HOW is family scripture study and prayer? how is the family as a whole? hows work? hows church?
First off i want to THANK YOU so much for the package (i received it on Wednesday when we went to the mission home for our 6 week training follow up) and really i want to thank you for everything that was in it and for just sending it, quick story my companion and room mates were so hoha’a to open it as soon as we got back to the apartment (which was about 4pm) but i didnt want to because i didnt want to get distracted as we had to work so i ended up opening it at night and i tried to keep it quiet because i was just embarrassed to open it in front of them i felt fakaofa anyways they saw me and they came and just watched me open it and that is when it really hit me how lucky i am to have a family who love me so much and i realized man i really am a blessed kid!!! lets just say i feel in to tears of gratitude to my father in heaven for blessing me with 2 hard working parents who love me!!! SO THANK YOU to everyone who contributed for the box i truly do appreciate you both.
At the training i also received a package from a Tongan sister here she was there because she is also training someone from my batch her name is Sister Mafuataimi (shes from pili) mum and dad ive never met her before i have only just seen her but she came up to me at the training with a birthday bag (a packet of chips,biscuits and choclate bar) and i was so humbled i just hugged her and thanked her so much i asked her how did you know? she said i saw your name on the birthday calendar, but yes another moment i was truly humbled, it really was the thought that counted for me!!
But yes this week was an okay week, it rained 3 days straight but it was still 35c so it was so hard to contact and find people due to the rain people were busy running around do last minute things or “sleeping”, so yes the work this week was pretty hard alot and i mean alot of our appointments fell through, but something that has really touched me this week was the tender mercies of the lord!! even though it was tough this week, we have really seen the members growth of love for us missionaries (a lot dont trust the missionaries because the last few have been disobedient) we had our first fellow shipper this week and have appointments with more members to fellowship us this coming week and also a referral tonight for a family home evening with a member that we’ve never really spoke to but they invited us over tonight so i know that it is truly the tender hand of the lord!! but yeah i had a few crazy experiences this week we nearly had an accident while travelling to cauayan for training (takes about 3 hours from tuguegarao) because the bus driver the hut guy reckons to over take a truck that he didnt know was turning ( by the way they overtake here like how tonga does so no surprise for me lol) but the bus driver was just a hut guy haha and then near the end of the trip he reckons to tell us they have a temporary bridge to go over but we were a bus full of 50 people so he thinks to ask if anyone wanted to get off before they go over (and i didn’t even know this until after we went over and i asked my companion what he said) let me just say it was the dodgiest bridge ive ever gone across haha but we made it and thats all that matters haha but yes thats really all from this week.
But i really wanted to share something that ive really studied about this week which is SELF-RELIANCE!! and i wanted to share what i learnt from my studies with you, the first principle heavenly father gave Adam when he cast them out of the garden of Eden “the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,till thou return unto the gospel” Genesis 3:19 for me i really pondered this scripture and why the lord would give this principle and then i was able to expound it, that the lord wanted not just Adam but all of us to learn the principle of work!! that it is only by sweat that he would be able to eat bread and what a principle that is!! then i thought to myself have i really been sweating for what i eat or in other words have i been self-reliant? and you could guess what my answer was haha yep a big fat NO!! i really haven’t through out my life i have relied on my parents even when i had a job i continued to rely on you both, then i really started to ponder how can i be more self-reliant and this is when i need your help mum and dad, like i said earlier i was full of gratitude when i received my package especially looking at how much it cost to send it (and i couldn’t imagine how much everything inside cost as well) and don’t get me wrong i really am grateful, but please help me by being more self-reliant by not sending anymore packages and money to me please trust me it is hurting me just writing it because i really don’t know how i am going to get through but one thing i do know is that the lord would not give a commandment if he couldn’t prepare a way!!! and i wanted to share a quote that really hit me while studying this principle “you cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they can do, and should do, for themselves.” everything i learn on the mission i want to stay with me for the rest of my life so i dont need to rely on my parents when i get home, i want to be able to be self-reliant for my own family one day and yes i know that some days i may have to go without a meal or two because i will probably run out of money but that are the cool experiences as a missionary and these are the things i will never forget, and yes i know you both want to help me and are worried but trust me i will be okay better yet trust him!!! if there comes a day i am really low on things without a doubt i will call my mission president but im on the lord errand and i have faith he will pull me through.
i also wanted to speak on being self-reliant as a family!! i was reading on self-reliance and it really showed unto me the true importance of being self-reliant!! at times we may sound like the people of the time of noah e.g. “no a flood will never hit here”, “we will be alright” lets be real we say it all the time but noah didnt build the ark when it rained he built it and then the rain came, we have to be prepared family for these times of rain and rain can come in many forms literally rain/flood, loss of income etc we can learn this every time from the scriptures people were warned to prepare and still didn’t, so the question really is what are we waiting for? the lord has time and time again reveled this important principle to many prophets and i have even heard it a few times in general conference and still didnt act upon the council, so please just start with little things 1 can of food and 10% of income put away each week i know without a doubt that this will bless the family, that just like noah we will be prepared and we will be able to help others who dont know about this blessing of being self-reliant, it will help you as a family learn how to live within your means and strengthen your love as a family by helping prepare for those dark days, how great is our heavenly father to warn us and help prepare through this program!!! How Long Can You Go If the Income Stops? – Gordan. B. Hinckley
but yes thats all from me mum and dad thank you so much for working hard every single day to provide means for the family i really do appreciate your hard work and love, thank you for encouraging me to be truthful and grateful last week i really put it into work and will continue to do so and on that note i want to let you know I AM NOT COMING HOME till next year October please trust him, i know times will come when it will be hard but it will never be as hard as what the savior went through for me and its something i will never forget, i will give my all and a little more because he only asks for 18 months from me please dont worry!! Seeing S home might scare you abit knowing it could happen to me and i will be honest it could but i will never let anything stand in the way of me Returning With Honour that is something i just wanted to comfort you both with because i felt you both were a little scared in your emails last week haha but i really do promise not just you but him everyday that im willing to align my will to his everyday!!
Anyways i love you both very much thank you for all the care products (the wax was really needed haha) and ive finished my scotch fingers lets just say a few appointments fell through and what a blessing the scotch fingers were!! i only kept the snickers, red frogs and scotch fingers the rest went to member families that fed us often and my companion and room mates but thank you heaps i really do mean it for sending my LAST package 🙂
I LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH
ps went to calao cave today with a member family 184 steps just to get to the cave 🙂 they have a church in the cave as well and it was shmall dark!! oh and my mailangi blood stepped in so i had to be the best and climb on the highest rock in the cave to get a photo