Called to Serve in the Philippines Quezon City Mission
Speaking the Tagalog language
January 2013 to July 2014

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I've had to really be courageous and confident, more so than ever before,

Kumusta sa inyo lahat mula sa Pilipinas! 

Well today has been my 6th day being a trainer for the first time and it's going pretty great so far:) My anak's (they call new missionaries "children" anak means child) name is Sister Ika, she is 20 years old from Tonga.  And let me tell you.... she is a hoot!! She's very outgoing and pretty hilarious, were gonna have fun together this transfer I just know it.

 Me and Sister Ika

More importantly though, she has a great desire to work hard which is perfect because we have a lot of work to do in this area.  She's always up for anything and willing to try new things and..she's already really good sa Tagalog which is awesome  She's almost as good as me and I've been here for 4 1\2 months! I guess she watched a lot of Filipino movies and TV shows back home in Tonga so she understands a lot and she picks up the language pretty fast.  She throws around words that I don't even know sometimes hah!...but I've still been able to help her learn more about the language.
 I was so nervous before I met her because I just want to be a good trainer and lead us in this I prayed a lot last week to be comforted and know what I need to do to help her learn the things she needs to learn here, and also to help me lead the area.  We have a lot of less actives and even investigators in this area that I haven't met yet cause the area was so large before, I've had to really be courageous and confident, more so than ever before, and talk to people I don't know.  Over all though, I've truly felt Heavenly Father answering my prayers.  Every morning I've woken up this week and have felt a lot of peace and comfort and it's just carried me through out the day.  We've been able to find peoples houses in areas that I don't know very well and had only been there once but I just remember them somehow.  Heavenly Father is really helping us with the work in this area, we just need to continue to be obedient and he will continue to be with us and help us.
I've felt also an even deeper desire to work really hard, I think the lord is helping me with that as well, and I know I am feeling that way for a reason.  Their are people here waiting to hear the gospel and we need to be prepared to bring it to them.  Yesterday Sister Ika and I taught two Sisters in our area Angelic (20yrs.) and Vea (14yrs).  We haven't taught them very often this past transfer because they really haven't been interested.  The older one even goes and hides when we stop by to see if we can teach them.  But yesterday they let us in, and we taught them about the Plan of Salvation, more specifically about Our purpose on earth and the atonement.  The spirit was so strong and Sister Ika and I taught in such great unity with each other.  They both sat their listening and when we would ask questions they would answer, even the older one who usually never says anything or isn't even there, she was really listening and shared her feelings with us about the Savior.
I shared my testimony of the Savior and his atonement, and how I am so grateful that I am able to repent of my sins everyday and be more worthy to someday live with my Heavenly Father again.  My eyes were tearing up and the two sisters just had their eyes locked on me and I knew that the spirit was touching their hearts through my testimony.  
I will forever be grateful for the experiences and opportunities I have everyday to bear my testimony to those who do not believe.  Being here on a mission has strengthened my testimony of the Restored Gospel and solidified it within me.  I will never be able to deny the things I know, for I know that they are completely true.  We have a living prophet on the earth today who leads and guides the true church of Jesus Christ, We have a Savior and Redeemer who is Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon is the word of god and it is another Testament of our Savior and redeemer and I know these things are true through the Holy Ghost, which has testified to me that they are true.
I love you family be safe and continue to do missionary work.  Take care this week...... till next week, Mahal ko kayo lahat. Ingat  :)
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