Hi! kamusta ka nga na? haha, I”m starting to learn a little ibanag. It’s insane. There are some similarities with Tagalog, but a lot of it is completely different.
Carmen was baptized on Saturday! in our ward we have had a baptism every week of march, hence, ‘march madness.’ but now it’s over, but we are preparing some more people 🙂 It was so great, and she was incredibly excited. She was so prepared, and is so ready to live the gospel the best she can. She is already excited to share the gospel with her family and friends. She truly has a testimony of the gospel, and that is so wonderful to see.
Also, Sis Jensen said something pretty funny the other day. We were walking around, and it’s probably 100 degrees and we’re sweating like crazy, and she’s like, “can you IMAGINE living in this country without aircon?” and then I was about to agree before we both realized….we live in this country without aircon. Hahaha. Hooray for electric fans!
While we were out tracting the other day in Camunatan, we stopped to talk to an active member and a less-active who were just sitting outside a tindahan. The less-active says, “they’re out looking for the lost sheep!” and the active member says, “You’re one of the lost sheep!” hahaha.
Not too sure I have much else to say about this past week. Ah, wait. So we were walking down a street in San Vicente, and there was this funeral thing going on. Well…what usually happens when someone dies is they print a giant banner with the person’s face on it, hang it up outside their house, put up like a…tent thing…like those things you set up at soccer tournaments to create shade…can’t remember what those things are called, haha. anyways, they put one of those up, put tables underneath it, and all these people come over and gamble. This goes on for at least a few days, but usually about a week, people just sit outside and gamble. However, with this one, it was unusual because nobody was outside gambling on this particular day. There were a few people sitting outside at the tables just talking. One of them was a member, so we said hello and started talking to him. And he does the greatest thing. Usually when we meet members as we walk around and they are talking to nonmembers, they will say, “these are the missionaries from my church!” and then look at us like, “okay, go ahead and share the gospel now.” and that creates a really awkward situation for us and for their friend. But this time, the brother introduced us, and then introduced the message that we share and connected it to their specific situation, which then allowed us to easily testify of the message and set a return appointment with someone who was actually willing to listen. It was so simple, but because he had enough courage to share his own testimony first, it really opened up the way for us to share in a comfortable way our testimonies with one of the people there. I was really grateful for that.
We have a brother in our ward who has cancer. He had his second round of chemo on Saturday. We visited the other day, but couldn’t stay because we didn’t have a fellowshipper and he was the only one there. We gave him a conference talk to read…then we went back on Sunday…but we both thought his daughter would be home so we could teach, but she wasn’t, and we felt really bad because he wanted us to teach him so badly and we couldn’t. It was our fault for not preparing, and I felt really bad. And I was just humbled seeing how humble he was, and how much he relies on the Lord at this big trial in his life. I can’t even explain the feeling, but it was immensely humbling.
I know the Lord wants us to learn how to rely on Him completely. I know the Lord has a plan for each of us. His plan, His great eternal Plan of Redemption, is so much bigger than any of us know. We must learn why Christ is important. We must learn to become like Him. We live in a time that is truly incredible. A time foreseen by prophets since the beginning of time. I never realized how much of the Book of Mormon was about the Second Coming, but….pretty much the whole thing is. the Book of Mormon is written for our day, I testify of that truth. Read it and ponder it…we have no greater help available to us than the words of God that were spoken for us in the last days. It’s amazing! I am so grateful for it.
magimuguk ka! 🙂 take care. iddu ka!