Maayong buntag tanan!
MISC: 1. This past week, we traveled back to Cebu (8 hours away from our area) for our mission conference for three days. Elder Haynie of the Philippines Area Presidency spoke to us about many things but mostly prayer and its purpose. I don’t have the luxury of going into everything but if you get a chance, study prayer in the Bible Dictionary. The purpose of prayer is not to change Go’s will but to prayer to Him to find out through what the Holy Ghost will reveal to us about what His will is for us. 2. We found a new investigator this week! His name is Arneal Tokogi and he has two little girls. He is such a great and responsible dad. His wife is in Kuwait until 2017. He is very receptive and I am so excited to teach him! 3. I saw Elder Germaine and Craven this week! It was so awesome to see friends from back home and have them in the mission. They are huuge now haha or maybe I’m just still short.
I also had my first baptism this week! Sister Mariefer Eduardo. We found her mom because she was a less active and started coming back to church and wanted her daughter to be baptized. It’s been such a great experience to teach the gospel to her in such a simple way
Funny story(s): 1. We have huge toads, spiders and gecko lizard mutants in our house. I don’t mind the toads- its soo funny to see how fast my companion jumps onto a chair. 2. Our landlady accidently locked us in our house one morning and we had to climb over the gate in our skirts to get out. #dedication.
Companion: Sister Cangas is a great trainer! I’m so glad I have someone who wants to work as hard as I do and is completely obedient. Sometimes there are minor things that we communicate about such as household things but whats great is that we are both willing to accept feedback. This is the first time for many learning to live on their own whereas I’ve been doing it for the last 6-7 years.
Cebuano: Haha so.. yeah. It’s great. It’s just kind of difficult right now because there are three different languages in my area-Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya) and Ilonggo. And so there are days where we have an Ilonggo speaking investigator and then the next lesson, the investigator just moved into the area and only speaks Tagalog. So as far as Cebuano goes-I’m learning fast, but Im also currently having to learn two only dialects as well. But Cebuano is the main one here.
Spiritual: The other day, all of our appointments fell through and we had walked everywhere! It is super hot and humid and my first natural instinct was to complain-specially about how heavy my bag was. But before I let myself complain about my weight, I thought about my Savior and how heavy the cross was for Him to carry. My reflection went further about how he was carrying that for me. And so it gave me the strength I needed and was a great reminder for me that we do not need to carry our heavy burdens, concerns or discouragements. The Savior went through what He did so that we will give Him ALL that weighs us down. Take advantage of the Atonement and He will make the load you carry lighter.
Inspirational: 1. “By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer, we often find the answer to our own” -President Uchtdorf 2. “We see the most growth in ourselves when we forget ourselves in others” (my own insight)
Love you all! Send me a letter if you can, I still can receive mail 😉
Sister Taylor Moyes
PHI Cebu Mission
Gordo Avenue, Cebu 6000 PHI
Sister “I love goats and kids” Moyes