Monday, November 28, 2016
Answers to a few questions:
(We asked about seeing where he lives on Google Earth) We don't have an exact address for our house. All you will be able to see is the roof, but it you find two brothers in sto domingo, go down the street to the south east until you see a house with a blue roof on the corner. Behind that house is a house with a green roof. Thats us!
We speak Ilokano a fair amount here. I won't say I'm fluent yet, but I can communicate on a basic level with people. Sometimes we have to teach lessons in Ilokano to older people and I make it through. Hopefully I will get it down though before I go home. Elder Roche is teaching me a little bit of bisayas as well. (thats his native language.)
There are 4 missonaries in Sto Domingo. Us and then the STLs. Its good! There is lots of progression. We attend District meeting in Cabugao most of the time, but every once and I while we go south to Vigan to visit the Vigan district. Zone meetings are held in Sto Domingo.
I have had a normal week! We had some good finding and a fun FHE with a part member family in the ward. It was another good week! The members in Sto Domingo are really nice and ready to help the work go forward.
I hope you all had a wonderful wonderful Thanksgiving! I really did enjoy getting to think about all of the wonderful thing that God has done for me here in the Philippines and I hope you all were able to feel the same peace that I did from remembering our blessings.
This week we have seen lots of miracles as we have been helping people come unto Christ. One thing that was an especially large blessing for me was with Brother Jerome Dominguez and Lydia Bautista. They are two of our investigators that we have been working with to help them prepare for baptism and they have been really progressing! They were interviewed yesterday by our district leader and they were both passed! They will be baptized this coming Saturday. I'm so very happy for them! It is such a blessing to see people receive the Gospel. There isn't anything that I would rather do.
I have also been thinking this week about how important it is that we are always acting in such a way that we can be guided by the Spirit. It is our effective Golden Ticket that will help us pass anything that we need to do in life. There are some missionaries who really struggle to learn to teach with power or connect with their investigators, and the thing that I have noticed is it ends up being a problem with their spiritual sensitivity. They don't follow all of the commandments that God has given to prevent our sensitivity from being dulled, and they feel the effects of it. But when we do everything in our power to stay in line with the Lord's perfect plan for us, we will be able to accomplish everything the Lord gives us. It is really just as simple as that.
I hope that we all can always find ways to be more receptive to the promptings of the still small voice, and I pray that all of you will come ever closer to our beloved Heavenly Father.