But the work is going so awesome here!!! We're definitely starting to really see some miracles and people are really progressing in the gospel! In fact, yesterday one of our investigators who has been coming to church these past few weeks brought 4 friends with her to church! She has been so awesome! She loves the church! She is developing a really strong testimony in this work! Last week we taught the word of wisdom to them, and she drinks coffee quite a bit but after the lesson she committed right away to live it along with her siblings! Such awesome faith! But the fact that she brought 4 people to church with her yesterday shows me that the gospel feels natural to be shared! We didnt tell her to do anything but its so natural for us to feel a desire for others to taste of the blessings that we have had the chance to receive! Just like Lehi's dream of the tree of life in the Book of Mormon!
Another cool testimony building experience was yesterday. A couple days ago I was informed I would be teaching the Lesson in Elder's quorum about Joseph Smith. So naturally, I prepared a lot, even though I was a little nervous about teaching a full lesson like that in Tagalog. I'm pretty confident in the language, but still I was a little nervous. Then on Sunday, our Elder's Quorum President was late so we ended up combining with the High Priests Group. I admit I was a little bummed I had prepared that much to not even teach... but I had spoke too soon. Our WML leaned over to me and said I was going to teach in Gospel Principles about a completely different topic! I was supposed to teach a few weeks ago, but because of the storm it got cancelled. So this was actually the week I would be teaching! I prayed so much that I would be able to do it and know what to say! So when we started, I got up there and all of the sudden, I felt super super super calm! It was indescribable! Then before I even knew it, I was teaching! Somehow the it just came! The tagalog, the questions, the doctrine, the examples to use, when to read, when to ask someone to explain something, everything! And at the end of the lesson, I just felt the greatest feeling in the world! Not because I did those things, but that it was literally given to me. I have no doubt in my mind that it was the fulfillment of that scriptural promise that if we prepare and "treasure up in [our] minds continually the words of life, ... it shall be given [us] in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man."
This is the work of the Lord. I have no doubt. I love being a missionary and treasure every second as much as I can! The people here are amazing and I really couldnt ask for much more! And its okay that sometimes its hard.. makes it that much more worth it! :)
Love you all and keep the faith!
(p.s. I dont think I've sweat as much as I have today! haha it. is. hot. :) )
|a part of the other elders area|
|one of our dinners with the Calabazaron family|
|our monkey friend|