Lunes, Enero 4, 2016

All things have become new: Happy New Year!

Happy new year! I spent new year's eve in my new area (Santiago 2nd Ward) with my new companion (Sister Fajardo), and with other sister missionaries of our zone. We watched a Inside-Out Disney Movie as we have been told by our mission president.

It was a great movie. It made me want to study psychology. I realized how powerful our minds can be. And as the new year begins, I hope and pray for strength so I can give every conscious thought and every drop of passion to this great and marvelous work. I do not want to think anything that is not inline with my purpose. I hope and pray for a consecrated mind in the remaining cycles that I have as a missionary. I will continue to dismiss the destructive and keep dismissing it and focus on my purpose until the beauty of Atonement of Christ has revealed to me the bright future God has prepared for me, and for the people in this wonderful area of Philippines Cauayan Mission!

So about the work, IT HAS BEEN AMAZING. A month ago, I have prayed and fasted so that the Lord would assign me here in Santiago. So this is an answered prayer. Working with Bishop Acosta is a miracle. I have such good feelings about this area and the people who live here -- I do not know what is this; I just can't explain it; I feel like I have known these people long before; love fills my heart. I feel like I am going to cry right now.

The day after transfers, my companion and I went tracting in one of the baranggays to find new investigators, and prepare this area for companion exchanges.

We found Sister Eva who was pumping water outside their house. We found out that their family had no electricity for months. We told her that we might not be able to provide her electricity, but we can help her find the light and the life of the world -- who is Christ. The Spirit was so strong that yesterday, she came to church, together with her children.

Brother John Paul (RC) brought her sister and cousins to church to be taught by us missionaries. The spirit filled the room as we testified how the gospel blesses families. My heart felt like it was going to burst.

Tatay Domeng, Tatay Rolo, and other wonderful people of Santiago. I feel like I have known them long before, and I want to give them my all.

This is a wonderful area filled with beautiful and humble people, just like my companion. Sister Fajardo is the epitome of someone described in D & C 12:8 : " And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love,... whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care. "

I love my companion so much. I am learning so much from her Christlike example. She's a person I strive to be like. I see a lot of potential in her and in the sisters of these 3 zones.

I am excited for everything that is going to happen this year.
Old things are done away, and all things have become new. 

I love being a missionary!

With Bishop Mallari and his wife. Bye just for now, Tuguegarao!

On our last day together. I woke up and was surprised with a breakfast prepared by Sister Mcbride. :) 

Hello, Santiago.

New Year's Eve with other sister missionaries of the zone!

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