pilipinas landscape

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 102 and most likely the last letter......

Family and Friends,
What an unforgettable week!
I honestly just don't know where to start with this letter.
It is hard to explain how I feel knowing that this wonderful journey I have had here in this beautiful country is soon to be over.
I honestly don't want to leave. But as I feel it coming to an end I know that Heavenly Father has other things for me to do,
I think it is interesting as I am having similar anxieties about going home as I did about two years ago with coming here and serving a mission in a land I didn't know. 
Sometimes the unknown is scary but I really believe that as we do our best to follow Christ we will always be on the right path. Just like he said ,
 I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life 

I also really like what President Monson simply said to all of us this past General Conference "If we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice" I know that is true!

This week was full of simple miracles, I have never seen an area in my mission progress so rapidly and in such a short amount of time. When Elder Guia and I came to this area, we had no investigators and almost all of the members of our branch lived far away from the area which we were assigned. It is was miraculous how the Lord put people in our path to teach. 
One woman that we found was Sister Teracita. When we first met her she told us that she had been taught my the missionaries on and off for about three years. she had never been to church before because she was afraid of the disapproval of her husband. We have invited her for 4 weeks now but every time she told us she wasn't ready. We prayed really hard for her on how we can help her and we decided to invite the Relief Society president and the branch president and his wife to come with us to teach her. The lesson was powerful the testimonies of the members electric, miraculously she committed that she would come to church. We still were a worried that she would get cold feet and not come so we went to the nearest member who happened to be inactive for many years and asked that less-active sister to pick up Teracita. I was amazed as I saw both of them walk through the doors of the chapel! I couldn't believe my eyes it was a miracle!
Teracita says that she is excited to come this week as well. Thanks be to the Spirit which directed us to do and the great members here that supported this work and made Sister Tercita feel welcome.

We are also teaching the Figueras Family, They are amazing!
We just happened to meet Bro Figueras on the street. We have taught their whole family and they are reading the book of Mormon. I see Bro. Figueras becoming a bishop, Sister holding a calling as well, Their two little boys going on missions and their daughter marrying in the temple. It is just exciting to think of the blessings that come to all of us as we live the gospel! There is nothing like it. There is no other way to true and sustaining happiness!

Well time is short, I love you all, I will try to email next week but no guarantees because I am not sure if we will have time as I will be involved in career workshops for all the departing missionaries
If this is my last letter, I hope you all can feel my great love and respect for all of you. I give to all of you my love!


 35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all powerall wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is merciful Being,even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.
 36 Now if this is boastingeven so will boast; for this ismy life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and myredemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is thename of my God, who has been mindful of this people,who are branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lostfrom its body in strange land; yea, say, blessed be thename of my God, who has been mindful of us,wanderers in strange land.
 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful ofevery peoplewhatsoever land they may be in; yea, henumbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are overall the earth. Now this is my joy, and my greatthanksgiving; yea, and will give thanks unto my Godforever. Amen.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 101!

Hello family and friends!

I don't really know how to start this letter but I think I will start just by saying a very big salamat (thank you) to my Heavenly Father and all of you!

I just finished looking though all my pictures of my mission to help put together a slide show for all of the departing missionaries. And I realized how blessed I have been on my mission. The Lord has truly had his hand in my mission. Everyday has not been easy, but everyday I have learned valuable lessons and though the good times and the bad I feel I have gotten closer to my Savior.

I would like to thank you for your emails. For your prayers, for your support. You helped me in ways I don't believe you fully know. All of you!:)

These next two weeks will be the best ever!

We have been blessed with so many great investigators who are making commitments that increase their faith in Jesus Christ!
One family we found last week told us they have started reading the Book of Mormon together as a family and recognized that they felt peace when they read it. 
Another Sister and her daughter have decided to come to church this week with their cousin who is a recent convert. They too are reading the Book of Mormon!
Being a part of this work bring just such great joy!

Mahal ko ang Pilipinas! Hindi ko makalimutan ang mga tao ditto.
(I love the Philippines, I will never forget the people here)