Staying in this area one more transfer at least :-)
this week... We had transfers. My new companion is Elder Rivera we
entered the MTC at the same time but he went to Manila. He is from
This story showed up in our mission newsletter for December:
"For 11 years there has been a missionary house in one of the areas here
in Philippines Cauayan Mission that happens to be right next to the
missionaries’ landlord. This landlord and their family have seen the
missionaries for years go in and out of the house next door. Occasionally they
would talk to each other, which eventually became a gradual friendship as the
missionaries passed by every day. Several sets of missionaries had attempted to
teach them and had got through a few lessons. However, in reality they were
only trying to be friendly neighbors and showed no progression.
Just recently the missionaries decided it would be good to invite the family to
Family Week. They agreed and actually showed up that day. It just so happened
to be that President and Sister Rahlf had been invited to speak on families.
The next week the father of the family shared with the missionaries how touched
he was about the message he heard on families and thought of his own family.
Even though they were well off he felt a lack of purpose in his own family and
wanted to learn more.
They soon invited the missionaries over to have them expound what they heard on
Family Week. Before the father was baptized he thought about what Joseph Smith
did to receive an answer and did the same. He went up on the nearby mountain,
where he was alone, and prayed to know. After his prayer he felt the Spirit so
strong he started to tear up and had his own Sacred Grove experience as God
testified to him of the truth he had come to know. Lesson after lesson he
intently listened to the missionaries with his family and they accepted all the
commitments given. After talking with his wife they decided to be baptized
together and now enjoy the blessings of the gospel. We never know who
around us is being prepared by the Lord."
This great experience is from Aritao. The father drives the missionaries up for transfer
meeting each cycle. He found me last week at transfer meeting and in the
most humble way, he told me that he had been baptized. He was beaming
from ear to ear. Two of his three children will be baptized before
Christmas and the third is actively going to church but hasn't had time for the
lessons yet. This family is awesome.
I had a opportunity to
listen to President Rahlf talk about the consequences of sin. He gave
some very enlightening points. One of the things that he said is that we
can become completely clean from our sins however, repentance does not always
remove the consequences. The consequences remain sometimes indefinitely
as a reminder to live the commandments. He then explained why it is so
important to follow the commandments the first time and every time.
Because the consequences can be avoided forever if we follow.