles that we have seen and are seeing in this work. I know that the Lord does His own work through us.
That’s it for this week! I love you all and hope that you will continue to visit the temple and share the “Great News” gospel with those around you.
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo hanggang sa muli!