Ever wondered if you were making the right choices when you are walking through rain for 4 hours, yelling "tao po!" and hoping that someone will let you in? it is a priceless experience that I would never give up. Despite not getting into the houses, there are a lot of experiences that I learned from those we have taught.
This week was filled with a lot of work. We had exchanges in Guinobatan. It was a really great experience and an opportunity to learn about the role of missionaries. We had several appointments that really showed me the power and influence of missionaries. It is so important for us to stand for what we know is right and to always show the people. And as we do all that we can to stand for the truth and right. I have to come to understand this as we have had to help other missionaries stand for the better part. But I had the opportunity to serve with a wonderful missionary that had momentarily lost sight of what her purpose was...but now is on a better road to bless the people in her area. When we got back to Daraga, I never felt like I was going home, like I did then. It was so nice to back with the people and to be able to share with them. We had a wonderful lesson with two of our less active youth and they just really brought hope to the world. It is so interesting to see these youth live in a junk shop, that brings people from all parts of the population...and most of all the bad. But yet they stand as a light to all and have really given me a new understanding for the peace that can be found in the gospel. And as we have gone through this week to continue to find and teach people, I continue to grow in my love and desire to become better. We taught a young woman, Jovelyn...and she was just the best example to me this week. We haven't taught her for almost an entire 6 week period...but we had the blessing of teaching her again. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and has been praying about everything. We had extended a baptismal date to her, but her husband will not allow her. But despite that, she has asked that we teach her family. I was so touched to see her love and her willingness to share it with those she loves...and I only hope that we will be able to bless others as we have blessed her life. I attached a photo of her and her son :) There is so much that I have learned...The mission is one of the hardest things you can ever do. But with that said, it is one of the most rewarding experiences that will last your entire life....because with every step it will draw you closer to the Lord. It will be up to us that we will "come unto ourselves"...and find the way back into our Father's arms.
Philippines Legazpi Mission
Alma 42: 31