Fourth Cycle: One by One


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.

Sister Bordeos
“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)



Companionship with a “Kasama”


Hello again family and friends!

First of all, I would like to greet all mothers and soon-to-be mothers: Happy Mother’s Day! I know that I might be one or two days delayed, but I would like to greet you all, nonetheless.

I have wonderful news! Sister Balagtas already got her visa for Australia. She went to Brisbane, Australia last May 2, 2017; which means I also got to have a new companion. Although my “anak” already left, I gained a “kasama”. “Kasama” is what you call your companion who is neither your “nanay” (trainer) nor “anak” (trainee).

So, I would like all of you to meet Sister Carbonel, my new and first “kasama”. She’s another great companion, and I’m learning a lot from her. She’s from Cabuyao, Laguna, and she’s 5 months . . . . . . (left) in the mission.

For the past two weeks, we’ve been carefully planning on what to do to make our area (Cabatuan) stronger. Sometimes, I feel inadequate and that I’m not giving and doing my best; but, a passage from the Book of Mormon has reminded me to just put my trust in the Lord.

In Alma 26:27, it reads “Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” It just goes to show that no matter what you’re going through in life, it will only be a small moment compared to what Heavenly Father has in store for us. We may not have perfect knowledge about everything, but the Lord will always give us power to “prepare and accomplish the impossible” (President Russel M. Nelson)

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


CSP with Cabatuan Branch Young Men and Young Women



At Cabatuan Branch Chapel (with Sister Carbonel)


Cabatuan Branch Youth


Third Cycle: Adjustments and Accountability


Hi family and friends!

How’s everyone doing? Sister Balagtas and I just finished our cycle together! I really feel that I’m improving a lot as a missionary, and yet I know that I have much to learn.

As for what happened this cycle, let me give you a breakdown:

1. I quietly transitioned from being an “anak” (trainee) to a “nanay” (trainer) real quick, all thanks to my wonderful companion, Sister Balagtas.

2. We had a lot of trainings for the past few weeks. We had district meetings, zone training meetings, and another zone conference in Ilagan. We learned a lot about declaring “Repentance”! Repentance is for all of us, even for me. We make mistakes everyday, and the only way we can truly change our very nature is through repenting of our sins.

3. We had splits with the Sister Training Leaders, Sister Sauder and Sister Regala (our new STL). I really had a good time working in Cauayan, and learning from the leaders on what I need to improve on.

4. Sister Hiatt worked with us. We truly learned a lot from her, and she told us that she’ll be working with us again, soon, with President Hiatt. 🙂 How great is that!

5. Now that Sister Balagtas and I have settled in and adjusted in our area, we really want to help Cabatuan Branch grow stronger. We’re truly feeling the weight of our calling, and our spirits are so excited to help. We plan on helping in firesides, and helping our branch president, President Cusili, in having the youth experience missionary work.

6. We had a wonderful opportunity to listen from the council of our prophets leaders during the recent General Conference. It was truly a blessing for all of us. I especially want to share the council given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2nd Councilor in The First Presidency). He said that as we share the gospel, we should invite the spirit of love, instead of fear. “We must replace fear with Christ’s perfect love”. We should all ask from our Father in Heaven to give us the gift of charity and love, in order to truly share the gospel of Jesus Christ, with our fellow brothers and sisters, here on Earth.

Throughout the cycle, I’ve witnessed a lot of blessings, and a lot of things that we still need to do. With that, I always remember what is says in Doctrine and Covenants 4:5, “And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work”. I know that I’m not perfect, but I also know that this responsibility has been entrusted to me by our Heavenly Father. We have to press forward and do our very best because as it says in Hymn #266, “The time is far spent, there is little remaining”, and we should “be fixed in our purpose for Satan will try us”.

I love you all! Take care always!

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


Zone Conference in Ilagan


Splits with Sister Sauder and Sister Regala


Working with Sister Hiatt 🙂

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With Sister Jovelyn and friends

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With the Estioco Family

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A New Calling


Hi everyone!

