Subject heading: Faith and Miracles
Happy Halloween this weekend!!
MISC: I’ve only been on my mission for four months but I feel like it’s been years! The experiences and challenges I have in the mission are so unique! I know I wouldn’t grow as much as I have if I just stayed home and surfed all day (although I won’t lie, I miss the ocean so much). But I’m truly grateful for all my experiences on the mission, even the hard ones. Just as someone told me before I left, “don’t wish away your days because that’s time you’ll never get back”. I love my mission. I have good days and hard days but I never have bad days!
FUNNY STORY: Haha so. I don’t know how to describe him. His name is Totang. He’s a member but he’s also deaf and well, gay. er homosexual tendencies. But he loves being around the missionaries even though none of us know sign language. He came to our ward on sunday and was wearing black heels and SO much foundation. The elders forced him to go wash it off in the bathroom as I looked through his bag to take the foundation but he signed to me that he was smart enough to leave it at home haha. When he speaks, it’s blabbered nonsense. But he never stops trying to communicate with those around him even though no one understands. So it’s not really a funny story but I just wanted to introduce you to Totang!
LANGUAGES: I’ve included a picture of the Book of Mormon in the 3 different languages in my area-Cebuano, Ilonggo and Tagalog
COMPANION: Transfers are next week. She will get transferred because I am done with my training as a new missionary and I will stay in Bonifacio for at least another 6 weeks.
INSPIRATIONAL: “There are times when we have to step into the darkness in faith, confident that God will place solid ground beneath our feet once we do” -President Uchtdorf
SPIRITUAL: Yesterday, my companion and I visited the Orot family. Only the kids were at the house because Maricel had been gone all day looking for food for her kids. Rey, her husband, is a fisherman and won’t return from the sea until later this week. When we left the house, we ran into Maricel on her way back home and her face lit up as she saw us and then just cried because she wasn’t able to get food for her kids. They are so poor that sometimes they can’t even afford to buy rice. I wanted so badly to give her money to be able to feed her kids but the spirit prompted me that the Lord is giving them this opportunity to exercise their faith in Him. We then had a powerful lesson on faith. We promised them as they show their faith in their Savior, they will see miracles in their lives. Same goes for us, just as our bodies rely on food, our spirits rely on Him. Miracles in our lives only cease because of our unbelief and our self-reliance on our own limited knowledge rather than relying on the One who knows all things.
POW: Person of the week goes to my mission president’s wife, Sister McCurdy. I got to visit with her this week and I just love her! My brother is serving in their area back home so she told her family and friends to keep an eye out for Elder Moyes!
PICS:Pics of the Orot family kids and Mahinay kids as well. They are such BEAUTIFUL children!! A pic of a toko (lizard) demon thing we usually find in our house along with the huge spiders. Book of Mormon pic, I ate balut again, the kids play with spiders and keep them in boxes and other pics! Enjoy!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LETTERS!! It takes about two weeks to get to the mission office and then about another week to get to me because I’m so far from the mission office. But despite how long it takes, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you take the time to write me. It TRULY lifts my spirit, so THANK YOU! SALAMAT GAYUD!!