This week was great! We started and ended our week busy, which is normal. :)we headed to Bacolod for our mission leadership council. On the way we rode on a jeepney and this woman said, "hi Sister Dixon!" It took me a minute to register who she was, and then it clicked that she's from Bago (my last area)! She was a referral and we had talked to her maybe twice before I left Bago. I asked how she was and she said she was getting baptized on June 7th! I was so excited for her. It's always neat to hear of people getting baptized that you've taught or met in previous areas. It's just a testimony builder that really no effort is ever wasted, even if at times it feels like we're not making a big difference. There's just a process of planting seeds, watering them, and harvesting. :) We had a wonderful MLC and the spirit was so strong. We ended our night at the Santa Fe sister's apartment (one of the sisters is Sister Canimo!). :)
was Allyza's baptism! Before her baptism, we had a lunch appointment at the Rusia's and then got everything ready at the chapel for her baptism. Everything went well and Allyza was super excited to be baptized. We sang, "Teach Me to Walk in the Light," her favorite hymn, and the hymn we sang last Saturday with her when the spirit was really strong in our lesson. Afterwards, she and Nelly worked with us and Nelly was an awesome 'nurse' and helped put these leaves that had some sort of medicine in it on Marianne's head. we picked up Marianne's two little girls to take them to church since Marianne was still sick. They are so cute. When I asked what Mary Jane learned after church, she told me all about the temple. I sure hope this family will be able to go there someday! We met the dad that day too and he seems super nice. We're hoping to find a time to teach him when he's not at work so their whole family can be baptized. :) Haydee worked with us for most of the day after church, and we ended at her house. We're teaching her brother AJ and he's having a bit of a hard time with coffee and his earring. I love Sister Batalero and the unity we have with each other in our teaching and with the Spirit. If we didn't have the unity we have, it would've been a rough lesson, but the Spirit completely guided both of us and yielded our promptings with each other, so that the lesson was filled with love and hopefully understanding for AJ about how the Atonement can help him. We ended our lesson and it was raining pretty hard. I should know by now to always have my umbrella with me, even if it doesn't look like it's going to rain, but I left it at the apartment, thinking Sister Batalero would have hers just in case it did rain. Well, turns out she thought the same thing, so we ended up walking home in the rain. haha I thought it was pretty funny, and we made it into a positive experience. :) We sure learned our lesson though! From now on, I'll always carry my umbrella, even if the sky is blue for miles. ;)
Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week! And welcome home Jacob! Thanks for all the love and support back home. You really are the greatest! I know this Gospel is true with all my heart and I know Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that through the Spirit and revelation, we can come closer to the Savior than we ever imagined. I know the enabling power of the Atonement is real. I know that this mission isn't my mission, but God's mission. I'm grateful I get to be his 'angel' in "declaring the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls." (Hel.). Have a great week and always remember how much I love you!
The photos this week are from the lunch appointment Sister Dixon and Sister Batalero had with the Rusia family before Allayza's baptism. Sister Dixon loves this family very much.
Erwin climbing the tree to get coconuts for lunch....how amazing is that?
Helping to make boco juice
Lunch with the Rusia's
We love the Rusia family.
They are so very kind to Sister Dixon and Sister Batalero.