Thursday, August 10, 2017

It was cool to see how the Spirit has been working on her, we didn't do anything.

Letter to Dad...

July 30th

This week was awesome for us.  It was transfer week and we had to go on a lot of special assignment stuff. 

We saw a lot of miracles though too.  This lady named Dole reached out to us a couple days ago and said that she wants to be taught again and go to church.  We dropped her before because she never kept commitments, but for the last couple months, she said she has watched us walk through the rain and she said that no one would do all that unless it was true.  She is coming with her family to church on Sunday.  It was cool to see how the Spirit has been working on her, we didn't do anything.

I had to be an stl again too, but I'll email mom about that.  I love you guys and thanks for being such an amazing family.  I am going to go eat burger king now.  I love you dad.

Elder Zesiger

August 6th

Hey dad, that sounds awesome for the trans am, that sounds like a good plan.  It'll be more fun to do the interior together, as long as everything else is done I'll let it slide haha.  It'll be cool to be the first one to drive it too.  That is crazy about Russell though, I'll be praying for him, it was cool what grandma said that they prayed for him in the temple.  I love that story at the end, I think it is amazing that the Lord gives every single one of His missionaries those kind of experiences if they will do their best.  I love those recordings, we were all listening to them as a whole office, I'm glad you waited a long time to send them because if you would have sent those right when they were recorded, I would have cried and been sad haha. That's amazing about Bishop too and also Caden that he got those golf clubs!  It is a good thing that he'll be playing golf next year and not this one so that he won't wreck me when I get home.  This way I'll have a year to train too before he gets super good and he's not fun to play with anymore haha.

We saw many miracles this week too and actually had the most investigators we've ever had at church in my whole mission.  It was awesome!  Every night and morning since the beginning of May, Elder Fiesta and I have been praying for a specific amount of people that we could be guided to and baptize and it looks like Heavenly Father has heard our prayers.  I'm super happy right now about everything because it looks like home life is gonna be fun and mission life is the best!  I love you and I am grateful that you are such an awesome dad.  Thanks for working on the trans am with me and taking me dirt biking and snow boarding and showing me good music.  Thanks for serving a mission and always sending me amazing emails that got me through when my mission got hard.  I love you dad.

Elder Zesiger

Letters to mom...

July 30th

2 Nephi 25: 26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

We had some cool miracles this week too.  But one of the coolest came when we had to go talk to some sisters yesterday.  There is a sister that hasn't come out of her house and won't talk to her companion for a couple days, so President sent us to go talk to them.  It was funny when we got there.  The one companion let us in and the other one was on her bed with her blanket over her face.  She told us to leave, but I think she was expecting the sister training leaders because when I said "hello:)" she got up, ran to the other room, and slammed the door! hahaha

We talked to her for a bit, but she wouldn't come with us and didn't want to go to church, so we blessed the sacrament and gave it to them.  It was a cool spiritual moment and the one sister was crying because she was so happy that she still got to partake of the sacrament.  It reminded me of going to the Bowdiges with Andrew and giving them the sacrament.  I'm grateful that I've always had it easily accessible.

Sister Geralyn's husband Jonel was baptized on Saturday and it was awesome.  He bore his testimony that he has felt Heavenly Father's love for him and knows that this church is true.  It was amazing to see the change.  I will try to send you a picture.

I love you mom, 
Elder Zesiger

August 6th

That's awesome about the reading!  You guys can totally make it!  Thanks so much for the package mom.  I waited and I opened it on time this morning and it was awesome!  You're going to do awesome with your talk!

Our week was awesome!  Last week I emailed about a lady named sister Dole that we used to teach but she didn't progress, then she saw us walking in the rain for a couple of months and decided that the gospel was true.  Well we taught her more this week and she accepted the invitation to be baptized and came to church with her kids, it was awesome and it is just crazy how you can work so hard and have nothing happen, but then Heavenly Father just does His work and makes up for everything.  He teaches us to try our hardest but even with all of that, we still have to rely on Him.  It is cool.

