This week has been good! We started out the week with a bagyo (typhoon) and it was awesome!!! I love the rain, and here in the Philippines the rain is nice and warm too so that was nice. We got to go and visit some investigators and members and just check up on them and make sure they were alright. It wasn't too bad here in Banna. We had some pretty good rain (it rained from Sunday to Friday morning) and it got pretty windy one night, but other than that no problems. It made it a little bit hard for the work though. During the bagyo, people just sleep. So they don't want to listen to us too much. But we did have a couple of good lessons, and found some new investigators, so that was good.
My favorite teaching moment was with a member this week. She is really sweet and kind, and committed to the gospel, but her children are begining to go inactive, and her husband has issues with the word of wisdom. It's really hard for her because she wants so badly to help them, but she doesn't know how because they don't want to listen to her. We were able to talk to her and comfort her a little bit, and then we shared about agency and how important this life is for learning and growth, and though we can't always control others' actions, we can always love them, and that is what she should continue to do. I have really come to know that love is most important here on this earth. If we don't have love for others we don't really have anything.
The highlight of the week was for sure the fact that I had my first baptism!!! Its was so cool. Her name is Khyla and she is only 10 years old, and probably one of the shyest people that I've ever met. I got to be the one to baptize her and it was so cool to get to participate in her first saving ordinance. We baptized her in the river and that was fun. It was nice and brown because of the bagyo, but that was where she wanted to do it. After the baptism, normally the newly baptized will bear their testimony, but we didn't think that Khyla would, because she is so shy. When we tried to practice with her a couple of days before she ran and hid, so we were a little bit concerned, and decided just to skip it. But when the time came for the testimony, we looked over at her and she was so ready to bear her testimony! She stood up and bore her testimony in front of the whole group, and it was simple, but powerful. Thats the real key to testimonies. It doesn't matter how good you are at speaking. All you need is to bear a simple testimony of things that you KNOW are true. That is how to get people to feel the spirit through you.
I want you all to know that I know that this is God's church. I know that the Holy Ghost is real and it is there to help us and comfort us throughout all of our trials in this life. I know that the Savior's atonement is real, and through him we can all become clean. I love my Savior, and know that he lives, and I love all of you. Have a great week.
PS One of my friends shared with me the symbolism behind Christ washing his disciples' feet. Its really cool! But it will mean more to you as you study and learn about it on your own, so try and find out!