MISC: How was everyone’s New Year? New Year in the PHI is crazy!! I’m pretty sure all the fireworks used would be considered illegal in the states. Esp with all the little kids playing with firecrackers in the street and blowing things up, but hey, it was fun.
FUNNY: 1. Two things have occurred a lot lately in this area- one, everyone calls me Sister Moises (which translates to Moses) and two, at least every other day someone says I look Columbian. I mean, I’m flattered, but also really confused! 2. There are a lot of bayuts (gay/cross dressers). Yesterday, we met one and they were so friendly! Patricia (formally Pat) offered to tour us around the whole barungay (neighborhood) so that we could meet everyone. I was all for it, but my companion politely declined.
COMPANION: S. Adams really drives me to be the missionary I desire to be. We completely lose ourselves in the work during the day and come home every night completely exhausted! She’s great!
INSPIRATIONAL: “Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come” Elder Jefferey R. Holland
SPIRITUAL: This past week, we had the opportunity to visit two really old ladies. One was 89 and the other was 95! I thought our visits with them weren’t going to be of much value but oh was I wrong! They were so energetic and lively. These women just inspired my heart and I was drawn to their stories and experiences (of which they had many to share). As I sat and listened to these amazing women, I searched their words for any advice on life and over and over their stories returned to the same message- “WORRY LESS, LIVE MORE AND THANK THE LORD IN ALL THINGS”. I know that all of us can improve in at least one of those areas. How amazing would it be and what we could make of our lives if we could master all three. Worry less, live more and thank the Lord in all things.
POW: Person of the week goes to our investigator Vernon. He is a young single dad with two kids and is getting baptized in a few weeks. He’s quite rough on the edges but is so ready for the gospel! He struggles with the Word of Wisdom and would smoke 10+ cigarettes a day. Yesterday he told us he’s cut down to only 3! We are so excited for him and his progress of coming closer to Christ!
PICS: Our New Years activity (HUGE pizza and we were able to watch two Disney movies) and pics of my companion and I.
Thanks for all your support! I live closer to the mission home so it now only takes about two weeks for mail to get to me. You all are in my prayers!