This week has been a busy week with exchanges and baptisms and about everything else in between, but the sweetest reminder has been through the Spirit of the special season that is approaching.
We had really great exchanges with the Sisters from Guinobatan and I learned a lot about being a missionary...and not just a missionary, but a missionary of the Lord. It has been great to work with people that have become less active, have a family and then decide to return...but this time with their whole family. I am learning about the simplicity of the gospel and the blessings that it brings to our lives...if only we will follow it. I am so grateful for the opportunity to open the path for others to receive the gospel and see the joy it brings to their families. We had several baptisms this week and so it has turned into a white Christmas, despite the lack of snow. And hopefully we will continue to work toward this for the next coming weeks :)
We are being alarmed by the number of packages being sent directly to the mission office or the mission home address. This process costs more money because of taxes which we have to pay with the mission funds, usually not less than Php 2,000 (around $50). The amount of money would have to be deducted from the recipient's personal money from home.
We have provided all missionaries the physical address for the mission where parents can send their packages without having to pay extra taxes or costs. The missionaries are instructed to inform their parents about the mailing address but they seem to have disregarded this direction. The physical address is found at the end of this message and PLEASE send the packages for your missionaries to this address:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Philippines Legazpi Mission Office
#152 Rizal St., Brgy. Sagpon