mga dearest kaibigan ko!
This week was insane! So busy, with a ton of different adventures, ultimately leading up to today, in which I learned that I am being transferred on Wednesday. It’s so crazy! I feel like my time here in Ilagan has gone so quickly. The mission really is so short, and I’m so happy to be a part of this great work of the Lord.
So the highlights from this week-
–Carlo and Angelo’s baptism! We had a combined service with Ward 2. Their new convert was super prepared and he bore a powerful testimony. Carlo and Angelo are brothers, and they were so happy to be baptized. Angelo is just 12 but he gave such a simple yet powerful testimony. He said, “masarap sa pakiramdam na maging member ng Simbahan na ito.” translated, it’s an amazing feeling to become a member. He was so excited to be baptized and have all his sins washed away. They are such great examples to the people around them.
–We recently learned that this place called Naguilian was part of our area. To get there, we took a trycie down to the river. then we took these little boats across the river and then took another trycie to the place we were actually going. We wandered around there for a while, talked to a bunch of people, taught a lesson to a former investigator, and then got this yummy stuff called ‘scramble’ which is like ice with chocolate and flavoring (it was ube flavored…ube is like…sweet potato…kind of..and very purple). yum 🙂 then we took a trycie, went back across the river, and took a jeep home. it was crazy! but super fun and I had no idea our area was so huge.
–we went on splits with Alinguigan B–Sister Warr and Sis Morente, and then their part-timer Sis Eugenio (she has a mission call to the Perth Australia mission). I went with Sis Warr! It was great, and we saw lots of miracles. We were able to get some true concerns out of one of our investigators, which really was huge for me. Well, the next day, we needed to go to Alinguigan for a few reasons, so we went there and stayed the night at their apartment. It was interesting, but a good experience.
We had a fireside on Sunday. we’ve been trying to put it together for a month. We showed a video called “we are one” and then divided into three groups. We had our ward mission leader teach about home and visiting teaching, we taught about teaching as a calling, and the other sisters taught about teaching in our families. then the bishop spoke on charity and we showed another video. it was great! we even had people come, which made my day. 😀
Vinci (an 18 year old boy in our ward) just got his mission call to Quezon City! We are so excited! he is going to do great. Karl John leaves this week for his mission to Cavite.
Probably none of that really matters to you, but I’m super excited about it, haha 🙂
I just wanted to end with a thought our great bishop, Bishop Pattaguan, gave last night at the fireside: hanggang saan ang willingness natin na gawin? or, until how far is our willingness to act?
having faith is great, but our faith is really only as big as our willingness to act on it. what more are we willing to do? how far are we willing to go in the service of the Lord? He needs us, and our faith can’t afford us to *not* act. Action is what builds our faith, and we need to build it, or we’re going to lose the most precious thing we have.
I know this is the Lord’s work! I am grateful to be a part of it. I will miss Ilagan, but I am excited for the next part of my mission here in the Cauayan Mission.