The 3rd cycle of my mission has just begun and there have been a lot of surprises!

Last March 1, Sister Argañosa has finally finished her 18-month journey in the mission field. Yup! I’ve already sent three people home, haha 😀 First, it was Sister Velasco; then, Sister Wiiri, and now, it was Sister Argañosa’s turn to leave the mission life and to start living as a returned missionary. Now that my “nanays” (trainers) have left, I’ve wondered who my next companion would be. I’m very eager to learn from my follow-up trainer, and I’m really excited to show her the Cabatuan area.

However, Heavenly Father does have other plans. Two Sundays ago (February 26), President Hiatt called and told me that I was going to train a new missionary. I can’t believe it! He asked me how I felt, and there was about a few seconds of silence before I finally told him that I was surprised and that I was feeling nervous.

So, when March 1 came up, I not only sent my “nanay” home, but I also welcomed my “anak” (trainee). Now, I would like to introduce you to Sister Balagtas. She’s from Tarlac City. And nope, she said that she’s not related to Francisco Balagtas 🙂 Actually, she’s temporarily assigned here in the Philippines Cauayan Mission, until she gets her visa for the Australia Brisbane Mission. She’s a wonderful missionary and she has a lot of potential to be a great one!

To me, being called as a trainer is a sacred trust that Heavenly Father has given. It doesn’t mean that I’m actually better than anyone else. In fact, I’m relatively new to the mission life as well, and I’m still learning and improving each day, so I was quite anxious on what to do. But what I know is that if we rely on the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can do anything!

I remember Alma’s counsel to his son, Helaman, in the Book of Mormon. He said in Alma 36:3, “And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day”. I know that if we just listen to our leaders, and trust in our Father in Heaven, we don’t have to worry about anything else. And now that a new challenge has been bestowed upon me, like Jesus Christ, I would say “not my will, but Thine be done”.

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”



Farewell to Sister Argañosa (my other “nanay”)


Welcome to Sister Balagtas (my “anak”)


Second Cycle: Twice the Fun!

Alright! Hi everyone!

Time is really fast here in the mission field. If only I can make things a little bit slower; but surely, I cannot. Only Heavenly Father can do that if He wills it. But, everyday is an adventure here in the mission field. I love waking up as a missionary and I love being one.

Okay! Now to all the events that happened in my second cycle:

1. We had Tatay Willy Mandac’s Baptism! Tatay Willy has been an investigator for 3 years with his wife, Nanay Wilma. I know in my heart that Heavenly Father has prepared him so that he can receive and enter into this sacred ordinance. My companion and I love both of them so much! The members of Cabatuan Branch have also been very supportive and welcoming towards him.

2. Sister Argañosa had a CLS Exam (English Proficiency Test) and a Career Workshop last February 15 and 16. She had to take these things because she’s already leaving on March 1st (Wednesday). She has completed her 18-month journey as a missionary. Because she had to take the test and attend the workshop, I had Sister Sauder (my STL) as my companion and did missionary work in their area in Cauayan.

3. We also had our splits with the STL’s last February 17. We worked in Cauayan again, and Sister Songcuan was my companion for that day. It was a great splits. and I really loved meeting the people that they’re teaching. Sister Songcuan was amazing and I learned so much from her.

4. We had CSP’s (Community Service Projects) in all weeks of February. We had one in Victoria Branch (Elder Sorilla’s [District Leader] and Elder Malipay’s area) for the James Family, one in San Mateo Branch (Sister Mora’s and Sister Bas’ area) for the Garcia Family; and one in our area for President Cusili.

5. We had a Zone Conference in Ilagan. We had the Burgos, Cauayan, Roxas, Ilagan, and Tuguegarao North and South, with us. President and Sister Hiatt gave wonderful messages on how we can be better Preach My Gospel missionaries.

