***This letter didn't come through until around midnight. We are never quite sure what happens, but this time it was a brown-out. Thankfully, Jessica is doing really well and is learning lots about patience---so is her family).***
Goodness, where to start! I feel like this week went by faster than last week! If the rest of my mission feels this way I'll be home next week! (Not gonna lie...that thought kind of scares me! That's too fast! There's still lots I need to do!).
Monday, we had a great Family Home Evening with Mark, his mom Nancy, and some of their family members, Bettie, Cupid, Tacey, and Bella. We talked about what family home evening is and why we have it. Then we had a lesson on faith and played some games. They had a ton of fun and we even got Mark to smile!
We also visited the Ehara family. They are a less active family and we were in the process of teaching Tithing when we asked a question that just opened the flood gates. She gave a very emotional story of the blessings they've received from paying tithing and how her kids have been saved during physical ailments many times because of it. She also bore her testimony of how when she was investigating the church, she was very hard-hearted. She was the last of her family to join the church and the thing that changed her mind was a dream (a lot of Filipinos have dreams that confirm to them that they need to join the Church. It's pretty neat. She's one of quite a few that I've met). She had a dream that a young man was teaching her about income and paying 10 percent. The next day she decided to attend church and the young man in her dream was the new missionary in the area. She joined the church soon after. It was neat just to basically let herself bear testimony and remember all the blessings Heavenly Father has given her. All we had to do was plant the idea in her mind, and then the Spirit took over from there in helping her see all the blessings of the obeying the commandments, specifically tithing.
Thursday, we met with the Dejino family--an active member family but their dad is less active. Jude is preparing for his mission and occasionally meets us at our lessons. We had a pretty powerful lesson of member missionary work and sharing the message of the Restoration with their friends and family. We're going to come back this week and help them with ideas of how they can approach their family and friends about the Gospel since that's the hardest part for members. The awesome part of this lesson is that when we arrived, they were just at the end of watching "The Testaments." It was their first time watching it, and Brother Dejino was glued to the screen. That movie brings nothing but a powerful spirit, so it really brought the Spirit into our lesson and I think it set the perfect tone, especially for Brother Dejino.
Well, I'm thankful for all the trials Heavenly Father places in our path to help us grow, including learning more about the Christ-like attribute of patience. I just returned to the computer shop because there was a brown out (that's why this letter is a bit late today--sorry!) and all the computers shut off before I could click send. Luckily, it was saved! Tender mercy! Anyway, I really am grateful for the experiences I have and the trials I receive to help me grow and become more like my Savior.
I hope you all have a great week and a Happy Valentine's Day! Love you all so very much and I'm grateful for all the support and love you give to me! I feel it every day. :) Palangga gid ko kamo! :)
(Jessica also told us this week that her file of photos got a virus, so there aren't as many photos this week! She lost several, but luckily had backed up previous week's photos--always an adventure).
Family Home Evening at Mark and Nancy's house
Zone Training Meeting