Baptism of Brother Jonald Solomon
FHE from a couple of weeks ago
Ang nakaraang linggo ay masayang masaya!
It has been a great week! Especially with the baptism of Brother Jonald!
Zone conferences are really going to be great too. We just got out of a meeting with President Ostler where we planned some more of what we want to teach. That’s why my email time kind of got split up. Just on a funny note, we only have a few CD’s in the van when we drive. One has 10 songs from the BYU men’s choir (we’ve probably listed to them 100 times each), another is from the children’s songbook, and the other is a Christmas CD. We have been driving around Manila, in June, listening to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear!”
I read a really great scripture in the Old Testament and I wanted to start off with that because I think it relates to everything that happened this week. It’s found in Deuteronomy 4:29-31. It’s Moses speaking to the House of Israel. From time to time, the people of those 12 tribes did not keep the commandments and were punished by God, but this is what Moses says to them:
“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.”
What I really love about these verses is that it doesn’t matter what they did before; God does not hold grudges if we turn unto him. Once we decide to seek God, turn unto him, and become obedient to his commandments he will receive us. This is a great truth.
That scripture definitely relates to Brother Jonald who was baptized and confirmed this past weekend. He has truly had a change of heart and has turned to the Lord. He was baptized by our Elders Quorum President, President Domingo. After being baptized, Brother Jonald bore his testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how he came to know that the gospel was restored. He then said, “Handa na akong magtiis hanggang wakas.” (I am now ready to endure to the end). I know that he really is ready to endure. He has been through so much in his life, some of it brought on by his own actions and some from the actions of others, but none of that is important anymore because he has now found the truth and come to know the Savior. It is truly a miracle to see people change their lives by coming unto Christ.
We had exchanges this past week and I went with Elder Clark (my old kabahay). Since both companionships would be working in our area we decided that Elder Clark and I would take half and Elder Whittle, Elder Garcia, and Elder Castañeda would take the other half. As we planned for our day I realized that I did not know the area very well and that our half of the area only had a few investigators that I knew how to get to, but I felt that we would still have a great day. The spirit really guided us and we were able to teach 5 lessons and find 4 new investigators in the time that we had to work. We especially felt like Heavenly Father was placing people in our path who would accept the message. Twice, when the person we tried to contact wasn’t there we OYM’ed somebody close by and they let us teach them. We also contacted a referral from a member and taught a mother and her son there. I know that we are not alone in this work and if we just do our best and open our mouths to share the gospel, Heavenly Father blesses us with success in the work. The exchange went well and Elder Clark and I were able to reach our goals for the day.
That’s all for this week. There is really so much more happening, but I could never write it all. I love you all and I hope that you’ll continue to live the gospel, be examples to others, and seek for opportunities to do missionary work.
Mahal namahal ko kayong dalawa.
Ingat kayo palagi!