6. My favorite part of the cycle: Elder David A. Bednar’s Special Meeting with the Philippines Cauayan Mission. Elder Bednar (one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) gave such a profound message. I got the opportunity to ask him a question. and he asked me to go up to the pulpit to ask the question, so I got to see him face to face. How cool is that! 🙂 I asked him “How can we know that we’re already making the area we’re assigned to stronger than it was before?”. He said that we don’t need to worry about it. We just need to be a little better today than we were yesterday, and a little better tomorrow than we were today, and that is enough. I’ve learned so many things in that meeting that I continue to feel the Spirit with me. The testimonies of President and Sister Hiatt, Elder and Sister Bowen, and of course, Elder and Sister Bednar truly inspired me to be the best missionary that I can be.

Truly, a lot of things are happening here in the mission. I treasure every experience and every moment that I have had. I’m so grateful to be here and I will not stop contributing in this great and marvelous work.

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”

P.S. Stay tune and find out who my next companion is going to be 😉

Tatay Willy’s Baptism
Sister Argañosa’s CLS Exam
Splits with the STL’s
CSP in San Mateo
Zone Conference
Elder David A. Bednar’s Special Meeting

Birthday Week


Hi brothers and sisters!

Another week has passed; and this week, I got to celebrate my 22nd birthday in the mission field. But before anything else, I’d like to introduce you to my newest companion, Sister Wiiri. She’s from Kiribati (from the Pacific Islands). And so, we’re three again in the companionship. However, Sister Wiiri will only be with us for a few weeks until she gets her visa fixed for New Zealand. And guess what? We’re all January babies, so we got to celebrate our birthdays together (Sister Argañosa – January 24; Sister Wiiri – January 27; Me – January 31).

This week, we had a Worldwide Missionary Broadcast in Cauayan. There were a lot of teachings and revelations that came from the members of the missionary department. This includes the changes in key indicators, wherein, we were tasked to focus on our investigators. This would not mean that we would neglect our recent converts and less active members. But indeed, the Lord just shows how we can, as missionaries, firmly establish the church of Jesus Christ here on Earth.

Yesterday, I got to attend my first district conference as a missionary. There were a lot of members from all seven branches of the Cauayan District who also attended the said conference. One lesson I got from the wondrous messages I’ve heard is choosing the Lord first. President Hiatt asked us who we would choose: our family or the Lord? It’s a hard question, isn’t it? But he said that even though he loves Sister Hiatt so much, he won’t risk choosing her for the Lord. Because, he knows that if he’ll choose her, he can’t have her; but, if he chooses the Lord first, he’ll get to have her forever. As a missionary, I’m truly understanding my purpose. I know that I still have more to learn but if I choose Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, first, then I know I can do the impossible.

My birthday week was full of spiritual happiness. The members of Cabatuan Branch were generous enough to help celebrate our birthdays. They’re all kind, loving, and without a doubt, a really wonderful group of people. Heavenly Father has given me so many blessings, and I really couldn’t ask for more. All I can do is to express how grateful I am through missionary work.

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


Birthday Lunch with the Cabatuan District


Birthday Dinner with the Cusili Family and Quitola Family


Cauayan District Conference


Last Birthday Celebration with Tatay and Nanay Angco


The First Cycle


Hello family and friends!

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. So many great things happened in the mission field that, sometimes, I lose track of time. Everything is happening so fast and I’m really grateful to our Heavenly Father for helping me overcome all the challenges in missionary work.

Okay! So, what happened in the last few weeks, you ask? Guess what! I just finished my first cycle! Woohoo! Now, what’s a cycle? A cycle is equivalent to six weeks; thus, I’ve been in the mission field for a full six weeks. Can you believe it? For me, it’s hard to grasp the reality that 2 months have passed since I entered the MTC. I feel like it’s only been yesterday when I first received my call to serve. Time truly runs fast when you’re working hard and enjoying every experience you encounter in the field.

Last week, my nanay (trainer), Sister Velasco, has finished her 18-month service. She just got home last January 19, 2017; and now, she’s back with her family in Bicol. So, for the next cycle, it would just be Sister Argañosa (my other nanay) and I who would continue the work here in Cabatuan.

