Aloha my favorite people,
MISC: LONG STORY BUT WORTH IT! I just want to share an experience we had the other day. We had an appointment with some less actives who live on the basement floor of an apartment complex but the appointment ended up falling through. As we were walking away, I had a strong impression we needed to go to the top floors. I have been visiting this less active family for three months now and I had never had the impression to go to the other floors but I was prompted to do so, so we went. Again, as we reached the next floor, I had an impression to stop and knock on a door in front of us so I did so. The women opened the door and I had no idea what I was going to say or why we stopped at that particular door so I just started to introduce us as missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Then she said, “Oh yeah, I’m familiar with who you are. My boss is Dr. Nelson. He’s a Mormon too.” Come to find out, she has been living in the States for the past 25 years but recently returned to Cebu for a few months because her dad had passed away. Dr. Nelson, who we all know as Elder Russell M. Nelson, has been trying to plant the gospel seed in this woman Jackie’s heart for many years. We then spent the next forty minutes talking about Dr. Nelson’s role in the Church, temples and the Plan of Salvation. From this experience, I know without a doubt that God is mindful of all His children. We left behind a Plan of Salvation pamphlet for her to read and promised to return and discuss if she had any questions. I’m so grateful I had the courage to follow that prompting! Elder Nelson has been consistently planting seeds in her heart for years but maybe only now with the passing of her dad, she is ready to experiment upon all the words that have been testified to her by those who love her.
CEBUANO: “Ang imong hugot nga pagtuo molambo dili sulagma, apan pinaagi sa pagpili” (“Your faith will grow not by chance but by choice” Elder Neil L. Andersen)
INSPIRATIONAL: Spread the GOSPEL not GOSSIP
SPIRITUAL: One principle I’ve studied a lot this week is LISTENING. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “More important that speaking is listening.” Too often, we fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions. When we fail to listen with our hearts, miscommunication occurs, harsh words are spoken and relationships severed. We get too caught up in wanting other people to know what WE think and how WE feel rather than showing love and listening to the thoughts and feelings of others. My dear family and friends, we must remember to listen and we must listen with love. If we see them through God’s eyes and not our own, we will be able to see their eternal potential. Selfishness and entitlement will be replaced with charity and compassion. I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes by President Thomas S. Monson to ponder- “Don’t let a problem to be fixed become more important that the person to be loved.” Remember to listen, remember I love you and more importantly your Father in Heaven and Savior love you!
PICS: pics of my zone and a shirt we made (Central Zone “CZ”), my companion and kabalay (housemates)
Have a great week!
Here’s my address if any of you have some free time to write a sister missionary in the Philippines 🙂
Sister Taylor Moyes
LDS Cebu PHI Mission-Temple Complex
Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City
Cebu, PHI 6000