October 12, 2016
week was pretty simple as we spent the entire weekend over on the other island,
Negros, so that we could watch General Conference. I felt like it was all
counsel on enduring to the end. I can see that now that men’s hearts are
failing them. All over here we have a lot of people just fall away. As far as
member retention goes, it is a little difficult here.
gators are doing great! I think. Allyssa is doing fine; she doesn't commit to
baptism cuz she fears her father but we will keep praying and trying! Mae is
still doing well. She has come to church two times and if she comes the next two
times then she will be baptized here on the 5th! Hooray! Juvy and Jesselle are
still trekking along. We are having an important lesson tonight with them which
would probably help them decide once and for all (cross your fingers!).
of the missionaries, Elder Rice, got Dengue. He is training a new missionary
and because of this sickness he can't work so we have been switching out on who
is working with Elder Rice's new comp. It’s been pretty busy and we aren't
getting so high on our numbers of lessons and FTEs, but alas I hope that the
sacrifices in the work will bring blessings!
much really happened but I would like to share my favorite part from General
Conference. President Thomas S. Monson gave a great talk in priesthood session.
He shared a story of a man in WWII who had to evacuate off of a Filipino
Island. He caught the last boat leaving the island and barely made it to the
last big boat leaving the bay. A rope was thrown to him to climb up onto the
big carrier and he had a big radio on his back. As he got 1/3 of the way there
(and by now the boat was heading out to open sea) he started to lose his
strength and was about to fall and perish in the ocean. He cried out
"Father! I have been keeping the Word of Wisdom my whole life! I really
need the blessings NOW!" As soon as he said this he felt a great serge of
energy fill his body and thus he was able to climb up the rest of the way to
the deck of the boat.
know that the blessings come when we most need it. We may not see the blessings
of keeping the law of chastity of the Word of Wisdom right off the bat but they
are ours when we keep them and when we most need them! I've learned from experience
that this is true. Keeping these blessings helps you overcome the big
who, I hope you all are safe! My next week email will be short and quick for we
have an activity next week. Take care! Love you all!