Well this last week, was a good productive week, we had a lot of appointments and at times i feel so stressed and just overwhelmed just wanting to be superwomen and go and visit everyone and try and do everything, But the lord has reminded time after time of his timing and will for things, so i am just constantly reminded of his great plan!!
This week we were able to witness one of our sisters enter the waters of baptism her name is: Rosela Pajulio i remember when we first taught her she actually was a referral given to us from one of the members. I was with Sister Mafi and of course being a referral from a member we contacted her straight away. She was so shy and abit hesitant but she was still welcoming we also found out that she has two brothers who too are part of the church and are sealed to there families and one of them is a Bishop in their ward in Leyte another part of the Philippines. Ever since the day we met her way back in August she never missed a day of church and came to church every Sunday, As weeks went by we taught and she was getting comfortable starting to pray, we tried teaching her partner now but he is “too shy” so we focused on her and she has really grown!! Last Monday after emailing we went to her and taught her. Before we started I asked how are you feeling now that this Saturday you are going to be baptized and she just started crying and just hugging me saying thank you!!! The spirit was so strong. Fast forward to her baptismal interview and because President Hiatt has to interview her because of her situation I was a little nervous because her english is not that great and she is super shy. President Hiatt was so busy with new transfers and everything that we didn’t know if he had time this week, so with a lot of prayers and fasting we got a date and time and of course she passed her interview!! Then came the baptismal service it was such a simple but spirit felt service, she bore her testimony it was a pure testimony and the spirit was so strong!! She is a bear testimony of how much the members can help in missionary work, if we never received the referral and if the member didn’t fellowship her to come to church I could have never gotten this far this fast but with the hard work of members and faith in the Lord the work progresses!! I am just an instrument, but i was so grateful to be in the hand of his great work this great work of the Lord!!! I love and miss her so much, she has gone to drop her kids off to her home place to come back and then wait to leave to Dubai to pursue her career so super blessed to have met her and I can’t wait till she comes back!!
With everything that happened this week I just wanted to share something with you that I have come to appreciate so much. That is the sacrament. Being born in the covenant and going to church partaking of the sacrament at times sometimes feels like “well here it goes again the bread and water” but coming on the mission and really appreciating it makes the sacrament or that hour something so different,when our thoughts are centred in Christ. Something I want to share was something I studied this week back when Jesus Christ was about to enter the Garden of Gethsemane he said to Peter, James and John (Matt:26:38) “tarry ye here, and watch with me.” then he came back and found them asleep and said to them in verse 40 “what could ye not watch with me one hour” he actually done this three times and came back and found them asleep. I was thinking when I first read it “hut guys Peter, James and John they couldn’t even wait one hour hoi” haha but then it made me think of the sacrament, in the one hour we have, the most important hour in our week, how can we not give it to Christ. And man i straight away knelt on my knees and repented all the times i had played around, been on my phone or talking when i could of “tarried there and watched with the Savior.” Family its not hard to put the phone off for 1 hour to watch with the Savior it is not hard to talk after sacrament it is not hard to remember someone who has done and doing so much for each of us!!! Family can you please this week “tarry ye here, and watch with me.” I know the sacrament will mean more to you as you all do this as it is not just bread and water!!
Bishop and mum this week I was thinking of home for a little one morning because the talk now among the missionaries is skype haha so i got myself caught up in the thought and then of fefin but it was a good reminder of why I am here. I am thankful for all your hard work each and every day there is not a day or a lesson I don’t mention how much I love my family!! Thank you for all your hard work and for being worthy of your callings!! I love you both more then you could imagine!! Please continue to Pray as a family and Read as a family everyday and Have FAMILY home evening I cant express how much this can strengthen our family in Christ!!!
OFA LAHI ATU
ps please tell my grandparents i love them!!!!