With every passing week I’ve had in the mission field, I continue to learn and improve to become an efficient and effective missionary each day. There are a lot of trials as well, but the love that my companions, the members and leaders, and the people of Cabatuan have shown, has given me greater understanding and love for those around me.

For the past weeks, we have taught people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It truly is a faith builder, and it surprises me how people have had a mighty change of heart and are willing to enter into a covenant with our Heavenly Father. These experiences have given me a confirmation that I am worthy to serve my Father in Heaven. Some days I wonder if I’m really up to this task, but everyday, still, He has shown me that He will do the rest if I just keep doing my best.

I remember the story of Alma and Amulek in the Book of Mormon. These two great men have been once led astray because of the philosophies of men. Alma, during his younger years, has attempted to destroy the church, while Amulek, has more than once rejected the call to serve. But because of the gospel that brought about a mighty change of heart to both of them, Alma and Amulek have become true consecrated missionaries, who are willing to give their all to tell other people about the Father’s love and the atoning sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Each of us can be missionaries, even if we’re not full-time. It is just a matter of desire and love for other people, coupled with a true understanding of the gospel. Like what it says in Jacob 1:19, “And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence . . .”. This is true; and we should work hand in hand (missionaries – members – leaders) “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39)”.

Sister Bordeos
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


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District Meeting with the Sister Training Leaders (Sister Bas, Sister Mora, ME, Sister Argañosa, Sister Songcuan [STL], Sister Sauder [STL])


Me and Sister Argañosa at our apartment


Happy Birthday Sister Argañosa (January 24, 2017)


Sister Argañosa’s Birthday Celebration with the Cusili Family and Quitola Family


Hello 2017!


It has been another great week here in the mission field. Time flies by so fast and I hardly can’t believe it! I’m loving the people that we’re teaching and serving each day.

I had my first splits this week. Splits are companion exchanges. We got to have our splits with our Sister Training Leaders (STL’s), Sister Sauder and Sister Songcuan, in the Cauayan area. We had the exchange last Thursday, December 29, 2016; and on that day, I got to be Sister Sauder’s companion. She’s an amazing missionary and I love being with her throughout the day. I learned a lot from her and it was truly a worthwhile experience.

Throughout the week, we also taught our investigators, our less active members, and recent converts, about starting the year right. Making the Sabbath Day holy is undeniably the best way to start the year; and we are so blessed to have the new year begin on a Sunday. It is so important to attend church on Sundays; because when partaking the sacrament, we can truly feel the Savior’s love, and we remember the covenants we have made with our Heavenly Father. We get to feel the happiness that we felt when we were baptized, and recognize our purpose in this life once again. I’ve learned so much here in the mission field. I have never regretted my decision on becoming a missionary. It’s the best feeling ever and I really can’t hide it 🙂

For the year 2017, I have also set goals in order to be guided by the Holy Ghost everyday and be the best missionary that I can be. Missionary work will never be easy. I’ve also experienced a lot of challenges here but if you remember to look outward (thinking of others constantly) at all times, instead of looking inward (thinking so much of yourself), then missionary work will just be a breeze; and before you know it, you’re not the person you are before. You have become a better version of yourself.


1. Finish the Book of Mormon
2. Be a “Preach My Gospel” Missionary
3. Be a good leader and follower
4. Work hard and Work smart
5. Be a great companion
6. Teach ALWAYS with the Holy Ghost
7. Be humble and Be teachable
8. Develop Christ-like attributes
9. Always look for the good in other people

I just can’t live without doing my best
I will not stop, and I will not rest
The moment when my feet feel weak
I’ll pray for help; His guidance I’ll seek

Sister Bordeos


New Year with the Domincil and Alamani Family


New Year with Nanay Eunice Miguel


New Year with Nanay Beth and Tatay Mario Angco


It’s Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone!

A lot happened this week! I feel the Christmas spirit all around me. It is truly remarkable to see everyone being so cheerful this holiday season. The Savior’s love is constantly extended to all of Heavenly Father’s children; and, I’m witnessing it here in Cabatuan. We taught the people about the gospel of Jesus Christ, particularly, the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus was born to be our Savior. He redeemed us of our sins so that we could live with our Father in Heaven once again.

