James and Jefferson!

kamusta kayo! ok naman ako dito! masaya pa rin bilang misyonero o! mainit pa rin, pero ok lang. sana masaya rin kayo. ūüôā

hello! last week went so quickly. this week will be very busy for Sis Calisaan and I, and so no doubt it will fly by as well.
James was baptized this week! He was so excited. We are so excited for him as well. Jefferson passed his interview and will be baptized next week. I am even more excited for him because he has already made so many change in his life. he is so much more happy now than he used to be, and you can see in his face that he is stronger, more confident, and happy with the direction his life is going. ūüėÄ
Well, we went to Cauayan last Wednesday for New Leaders’ Training with Pres and Sis Rahlf. It was so great! We learned a lot about Christlike leadership and about accountability. I am really excited for this opportunity to be a leader in Ilagan. We will be conducting our first exchange later this week, and we are hoping that it will go well and be a good experience for the Alinguigan sisters.
We’ve been talking to people like crazy–we’re getting desperate for new investigators. We’ve found some new potential ones, though, and we will return this week to teach again. I know we can find those who are ready to receive the gospel. We’re especially trying to find a family to teach. It’s really hard to find whole families here that are ready to accept the gospel and are eligible for baptism and then who are also eligible to progress all the way to a temple sealing…but I know we can find one, and that is our goal this cycle. We are doing all we can to find them! Sis Calisaan is really helpful in motivating me to talk to everyone, mostly just by her example. When I see her boldness in speaking to them, it is easier for me to do it. I am learning so much from her, and I’m so blessed to have her as my companion right now.
She is also hysterical. ūüôā hahaha. and she looooves bananaQ. we’re enjoying our time, and working hard.
A young man in our ward leaves on his mission this week! Jun-jun Cabaccan. He will do so great. He is a convert of only a few years, but he is solid in his desire to serve and in his testimony. I’m so excited for him. he is going to do great things. and I love the faith of his mother–she is also a convert of only a few years, and junjun is the oldest one at home right now, and so she is sad to see him go, but she knows it is right and so she is willing to support him. what great faith!
This week I studied about faith. I learned so much! Today I read in James 1–

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

and in James 2–
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by workswas faith made perfect?
I know that our faith is made perfect in our works. Acting on our faith grows it and allows it to be purified and perfected. When we stop acting, or we get lazy, our faith shrinks, doubt comes in, and it is easy to deny what we once knew was true or rationalize disobedience to the commandments. But when we act, we receive blessings, we receive witnesses of truth to our hearts, which are powerful and undeniable. Action is what fans the flame of our faith and keeps it from dying–because we have to trust the Lord enough to do what He asks us to do. Then when we act, it grows, and we can continue to act.
Faith in Jesus Christ is real, and it is powerful. But it is our choice whether we want to experience His power or not in our lives. But I also know it is the most beautiful feeling, and the path to true happiness.
I love you all!
Sister Carr

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