Hello friends and family!
I'm so excited to hear of all the new missionaries to be from our ward! This work really is the best work on earth and I can't wait for them to experience the full time joy of missionary service!
What a great week!we visited Marianne and had a really good discussion about the individuality of God the Father and Jesus Christ, as well as the Holy Ghost...it all stemmed from her reading the three witnesses...pretty neat. :) Her daughter, Mary Grace is nervous to be baptized because of her fear of water, so I was grateful I carry around the picture of Dad and Me when I was baptized. I showed her the picture and explained to her my fear when I was little, but how I overcame it through prayer and the help of mom and dad (I didn't mention that swimming lessons helped too ;). That seemed to ease her fears and now she's excited to be baptized!
This week I was also thinking a lot about the Savior and His ministry. When He served, He didn't think an ounce about himself. I read some enlightening scriptures in 1 Nephi and D&C 138:26 of how even the Savior, in all His power and authority and perfection, was still cast away from those He taught. Yet He still ministered and served. He helped the poor and needy. He would go out and return home with dusty feet, a sweaty brow, hunger and thirst, yet He kept going. All because of His pure love for the people and His understanding of His purpose. In a way I feel like I'm serving the same mission the Savior did. I minister to the poor and needy here in the Philippines. I return home with dusty feet, a sweaty brow, and full of hunger and thirst. At times we get rejected, and we usually come home exhausted physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Yet I keep going because I love these people. I understand my duty and responsibility and privilege, my purpose, to help them come unto Christ so they can receive the blessings and covenants that I've so abundantly been blessed with in my life. I'm grateful the Savior is my companion. I bear His name, so I know He is literally in our midst as we go about our day. He knows exactly what I feel each day because He's literally felt the same thing. That thought gives me the hope that I can do what He asks of me, just as He fulfilled all that the Father asked of Him. I know that through Faith in Jesus Christ, I can have the same power and authority He has in ministering to the wonderful people here in the Philippines. I love the Savior with all my heart and love my calling as a missionary. The time is so short for me to represent Him full-time and I truly pray that I may serve Him and His children with all my heart, might, mind and strength until the end of my mission and for eternity.
Have a wonderful week! Palangga ko kamo!