Its crazy how fast time has gone by. Feel like yesterday that I just came into the MTC! Anyway
I'm hearing about people get their mission calls and going out its crazy! Super exciting tho!
We had zone conference this last week with President and Sister Rahlf and it was such a blast! They really focused on going beyond what you think you can do. He showed a clip from "Facing the Giants" when the guy crawls across the field in a bear crawl to represent that we can do more than we think we can. But they do it in such a loving way I love it! They are such amazing people! We got some new standards of excellence for this 2015 and when I first saw them, I was a little scared because they are really high and going to push us a lot! for example in one week the goal is to talk and testify to 70 new people in a week. But we tried literally talking to everyone we see almost and I know that this is the way God wants us to do the work in the Philippines! We're really lucky here, because here, people are a lot more open to listen and talk to missionaries than in other countries, so this is definitely the way that missionary work can be done here! But I still believe and know that the very very best way to find people is through members! Because immediately there is that support! I'm sure you've read that in PMG. So true. So true.
People are starting to progress. I think I've said this before, but we have a lot of new investigators! The one that comes to mind right now is Nicole, she wants to follow Jesus so bad and is really spiritually and religiously mature for her age! But I really want to teach their family so bad!! They're so nice and already comfortable with the missionaries! We have found some families, but they arent really progressing. There is one though that I really think could! The Garcia family. The three kids came to church with one of their friends and the kids so far have really shown a lot lot of interest! The mother however, not so much..... but I totally believe her heart can change! Also another tatay. He's an older guy, but he reminds me sooooooo so so much of Joseph Smiths experience! He's so confused why there are so many churches and he's attended many of them trying to find the truth. He's been praying so hard that specifically Jesus Christ will appear to him in a dream and literally point to the right church. He says if that happens the arguments over and he will do it. Such faith!! I already feel such a love for the guy! And its hard because his body has a lot of problems so he has a hard time traveling a long way.
We got to play basketball again this morning with another zone! Its some good basketball too! There's four really good players there and I enjoy playing with them so much! Dang! We start really early so we dont get caught in the crazy heat. And even then, the heat starts coming and sun shines, and you feel like dying. haha its fun tho!
Gosh this work is true! And i'm loving every second!!! I know that Jesus Christ lives and directs this work here in the Philippines! There are times like right now... when I feel Him so close to me!