Maayong buntag tanan-
Man, it sure has been a full week!
MISC: 1. This week, Sister Alcos, a sister in our zone talked to a man on the bus one night, which is what we have to do everyday as missionaries-talk to everyone. The man was a Muslim from the Southern part of the Visayan Islands (Southern PHI) where there are a lot of extreme Muslims. S. Alcos is from Mindanao, that same region and during their conversations on the bus, she made the mistake of saying her heritage is Muslim descent. Part of Muslim culture/belief is that if you are Muslim and switch religions, they will kill you. So he assumed she switched religions and was now preaching the gospel as a Mormon. He continued to ask her pressing questions, including where she lived, multiple times. He followed them to their house and to make a longer story shorter and probably cutting out some juicy details, they are now living at our house for the next few weeks until the end of the transfer because its not safe for them to return to their area. But come Nov 5, they will both probably be transfered off the island. 2. A super typhoon hit another region of the PHI so we had a lot of rain, strong wind and blackouts in our area. We havent had much running water or electricity in our apartment this week.
FUNNY STORIES: 1. We met an old man the other day and as my companion and I tried to share the gospel with him, all he wanted to talk about was how ugly Obama was and how women, (esp his wife) are from the devil. 2. PHI people can be very shy. So shy that sometimes when we visit their homes, they will hide from us. And its always so funny to me because they’re in these little wooden shacks and I can see them trying to hide behind the door or laying flat on the floor covering their eyes. Sometimes I just have to laugh, call their name and say “I can see you”.
LANGUAGES: Oh boy. Learned a few words in another dialect-Hiligiano (mix between Ilonggo and Cebuano). I won’t be using this dialect much but the people in my area use some words from this dialect.
INSPIRATIONAL: “The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated” -William James
SPIRITUAL: This week I reflected on the difference between DOING and BECOMING. I could always easily tell amongst my friends who upon returning from their missions who SERVED a mission and who just WENT on a mission. The difference is-those who serve missions allow a change to take place in their hearts. It requires a change. As Elder Larry R. Lawerence stated in his last conference address- “the journey of discipleship is not an easy one but if we are humble and teachable, the Holy Ghost will prompt us to improve, but we need to ask the Lord for directions along the way.” Have courage and humility to ask the Lord in prayer, “What lack I yet?” He will show us our weaknesses because he loves us and knows our divine potential. “He rejoices everytime we take a step forward and to Him, the direction is more important than our speed.” I encourage you to make spiritual growth a priority this week. Don’t just go through the motions of life but sincerely allow a change to take place in your heart. Start now wherever you are on your course of steady improvement. I will leave a question for you to ponder: What are you waiting for?
PERSON OF THE WEEK (POW): Our investigator Rebekah got baptized this week! Her and I are pretty close. She told me how sad she’s going to be when I leave Bonifacio area.
PICS: Rebekah’s baptism, a sunset, me and a baby kanding (goat), S. Alcos, S. Serapion, S. Cangas and I, and other pics. Enjoy
Thanks for all the updates on your lives! So many shark sightings/attacks lately over there in the 808! I wonder what’s been going on. Does that make me doubt my passion to swim with them? Not really lol. Sorry mom.