hello everyone its been a week full of excitement so hopefull i can get all the thoughts out! lets give it a shot...
first off.... i got bit by the ali alis dog the other day ha ha it sucks. so if within 11 days the dog shows any sign of sickness or rabies i have to start with a series of rabies shots. all in the butt. not all that excited about that. ive started a new little hobby. s\theres stray dogs everywhere and im kind of bitter about being bit so ive made myself a a flipper crutch as granda hardcaste calls it. or for those of us that werent born in the age of the dinosoars a sling shot. ive really been enjying my time with my new friend ha ha teach those dogs to bite me.
we have a few baptisms cming up this saturday and theyre big oines. im so excited i cant een say it. first off....... after weeks and weeks of effort we finally found a way for ali ali to get their marriage papers done \. so this saturday they are being married and then staight to the baptismal font. second the deguzemans. this is anouther couple we have been teaching for a long time that we found through tracting actually ha. its something that noone that hasnt been on a mission would understand really to see someone youve worked with for so ong go from foubting to being afraid to come to church to the first time to praying in sunday school and comitting to pay tithing and reading in the book of mormon. man its crazy. next we have the Paz family. they have 8 children, 2 dont live at home, one does but isa never at home so we werent able to teach him... but the 13 year old julius and the 9 year old win win aong with their parents are going to all be baptised ( their other three kids are too young for baptism ) and thats just amazing. a family. then the son of the llanetas that were baptuised in decenmber will be baptised by his father this saturday too. tatay and nanay llaneta went from hiding from the missionaries and refusing to listen to eing to first ones to church every week... full tithe papers and tatay is using his frienthood to baptise his son,,, and he \has also come with us to teach some of our investigators about tithing e\because his testimony about it is so strong he wants to share it with people. its absolutely crazy.
im loving the whole stress of training thing ha its super hard and at the same time super rewarding. i have a really different training style than elder riner had on me. i make hm teach a lot of the lesson at least half. this has been helping him become better at teaching and has also added to my anxiety level ha just because im always worried about the investigators of course. ive been learning a lot lately about just trusting in the spirit. none of us out here are perfect teachers and if we learned anything from brigham youngs conversion,,, it wasnt untal a man without elequence had born pure and true testimony to him that he believed. all we have to do is stay clean and worthy of the spirit and give it 100 percent and the promise to us is that if we desire that we will have his spirit and power unto the convincing of men. ginoon din the people have a part to open their heart to it if they didnt opent heir heart they wont feel the spirits voice. so for short its a very complex simple thing teaching the gospel ha ha.
what else happened.. we found another whole family we are beginning to teach. the pascua family. they are kapit bahay ( next door neighbors ) to the degusemans and we started teaching them this past week and man they are absolutely golden investigators. they asked basically any question you can think of that s music to a missionarys ear... and then some. questions like why are there so many churches now, what is the preisthood and who holds it, whose your living prophet, will you teach us about the book of mormon, why is jjoseph smith important and more. and we have only taught them twice! man im excited for them they seem so honest and sincere to just learn the truth. hopefully im seeing it the way it really is!
yesterday ( sunday ) we had a rough teaching or lack of teaching day. we got punted from 9 essons in a row ha everyone of our progressing investigators that we could teach on sunday we went to and then either tatay wasnt there or nanay wasnt there or theyll be back later ha an it was great. but then maybe it had a reason. we went to a pretty far barungay to talk to one of the less active members we are going to start working with and we hadnt planned on going to him at all and the past other times we had gone to him he was at work but this time we went and taught him about the priesthood and about him recieving the melcesidec priesthood when he ecomes worthy and i say a real desire for it, his son had been sick for 3 days with a fever ( if only there were home teachers visiting so someone knew about it ) but anyways we were able to give him a blessing and ya know it was a ton of walking and dif\sappointment but maybe it happened so wed go out there and bess a sick kid. i dont know of course the will of god but i like to think those kinds of things happen for a reason. then we went back to two other appointments that were just great lessons. it was just a pretty cool little experience.
well thats all i can think of for now ! things are great ill let y\you know about their baptisms next week ! mahal ko kayong lahat! ingat elder landeen