HAPPY HALLOWEEN AGAIN!! haha
My week was a blast and our Branch Halloween Party was the best in all of the Philippines probably. We started off the week with the FHE Halloween party. (pictures where I am in orange skirt) and it was SO MUCH FUN!
We used an object lesson about trick or treat(even though they don’t do that here) and then they prepared so much food for us and we played games where the consequence was putting lipstick on the face. One of the girls here is our investigator. She is 17 and she reads every day and goes to church every Sunday and goes to all of the activities. She wants to be baptized so badly but we need permission from President since she is not yet 18. Hopefully she can be baptized soon.
On Tuesday it was “All Saints Day”, that is there Halloween here where everyone goes to the graveyard all day and it is kinda like Memorial Day but they have picnics and stuff there.
President wanted us to proselyte and talk to people in the graveyard this day since that is where EVERYONE is. We did and it was actually a really neat experience asking people about the person in the grave they were standing by and hearing stories about them and then sharing the Plan of Salvation and telling them they get to have memories like that still with their loved ones. We also taught a lesson to a group of Catholic choir guys in the middle of the graveyard.
THEN…THE HALLOWEEN PARTY! Our Branch President requested that we dress up as “white ladies” it is a ghost here in the Philippines and people call us that all the time because we are white. So we made costumes out of a bed sheet and some of the kids were actually scared.
There were performances and the decorations were incredible and on the spot, Sister Allen and I were in charge of games. So we just played musical chairs with the adults where they had to walk around the chairs like zombies and with the kids we played duck duck goose, but aid “bata bata aswang” instead. It means child, child, monster.
Then we bought candy and it was thrown out like a parade to all the tables. AND we had 6 investigators come, one family was the Napoles family. It was awesome 🙂
We had a lesson with this Napoles family on Saturday night(they are the ones with 4 girls that always feels like home). They have been investigators for 3 years and their Mom had only gone to church once. We hadn’t had an opportunity to plan anything but that morning for my personal study I read 3 Nephi 11 just “randomly”. When we got there Sister Allen and I had to figure out what to share with them and their Dad was there as well! And then I remembered my “random” personal study in 3 Nephi 11 and we figured it would be good to share to them. The second time for Sister. I am so grateful for the Spirit and I know it was not random that I read that chapter for personal study that morning.
2 And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.
3 And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
We talked about how in the years they have been investigating the church they must have felt this Holy Ghost testify to them that it is true as well as the Book of Mormon and they confirmed that.
4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
We talked about how they maybe are not fully understanding that the feeling they have is Heavenly Father telling them this is the truth and they need to take action and be baptized.
5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
Then we related this to how they didn’t just ignore the voice because they couldn’t understand it, but they took action and opened their ears and turned towards where the sound was coming. so they need to not just ignore the promptings they are receiving, they need to do something and go to church and see if it is true.
6 And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:
7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
We finally talked about if they had not done something about the feeling they were receiving or the voice they couldn’t understand, they would have missed the opportunity to see Jesus Christ and learn from Him, just like if they ignore their promptings, they will miss all of the blessings that come from joining the true church.
It was exactly what we needed to read with them as a family and they were all engaged and listening and Brother finally opened up at the end about his concerns. AND THEY CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY!!
And we also had MLC this week where we discussed the following talk by President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1979. It is AWESOME! Please please please read:) whether it’s for you or someone in your life, I know it will help 🙂
We shared it last night with Noel and his family(the Bacatanos) and it was so powerful and he realized(again) that he needs to change now and so he can live up to his potential. The talk was also a wake up call for me. Some of my favorite lines in it are:
” One of the great tragedies we witness almost daily is the tragedy of men of high aim and low achievement. Their motives are noble. Their proclaimed ambition is praiseworthy. Their capacity is great. But their discipline is weak. They succumb to indolence. Appetite robs them of will.”
“And so I might continue telling you of those who begin with noble objectives, but then slow down, or of those who are strong starters and weak finishers. So many in the game of life get to first base, or second, or even third, but then fail to score. They are inclined to live unto themselves, denying their generous instincts, grasping for possessions and in their self-centered, uninspired living, sharing neither talent nor faith with others.”
We all have such great potential and sometimes we forget it or we forefeit the opportunities that we have because of weak discipline or our own appetites. This talk goes on to speak of Peter’s repentance and how, we too, can return and become something amazing in the sight of the Lord.
I love this work and I love love love these people. They have changed my life and I am forever grateful that I was called here by our Heavenly Father.
I LOVE YOU ALL!