Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Power of Prayer!

Hello my dear family and friends! my time is short but i want to share my favorite thing about this past week with you. and it is prayer!
as missionaries we have the awesome opprtunity to invite our investigator to pray! we always ask them to give the closing prayer on the very first visit! they are often a little startled and most of the time decline the invitation. but then we teach them he simple way of prayer and the reason for it. then we kneel and they offer their first prayer to their Father in Heaven. It is a blessing to hear their first prayer! there is such a spirit. i think its so sad that theyve never prayed before , but i feel so lucky to share with them how too! one sister we taught this week gave a prayer, she stopped in the middle and said she couldnt continue without crying.i said thats okay to cry! her name is annabelle she is 48, i can tell by just looking at her face that shes hurt and lonely. shes really acceting the gospel and accepted the invitation to be baptized in may. i know the goospel will make her feel whole again through th Atonement of Jesus Christ.we also come into contact with people who don't know much about Jesus Christ. we were teaching someone about the godhead and she said "But Jesus isnt really important, right?" when she said that my heart kind of dropped. she didnt know really anything about Him. but i had the opportunity to share my testimony of the Savior and the things he did and who He is. i really love seeing people meet their Savior and Father in Heaven more while im here in the mission. Heavenly Father really does have an individual love for each of His children. I love the gospel, i love this work and i love my Savior and Father in Heaven! here is a short mormon message on prayer!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Teaching the Elect

HELLO ALL! im excited to sharewith you my experiences from this week!

1> march in moncada.....ITS HOT! you cant ever get out of the heat here! it actusally rained the other day wich felt great. it hasnt rained in my mission since like decmember! i thought it rained every day in the philippines! but i guess thats only in the rainy season! ive considered sleeping outside in my hammock but my blood seems to be a delicasy here beacuse the mosquitos attack me!!! so ill just stick with a fan i guess! enjoythat air con for me!

2>Finding and teaching the elect....of course being a missionary you meet and teach all kinds of people! but the key is to find those who are ready to hear accept and act on the gospel they learn! so to find them we talk to everyone! its really awesome being a part of peoples conversion! latelywe have been finding alot of future potential priesthoodleaders! when we teachthemi feel a special spirit because  theyre future holders of the priesthood andmaybe even future missionaries! we found one who was laying outside his house on a bench. he let us teach him and it went really well. he is one of those that you can just tell is ready. he told us after the lesson he might move to manila to work. it was werid because i felt totally at peace. i thought i would feel upset or sad because we found someone who i really felt would progress but now he might leave. but i left that lesson feeling so happy! because even if he does leaveandgoes somewhere else, me and mycompanion got to have the opportuninty to introduce the restored gospel to him! i love finding people! its just awesome i cant explain it! you just meet random people you dont know then you start teaching them and feel Heavenly Fathers love for them being Hischild. so you reallygetto know them! i really love beingamissionary!

3>another language?....so in this area there is another dialect! sometimes i dont understand what people are saying but then i feel better when my companion tells me its another dialect that a lot of people speak here. but sometimes iwont understand whatpeople are saying and i say tomy companionthats not tagalog right? and then she says that one is tagalog then we both laugh! hahaha the main lanuguage is tagalog in the philippines but a bunch of different dialects. my comapnion speaks tagalog,cebuano,and antoher dialect. im just trying to get tagalog! 

well this is justa short view of my week here! love you and thanks for your support! 

The Plan of Salvation

hello all! im excited to tell you about my week here in the beautiful land of the Philippines! March is a good month! we are preparing to have baptisms in april! so hold your excitement cuz the baptism are coming next month!! but every day is exciting being a missionary!!

1.) the plan of salvation! so we all have drawn the plan of salvation a million times either in seminary or in sunday school. i remember once we drew it in 9th grade seminary and we drew everything but the atonement! my seminary teacher told us that we dropped out the very event that makes the whole plan possible! well this has been on my mind lately. the plan of salvation is actually one of the hardest lessons for me to give in tagaol so ive been focusing on it more so i can get it down! well we taught it to one of our investigators this past week. there was a really special spirit as we discussed and testified of the atonement. Hevaenly Father gave us this perfect plan. but its impossible without the Savior. first because we all sin. but we can repent. second we all have trials. but we can be strgthened in our trials through the atonement. so there's two parts! anyways now that i think about it its a blessing that i needed to study that lesson more to be able to teach it better in tagalog. cuz now i appreciate it and understand it better. its really so simple! Heavenly Father gave us this life so we can return to HIm and enjoy all the blessings He has! and He knows we cant do it alone so He gave His perfect Son! I am so grateful to know this plan! we are so blessed!
here is an awesome video! watch it!

this is all the time i have to write! but oh! i got a new companion! she is from cebu her name is sister canencia! she is awesome and really sweet! i'll send our picture soon! love ya all! thanks for your love and support! 
love sister peavler :) 

Monday, March 2, 2015

The atonement isn't just for sinners

hello all! im excited to tell you about my week:)

LAST WEEK! so this is the last full week in this transfer! it has flown by so fast! im sad because my awesome companion will be finishing her mission and goinghome! but im excited to meet my new companion! 
ive learned alot in this transfer but here are a few things....

1.) the atonement. there is so much more to the atonement than we really understand. its not just for sinners. its our key to overcome the natural man to qualify to live with Heavenly Father again. the natural man is so strong! our natural desires our against God's will. but the atonement and grace (or the enabling power) is the key to overcome that natural man. not just with sins but with any sorts of pains,trials,sickness,or sadness. when there are tirals, the natual man is weak, but with the help of the Savior we can be made strong. we just have to ASK. thats another thing iv'e been thinking about latley. i was reading in the book of mormon and i read a verse (sorry i forgot where) but it was saying to ask Hevaenly Father for the things we need. He already knows what we need, but we need to assk. oh i remember its in 3 nephi! anyways sometimes my prayers can get lazy then i remember how important prayer is! all of this, the enabling power of the atonement, any blssings you want have to start with prayer. i know the Lord hears every sincere prayer. i know becasue i have received several answers. and here on my mission my investigators have received things i have asked for them in my prayers. the key to our prayers tho is alligning them with the will of God. what does He want us to pray for? i never thought of that. but in preach my gospel there is somewhere that says to listen what the spirit would have you pray for! anyways its just interesting to me! 

SUMMER! so its close to summer here in the beautiful land of the philippines! basically it feels like an arizona summer but more humid! but the great thing is that in the morning and night its perfect weather! the people here call it "cold"but i love it! 

being summer that means more fruit! my companion and the othersisters i live wth make fun of me cuz im kind of obsessed with the fruit here! thats like all i eat! 
in every neighborhood there are these little stores called 'tindahans' and now thats its close to summer they all sell "halo-halo" its a cold treat but kind of weird! its like an cy but has beens and potatos in it. it sdounds weird but is actually good! oh! i tried that icecream they eat inside the bun or bread here! it ws actually really tasty! dont judge! ;)

well my time is up! love you all! 
Sister Peavler