Working On The Island of Palawan
Hindi pala kayo makasalanan! That’s great news that the wards are splitting! It’s really cool to see the church growing around the world. Thanks for those pictures of the temple! That’s great that it’s coming along so fast!
This week We actually ran into a returned Sister missionary in the airport in Palawan who just came to visit. She served before I was born but she’s still keeping contact with all of those she met on her mission… (more on this later)
Most of this week we had interviews on Palawan! We had our preparation day on Monday to get everything ready, then we flew over on Tuesday. Wednesday was exchanges with the Narra Zone Leaders. I was experiencing a lot of Deja Vu while traveling back to Narra. If we had stayed on the shuttle for one more hour we could have gone back to my old area in Quezon. We had a great day of exchanges. I went with Elder Dustin who is a new zone leader and we found 6 new investigators just by OYMing. He’s kind of new in that area and I had never worked in that part of the zone leaders area so we just OYMed for most of the day. Elder Dustin is really fun and he was assigned in Pasay before so I already knew him.
One unexpected highlight happened while we were waiting in the airport to come back to the mainland. We got there at around 5 and it was announced that our flight was being delayed and they didn’t know what time it would finally depart. We sat down in front of the gate and pretty soon a couple of ladies walked over and said, “Hey Elders!” One was a Filipina and the other was an American. They were companions in The Bacolod mission over 20 years ago and they had come back for a reunion. It turned out that we were on the same flight that got delayed. We talked about their missions and ours for a while and all of the miracles that we had seen during and, for them, after the mission. Then our flight number got called and we lined up to go out the door, only they weren’t boarding, they were handing out Cup Noodles because we were going to have to wait for a long time. Sister Coleman (the american RM) just said “this is so sad.” It was super funny! Don’t let me forget to send that picture next week. We eventually got on the plane at 9:25 PM.
We did get to work in our area one day this week and we had a great day! We found some new investigators who seem really interested and we had two members work with us. Brother Rafi is one of them who is preparing to serve a mission. He bore a good testimony of the Book of Mormon and the church and we could see that it helped our investigators feel the Spirit. It’s true that these are amazing opportunities to learn and grow in the service of the Lord. I’m grateful for every minute of work we get!
The interviews are going really well so far. Basically what happens is while President Ostler interviews each missionary and Sister Ostler has her “language update” we teach classes. Our class for this round of interviews is on helping members bear their testimonies to our investigators. We’ve seen some miracles happen when members bear powerful testimony of what we teach. We’ve also had some experiences where members don’t know exactly what to share or they just tell how they met the missionaries and it’s not as powerful. In the class we watch “A Man Without Eloquence.” It’s a video about how Brigham Young was converted. It was through the simple testimony of a man who was not great at public speaking, but who knew that the Book of Mormon is true. We talk about the elements of a testimony and how we can help members bear a simple testimony of a principle that we teach. As we were teaching I felt that I should bear my testimony to end the class. I really felt the Spirit testifying of what I said and I know that the missionaries did as well. I want to tell you also that I know our Heavenly Father lives and loves us. He knows our trials, our weaknesses, and our strengths. I know that Jesus Christ is his only begotten son who atoned for the sins of the world. I know that through him we can all be forgiven, no matter what our mistakes are. I know that Joseph Smith restored the church that Christ established and that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet. I’m so grateful to be a part of this work, the Lord’s work. I know that he has a purpose for all of us and that there are people that he wants me to find and help here. Even if you think that you don’t know anyone you could share the gospel with I promise that the Lord is preparing people around us all of the time. We just have to pray and do all that we can and he will bless us with many opportunities to bless the lives of others. Prayer really works and Heavenly Father definitely blesses us with tender mercies.
Ipagpatuloy mo ang pagiging astig (keep on being awesome)!
Love you guys! Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi! Be safe!