Hello my dear family and friends!
Here’s another update on my missionary life. I’ve had a number of great experiences this cycle, so I would like to share them with you. 🙂
1. We’ve had a zone training meeting. This was our last ZTM since it was announced that there would only be district meetings and zone conferences from now on. At the meeting, we met our new mission leaders: Elder Kearl, our zone leader; and Sister Laurenson, our sister training leader.
2. We had the opportunity to work with President and Sister Hiatt. It was great working with them! Sister Balagtas (she was still here that time) and I introduced them to our investigators and less active members. While working with us, they helped us know what the people we’re teaching really needed.
3. We had a zone conference held in Cauayan, last April 26, 2017. We discussed President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk, titled “Beware of Pride”. We learned that in order to truly become effective missionaries, we should strive to be humble in all things; to be teachable, and to be willing to submit your all according to the Father’s will. We also talked about how the Book of Mormon can be a powerful source of conversion and testimony. As missionaries, we agree with Moroni (Moroni 10:3-5), and exhort all of you to read the Book of Mormon daily, give time to ponder its teachings, and ASK God, our Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, if the Book of Mormon is true. If you really want to know the truth and if you prayed sincerely about it, the Lord will manifest the truthfulness of this book, through the power of the Holy Ghost. READ IT! I testify that it will definitely be worth of your time.
4. A few weeks in (the cycle), Sister Balagtas soon received her visa for Australia; and then, Sister Carbonel became my companion. She shared with me about her previous areas in the mission. She was assigned in Tuguegarao, Roxas, and Ilagan. This area of ours, Cabatuan (under Cauayan), would be her 4th area.
5. We also had the chance to talk with our families last Mother’s Day. My family and I had a video call, and it was great seeing them! Families are very important to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This is the central message of the restored Gospel. Our Father in Heaven has a plan for each of us, and I know that if we obey His commandments, we can return to live with Him, together with our families.
6. We had another splits with our STL’s Sister Regala and Sister Laurenson, last May 17, 2017. My companion for that day was Sister Laurenson. She’s from New Zealand, but she told me that her ancestry is Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, and American. She’s such a sweet and kind person. I can truly see that she embodies charity. She loves all the people that she meets!
See! I told you I had a lot of great experiences, and I tell you that this is not all. Sometimes, I just can’t contain every experience I had in the mission in just one blog update. I can’t even describe all the wonderful things that has happened to me here. All I can say is that I love missionary work, and that just sums it up!
You may be wondering why the title of this blog is “One by One”. Well, because that’s what I learned this cycle. Just like what Elder David A. Bednar has taught, we need to take the gospel to all nations, kindreds, and tongues; but we must do it: one by one. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with all the duties and responsibilities that a missionary has, but if we take things one at a time, and focus our teaching, one by one, then all people will have a strong testimony about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. In all things, “one by one” is the key. Just like what it says in 2 Nephi 28:3 (in the Book of Mormon), “For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.” I testify that this is true. Heavenly Father will bless us and give us the things that we need little by little, and step by step. If we are up to the task, then He’ll give unto us the success that we would want to attain.
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”
District Meeting (Standing L-R: Sister Bas, Sister Gadd, Sister Carbonel, ME; Sitting L-R: Elder Kearl, Elder Ambaliza, Elder Rogers, Elder Miranda)
Pictures 3 and 4: Splits with Sister Regala and Sister Laurenson
Picture 5: Zone Conference in Cauayan
Picture 6: At Cabatuan Branch Chapel (with Sister Carbonel)