So like the subject says, stranger things have happened. Or maybe not because this week was pretty crazy.
I experienced my first earthquake ...dont worry mom and dad it was just a small one. We were teaching a part member family the Abongs and we were just sitting around outside and all the sudden it felt like someone was shaking all of our chairs. Its was super fast, needless to say we finished by teaching about prayer.
And the next day it was raining super hard and all day. I went out with Sister Ram because Sister Cobing and Basulgan were sick. We had to take a side car into out area because it was flooding. And then once we got into our areas we realized we couldnt get into either one of them because the floods were so high...like waist deep. We were able to check on a few people but then had to go home because the floods were too high for us to be out in them. Me and sister Ram got a good laugh though cause the whole scene was crazy and we just had no idea what to do, like should we just swim to our next appointment? Sorry I forgot my camera, so until the next flood.
And then we stopped by one of our part members house but she was busy. Then these two girls came up to us and said "hey those guys over there said they want to listen to you" So all you missionaries out there know you act on those kind of things! It was funny they were super interested but only work here in Makati, so we referred the missionaries to them over there. And they bought us cokes and offered us jobs after our missions...haha like I said stranger things have happened.
Anyways strange things happen cause life is just an adventure, and its an adventure that leads to the ultimate price of Eternal life with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love the gospel and I love that I can walk with Christ everyday of my life.
One of our investigators Maryvick told us " I know Christ is here, hes with you."
"He is the silent listener in every conversation and the empty chair at every dinner table."
So we should probably always be on our best behavior
Lizzy- You are old now #grandma just kidding stay cool always shebanek
Taylor- Love ya! Hope its wonderful and you go to the beach and eat publix subs
Kelsie- work it sister Thompson. you are the coolest sister ever! #areyoutrunkynow
America- You are amazing, no but really I will sing the star spangle banner and eat mac n cheese this friday!
So MTC splits was the coolest!!!! They are so sweet and full of excitement and they just love talking to everyone and using their Tagalog.I was like oh goodness this is what I should still be like. Everything is just exciting because its new, but shouldnt it always be. Me and Sister Cobing both agree we need to get back that new missionary fire.
(Courtney, Nicole I we get to go when you get to the MTC)
In the Philippines Manila mission, on Saturdays we have baptism. #itswhatwedo
And Meriden was BAPTIZED!!! Along with James who was taught by the Elders.
So Bishop gave some amazing closing remarks, he drew resemblences from both Meriden and James
1. They have both been investigators for a long time, Meriden for about a year now she has been coming to church and just waiting for her father to be reactivated. James too who was suppose to be baptized last year and then the super typhoon came and he had to move.
2. Neither of them had family members in attendance at the baptism. They came alone. But not really because with Christ we are never alone, and the ward was there and we really are just one big family.
3. They are both young. Meriden 14 and James 18. They are still so young and yet they have chosen to make decisions in their lives now that will bless them eternally. They have chosen not to follow the crowd of what is popular but to be courageous and stand for whats right.
Ahh it was just bliss, the world needs more Meriden and James.
I've also been studying Elder Bednars talk "The Atonement" its insightful which is maybe why it took me all week to read. I love how he points out that the cleansing and healing power of the Atonement helps us go from bad to good people and the strengthening and enabling power allows us to go from good to better.
I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ that has allowed me to become and do more than I ever could have with my own abilities or strength.
"When I think of the future, I am overwhelmed with feelings of positive optimism.."
- President Boyd K. Packer
When I think of the future I too am filled with positive optimisim and hope, because of the Atonement and the gospel. Because with Christ our futures are oh so BRIGHT! (honestly the are seriously so bright, even if they seem dark or hard now..hold one for good things to come)
As President Stucki always says,
"Its not about where we are, but about where were going."
Transfers came, Sister Soifua is in Palawan now, and Sister Cobing and I are here in Makati for another round. Our ward gained another set of sisters too! (Sister Basulugan who was in Palawan too and Sister Ram from Fiji or is a veteran and goes home next transfer)
Because of the changes the boundaries of our area changes. We split our area with the new sisters and gained an area of the AP Elders. Its been fun finding our way around and finding people to teach in the new area.
Before Barangay San Antonio was no longer our area we visited Sister Molina, the coolest 90 year old I ever did meet! Something she said stood out to me,
"When you give your best, God gives His best back to you."
May we all always be giving our best, in whatever we do. So that we can always be worthy to receive the best God want to give to us.
Jacob 6:12 (Classic advice for all times)
All is well over here, especially since yesterday at church Sister Beth brought me two bags of oreos from her and Sister Jane #ifeelthelove