MISC: Ha. Bonzai in Visaya just means smart cause I’ve been able to pick up the language fast, but it sounds cool and makes me miss Bonzai sushi in Haleiwa. The seafood here is a little more “straight from the sea if you are catching my drift!” We have a conference down in Dumaguete the next couple of days which I’m stoked about because that’s where Zac Craven is right now and he’s told me its so beautiful! So we have a 7-8 hour bus ride later this afternoon to get there.
FUNNY STORY: 1. Tried Balut for the first time this week! It actually wasn’t that bad haha..I’ll attach a picture, its not that great but maybe thats a good thing cause it’s not a sight for the faint hearted. 2.It POURED yesterday so my umbrella was basically useless and our area is super lapok (muddy). My shoes kept getting stuck in the mud so I had to walk barefoot through the mud and flooded areas. I probably got a parasite from that since everyone just urinates everywhere. But we’ll see, it takes about a week or two for symptoms to show. I’ll keep you updated…
CEBUANO: I’ve had a couple dreams in Cebuano this week!
COMPANION: The same 🙂
INVESTIGATORS: We found another treasure this week! We passed by a house and I just felt we NEEDED to go there. We met a woman named Marlene and she let us share a quick messgae. Turns out she had been baptized years aqgo but has been inactive ever since. We also learned that her husband has been in prison for about six years. Just looking at her, we could see she is weighed down with so many trials. We’ve taught her twice and her 17 year old daughter who is not a member once. Both times we have visited her, little by little, we see more of the light of Christ in her countenance. I know that God is aware of all of His children’s circumstances and always reaches out to them to let them know He is there!
SPIRITUAL: (D&C 9:3) This verse has helped me a lot this week. Even though I’ve been able to pick up the language quickly, I’m still not fluent (of course not, I’ve only been here 4-5 weeks now). So I read this verse and the Lord was able to humble me with these words as I likened the scriptures unto myself.
It reads: “Be patient [Taylor], for it is wisdom in me that you should [not speak fluent Visaya] at this present time.
I encourage you all to insert your name and apply it to your situation right now. Just like what a friend told me-even with all the “no’s” and setbacks we receive, the Lord’s plan in PERFECT. Trust in HIS timing. He gets us where we need to go. Don’t get discouraged if Hes saying “no” to something in your life right now or something isn’t happening as fast as you want it to. Things happen or don’t happen in our life according to the will of the Lord, even if we don’t understand at the present time. Everything will become clear to us in the next life. It is wisdom in Him and as we put our trust in Him, He will give us the loving knowledge that He is in control and that His entire existence is to give us the joy we cannot fully comprehend in this life. So my challenge to you this week is to have patience and trust your Savior who “knows you the best and loves you the most”.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE: “Strong faith in the Savior is submissively accepting of His will and timing in our lives, even if the outcome is not what we hoped for or wanted.” Elder David A. Bednar
Love you all! Keep smiling!
Sister “They call me Bonzai” Moyes