Sabado, Hulyo 19, 2014

Mahal ko kayo!

Dearest Family,

I love you! What more can I say? :) 

The work in the International Zone here especially us, the Tagalog speaking missionaries, is a bit strange, it isn't normal actually. We go finding in the morning, sometimes the whole day at the same place. We attend church whole week long and we study during the night. We rarely are transferred also but I'm grateful for this kind of work because we get to help and witness those whom we've taught and were baptized grow in the gospel! Yesterday, I was happy to see that five of our recent converts attended Gospel Principles class together with our new investigators after sacrament. It's good that I just need to remind them and not drag them into class haha but I really love them all! I've been praying for charity with all energy of heart this week and it has worked wonders really!

Last Saturday, we had the peak service at Wan Chai church. We celebrate the 65th anniversary when Hong Kong was dedicated for missionary work. It was a remarkable experience! Heavenly Father's promises are sure! The work here is evidently growing and the gospel is indeed spread through every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Missionary work is so important! :)

I love our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ so much that I want to be with them forever.  Of course, I want to live with them with all of you and all of God's children. 

Photos below during Lyrma and  Lyn's baptism last month. It was amazing! Also our Pday with Elizabeth, our recent convert. Yeah, I started playing basketball at the MTC. Seriously, this mission has changed me.

Sister Posadas

Fun Facts:
1. Our name tags are powerful- it attracts members because they like taking photos with us so funny! It sometimes scares people we meet in the streets too!
2. I will never forget the time my companion left me in the kitchen to cook for the entire week with an invisible cook book in my head (I was thinking of Chemistry!) but hey, I learned best from it.

"This journey is not for the weak"

...that was a one liner from President Hawks' text message this week that struck me real hard.
Can I just express how I love you all so much my dearest eternal family?? Thank you for all the great news and wonderful emails- for all the powerful testimonies, wonderful experiences, new babies, and new missionaries! It's really exciting! You really bring glad tidings to my heart. You are an inspiration to me. We are all working together hastening His work of salvation. Isn't that fantastic? :)
I think this week has been the hardest week in my entire mission. I hope I haven't said that before. Haha! Just give a good laugh for myself because I'm so Filipino! :) I'm grateful because this week we were able to visit the Temple and Pres. Wong was so nice to have a special session for the missionaries to watch the new film. It was a wonderful experience and I knew that that Temple visit was very timely for me because I needed some spiritual strength and instruction. :)
Amidst all, I still got some happy news! Our zone has been working real hard and we exceeded our monthly goal of baptisms and we contributed half of the baptisms of the entire mission which is 22! Despite having three different languages in our zone, we are all united to our purpose. There were a lot of miracles like families of our investigators in the Philippines and those who are in mainland China have been taught too.
One of our investigators is going to be baptized on Wednesday. Sister Meflo is just golden. She agrees in everything that we teach her because she knows that it is true and she knows that is for her own good. She is very willing to obey to all of God's commandments. She is very submissive to His will and I've learned so much from her example. I have learned from our Savior's example of perfect obedience to the will of the Father. I tell myself everyday, "I surrender. I won't fight anymore. My will is His now."
I just love this verse in Psalms 40:8, "I delight to do thy will. O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart".
Hooray to the sanctification of hearts to God!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Sister Posadas

Linggo, Hulyo 6, 2014

Honoring Priesthood Keys

Sa Aking Minamahal na Pamilya,
How's everyone doing? Sister Lyrma got baptized this week! It was awesome! She's really a light and she has such a wonderful spirit. I love her and all the members here.
I was able to attend Relief Society Class 4 times this week with our investigators and I just loved the lesson about honoring priesthood keys. I just love the priesthood power and authority God gives to man to act in all things for the salvation of man. In my mission, there's a scarcity of priesthood holders in the branches I serve so I got to appreciate it even more and all those wonderful men holding that authority. Heavenly Father indeed taught me here that I should be with a worthy priesthood holder right after my mission, haha. He is so smart! His wisdom is infinite. I totally submit my will to His hands! :))))
I heard that in some part of the world women are screaming to have that priesthood authority -_-
I'm grateful and blessed all my life to be one of those partakers of this special power through those worthy priesthood holders of the church and I testify that only The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds that authority necessary for our salvation. Everyone can preach the gospel but not everyone has the authority.
I love this video. You should definitely watch this!and take time to ponder, ponder, ponder :)
I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. I love him. I've learned so much from him. I know that the priesthood keys have been restored through him in these last days and there will never ever be a time of apostasy again. I know that we have a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who holds all the priesthood keys just like Peter did, one of the original twelve apostles, that Jesus Christ' gave the priesthood authority.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the truth but he was opposed. The truth is always opposed. And it wasn't easy for him.
Joseph Smith knew the truth, he was an instrument to restore the truth and he too was opposed. The truth is always opposed. He went through a difficult life.
As members and missionaries, we know the truth and there might be times that what we know is true have been opposed, we should always defend our faith with courage and courtesy! He is hastening the work of salvation! Ga yauh!
I love our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and He loves us.
I am always praying for all of you. I love you!
Sister Posadas
Fun Facts:
1. Last zone training, some of the elders got themselves Balot and ate it during our break. It was just funny! I never thought Balot would be so disgusting but they made it! Hooray!
2. Most watched video: The Restoration video in TAGALOG!!! You bet we memorized the lines already!