My favorite people all over the world wherever you may be!
MISC: 1. I apologize for not having an email last week, training has kept me pretty busy! 2. Labangon is a really difficult area and there is not much progression here and it can often be discouraging to the heart and soul. We are having a hard time finding people wanting to get baptized for the right reasons (for example, they either was to tattoo my name on their arm or marry me off to their sons). But I’m trying my best to keep a positive and eternal perspective about it in the hopes we will find someone that is ready to allow the gospel to change their lives.
FUNNY: 1. So, haha, well okay we usually don’t have running water in the morning and so one morning, my companion turned on the faucet in the bathroom upstairs but no water came out. Even though no water came out, rather than turning it off, she left it ON. Three hours later, we came back to the house in which during that time, the water came back on and as a result, our entire house (both stories) were completely flooded (8 in of water). Everything got destroyed!! (Including our electrical). It was a nightmare. 2. Flash forward to that same night (Noah’s ark round 2), we had no electricity for two days, only our flashlights. So I made a sandwich in the dark and after eating 3/4 of it, I shined my flashlight on what was left of my sandwich and saw it was completely covered in MOLD!! For those of you who know me well, you know how I feel about expired food. We’ll just say what happened next wasn’t pretty.
COMPANION: As I’m sure you can tell from the flood incident, training is really forcing me to practice patience. And I’m not a very patient person. Haha. At all. The struggle is real! (I’m sure my parents are just loving this cause they know how impatient I am). Anyway, other than that, Sister Langi is great. She is loving and very helpful in reminding me to have fun in the mission despite whatever happens day to day.
INSPIRATIONAL: “The best way to keep the world out of your heart is to keep the Holy Ghost in it”
SPIRITUAL: It’s been pretty challenging for me lately but also very rewarding in regards to my personal growth. We don’t have very many progressing investigators right now and my heart is so heavy when we invite them to come closer to their Heavenly Father and Savior but choose otherwise. This past Sunday, we had a storm and I was so sad knowing our investigators wouldn’t come because of the rain. I asked my Heavenly Father, “Father, why are you sending rain right now, you know our investigators need to come to church”. And then I received an answer that pierced my heart in which He said, “I send rain to test their faith.” How TRUE is that for all of us. God sends us rain to test our faith in Him and the Savior. My mom once sent me some wise words which said, “God answers our prayers for our best good. When what we perceive as a bad outcome may be exactly what we need to happen so that we or our loved ones can become who God knows we can become. When there is no struggle, there is no strength” I know we have all experienced rainstorms in our lives. But I testify that sometimes the heaviest rainstorms have brought the most beautiful skies. Let us all more fully trust our Heavenly Father and Savior and do our best to just smile and look toward the skies when those rainstorms do come.
PIC: Picture of my companion Sister Langi and I with one of MY COWORKERS FROM HAWAII!!! He’s from Cebu and I’m serving in his area! Small world.
LOVE YOU ALL! DAGHAN SALAMAT SA INYO!
Sister Taylor Moyes