Maupay na kulop!
I miss you all so much and I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day. I hope you cherished all the swimming that you
got to do and did some for me too because I miss the pool and swimming dearly.
I would like to start off with a follow up story about the old deaf people here. We went back and they let us in their
house this time to teach them and when we walked in Tatay was leaning over a small fire so we figured he was getting
ready to cook for them. We started and Sister Bombasi said the prayer(at a loud volume again) and I was peaking while
she prayed and I saw Tatay rolling up something in a piece of paper. When she said ‘Amen’, Tay lit the rolled up piece
of paper and so I leaned over to Sister Bombasi(who hadn’t recognized it yet) and I whispered “Tay just rolled up a joint
and is smoking a doobie) She looked over at him and thick smoke covered his face as he smoked this tobacco and so
she asked Tay what is that and he says “Tobacco”. hahahaha. This 82 year old man decides to roll his own tobacco in
the middle of our prayer and start smoking. Definitely a one time experience and we continued to teach about prophets
, the next time will be on the Word of Wisdom.
On a more spiritual note, during my personal study this week I read the talk by President Russell M. Nelson “A Plea to
My Sisters”. SUCH a good talk. As I read it I realized how many amazing women we teach here in Catbalogan who are
the examples to their husbands and families. Sometimes they get so discouraged when they are the only ones going
to church or when they are keeping their commitments but their husbands aren’t. This quote from that talk I felt could encourage and help them to see that Heavenly Father needs them to be that example.
” Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that
covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.” My dear sisters, you who are our vital associates during this winding-up scene, the day that President Kimball foresaw is today. You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers! We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God!”
I have seen this to be so true. We teach so many strong, faithful women are are the reason that their kids go to church
and their husbands start to listen. And then once their husbands start to listen and be converted, they consistently go
to church and read and pray because the father is important as well. But I just want to share a few examples of these
women I am talking about here:
Sister Flor is a part-member, meaning that her husband is a member but she is not. Her husband, however had not
been to church in a long time and doesn’t read the scriptures or pray. She encourages him every Sunday to come to
church but he sleeps instead. THis week when we taught he, we invited her to come to church again and she opened
up about wanting to go with Erik, but he doesn’t want to and it is hard for her to go by herself. We encouraged her to
be an example, and even though she is the one that is not yet a member, to continue reading and praying with him
and every Sunday, even if he doesn’t go to go without him to show the example.
Sister Sanico is not a member and she brings her three kids to church every Sunday. She also makes sure to read and
pray with them. Her husband is usually drunk and has never come to church but she doesn’t give up hope, even though
we can see it is hard for her to continue coming to church without him there because she is embarrassed. We also encouraged her to continue to show her example to him and even if it takes awhile, we know he will see that they
are so happy by living the gospel and maybe eventually he will go to church with them.
Sister Sadullo is a member as well as her kids but her husband is Catholic. We visit them and Tay will listen but he talks
about just going to the Catholic church. For the past two Sundays we went to their house, which is kind of far and so
tiring to get to go with them to church but they say they are busy or are not there. BUT this past Sunday Sister and her daughter came to church for the first time in 1 year. We were so happy and realized that truly no effort is wasted.
Hopefully more of her kids will start coming to church and she can show her example to her kids.
I know that if these women don’t lose hope on their husbands/ families that they can get baptized and come back to
church. I am so grateful for them and their examples. My mom showed me a similar example when I was younger and
it was just her taking me and my 3 siblings to church every Sunday and doing FHE every Monday.
These are the kind of women that girls and other women should look up to as role models.
I love the gospel and families and the opportunity I have to meet incredible women like them.
Stay safe and happy always:)
PS The pictures are with new investigators, the Lourdes Family. The kids are adorable and they stand at the door every
time we leave and say ‘byebye’ until we are out of sight.