Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ang Akon Buang pero Namit nga Pamilya,
This week went by sooo fast. Time goes by soo fast. It’s almost scary. It’s almost been one year. Elder Booth is going to be going home in less than 3 weeks. He is scared out of his mind. Oh yeah he will be moving to Cedar Hills to live with his brother. He will live right by the mouth of the Canyon. So I told him to drop by and you would make him some pizza or something :).
I don't have a cough anymore! *I just typed that as I was coughing* At least it has subsided a little bit. We have been really busy in the office lately. I will be honest...it’s pretty rough sometimes. Somedays I just want to be more a missionary. But it is way good for me. I am learning how to be not stressed and maintain a positive istura at all times. This past week another missionary went home. I feel pretty bad for our President. That makes 3 missionaries in this past month that have gone home. Two in the last two weeks. Two new missionaries from the newest batch went home.
I am loving the Philippines right now. I really just might not ever come home. The work is really taken a 180 degree change. Just understanding our purpose as missionaries makes all the difference, and helping the investigators understand it too. It makes giving baptismal dates in the first two lessons easy. It’s fun taking these people through these spiritual experiences. Yesterday we went to a family called the Delids. Their father has a hip problem and has a hard time getting around. He actually just got a wheel chair donated by the church. We saw it at his house and asked him where it came from and he said, “Oh yeah that wheel chair came from your church”. We were pretty proud. Anyways...last night we committed Brother Delid to ask Heavenly Father, in prayer, right then and there, if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith really was a prophet. We all sat there as he prayed the most perfect prayer simply asking Heavenly Father if this was true. After he was done we looked at him and he smiled. He was a little taken back by the experience. He told us that he felt very light and like he was floating. We looked at him and said, "Brother Delid...that is the Holy Ghost."
It has been really neat learning how to be bold in our message. Learning how to tell them why we are in their house. What our message is. What is the role of the Holy Ghost. How important it is that they go to church, reading the deep Illango scriptures with them and having their eyes light up when they finally understand what they are reading.
There is still so much to learn and teach. I always just want to learn it all right now and be super sagad (skilled) right now, but I have to remind myself that it takes time to develop. You know enough, all you have to do is trust in the Lord. As soon as we know who we really are and gain confidence in that. Boom...you’re unstoppable.
Well that is about it for me today. Love you all so much. I about say that every week. It’s probably because...I do love you. Talk to you again next week.
-Elder Garrett Kirschbaum