What the? It's been 65 weeks already. Time sure is fast and I'm enjoying the Mission big time. Haha...
Well, this week, it was very inspiring to see the broadcast last Sunday. All the messages are very uplifting and I took a lot of notes and shared it to the District. Well, me and my companion made an article actually. Here it is:
"A Unified Effort"
For the past months, the work's a bit dry in the District and in our area as well. There's just not much progress with the work. Despite that, we still believed that in every area, the Lord is preparing someone to receive the Gospel.
It was still in my time with Elder Castillo that we found a couple of baptismal candidates in the area. Working closely with the members paid a great price and resulted in referrals. One of which is Sister Laurence.
Sister Laurence is a part-member and has a little background about the church. But she went to church because her grandfather, her aunt and uncle invited her during her stay with the family. We met her firsthand at the church and she was shy and we could feel she's asking herself, "Why am I here?". In the next days, we finally got an appointment with her. First visit, as she saw us coming, she ran fast as she could to the house, then to her room shouting, "I don't want to listen and be taught". We just smiled and continued to come in their home with his grandfather.
She is really shy and it was hard to teach her. Time came when I got companions with Elder Abad, whom I know beforehand. Listening and really Teaching People and Not Lessons paved the way for her to open up. And we focused on that single point of hope. Weeks passed by, she is progressing! She prays and reads her assingment. And, what made her sure that this church is true is through the testimonies of her young women friends which she can relate on a Fast and Testimony Meeting. That time, she felt the spirit big time and was excited to be baptized. She was baptized by her uncle and the ward sure welcomed her warmly.
Right now, she's active in indexing, seminary and church activities. She'll be going to the temple trip months from now and what surprised us was she was able to do our challenge to her to give a copy of the Book of Mormon to one of her friends.
This experience proved us that harnessing the power of members is a vital point in doing the Lord's work. We cannot do this work alone. Through the Lord's and the member's help, we can do it in a unified effort.
The growth of missionary work is really hastening especially in these trying times. The Lord expects our devotion, our desires and dedication. Like the prophet Joseph Smith said, "Shall we not go on in so great a cause?..."
We know that this work is the Lord's work and true happiness can be received as we forget ourselves and get lost in this work. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Here are pictures! It's my posterity in the Mission. Haha! My office trainee and my trainee in the field... Wee... They're doing great and it's good to see their progress.
Anyways, one picture was with a new missionary who looks like Hans!!! Haha... I actually thought it was him for a moment. Just want to share though.
And, the picture on the blackboard was our District Activity where each one shared how they could describe the Atonement by drawing something. It was fun and all are edified. We're doing lots of progress in the work and the District is doing better now. I'm happy for their progress ^^
So, that's for now. Have a great week!!!