I cant believe how close it is to Christmas! The Christmas season has been really long because they start celebrating in September in the Philippines! I love it! And I love and am grateful for the AMAZING and GREAT opportunity to be a missionary at this special time of the year, testifying of Our Father's love for us in sending His Only Begotten Son! There is no greater calling than to testify of the Savior! A Savior truly was born.
The work has been going GREAT this week. The baptism went really well, I, for sure, felt the spirit and talking to Evangelyne afterwards, she did as well. We're going to do our best to make sure she is strong and hopefully bring her family along with her. We were also happy to see 4 investigators at church this week! We also contacted a referral from our Branch Mission Leader named Chatto. He was one of the most prepared investigators I've ever met! Gosh, when we got there we just started talking about his life, his family, his work, and what not. He really like talking so then he got started on all these religious things he's faced in his life. He is very practiced in the Bible. He talked about the Second Coming of Christ and how the world is really becoming worse and worse. But then he started on a path I wasn't expecting. He said, "I've noticed that from the beginning of time in the Bible, God has called prophets to warn the people and to teach His Gospel. I remember reading in... oh... what was that verse....Ay! Amos 3:7, where God will reveal His secrets unto the Prophets... I wonder if there is a prophet today... I believe there should be... I just don't know who he is." My heart started warming up like crazy! And it didn't end there! He said "I've noticed that many religions only focus on one part of the Gospel of Christ... (then mentions some other churches) but where is the whole truth? I remember reading where Paul talked about the need for a "restitution" of things... I'm just waiting when thats going to be" Gosh that just put comfort to my heart and strengthened my testimony that anyone who sincerely searches for truth will be led to the Church of Jesus Christ. I was so happy that we had answers to his questions and evidence of the truthfulness of the Restoration.
We also got to watch the Christmas Devotional! It was great! I really enjoyed hearing the Christmas story from Elder Bednar! I think that this definitely needs to be a part of our Christmas traditions every year.
I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ! I'm so glad to be a missionary testifying of these things! Hope you have a great holiday season as well!