My New Companion – Elder Smith
I met these members in Japan. They know Elder Lumanta!
We had a baptism this last weekend!!
Hey guys! Kamusta na kayo? Parang kahapon lang tayo nagkita. (It’s like we just saw each other yesterday.)
It has been an amazing week back in the Philippines!
So here are the highlights for the second first time: The flight wasn’t too bad! It was long like before but I was so excited to get back that it didn’t matter. I talked to a nice lady on the first flight who had questions about what the missionaries do. She had some relatives that were members but she didn’t know much about the church. The second flight was the really long one and I was next to a man from Taiwan. He had heard of the church and he spoke pretty good English so we talked quite a bit and he had a lot of questions for me. On the last flight I sat next to a Filipino guy from Ilo Ilo so I got to speak some tagalog with him (I didn’t forget how). I left them with pamphlets so I hope that they read them.
I also ran into those members that know Elder Lumanta. When they came up to talk to me in the Narita airport in Japan I was sitting next to this RM named Taite Chauncey. He served in the Naga mission and he was coming back to visit for the first time. He had brought his wife with him and was teaching her some tagalog too. It was pretty cool to talk with him and with those Filipino members. They were really funny.
So about the new area, I’m in Las Piñas 1A. The members here are amazing and we just had a baptism this past weekend. The ones that were baptized were Melanie and Mae Menil. The father in the picture, Brother Crisanto, is a member who is now returning to full activity in the church. Even though I wasn’t here to see their conversion process, I can see their love of Jesus Christ and His gospel.
My new companion is Elder Smith from Forsythe Illinois. He is 21 years old and went to BYU provo for a year before his mission. We are getting along great and the work is going well! My kabahays are Elder Jones (18) from Preston England and Elder Guzman (25) from Tarlac in the Philippines.
I’m out of time, but I wanted to share about a lesson that we had with Brother Daniel, a member who is returning to full activity in the church. He has 2 children but they weren’t present at the time because they were with their mom. Brother Daniel is separated from their mother and the kids split time between the two parents. As we began to share with him, I could see that it was a hard situation for him to be in. We talked about Brother Daniel’s job and he said that he wasn’t sure if he would be able to keep coming to church each week because of his work. After Elder Smith shared a personal experience, I felt prompted to talk about Lehi’s dream. After a little explanation, Brother Daniel remembered the story from the Book of Mormon and we talked about what Lehi did. That after he had tasted the fruit he looked around for his family so that they could taste and also be happy. After sharing that, I told Brother Daniel that the most valuable thing for his children would be to grow up in the gospel and that, as a father, he can be like Lehi and lead his children down the right path. We were happy to see Brother Daniel at church yesterday and hope to see the kids there next week.
I know that this is the Lord’s work and I’m so happy to be here and to, once again, be a part of it!
I love you guys! Have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko po kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!