Saying Goodbye to Elder Garcia
Training at MLC
This Elder Garcia’s mom, dad, and brother.
Our hardest meeting….our Finish Strong meeting where we meet with the missionaries who will be going home the following transfer. It is so hard to realize they will be leaving so soon. We know the parents are anxious to see them, but we sure wish we could keep them! -President Ostler
Hello All! It’s cool to hear about the stakes splitting there in Idaho. The Lord really is hastening the work all over the world and it’s exciting to be a part of it. We taught a returning less active about how we chose to come here and a sister in church spoke about how we were all chosen to live at this time. I know that it’s true and that we can accomplish great things with the Lord’s help.
We had a great transfer week and are headed into another great one of MLC and preparation for zone conference. Elder Zeyer is great. He’s adjusting really quickly to our crazy schedule and is doing a great job teaching.
The going home activities were pretty special this time since it was with my batch. You can see the pictures on the blog, but Elder Jones and Elder Thacker both got picked up by their parents. It was a great experience to meet them. I have come to know and love the missionaries that I started with. Their last testimonies in the mission were so powerful and it was amazing to see the change that has taken place since we were in the MTC together. It was strange to send them off and not go with them, but I’m so grateful for this extra time that the Lord has given me to continue to serve His children here in the Philippines. I’m not going to waste a second of His time.
We got to drop Elder Garcia off at the MTC where his family was waiting to pick him up. They actually live just about 3 hours from here so they drove to come get him. It was great to meet them see how happy they were to see him. We had a big batch of 25 missionaries coming in this time and they seem great! Elder Marquez (Elder Schaeffer’s son in the mission) trained which means that I now have a great-great-grandson named Elder Carter!
Elder Zeyer and I finally got to work on Friday this week. We had a member named Brother Ryan (an RM) come with us. He was able to lead us to the house of a part member family. Brother Elmer is the member there, but he has been less active for a long time. He and his wife aren’t married, but they had come to church a couple of times in the past few weeks. We had a powerful lesson with them and Brother Ryan’s testimony was especially great. He testified of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how they have changed his life. He actually ended up becoming a member just because someone invited him to play basketball at the church. It’s through reaching out in simple ways that we can hasten the Lord’s work (Alma 37:6-7).
I gave a talk this last week in sacrament and I just wanted to share part of it to end this email. It’s a poem from Eliza Snow:
His precious blood he freely spilt
His life he freely gave
A sinless sacrifice for guilt
A dying world to save
…and this quote from Neal A. Maxwell: “Jesus put everything on the altar without fanfare or bargaining… Furthermore, because the centerpiece of the Atonement is already in place, we know that everything else in God’s plan will likewise finally succeed.”
Christ gave His all; more than any of us could give even if we worked our whole lives. His sacrifice is the “centerpiece” to the plan of happiness. I know that He is our perfect Savior, our only hope for peace and joy in this life. How often do we hold back part of our offering to the Lord? We can all give a little more.
I love you all! Keep serving Him.
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!