Hello its me again,
MISC: This past week was the most exhausting week of my entire mission! After the day and planning for the next, I literally just pass out. I’ll have to do the majority of the planning, teaching and finding the next few weeks until I can help my trainee adjust to missionary life.
FUNNY: 1. Filipinos are their pick up lines are so funny because many of them only know limited English. For example-“I love you!” “You’re pretty, want to dance?” and “How much your age, I’m single”. 2. We have an investigator who is getting baptized soon and just told me he wants to tattoo my name on his arm. My eyes just about popped out of my head. The elders will have to finish teaching him. I hope he’s getting baptized for the right reasons. 3. During a lesson, my companion accidently said, “Jesus Christ killed the people” rather than “The people killed Jesus Christ”.
CEBUANO: It’s crazy how well my Cebuano has gotten in the last week just since I’ve been training. The Lord really does qualify those He calls.
COMPANION:I’m training Sister Langi from Tonga!! She is my first Polynesian companion. She knows 0 Cebuano but she’s so sweet and eager to learn. She also encourages me to eat more food cause I have yet to gain weight on my mission.
SPIRITUAL: This past week, I’ve studied a lot about Christlike attributes and seeing others the way our Father in Heaven and Savior see them. I particularly like the talk given by Elder Dale G. Renlund “Through God’s Eyes”. He states, “to effectively serve others, we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes. Only then can we sense the love Heavenly Father has for all His children. Only then can we sense the Savior’s caring concern for them”. So frequently do we naturally think about ourselves and fail to recognize the worth of others. I honestly believe that if we consciously see others the way our Father in Heaven sees them, our relationships and love for others will improve immensely. There will be less misunderstandings, less criticism and we will communicate with love rather than harshness. If our Father in Heaven allows us to make mistakes along our path of discipleship, we have to allow others to do the same. None of us are perfect. We shouldn’t expect it of ourselves and especially not from others. “Only when we see through Heavenly Father’s eyes can we be filled with ‘the pure love of Christ'”. I know that we are placed on this earth to learn how to become more like our Savior and Father in Heaven. We have people placed in our lives to help us more fully develop their qualities. Let us more fully be conscious of our interactions with others and strive to see them how They see them!
PICS: Pic of S. Langi and I
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