Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wk 95 August 28, 2011
Helo 1nc agan,
Dis wik waz a blst n da realy hrd wik. (This week was a blast and a really hard week.) At the first of this week I was just struggling bad, with everything. Even though Elder Verzo has only been here about a month now, he knows a lot already about missionary work because he worked with the missionaries like every day for months before he came here. He’s way good at the language. I love this side of being a missionary, it’s always fun to have learning moments like this. About half way through the week I guess you could say I was just really discouraged. On top of that I felt like my TagalogAklanonIlonglish was turning into Tjajpsoiejfj;lksajf. aka I was having a hard time in the language. haha. I was really praying hard for help from Heavenly Father to get me out of that slump I was in. I had some enlightening revelation. Heavenly Father taught me that...It’s not so much about what I could teach him, it was more about just loving him. I remember when I was being trained and how I didn't so much remember all the logistics of missionary work, how to fill out a Baptismal Record...etc.. that my trainer taught me, I just remember my relationship with him and our work. The only way I could truly help my comp is by my example, in excitement, attitude about the work and obedience. I decided to pray for more understanding of him, and to support and love his ideas. BOOM. That made a difference in a matter of minutes. From Wednesday forth, our work turned around like Tony Hawk doing a 360 Benihana. (That is my attempt of writing how dad poetically writes)
Alright the good stuff...
We found some teenaged kids this week. They are a group of guys. Really poor, and like to play cards. Their age is from 14 to 18. We have taught them a few times this week and invited them to church. They CAME! Tiamson, Jonjon, Carlos (has a big mustache), and one more ( I forget his name). They had a good experience at church, including Jonjon lost his wallet which I think will actually be a good experience for him because we told him to pray that he could find it. They don't have the biggest testimony in prayer so we are praying also that this experience can grow his testimony. :).
Armando is an investigator that his half paralyzed. We had a great lesson with him on Saturday and he was going to come to church the next day but there was a misunderstanding. I guess he wanted us to text him Saturday night and we didn't. So on Sunday morning we texted him to meet us somewhere so we could go together to church but he didn't text back. We got a text later that day saying that he doesn't understand us and he doesn't want us to come over anymore. He lost his Ape tit. (Hence the subject of this email) He was pretty mad I guess. We just bore our testimony over text. haha cause that is all we could do. He said that if he wanted to hear the gospel he would just come to church but he didn't want us to come over. We will see what happens. We will be visiting him anyways on Wednessday.
Sister Gracely and Ronald: Ronald is a less-active member for years. Lately he said that he "woke up" and now him and his wife have been coming to church. This last Sunday we were able to visit them. We asked them questions about what they wanted in their family. They said...WE WANT TO BE A FOREVER FAMILY. Wow. Me and Elder Verzo just looked at each other in awe. On the first visit we gave sister Gracely the non member a baptismal date for the 24th of September. I am sooo stoked to teach them as a family. They are just sooooo ready and I love um. ah.
Well that is about it for now. I love you all very much and talk to you next week.
Oh mom I read that talk you gave me by...I forgot on GRACE. I loved it. What I got out of it: Jesus Christ did it all. All of it is paid. It wasn't just so that we could return back to Heavenly Father, but that we could become like Heavenly Father. All I need to do is develop the desire to use his Atonement always and practice. Learn Heaven.
A big part of me always says that I need to be more and better, and I have a hard time of being okay with who I am. Knowing about Grace and how the only thing we have to do is practice I think helps us realize we don't have to be perfect. We just need to do our best to be perfectly willing to...practice.