Hello My Favorites 🙂
How was your week? I miss you all so much still but I also love it here still. This week was good and I am grateful to be a Mormon. I don’t have a lot of pictures or a ton to say but I promise it was still a good week kay sayang kon mayada usa ka semana na diri maupay.
I would first like to share an experience/lesson with a man that for a few weeks we wrote down in our planners “Book of Mormon Guy” because one day we were walking down this random path in our area and a guy calls us and asks for a Book of Mormon and says he will start reading it. It was unexpected, out of the blue, and we were confused but happy of course. Anyways, we were not able to return to him for a few weeks because he was never home. Finally we got to go back this week and teach him and his name is Vicente ngay an. He is awesome. He only got to go to school until grade 4 and then his parents couldn’t afford it so he started working instead. He says he prays and likes to read but he has to read slowly because he isn’t a fast learner. Anyway, we taught the message of the Restoration and it was one of my favorite times teaching it.
I love asking questions that I have never asked on my mission and seeing the answers;they are very simple questions too. We also came up with a new analogy for the four foundations that the true church needs. Some of the questions are: “do you believe there is only one true church?” “do you want to find the true church?” “have you ever had a prayer answered before?” “have you ever felt the Holy Ghost?” “why do you know that Heavenly Father loves you?” His answers were amazing and he was able to testify to us of God’s love and that prayers are answered. He shared one experience where his sibling got bit by a snake and went to the hospital and wasn’t going to live and he prayed and prayed that he would. He ended up living and is still here and he testified that he knew it was cause there was still stuff here for him to do. We compared it to a school because he didn’t understand that the gospel was lost even though it had already been brought by Jesus Christ and people still had the Bible. We said the prophet is the principal. The apostles are the teachers. The priesthood power is like the degrees that they have to teach and their knowledge and the things they teach are like revelation. Text books are like the Bible. The School is the world. So without the principal (as long as he has taught the teachers), the school is still a school and teachers can still teach the students the correct things. But without teachers there are only students and text books. he understood that this was a useless school and the kids would teach themselves the wrong things with just text books. He understood it and it was so amazing 🙂 He says he will read and pray to know if it is true. We are excited to return.
Sister Bombasi(my best friend in the mission) moved into Biliran Zone and we got to be companions on exchanges this week!! 🙂 I missed her and she has become an incredible missionary as well. It was fun catching up with her.
I don’t remember how much I have told you all about Filipino culture. I know you gets bits and pieces here and there from my letters but last night we were building trust with an investigator who is kind of iffy when we go to try and teach and we talked about the difference between American and Filipino culture. She told me that I am so lucky I am from a rich country and that people don’t have to worry about food and stuff. After telling her that there are still people in America who have that have to worry about food and stuff, I told her how amazing the Philippines is. How life is so simple here and people have exactly what they need to survive. How for the most part, people understand here that the most important thing is family and health. I am amazed by these people and their kindness and simplicity. In the general conference or two before I came to the field the speakers all focused on keeping life simple…Filipinos have mastered that and I am so blessed to be here and learn from them. They don’t have a full pantry of food, a fridge, a microwave, a stove, an oven, a dishwasher, a bed, multiple rooms in their home, air conditioning, etc, but they are still happy and I love that about them. It makes me both realize that I need to simplify my life and be so grateful for the things that I have when I get back.
I love this country and these people. But don’t worry cause I love America and those people too haha.
Please everyone stay safe and continue to love life 🙂