Haha funniest experience.....Walking out of our teaching appointment yesterday (Sunday) with one of our investigators and we saw one of our members walking past us and she's hiding something behind her back....slowly she hands us some candy and says "Keep the Sabbath Day Holy right Sisters?" Earlier at church we literally got lectured for the full 3 hours about keeping the Sabbath day holy. Guilty conscience got the best of her. So funny, I love Filipinos. They are so funny.
Dear Fam and Frenz,
We are coming to 'ber' months (September, October, November, December) so that means the Christmas season has officially started here! Can't believe August has come and gone. SO weird. But I just wanted to wish you all a happy start to the wonderfully long Filipino Christmas season. Christmas is just too fast in Utah I think? Part of November and then December? It just begins and ends too quick. I think the Philippines is a win for celebrating Christmas season haha.
We had an awesome week this week. Grateful as always to be serving and having the opportunity to be in such a fun place serving these amazing people. I say that every week, but every week it is true. We had some exchanges this week as Lubes was still recovering from her foot issue...but she is now recovered which I am so glad...I feel like I have changed companions so many times during the foot recovery. Grateful for some consistency finally. We also had interviews this week with President Fermanis. Always so blessed to have some one on one time...I come in with like a million questions and discussion topics....especially with being my first interview with him. But its cool to see the spirit settle in and I love my mission president. He's so awesome. Grateful for his advice. His favorite saying is, "Don't push the water up the hill with a rake." Just let things happen...haha he's the best.
WE HAD SOME DEVELOPMENT THIS WEEK. Sister Jovelyn was revived this week and she came to church with the new skirt we gave her. We were so excited. We had some awesome lessons with her this week. She won't be able to be baptized for a while because of her live-in boyfriend and Word of Wisdom. But baby steps are steps...we are happy for her!
GEMMA....she is from last week. We sat down and talked with her and basically had a 'come to Jesus' moment. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and she said that she is waiting for a sign from God. She knows the church is true and she felt that from the first time we saw her. WE ARE SO PUMPED. Punch dancing returned and it was the first time Lubes had witnessed it.
Also had a random moment. We were walking in our area and we felt that we should turn down this specific eskinita (alley way thing) which means we would go in a complete circle...nonetheless we did it anyway. Then all of the sudden we see this lady out of nowhere and she says "WAIT WAIT I have something for you" so we just waited there and she comes back with this ancient Book of Mormon that has so much dirt on it. She said that some Elders left it on a jeepney and she saw it. And for like 10 years she has kept it and read it. She said she saw us earlier but was too shy to talk to us, but she told us she made a promise to herself that if she saw us again she would talk to us. Which explains us walking in a circle :) SO SWEET. We booked a return appointment, we don't even know what her name is BUT IT WAS SWEET. Right place at the right time.
Finish off with a spiritual thought. For this week I have been studying 'How to Stay more unspotted from the world?' and its been really cool--it was an assignment Presidnet Fermanis gave us. That even though I wear Jesus Christ's name everyday...there is more than enough work to do to become like Him. And I have found that to be true. I love D&C 59:9....part of being unspotted is taking the sacrament. Grateful for that opportunity every Sunday. Also loved in Alma 1:26 to not "be better than the learner or the hearer." That we are equal in the sight of God.
Have a great week every body :) Hope its one to remember.
Pictures from Sunday--I look like a fruit salad
|Our sweet Joshua :)|
|Me with the Lubes|