Good luck on your Book of Mormon reading this week, thanks so much for you doing it, you are helping the other kids in an amazing way, I wish I read it before, but I am on track now to finish it 9 times before I get home.  I love you guys.

Filipino Money

Elder Zesiger

Monday, July 24, 2017

Many people are also coming to church lately and the coming months look really exciting!

Letter to Mom...

July 16, 2017

That's cool Tyler is a cool friend.  I remember the day Jared and I went to his house to say goodbye the morning before he left for the MTC.  It is crazy how fast everything has gone.  I have a happy story for you and one that we are still waiting for the happy ending.

Do you remember David Reyes?  Well he was baptized on April 8 and he is 11.  His mom is less active and his siblings and dad aren't members, but he is like the most faithful kid ever and goes to church every week without fail at 8:20 even though it starts at 9:00.  Last Tuesday, we gave him a lesson one pamphlet and asked him which one of his friends could benefit from the gospel.  He said that he knew a kid named Kor and would give the pamphlet tomorrow.  We didn't really believe him since most members of the church seem to have a hard time doing missionary work.  On Sunday, David was sitting by a kid holding a lesson one pamphlet.  When we asked the kid's name he said it was Kor!  It was awesome haha, we'll go teach his family this week.

The one that still needs a happy ending was with a sister investigator. She faithfully followed President Ostlers council and at the end of the 14 days, we committed her to ask her husband to marry her.  She was nervous so she made one of those jr high notes.  Check yes or no if you want to marry me and put it in his socks before he went to work.  She was super excited and was even going to text us a code word once he said yes.  When he got home, she could tell he read it because he was acting weird, but he pretended like nothing happened.  She felt terrible.  We shared to her and told her to continue strong and the miracle will come.  She needs your prayers, I love you mom!

Elder Zesiger

July 23, 2017

Thanks mom this is a great email!  I'll try to send you some pictures!  Ya President took a lot of pictures and videos for his wife.  They are so cool and always go on awesome adventures together. 

President and Sister Fermanis
Everyone looks great!  That is awesome that she likes to have gospel discussions, I'll have them with her, tell her to send me any questions she has and I'll answer them.:)  Caden looks awesome and Coby's hair looks awesome too! hahaha  I had a weird realization a couple nights ago, I was thinking about you guys and I realized that I can't remember the sounds of your voices except for Coby's and Dad's.  Oh well, it was just kind of weird.  

The area is super fun right now and Geralyn's husband, Jonel, will be baptized this Saturday, that means they can get sealed in the temple before I turn 21!:)  I haven't gotten any packages recently but I'll wait.  My eye attacked again so I'm on the eye drops, but I'm pretty much an ophthalmologist now and I hold the record for most times at the hospital by far, so I'll be ok.

I love you
Elder Zesiger

Letter to Dad....

July 16, 2017

It's awesome!  I'm almost done with it and then I'm going to read the Joseph Smith one.  We have no roommates so I just read the wilford one at night time.  Thanks for working on the Trans am thats great!  That omega looks super cool too!  I think when I get home I'll sell all my watches though and just have the 3 my Rolex Omega and blue Seiko, I can't remember if I have any others worth keeping.

I love the gospel and being a missionary is the most fun thing in the world.  We are teaching this family right now that will be baptized on the 12 of August.  The dad was having a hard time with cigarettes so we had them pray and fast as a whole family for him to have strength and they did it!  Their name is the Evangelista family, it is the mom, dad, and two daughters.  It is so fun to see them change.  When we began to teach them about a month ago, we would always find them drinking or smoking outside their house, but now when we go we find them reading the Book of Mormon haha.  

