How's everyone doing there?
Time flies so fast and I can't believe your counting my days left here. I've been in my area for more than 9 months already and yes, they've been asking me already when I'll be leaving (sawang-sawa na ata sila sa akin eh haha) but I love that branch so much. And I've consecrated my time and my whole life to this cause and this work continues to go forward though it has never been easy but I'm grateful to see myself changed.
Sister Lyrma, one of our recent converts, just received a calling as Relief Society Secretary. She's super awesome! She's a good member missionary too and guess what, her husband in the Philippines is was baptized yesterday! She's always so excited and she loves telling us that her 7 year old son is already leading the prayer with the missionaries. She is also asking us about how she can give her talk because she'll be one of the speakers next month.
Sister Lyn, also a recent convert who was baptized last June, had a wonderful experience at the Temple last week as she was able to do baptisms for the dead! It was her first time and temple attendance will really give us spiritual strength.
It was Sister Christel's baptism this week! No words can express how happy she was to be able to enter the waters of baptism. She had a week-long holiday and she's ahd a lot of spiritual experiences before she goes back to China to work.
We were able to teach widows this week! I love it! Don't you just love Heavenly Father's plan of salvation for all of His children? It is so beautiful!
I am grateful that Heavenly Father is so patient with one of His least patient children and that's me. I know that He loves me so much because He is trying my patience and He wants me to be patient like He is. I've learned to be more patient ever and to be able to endure many things and prayer has helped me a lot.
What I've learned from a talk by Elder Kevin Pearson is that, Prayer is not a negotiation process but aligning our will to His. It is not changing our circumstances but changing us. It is about finding about what He would want me do and not letting Heavenly Father do things for us.
As we come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ and have faith in His Atonement, we can change our lives. His Atonement is pardoning, transforming, sanctifying, and redeeming and I strongly have a testimony of that.
O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world
I love you all and I'm always mindful of you in my prayers.
Oops, it was Elder Funk who visited us by the way not Elder Gong.
Photos during Christel's baptism and her temple visit and also a photo with me and my planner in Tagalog because it's Buwan ng Wika haha! ;)
(AUGUST 25, 2014)