Hello! It’s been another crazy week–sounds like it has been as well for everyone at home. So much has been happening!
We went on splits twice this week, once with Sis Watson and Sis Vaelua, and once with single adults from our ward. Splits are awesome and really help move the work along! We had 46 lessons this week and are starting to see a lot of success! We’ve been out in Sto. Tomas a lot this week, a barangay that we just picked up from the other ilagan sisters when we re-split the area. I think we’ll start seeing a lot of miracles happen there.
We had regional conference this week! It was way different than regional conference at home. There was supposed to be a Saturday session or something but somehow only some of the stakes did it…our whole zone traveled to the stake center (some traveled for like 2 hours) only to find that our stake was one that was not holding an afternoon session. But the next day we had a broadcast from Salt Lake, and Sister McConkie from the YW presidency, Elder Teh (Filipino) from the 70, and Elder Cook of the 12 spoke. Great messages. It was so great to have a Sunday where we could hear from our leaders. the stake president also opened the meeting with a great talk on faith.
Elder Cook’s talk was awesome. He focused on the importance of our choices and of our conversion. He referred to the talk by Elder Oaks on good, better, best. We can spend our whole lives making good decisions and being good people, and we’ll get good results. but if we spend our lives making the best decisions and being the best people we can be, we will get the best results. He also reminded us that we cannot live on borrowed light. Borrowed light never lasts, and if we really are to be strong in our faith, we have to find that light on our own. It’s not easy. Actually, it’s hard. But it’s worth it.
I finished the Book of Mormon again today. I have learned something I saw over and over, and wrote it down a few months ago–the importance of having a soft heart. When we are humble and our hearts our soft, the Spirit can teach us eternal truth. when they aren’t, we’re blocking that connection and there’s no way we can ever know those things. When we are humble and our hearts are soft, we can see the needs of others and truly serve them. we can truly love the people around us. We can live for more than just for ourselves–and I know that is the best way to live life–being in the service of others. It’s our choice whether we will soften our heart or not. God will give us reminders of things we already know, of things He has already taught us. But we’ll miss it if we harden our hearts…and hard hearts always lead to a life filled with anger, frustration, and dissatisfaction.
I know the Lord Jesus Christ lives and He loves us. I reflected this morning on the mercies in my life that I know have come from God–they are too many to begin to count. I know He lives, and He is real.
love you all!