kumusta, ang pinakamamahal na pamilya ko! mainit pa dito sa Tugue…shemps. it’s probably in the 90’s right now. it’s hot again! (surprise…!) the past week has still been 70’s and 80’s, so pretty nice, but it’s definitely sweaty weather again.
Meanwhile, sounds like you’re all in sweater weather! everyone mentioned the snow. that’s crazy. I can’t believe all that time passed already and that it’s cold. my mind still thinks it’s august and that this is the longest summer of my life, haha. but hey, we have those paper snowflakes hanging up in our house, which reminds me that it’s december.
we had a great week this past week, even though it was mostly tracting. somehow all of our investigators have kind of fallen off the map, except for one, Rey, who has reappeared and come to church three times in a row now! hopefully he will continue to progress. His wife is an RM and they have 5 kids, with two of the cutest (and craziest) twin boys ever. Sister Marybon will be sealed to her kids this year, and so hopefully if rey progresses, next year they will all be sealed as a whole family.
we found a new family while knocking (tao po’ing) doors last week, that I am hoping will progress. we need to follow up with them and hopefully can teach them lesson one this week.
tracting and knocking doors is suuuper hard here. we can’t actually knock on anyone’s doors. everyone has big metal gates around their yards and their houses aren’t usually very close to the gate. so you can’t go knock. you “tao po!” and then they peek their head out of the door (if you’re lucky) and then you try to shout across their yard to introduce yourself and the message. not being face to face with them, while kind of decreasing the feeling of rejection, makes it a lot easier to be rejected. people don’t really want to make the effort of coming to open their gates to let you in, so they just tell you they are busy. but some people are really polite and do come let you in, even if they don’t really want to hear the message. also, people who really don’t want to talk to us are really good at ignoring us. we can walk past someone’s yard and say, hello po nanay! twice and they will just continue what they’re doing without even looking at you. so tracting is hard, but we keep trying. we really need to find new investigators this week.
I’ve been learning a lot about consecration this week, and what it means to become a consecrated missionary. As the work of the Lord is being hastened, this is His expectation for all missionaries. A ‘hastening missionary’ is the only kind of missionary that can really contribute to the hastening of the Lord’s work, and a truly ‘hastening missionary’ is a consecrated missionary. It is my goal to become a consecrated missionary, and really giving the Lord all my time, effort, and focus in all things while I am here in the mission field. Because of the things I have been learning, the work, though it has probably been slower than it’s been my whole mission, has also never been more satisfying. It’s exhausting and hard, but still somehow rewarding. I am grateful to be serving a mission at this time!
Always remember that the hastening of the Lord’s work very much involves the members, not just the missionaries. without the members, we can’t really do a whole lot. you are so valuable and important in helping others come unto Christ, either for the first time, or helping them to come back again.
I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and am learning so much. I am especially growing each day in my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and I know that as we all do so, that He will change our lives in ways we cannot even imagine.
I love you all!