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|
|Fireplace, Hung up stockings, and laid out some presents from home :) my stocking is the black ankle sock with the tape on it. . .it made everyone laugh! :O ha!ha!ha!|
Elder Howard (Santa hat) had his Momma send us some sparkling cider so we can party hardy! >;D
|Super Sneaky Santa Elder Howard and I (Zone leader) decided to play some trick on the sleeping Elders. . .lol|
The Aftermath. . . ha!ha!ha!
*Sigh!* The Things I would do to hug you all and just spend 30 minutes to sing, bear testimony of my knowledge of our great and all powerful Lord and Saviors Birth. I love HIM, I know HIM, and I would die for HIM as HE has for me. Blessed is HIS name! My soul is full and my heart is softened because HE has healed me with HIS love. Words cannot express how I feel, so I serve with the Exactness HE would have me serve with. I am born of God, as Alma the Younger, I am humbled because I have been broken and HE redeemed me! I fear nothing now because HE leads and guides me. I am His and am in debt to HIS mercy and atonement.
Christmas...blessed is the day, for our God gave us HIs only and begotten! The world is safe and we are all able to receive life! I understand the meaning of Christmas now. And although I wish to receive the blessing of this very important day of worship with you all, I am prepared to receive the spirit of redeeming love in my heart this winter. So just know I'm doing well even though I practically fall to pieces when I think of my family. HAVE A MERRY DAY IN COMMEMORANCE OF JESUS THE CHRIST'S BIRTH! Maligayang Pasko! Mahal na Mahal ko kayo!
With Prayers Always. . . .
I don't have much news this week. Other than the fact that I really can't wait to be out in the field. 1. because I feel like I'd progress out there a lot quicker with the language, but also because?? FOOD!!! I miss having rice for breakfast! Lol
Here is a message for those who are preparing to go on their mission! Namely, Soso, Carmen, Nia, Casey or should I just say everyone! HA!
Well, GET READY FOR A BAND-AID PEELING FEST! It starts with getting peeled from home! from your family! from your facebook and instagram! from your best friends! Then you come out here and you fall in love with your District and your Zone, then they all go to the field! and you are left here until its your turn to be peeled away! I can just imagine as I have yet to be peeled away from investigators and members who I know I'm going to love. So I say. . .get use to it! I now see why they said that you have to rely on the Lord. It's heart breaking. To be honest though, with that realization and understanding I don't feel the blankness inside me. The District that just left, I only cried during the sacrament meeting when they sang "Nearer My God To Thee" in Tagalog because I felt the spirit. It was so beautiful, and I was so happy for them to accomplish what they came out here to do. To leave the MTC nest and spread their wings and just fly. AH! I wished I was leaving with them. Those were my best friends out here.
Christmas Spirit. It's so hard to feel now a days because it seem,s a little redundant. Shopping! Cooking! Cleaning! Worrying! It's chaptic! I watched the December Devotional where the General Authorities made their addresses, and I can't say I know how to make Christmas as pure as they surely know how. But, I do know that its all about the heart. Buong Puso! (Whole Heart) As said here in the MTC. But, it's true! No one should have to feel stressed or worried on Christmas. If you feel stressed, then don't do it. Do everything out of love. Sing, Dance and Laugh! In the end, remember to observe the purpose of Christmas. This isn't news though, so I know that Christmas will be great. Don't worry, be happy! :)
Alam ko po na, totoong tagapagligtas si Jesucristo. Alam ko na nais po ni Jesucristo na masaya ang lahat sa Christmas. Ibig ko po Pasko sobrang masigla. Nais ko po na masigla at maganda ang Pasko nyong lahat mga pamilya at kaiibigan. At sana po ma feel nyo and share sa lahat ang spirit nang Christmas.
"I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that Jesus Christ wants everyone to be happy on Christmas. I want Christmas to be a happy time. I wish for everyone family and friends to have a happy and beautiful Christmas and I hope that you will feel the spirit and share it as well."
You're in my prayers