today was a day I have been waiting my whole mission for!!! we went to the Banaue Rice Terraces for a zone activity! 🙂 The Banaue Rice Terraces are considered the 8th wonder of the world. and it is truly a wonder! Absolutely amazing. 🙂 I will send pictures next week when I have more time. We had to meet at 4am to head to the Terraces (ang aga…so early) but so worth it. We rode a jeep for like…4 hours, and then we got to go hiking around the terraces! It is so green, and absolutely incredible. I know my pictures won’t do justice what I saw earlier. I want to tell you the legend of Banaue as told to me by President Rahlf a few months ago–(forgive me if I miss a few details or don’t tell it quite correctly)
He says these hieroglyphics were found in the Banaue region depicting the people there. Amidst the people was a beam of light from the heavens, and a man who came down and taught the people how to build the terraces. President Rahlf said although we can’t be sure, would it not make sense that Christ would visit here after He visited the Nephites and teach them how to grow food in this difficult mountain region?
I know from what I have seen today that this is not merely the work of the hands of man. Perhaps the wonders of the world are wonders simply because no man could ever create it without divine guidance. I don’t know what really happened in Banaue, but I know the Lord guided the building process. It is immense. It is majestic. It is breathtaking. I know the Lord knows His children and the earth He has created. He teaches us how to use it.
This week was kinda hard and we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on exactly with Sis Sumagpao. we went to cauayan on wednesday to consult a different doctor and…we didn’t agree with his answer. so we went to another doctor in bambang and he was able to help her out a lot more. there are still some things we are trying to figure out, but we are trying to be patient and continue to listen to the Spirit to help her.
I don’t really know what else happened this week, but this week is going to be great. It started off great with Banaue, and we also have MLC 🙂
I know Jesus is the Christ. He is our Savior. He loves us. This is His work, and we are His hands, and His disciples. I know we have a Father in Heaven who hears our every prayer and knows our every need. I have no doubt.
I love you!
PS the subject line is from our branch coordination meeting yesterday…I thought it was hilarious. they were talking about an activity on saturday and they told us to bring our own rice (kanin)–which would imply that somebody else would be providing the ulam (the stuff that goes on top of rice and makes the meal complete)…but the “bring your own rice” was followed by “…and ulam” which meant essentially “bring your own food.” ha. sorry. probably not funny to you guys, but I thought it was funny.