Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'll Go Where He Wants Me to Go

Hello everyone! 

Well, this week was amazing, but also unexpected! Here's what happened...

Monday we had an awesome mission leadership council that went into Tuesday morning. We returned to our areas Tuesday and had an awesome lesson with Rhodora and her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer quit coffee the minute we told her about it, and even though she had super intense headaches for about five days, she's done! Completely quit. Talk about faith and conversion! She's reading the Book of Mormon every day and this week we also met her husband who is super kind. They just need to get married, and then they can be baptized, which Jennifer is super excited about. :) 

Wednesday we gave our trainings at our zone leader's training meeting and then Rhodora had her interview! The elders said she's one of the most prepared investigators they've ever interviewed...I agree! Heavenly Father prepared her so well for the missionaries, we just had to pretty much reveiw the lessons and she was good to go! She grew up in an active family, just never got baptized because the Semillano family went less active. Now she and her family are returning to activity! 

Thursday we met with Brother Telanas and he had even more questions about pretty much everything but still hasn't started the Book of Mormon. Every time we would go to answer his question, he would interupt us with another question! We finally just stopped and said, "Brother, every question you have can be answered in that Book." He said, "every question?every question." We said, "YES!" He finally said, "Alright, I'll read and pray about it. If I get an answer I'll come to church on Sunday." Unfortunately, he didn't come to churchyesterday, so we'll follow up on what happened, but the power of the Spirit was so tangible in that lesson. The power of testimony is amazing. I truly know that the Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul, and that is just takes faith to read, ponder, pray, and apply what we learn. And then we'll be blessed with knowledge and hidden treasures! :) 

Friday was full of so many miralces, one of which was that Rusian Semillano referred us to a friend, who happens to be a wife of a less active we've never met! They were so kind and they have a brand new baby. Sister Marynol was super receptive and as we talked about how the gospel can bless her family to become eternal, she excitingly exclaimed that she wants us to return to she can know how. :) Her husband has been less active pretty much since he was baptized, but he knows the values of the church are good, and he wants his son to grow up with such values. That's why he told sister Marynol she couldn't drink coffee anymore. Now that they've been blessed with a new baby, they realize just how imporatant this gospel is in their life and are willing to do anything to receive it's blessings. :) After that lesson, we ran to our next lessons because we had such a full day. We were literally running from house to house, preaching the gospel....BEST feeling ever!! 

Saturday was Sister Rhodora Semillano Escribano's baptism! I wore my yellow skirt because she told Sister Batalero and I a while ago that we were her "light." She used to be depressed, but through the light we brought through the Gospel, she is now a completely changed person. We also jumped in our picture because of the joyful change that has happened in her life. :) Her nephew, Jeno, was able to baptize her, and she jumped and did a fist pump in the air after she came out of the water. haha She's the best! She gave one of the most powerful testimonies I've ever heard here on my mission as she bore her testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, President Monson, Jesus Christ, and the true Chruch we have on the earth today. She also expressed how excited she it that her whole family is starting to come back into activity again. :) It was nothing but smiles at her baptism and the spirit was so strong! One of the strongest of my whole mission. 

Sunday was just as great. We had our special sacrament in Sua, where Rhodora was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her friend Jennifer, Marynol, the Semillano, and several other investigators and less actives came to the Semillano household for church services and to partake of the Sacrament. The work is progressing in Pontevedra, that's for sure! In no time we'll become a ward! :) 

And for the unexpected news....I got transferred! It's not a normal transfer day, but I got transfered to Talisay with Sister Arcinas. :) I just got here about an hour ago. I was sad to leave Pontevedra, the members, investigators, and esecially Sister Batalero...we're pretty much best friends now. But I know Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for me and His children here in the Philippines, and I'm excited to continue to serve and help others come unto Christ here in Talisay. :) I know He lives and loves us. I really felt that this week. 

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for the love and support, as always. :) Palangga ko kamo!! 

All my love, 

Sister Dixon

Gigantic Hamburgers at the Mission Leadership Conference.

Rhodora's baptism!

Jumping for Joy!!!

                                                           "Special Sacrament in Sua! 
We're helping this little branch to grow, bit by bit!! :D" 

"...And I love the man on the carabou....perfect picture of how these people diligent and full of faith, despite the hardships that are expressed on his face."

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