1.)nanay paget. she is our new investigator! she came to church yesterday and we just started teaching her last week! she actually has been taught before by other missionaries. anyways there really is a perfect timing for everyone. this is her time. she was in so much despair in her life. when she told us of her life, the painful stories weighed heavy on myself. what am i supposed to do? this lady wass 3 times as old as me and been through a lot. but thats the amazing thing about being set apart as a missionary. Heavenly Father can give you exactly what you need to say. we taught her about the atonement. how its not only for our sins but also for our heavy burdens. until recently i have wondered how do i access this part of the atonement? the lifting my burdens part? my mission has been studying a lot of the atonement. especially during january. well until now i just couldnt get it, but i finally get it! i prayed to understand and the thought passed through my mind "obedience" thats actually what my mission is studying now obedience.the key to accessing the atonement is obedience. if we obey God and his commandments then He will give us the strength to overcome our trials.even if they wont go away he will give us strength to live a happy life despiter of what we are going through, as long as we are obedient. it sounds so obvious but it just clicked! like moronisays come unto Christ ,deny yourself of ungodliness and then His grace will be made sufficient for you. (somehting like that:) doing all we can is not being perfect. its following the promptings of the Holy Ghost by yielding to the will of God. before we make a wrong decision we usually have the thought we shouldt do this but then we have two choices to follow or to not. if we yield to His will we will be blessed, if not,we wont. its so simple but so difficult sometimes! anyways the lesson went really well. she ended with a really sincere prayer that left us pretty much all in tears. we taught her again and said she felt important because we went to her home. we said of course your important! anyways her goal date for baptism is in august!
2.) hot,cold,dry,wet? the weather has been changing everyday. one day we are so hot, literally dripping, the next day its cold and rainy! but im just glas i havnt got sick from it! (knock on wood;)
3.)FINDING/TEACHING EXPERIENCE..... so i was on splits with a member,mel, yesterday after church. we had a return appointment from someone we met casually the other day. well we went to there home and they wernt home. we had 2 hours until a planned teaching appoinment. so i thought ...okeedokee its time to find! finding in this area is a lot different than my other areas. its the most established area ive been in. there is poverty still here but there are many wealthy people. so the people here have big houses with gates. its kind of intimidating. i guess ive just been spoiled being in the philippines where usually we just find people on the street.we harly ever go knocking on doors. but here we were in a neighborhood of houses with gates with two hours on our hands. this was only my second time finding in this area and i knew i couldnt do it alone. so i said a quick prayer in my mind to Heavenly Father asking where we should go. we started walking and the first house i saw, we stopped at. we could tell someone was home because the door was open. so i said "tao po" here in the philippines you dont knock...you say "tao po" and then the people will come outside. anyways this lady came outside and asked who we were and we told her. she said," sorry we are methodist." and i said, thats okay we would like to meet you! haha. well it was raining and i didnt have an umbrella so she opened her gate and told us to come inside. well this appointment was AWESOME!!!!!!! it was one of those golden apponitments! we started getting to know her and found out her husband recently died. before that she took care of him for 4 years after he had a stroke.before that her marriage was him mostly coming home every day drunk. anyways she said that she's recently become more religious, and by the things she was telling us we could tell she had been prepared to receive the fullness of the gospel. we started by teaching about the plan of salvation because of the death of her husband but then she asked what is different about our church. so then we started teaching the apostasy and restoration. she asked the golden question that every missionary like to hear.After telling her Christ established 1 church she said "so , if there are so many churches,how do we know which one is the truth?" then BOOM we told her the story of joseph smith and the restoration of the church and priesthood. i have never been in a lesson that long..she had a lot of quuestions which was awesome! anyways she was really open to learning and we have a return appointment with her! it was a really good experience!
4.) oops we slipped! this is actually a funny story......me and my companion were walking on the sidewalk close to the market. well we were passing a firestation and there was water all over the ground. there was an elderly lady holding a heavy bag and i was like i hope shes okay hopefully she doesnt slip or get hurt. then next thing i know i was on the ground! and me and my companion were walking with our arms linked so right when i slipped she slipped. it was quite the scene! we had a good laugh! and the kind elderly lady helped us get up hahaha.
well...until next week!