Monday, June 13, 2016

Fathers Day

Dear Friends and Family,

First of all, HAPPY INDEPENDANCE DAY in the Philippines and HAPPY FATHERS DAY as well! I'm proud to be an American/Filipino! And grateful for a great Tatay (Dad)!

This area has been so blessed! Its the most progressing area I've been in my whole mission! There are 8 people preparing to be baptized in the next month and a half! And they're very progressing. We've literally seen miracles as this work has been going. One of them was Greg Dela Cruz! His baptism was this last Saturday. Funny thing was we had a brown out in all of Cauayan from 9:00am until 3:30am the next day! So at the baptism we were sweating bullets! President and Sister Rahlf, and Elder and Sister Jones attended and I felt so bad for them! We as missionaries are used to sweating a ton and getting really hot, but they aren't as much, so they were dripping sweat as well! Brother Greg used to be a hard time drinker and just super super irresponsible and what not, but now he's COMPLETELY changed! Its amazing! It was a great baptismal service and I definitely felt the Holy Ghost confirm that what was happening was right. I kept thinking at the baptism, "Gosh...I can't believe he is being baptized!"  If you knew what he was like just a few months ago, you would understand! It truly was a "mighty change of heart". But the great thing is now their whole family are member of the church! And they now have a goal of going to the temple.

Another miracle is Brother Michael, Jessa's husband. He came to church this last Sunday! He was one of Brother Greg's former friends and he came to church with his wife and son! It was great! Last night we had a Family Home Evening with them, the Dela Cruz family, and the Solofrania family. 1 investigator family, 1 recent convert family, and 1 very recent convert family! That was a ton of fun!

This week, got to go on exchanges with the Cauayan Zone Leaders and I got to be with Elder Pandaog again! We had a great day and laughed a ton talking about our area in Cauayan and the experiences we had when we were companions.

Also got to see all the new missionaries and their trainers this last Wednesday! Had interviews with President and Sister Rahlf. I'm going to miss them a ton!

Also did a community service project at a school painting and cleaning things up!

Its a great life! :) This is the true church of Christ! I know that because of the Book of Mormon. I've seen it change so many lives, including my own.

Have a great week!

Elder Navarro