Elder Bengan cooked some delicious chicken curry
Shopping at the Mall of Asia
Elder Bengan’s first name is Mar. He is the 4th of 4 siblings. He was baptized in 2011. The Pinoy kabahay is Elder Arninio from Samar, and the other one is Elder Appleby from Australia.
Halloween isn’t as big here, but I’ve heard that out in the province it’s a lot more celebrated.
Christmas music has already been going for weeks here! Sometimes our investigators even want to sing Christmas hymns to start the lesson. I’m starting to get used to it.
This week we had another lesson with Brother Edgar. We know that Brother Edgar has really felt the Spirit and he is continuing to read in the Book of Mormon, but he has expressed concerns to us about his family. Mainly he is wondering what they will say or how they will react if he accepts our invitation and is baptized. We brought up this concern in our coordination meeting and Brother Domingo from our bishopric had a great suggestion about a member who could come with us to teach Brother Edgar. It turned out that Brother Oliva, the member he suggested, was available at the time that we taught Brother Edgar on Tuesday and met up with us to go there. During the lesson, Brother Edgar brought up his concern again and Brother Oliva was able to share a great testimony. He also came from a family who are all of a different faith and who were not accepting of his decision. The Spirit was really strong when he told us of how he broke the news to his parents that he was getting baptized. He was eating dinner with his parents and siblings when he told them. He said that they were angry with him and told him to leave. He said, “Hindi ko natapos ang kinain ko. Umalis na lang ako.” (I didn’t even finish what I was eating. I just left.) Even though his experience wasn’t such a happy one, he testified that the blessings that have come to his life from the gospel are worth it. His family has since then accepted him back in and no longer has those feelings toward him. I was so glad that we had brought Brother Oliva with us. It once again strengthened my testimony of the power of members in this work. When the Spirit speaks through someone, whether it be a member or a full-time missionary, it carries the truth unto the hearts of men (2nd Nephi 33). We are continuing to pray for Brother Edgar and are trying to help him increase his faith
On Saturday we attended the baptism of an investigator from Pasay 1st ward. I actually interviewed him last week and he is super awesome. His name is Brother Mamerto. His faith is so strong, he was already paying tithing before he got baptized. He gave a really great testimony and there were a lot of members there to support him. Pasay 1st and 5th wards actually had Halloween parties after the baptism, so I guess they do celebrate it here even if it’s not as big.
Another exciting thing is happening with a family in our ward, the Ruiz family. We have been teaching them for a while, especially the wife because she has been less-active. She started coming back to church a few weeks ago and we had a great lesson with them this last week about preparing for the temple. They’ve started attending temple prep class and are really committed to getting their family there together. We are focusing on helping Sister Ruiz become “Fully Active” so that she can be prepared when the time comes for them to get sealed. We’ve also been having a lot of support lately from the ward. It might be because Elder Bernard got transferred here and everybody just loves him! This next week we’ll have MLC and Stake Coordination so hopefully we can continue to help the work progress here in Pasay!
My ponderizing verse for this week is Moroni 7:28-29. Miracles are still happening every day! I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!