hello bishop heres my experience for the weekly missionary thing...
we have been teaching this family (les active) they are all members and all inactive (noon) theres only a father mother and son that live there right now but there are more members in the family that are living in manila that are members also. when elder aguila and i first went to their house they hid from us for almost 3 weeks. we cornered them a few times and the lessons were good, but tatay was NOT a low hanging fruit. he had all the problems i could think of, he worked on sundays, he was ofended back in the day and he was now drinking and smoking. members made jokes a lot that itll be a miracle if they come back. and ill admit at times i also wondered if he would ever make some progresion. ive been here a little over five months and every week 2 or three times we have been there. reading the book of mormon and doing all the things we could think of to get the spirit back in his life. i remember 1 time we had a lesson with nanay and gilbert( the 14 year old son) who hadnt been going to church for over a year and were sometimes attending a born again christian church. this was when brother chua was my companion. we had a lesson about what we can do to help tatay make the steps to be active again and we set goals for them to start praying for him every day and showing him a good example of reading the scriptures and so on... anyways on saturday a miracle happened. out of nowhere a letter arrived at his work, making him change schedule from weekends to weekdays. we had a appointment set but we both felt to just cancel it and go to the vinaraos,,, this was one of the most powerful lessons and times ive felt the spirit in my life. we were guided in everything to say with what schriptures to use and at the end they all comitted to come to church as a family. and they did. they had such a good experience at church that they all promised to come every week and start working towards... the temple. ( this was one of the key lessons in them deciding to come to church ) during the closing prayer of the lesson i felt a joy that almost took over my body it was not something ive felt before it had to be liike what happened to ammon when he ran into alma after their very long mission. i cant believe it still william vinarao came to church. promised to get rid of his vice and come as a family every week. i cant even express my grattitude that i was able to be like ammon said an instrument in the lords hands. this area has been well hard for me personally with a lot of things but now ive got the answer to the prayer i prayed about 4 months ago. yep i did do whats right and even though the members didnt like me for it gods proud of me. what an experience.
hello that experience i sent you was the highlight of the week. so im feling pretty blessed right now. and also the work with dan and jorami mansiban. this couple is well this is one of them that grows your testimony that god called you through a prophet. i fel a special closenes with dan that i havent felt with other investigators. i love all of them of course but this is diferent. like i know him is the only description it really does sound corny and like its from an lds fiction book but well its how it is. yesterday we somehow comvinced the second councilor and bishop to go on splits with us... i went with bishop and the second councilor to the mansibans and elder hawlader went with marlon ( an rm in our ward ) i saw some true repentance and humility that just hit me deep inside with many memories of myself. he said something in our lesson that well... grows my testimony (like i said earlier) he said slowly and quietly while not really looking us in the eye... "i really want to change and i know i can, but i really need your help i cant do it alone" . if you knew dan.... hes a ladies man a cock fighter hes pretty well of financially has many friends and well like anyone living that life style./.. pretty full of the pride of the world... he wasnt just at the great and spacious building in lehis dream he was the owner... but i saw well true repentance. manifesting before the church that he is repenting of his sins and humbling himself before god. ah i cant even write these things my words are lacking. but anyways for anything not sure if they are going to go on a mission.... dont be an idiot. again i repeat dont be an idiot.
i hope things are all good there in the wonderful place you live. this is gonna be a wek of change for me i dono if im staying here to see gilbertson be baptised on saturday, or if my area is really going to be split and what part of that area im going to be assigned in... what a cool experience. its like christmas... who am i going to spend every second o fhte next 6 to 12 weeks with? how exciting ha ha. well i love you all take care keep on truckin... elder landeen