Brother Christian’s Baptism
Brother Christian’s Baptism
Pasensya na huli ang mensahe na ito. (Sorry this message is late) But I think you’ll understand once you read it and if you’ve already seen me since I got back. This email is more to all of those who have been following the blog. This past week was very eventful, to say the least. On Wednesday I began to have some noticeable pain on my tailbone while sitting and I got in contact with Sister Lemmon,our medical coordinator for the mission. Long story short, I went to get it checked out on Friday morning and was home in Idaho Saturday night. It still kind of seems like a dream; I can’t believe I’m back in Idaho. I’ll be getting surgery for something that’s called a pilonidal cyst (don’t google that, unless you’re a doctor and are okay with gross stuff) and I’ll need to take some time after to recover. The best part is that I still get to go back to the Philippines. It’s actually a miracle that everything happened the way that it did. If I had come home two weeks later I would have had less than six months left in my mission and would not be able to return. This is an interesting trial and, like my mission president and stake president said, the Lord has a purpose for bringing me back at this time.
One of the most spiritual moments that happened this week was right after I found out what the cause of the pain was and that I would need to come to the States for surgery. That morning (Friday) we had gone straight to the doctor and my companion hadn’t eaten breakfast so we headed down to the hospital cafeteria after meeting with the doctor. My feelings were a mixture of surprise and disbelief. I just kept thinking “this isn’t supposed to happen.” I had been in Pasay for a while and was expecting a transfer, but not a transfer back to Idaho. As my companion ate I couldn’t hold it all in and the tears started, but then the Spirit came into my heart and a passage of scripture came into my mind. It’s from Romans chapter 8:
Picture from LDS Missionaries Facebook Page
Quezon District at Mission Leadership Conference
Elder Honda went to School with Elder Stratton Before the Mission
Happy Chinese New Year! It’s actually kind of a big thing here and there are a lot of stores closed today. We had a great week with Interviews and MLC!
Elder Crowder just had to have this selfie of the “Roomies” today!
Ang bilis ng linggo (The week goes so darn fast!)
I was a little under the weather this week, but it turned into a spiritual experience that I want to share with you. I had started feeling sick on Thursday and it got worse on Friday night. I didn’t get much sleep that night and the next morning I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to go out and proselyte. I asked Elder Valdez to give me a blessing and the Elders in our apartment joined in as well. After our studies I was still feeling about the same, despite the medicine I had taken and the blessing that they gave me. We headed out to work and met up with a recent convert who came along with us. In our first lesson with a sister named Tessy I could barely keep my eyes open. Even as we were OYMing it was hard to focus and Elder Valdez was doing most of the talking. At one point we sat down on a bench after one of our appointments had fallen through. I was thinking, “I need to sleep, I can’t keep going,” but then I said a prayer in my heart and these words came into my mind, “Be faithful, do not doubt.” I realized that if I did all that I could, Heavenly Father could strengthen me, but if I was reluctant and negative I wouldn’t receive the blessings he wanted to give me. I decided that I was going to keep on going and stop dragging my feet. It was amazing what happened after I made up my mind. I felt so much better and was able to keep going throughout the whole day. It’s true that the witness comes after the trial of our faith. We ended up having a great day and finding some new investigators. That night I slept fine and woke up knowing that Heavenly Father had really blessed me. The priesthood blessing that I received had really worked, I just needed to show my faith first. As far as how I’m doing now. I am feeling 100% again and I’m thankful for the blessings that Elder Valdez and I are receiving in the work. We are being blessed with new investigators almost daily and many of them seem promising.
I’m also very excited for interviews and MLC this week.