MISC: So last week was tough and it made me realize the adversary never stops trying to discourage the Lords missionaries. But a friend reminded me of a scripture in D&C 58:16 that says “Behold his mission is given unto him and it shall not be given again”. When I read that, I made the decision that I didnt want to waste anymore time being discouraged. As a result, 9 of our investigators came to church and we found 8 new investigators this week!! There is so much work here! These people need the gospel in their lives. They are real people with real concerns and the gospel is the real solution to all their problems and trials. I am so excited to help them realize where the real source of peace comes from! This insight is for all of us, even as members. The doctrines of the gospel are the answer to all our problems and trials. If you are going through a difficult time, I encourage you to study the teachings of our Savior and your solution will be found.
FUNNY STORY: Picked a fight with a rooster this week, the rooster won.
CEBUANO: I’m actually learning a lot more Ilonggo right now and it’s funny because sometimes when they speak, they use Visaya, Ilonggo and Tagalog all in the same sentence! I also learned there’s a difference between Visaya and Cebuano. Visaya is the dialect that all the southern PHI islands use and Cebuano is similar but much deeper and is used mainly on Cebu island whereas Im on Negros right now (and will be at least until Dec) so its more Visaya here.
INVESTIGATORS: attached is a picture of the Mahinay family. I love them so much! Danielo (the dad) is a less active but has come back to church. He and Marlene are not married yet so she is unable to get baptized until their marriage is processed. But they are so strong in the gospel and three of their kids will be baptized on Sept 26!
COMPANION: I’ve realized something about myself this week. For the past two years since Kirk passed, I haven’t let anyone new (who I didnt know during that trial) get close to me. I have built layers and layers to protect myself from feeling any pain again. I’ve always been independent but I’ve noticed the past two years that I’ve isolated myself even more-not physically but emotionally. Being with a companion 24/7 is the longest time I’ve been around someone mentally, physically, socially and emotionally 24/7 since Kirk passed. And it’s been difficult for both of us. There is no contention and we actually have a lot of success! But as I’ve told some people before, trying to get close to me emotionally is like trying to cuddle with a great white shark haha! But I don’t want it to be like that anymore. I don’t know if I will ever fully heal from losing Kirk. But I don’t want to distance myself emotionally from people for the rest of my life. My companion is so sweet and patient as I continue to go through this healing process and gradually take down the walls I’ve built up the past two years.
SPIRITUAL: I know I’m not perfect. I know my actions have hurt people in the past and I know I’ve been hurt by other people’s actions as well. But the power of the Atonement is real. The two most important phrases I’ve been able to use in my life are “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you”. Have courage to say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt someone and be humble enough to forgive when others have hurt you. I promise as you do this, you will feel the power of the Atonement and the love the Savior has for you as well as the other people involved. This gospel is a gospel of love and healing.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE: “Sometimes in my growing years I thought we were poor. I later learned that that wasn’t true. We just didn’t have any money. We were always rich in the things most significant in our lives” Boyd K. Packer
Always remember how much the Savior loves you. And never forget how much I love you too! Thank you for your prayers and continual support!
Sister “now back to work” Moyes