I had my first Christmas Zone Conference. I met a lot of other missionaries from our mission, and we sang Christmas carols together. I learned new things on how to teach effectively and to develop Christ-like attributes. The Cabatuan Branch also held their annual Christmas party. I was invited to give a talk, and later, I was privileged to watch the performances of the members.

The Christmas week, which was full of spiritual fun and excitement, ended on Sunday, which was also Christmas day. I was really excited to spend Christmas here in the Cauayan Mission. I feel so blessed and I’m so grateful to be given this opportunity to serve Him. I love being a missionary and I continue to strive to become like Jesus Christ, and to make sure that everyday would be Christmas.

Sister Bordeos

3 Nephi 27:27
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


Christmas Zone Conference


Cabatuan Branch Christmas Party

Merry Christmas! 🙂


Christmas Celebration at the Apartment


Sunday is Christmas Day (with Princess and Miel Alamani)


Life in Cauayan


Hi family and friends!

Can you believe it? I’m officially a week old missionary in the field. I’m assigned in the Cabatuan Branch, under the Cauayan Zone. This is my first area so I’m really excited to do the Lord’s work. So far, every experience I’ve had as a missionary is amazing. I know that missionary work is difficult but with the help of our Heavenly Father, nothing is impossible! Okay! So, where do I start?

Last December 8, 2016, we arrived in Cauayan. We were supposed to get here by plane. Unfortunately, our flight got canceled. Actually, we were already on the plane, and we were about to land in the Cauayan Airport; but, the plane turned around, and went back to Manila because it can’t land due to weather problems. We, instead, traveled by bus (a 10-12 hour ride) to Cauayan. Although one may think that the experience is tiring, I actually had so much fun. Who knows what could’ve happened if the plane didn’t turn around? And, I got to experience two modes of transportation towards my mission area. What a great adventure!

When we arrived in Cauayan, our mission president and his wife, President and Sister Hiatt, welcomed us and made us feel safe. We had a short orientation about the Philippines Cauayan Mission and its mission culture, which is exact obedience. Then, we got to meet our trainers, or “nanays” and “tatays”, as we call them here. I got to have two “nanays” (trainers/companions) to help me learn and improve a lot better as a missionary.

Sister Velasco and Sister Argañosa are just the greatest. They are so caring and loving. They teach me all things about being an effective missionary. It wasn’t even hard for me to adjust because they are so welcoming. The area itself and its people are very nice. They’re always smiling and they are so generous, as well. I’m really feeling the strength of the Spirit here. The area’s progressing each day because everyone is doing their part in building the Lord’s kingdom here on Earth.

I know I’m just a new missionary but I love it here! I’m witnessing all kinds of miracles from our Heavenly Father every day. The mission life has made me realize how blessed I am, my family, and the people around me; but, I know that His love and blessings are extended to all those who come unto Him.

To those who are still deciding if they want to go on a mission or not, don’t fight the feeling, and just go for it! That doesn’t mean that you won’t prepare and pray about it. Preparation is truly the key in missionary work. The Holy Ghost won’t dwell in you if you’re not prepared. Of course, prayer helps in making righteous decisions and it will also help you grow closer with our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Being a missionary is not easy, but if you truly have the desire to serve, don’t be afraid because the Lord will equal you to the task.

Sister Bordeos

Doctrine & Covenants 11:21
“I just can’t live without doing my best!”


My “Nanays”: Sister Argañosa (Left) and Sister Velasco (Middle)


First Sunday at the Cabatuan Branch


My First District Meeting (Top: Elder Graham, Elder Vane, Elder Sorilla, Elder Malipay; Bottom: Sister Cumpio, Sister Mora, Sister Velasco, Sister Argañosa, and Me)


Dinner with our Investigator, Nanay Agnes


At SM City Cauayan, “You Can Do Whatever You Want” . . . “According to the Will of Our Heavenly Father”, HAHA 😀


On our way to the Ganado Family! I had so much fun walking in the rice field 🙂