MISC: 1. We are a week behind so we just watched General Conference this weekend and it was SO good! I hope you all got out of it as much as I did. 2. Here in the Philippines, it’s not “would you like rice with your meal?” Your meal is the rice and it’s “what would you like to eat to flavor your rice?”
FUNNY STORIES: 1. There are A TON of frogs in our area. One day, my companion and I were walking down a muddy/swampy path and I was walking in front of her. I told her I found her future husband and picked up this HUGE frog and tossed it at my companion. I found so much joy as I watched the frog with its short stubby legs fly through the air toward my companion. Hahaha her reaction was so funny, she screamed so loud. Definitely made my week. 2. The Cebuano word for ants is “amigas”. Yesterday I stepped in a pile of red ants and I can testify that they are not my amigas.
COMPANION: I think she likes me this week. (Despite when I threw a toad at her)
LANGUAGES: I’m speaking a lot of Visaya and Ilonggo right now. I’m still working on my Tagalog.
INSPIRATIONAL: “True disciples of Christ DESIRE to INSPIRE not just to IMPRESS” -Gregory A. Schwitzer
SPIRITUAL: OF COURSE my favorite talk from General Conference was by Von G. Keetch who included a surf analogy in his address. Surfing and the gospel are the two best things God gave us haha (families might be included in that as well). He recounted a story of a trip he had in AUS where he saw a group of American surfers obviously upset about something. When he approached them, they pointed to the outside break they had hoped to surf but were restricted due to a barrier that apparently stretched all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor. After what seemed like a long time, an older local surfer approached the group with his binoculars to show the group the multiple dorsel fins thrashing on top of the surface of sharks that were feeding just on the other side of the barrier. As he walked away, he muttered,“Don’t be too critical of the barrier, it’s the only thing that is keeping you from being devoured.” I LOVE this analogy because it is SO true. The Lord is protecting us from dangers we cannot see below the surface. May we always strive to remember that the gospel is a barrier to protect us, not to restrict us in this world.
POW (Person of the Week): Our recent convert, Longboy Piaje is so ridiculously smart with his knowledge of the gospel. He’s 24 and his older sister is one of our investigators. We invited Longboy to sit in on our lesson with her and share his testimony with her. The spirit was so strong as he testified of the truth in a simple and loving way to his sister. I was just about ready to hand my nametag over to him haha. I really hope he decides to serve a mission. Always remember to be an example to those around you and share your testimony through your words and actions. (1 Tim 4:12)
PICS: Me and an old tatay cutting wood (tah-tye is a term used as respect for older generations). Pics of some of the YSA from an FHE (Man, the church has so many acronyms!) Me standing in a sugarcane field on fire (causing trouble wherever I go!)
Sister “I don’t kiss frogs, I toss them” Moyes