Monday, February 11, 2013
Great to hear from you, I'm more grateful than anything to read a
letter from my old man more than anything. There's so much taking
place here, I don't know where to start and where to end! There's
going to be 3 baptisms this coming Saturday, and I feel so blessed to
have been the one to invite those 3 to enter this new sacred covenant
with their Heavenly Father. I feel the power of your prayers. Thank
you so much for keeping me in your busy busy mind throughout your day,
because I rely greatly on the strength of you all back home. These
baptisms would certainly not be taking place if it weren't for the
added strength I get from back home. That's been confirmed to me over
and over again as I work everyday. :)
I thought I'd share a spiritual experience with you as well:
Ever since I arrived in the MTC, I didn't know I had my patriarchal
blessing on me (I failed to noticed that my wise and diligent mother
stored it in the binder with my shot records...). With that, I was
yearning to read my patriarchal blessing, so I made plans every week
to request them so I can read it. For some reason, I'd always forget!
Up until 2 mornings ago when I was getting ready. I was grabbing the
clothes I was going to wear for the day when I saw the binder sitting
there in my closet. I decided to open and look at it just to see what
was inside. I found a dead spider in one of the pockets... my mission
call, and then I flipped the page and found my patriarchal blessing! I
was so excited and read it right away. It was so strong, my blessing,
and I remembered the feelings I felt inside when I had first heard all
the promised blessings Heavenly Father has waiting for me. I was so
enlightened and encouraged, and even though I was motivated to do
great before, I am even more motivated now, like as if a candle or gasoline
had been thrown into a fire, to do much better and continue to improve. It came
at such a perfect time. I knew that Heavenly Father was telling me
that these 3 upcoming baptisms aren't the end of my work, and it was
only just the beginning of many many more great things to come!
So, in short, my game face was on, but now I have war paint! HAIL!
(Saying that in Tyler Harris' voice... hahaha!)
Anyways, hope you're not too busy with callings, work, and errands :)
I remember how you were never too busy for me. I
thought about how much time I could have and should have spent when I
was home. Those moments where you get home and watch tv by yourself
would have been perfect moments to sit next to you and just soak in
the relaxing ambiance and laugh about something weird (because you
always say something weird...) and share your memories from the dino
days. Love you pops!
HOORAH HOORAH FOR ISRAEL!
Elder Sablan Jr.
Monday, January 28, 2013
I realized as I was washing dishes one day that I can't teach the people if I'm not a part of them... I was told I didn't have to and also discourage that learning Ilocano at the same time of learning Tagalog will confuse me. . .but, I feel so inspired to learn. I feel that it'll help the people trust me when I share my thoughts and testimony with them as I try to help them. My companion and I continue to learn and it takes so much courage to talk to people that I can't hardly understand. But, whenever I open my mouth, I trust that I'll be filled with words to say.
Time seems to be going muuuch faster since I decided to change my attitude and focus more about the mission. Things are more clear, I can see ahead, and I know how to help people better! I'm excited for the coming month! There's a baptism on the 9th and 2 more on the 16th. With the help of my Savior and the Holy Ghost, I've invited this beautiful couple and young sister to change their lives and enter into a covenant with our Heavenly Father. There's a few more that have been invited but, my companion and I are steadily preparing 'em. It's a lot of work! Faith in Jesus Christ isn't as easy as I thought. . .true conversation is one's decision. I've never experienced that until right before my mission. Until then, I cling on so desperately to the strength that others had in the gospel. I pray so hard every day and night for our investigators to receive the message. It works some days, and harder on next. . .but the work is going great. I hope to see a huge spurt in the growth of my branch here as my companion and I do our best to work!
FOOD? It's weird, my companion (who is amerikano) would cook rice and a filipino dish like sinigang, adobo, and other stuff like that. . .and the days I cook comes out burgers and fries. . .ganun. lol
So far, I'm good and I'm learning how to be frugal. Missionaries have an abundance of support compare to the local people. . .it humbles me and I do my best to live providently. I don't need the extras. . .I just need the basic.
Anyways, I love you all! My companion and I are schedule to go the city next week, so I'll develop some pictures and send them home.
Thank you for keeping your commitments! As you continue to keep the commandments of daily prayer and scripture study by yourself and as a family, you will reap the blessings from heaven and God will open doors of inspiration, strength and wisdom to you all if you continue to do it everyday!
Ingat lahat kayo.
|We had a day to spent in Manila and My travelling companion Elder Challis went to the Manila Temple. The temple wa really pretty kahit na maliit (it was small) but, the spirit in there was strong.|
|Manila Traffic is crazy! But somehow, I felt safer there than US Highway Traffic. Ha! Trips from Manila to Laoag are by plane now which was awesome. Way faster, and I didn't get sick.|
|My mission President Julius Jonah Flores Barrientos and wife Maria Lourdes Barrientos|
|Bahay Kubo - Nipa Hut|
|Astig na kalabaw! - Water Buffalo|
Sobrang sobra maganda dito dahil tahimik ang lugar (it is beautiful and peaceful place) Maraming Bukid (Mostly Farms) They are mostly farmers and they work all day in the bukid. People are nice and friendly and very humble. I am always ask to pray since I was new, even up til now. . .which is fine because I need to practice my tagalog anyways. I LOVE MY FIRST AREA! O sige! Tapos na. Hanggang sa susunod ^_^ That is all. . .until next time.
|Bukid - Farm|
Anyways, Elder Challis was waiting for me outside because I took a few extra minutes to brush my teeth and wash my face as well (no not in the bu-dei ^_* lol)
As I walked out of the CR. . .he (Dylan) was standing right next to my travelling companion Elder Challis! I was shocked to see him and my first thought was "Dylan your kalbo" (bald hair) alright who gave you that hair cut? ha!ha!ha! Anyways, I think he misses me giving him a haircut maybe he tried to do it to himself or what. . .but, anyways, I'm going to give him a lesson 101 on giving himself a haircut or he will just have to see a Barber in the Philippines. . . ha! ^_* We greated each other pretty warmly and we had time to catch up and he told me all about his experiences in Alabama. We only had an hour lay over in Narita but, we boarded the same plane to Philippines and got to stay at the same hotel. . .although we had different rooms. . .We had breakfast together. It was a short but, nice bonding time. He left the next day with other missionaries destined to go to Bacolod. My companion and I stayed another day in Manila and we had a chance to go to the Manila Temple.
|Temple Walks are the best!|
|with Elder Chase Campbell|
This book is to keep me organize the next 2 years! I hope to meet many people, record their names in these book deliver and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
D&C 4:4 "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, the that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul"
|Elder Proctor Lotulelei|
|Elder Clark "love his Aussie accent"|
|Mga Pinoy at Isang Pinay|
|District 15 B and Guro Bro. Day (aka Bro. Araw ^_* lol)|
|District 15 B and Guro Sister Osborne|