Preparing for Leadership Conference
The Coron Sisters (they serve on an island off the tip of Palawan) got to come for interviews this past week. Sister Baldelomar and Elder Garcia are both from Tarlac
Magandang tanghali sa inyong lahat!
It has been a great week, kahit maulan (even though it’s rainy).
We were excited to finish interviews and it went really well with our class about helping members bear their testimonies in our lessons. One of the most spiritual lessons we had during interviews was the last class that we taught. The missionaries did really well in practice teaching and we could tell that they learned a lot from the evaluation. Because our class was about testimony (ours and the members’) we either ended each class with our testimonies or we invited one of the other missionaries to bear theirs. In the last class we asked one of the Sisters to bear a short testimony. All of the other testimonies in other classes had gone well, but this time was different. The Sister stood up and waited for a second until it was really quiet. She bore a simple but very powerful testimony of our Heavenly Father’s Love for us, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the restoration of the gospel, the Book of Mormon, and a living prophet and then she sat down. The feeling that was in the room then was the same feeling that I have felt so many times after reading and praying about these things. I know that it’s all true. That this message is what people need in order to change their lives and find the peace that they are looking for.
We had a great experience that I wanted to share this week about a Less Active Member named Sister Jerlain that Elder Garcia found in our are when we were on exchanges a while ago. Her parents are members but they live far away from her. She lives with her grandma and a whole bunch of other relatives and she’s the only member there. She had come to church a couple of times right after we found her, but then her grandmother told her that she was not allowed to come anymore and that we shouldn’t visit their house. We were able to set up a time for Sister Jerlain to come to the Ablon’s (a member family) house so that we could teach her there. The Ablon family really helped her to feel welcome and the lesson went great. We taught about Nephi and his example of obedience even in all kinds of trials. During the lesson Sister Jerlain opened up to us about the things that her grandmother and other relatives said and how she had been feeling like Heavenly Father was disappointed with her because she didn’t have the courage to stand up to them. We testified of Heavenly Father’s love for all of us and promised her that she would have his help as she strove to keep the commandments. We were so happy that she came to church with the Ablon family yesterday. It was a big show of faith for her to do what she did and we know that she’ll be blessed for it. I’m grateful for experiences like this to see people exercise their faith in coming unto Christ.
This week during personal study I read one of my favorite scripture passages. It’s found in Matthew 11:28-30. Here Christ says, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” I like to describe this as Christ asking us to do things His way. He is pleading with us because he knows that if we try to do things in any other way we will have a lot more struggles than is necessary. His yoke is easy and his burden is light because any trial that we go through will not overwhelm us if He is by our side. Elder Garcia and I have a favorite song that we listen to in the apartment called Hosanna. There is a line in the song that says, “Why should we wander as strangers from thee, or turn from thy bounteous hand?” I thought about this to myself, why would we ever want to go through this life alone? If we come unto Christ he will strengthen and guide us. He is the way to peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. I know it. I love you all and hope that you will do all you can to help others come to this knowledge as well.
Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!