We ran into your son at KFC in Manila yesterday, and it was so fun to see them. He actually knew our son in law Camron Despain, my sons missionary companion Josh Crosgrove, and my nephew who was his zone leader. What GREAT Missionaries, the spirit we felt around them was AMAZING!!!
Jeff and Trina Glines
St George, UT
This is the Robertson Family. The parents both served in the Philippines and they paid for our dinner last Monday at this place called S&R Pizza. This is becoming a pattern of meeting Americans in restaurants here.
This is called a Boodle Fight. You set banana leaves down and lay out all the rice and food and everyone eats with their hands. The members set it up after church. They’re the best.
Kumusta mga ‘kano? (How are you Americans?) Actually everyone here that sees an American walking down the street says Hey Joe! It was amazing to meet the Glines family right in the middle of our area! Their nephew was my first zone leader, their son in law is Cameron Despain, and their son was companions with Josh Crosgrove in Honduras!
Between some things that came up at the mission office and preparing for MLC, Elder Dela Cruz (one of the Palawan Zone Leaders coming for exchanges and MLC) and I only had about an hour and a half of work on Wednesday. We had planned to visit the Perez family and also another investigator named Alejandro, but after trying both places and not finding anyone home we just kept street contacting. As we got to the end of the street, we saw a man and his wife selling from a little cart so we stopped to talk with them. They were not at all interested, but while we were talking to them another woman walked up and bought something. She looked over and asked us if we were “born again” Christians. We told her that we’re missionaries from the church and she started asking other questions. At first I thought that she might bible bash with us, but after a minute I could tell that she really wanted to know what we believe. She told us that her name is Alma (a common name for a woman here actually) and that she reads the Bible every day, but she’s not sure about which church she should go to. She saw that I was holding a Book of Mormon and asked if it was our version of the Bible. I told her that it’s another testament of Jesus Christ and then she asked where she could buy one! We gave her one right then and got her information. Since then I’ve sent the referral to the Elders in Tondo. I know that there are so many people just like Sister Alma who are searching for more. This is the message that they need, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the opportunities that we have to talk to so many people and give them the opportunity to come unto Christ. It’s a great feeling when you find someone who has been prepared and who sincerely wants to know more.
We had the Mission Leadership Council the next day and it was mostly about working more with members and effective planning and preparation so that we can reach the goals that we have set. The most spiritual part of the whole day was right after the lesson on members when President Ostler gave a “demonstration” of a member lesson. We’re really encouraging missionaries not only to OYM but to visit active members, teach them the Restoration or Plan of Salvation and ask who they know that needs the message. President Ostler had two Sister Training Leaders come up front and sit down. It was a demonstration, but it was real at the same time. He said that he had something special that he felt they needed to hear. He shared a personal experience about how he visited his cousin before she passed away from a terrible illness. The Spirit was so strong that Sister Narag and Sister Vergara both started to cry as he taught about the Plan of Salvation. He then asked them who they had thought of while he taught. Each of them talked about some friends or relatives that they feel they need to share the gospel with. He asked them if they wanted to help teach them when they got home or if they wanted to refer them to the missionaries now. One of the Sisters said that she would share the gospel with them and President Ostler committed her to email him when she had. The other Sister gave her referral to President Ostler at lunch and they sent it to the other mission. It was really amazing. He’s never done anything like that before in an MLC. The Spirit spoke to me at that time and I realized that every single one of us knows someone who needs this message. The most important thing is to listen to the Spirit and figure out how we can help them.
That’s my invitation to you all this week. Read the scriptures, especially about the Atonement and the Plan of Salvation (some good chapters would be 2nd Nephi 2 or Alma 7). Really think and ponder about how this knowledge of our Savior’s sacrifice and plan for us has blessed your life. Then pray to know who it is that really needs your help right now. I know that if we do this we will all think of someone that we can help come closer to Christ. The most important (and the most difficult) part of this is to ACT. We need to follow the promptings of the Spirit that we feel and reach out to bless Heavenly Father’s children, our brothers and sisters. I love you all and I want you to know that I love the Lord. I’m giving my all in His work.
Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!