Evangelista Family
How's the reading the Book of Mormon with the family thing going?  I saw Caden is listening to it while he works haha that's exactly what I did!  It's crazy that he already went on his first date too, he was only 14 when I left!  It's super fast.  The Lord is really blessing our area right now and we are finding a lot of people that want to change their lives and hear the gospel.  We are teaching this one sister right now that lives inside this little hole down this concrete tunnel that you have to like duck walk through to get to, it's awesome!  I love being a missionary.

I love you dad, please continue the trans am.
Elder Zesiger

July 23, 2017

Haha that's awesome about Quiet Riot!  I love James Durban! haha that boat looks cool too, that'll be fun.  I still want to go hunting with you though in Arizona or Argentina.  Everyone looks great in the pictures mom sent, Shelby looks pretty much the same but Coby and Caden look way different haha.  This week was really fun for us.  We've been hanging out with President a lot and having lots of meetings.  He even came and worked with us in our area for a whole day.  We took him on his first tricycle ride.  He was too big and the little 150 motor couldn't handle us up this hill, so we got out and walked while he rode haha it was funny.  He's super cool though and I'm learning a lot!

Our area is seeing a lot of blessings though, we were able to take Danica and Geralyn to the temple for baptisms for the dead on Saturday and it was awesome!  Many people are also coming to church lately and the coming months look really exciting.

One day, as we were talking to President, he was telling us of one time that this general authority came to their stake and chastized them so bad that they were all about to cry.  He was just yelling at them.  When we asked who it was, he said it was Rulon Craven hahaha.  He later became the temple president over there and they became good friends.  I went back through my records and read your email about when he died and I felt like writing you a letter about how proud I am that your'e my dad.  As I went to write it, I realized that I would get home before the letter did, so I decided not to, sorry haha.

I love you dad, thanks for all the amazing emails and encouragement over the last 21 months.  I often talk to missionaries that don't have any support from their families and I am grateful that I have a lot.

Elder Zesiger

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I'll miss President Ostler, but President Fermanis is awesome too!

Letter to Dad...

I'll miss President Ostler, but President Fermanis is awesome too!  He is way into the Book of Mormon and taught institute for 20 years so he knows so much doctrine it is awesome!  I can also read the teachings of the prophets books now so I started reading the Wilford Woodruff one.  

We had the coolest miracle this week though with a sister investigator.  She came with us to a temple trip on Saturday.  She reads the Book of Mormon everyday, but has been struggling to commit to baptism even though she knows it is true because she is very active at her born again church in the province, she goes there every week end and ever since her priest heard that we are teaching her and her family, he has been trying to discourage her.  He even told her that she shouldn't read the Book of Mormon or the Bible, because it was confusing her, that she should just listen to him.  

When we taught her she was still confused about what she should do so we told her to kneel and pray that night and ask Heavenly Father what his will was for her.  She did, and that night she had a dream.  In her dream, she, her husband, and her 2 year old daughter had died.  They were brought to an office where they were told that they would be split up to different waiting places until the second coming of Christ where they would all be resurrected.  he daughter was taken to the Celestial Kingdom and she met her sister's baby daughter who died a couple years ago.  She was taken to her church in the province.  As she waited there, she felt terrible and super sad.  She was confused why she felt so sad and then the thought came that she hadn't done what she should have done while she was on earth.  

When she woke up, she opened the Book of Mormon to know what her dream meant.  She read Alma 7:21 which talks about how the filthy will be filthy still in the next life!  She asked us what it all meant and when we explained it, she said that she wants to get baptized!  It was awesome.

I love you dad, thanks for the pictures
Elder Zesiger
A missionary who is going to the same mission as Elder Zesiger's dad, Chile Antafagasta.

Letter to Mom...

That sounds awesome!  I love the Ostlers they changed my life.  President Fermanis is awesome.  He is super versed in the scriptures and it makes me want to know them better.  When he reads he asks himself questions and I've been trying it and it makes study amazing!   I read my blog you made for the first time the other day and it is awesome!  Thanks so much for doing that I love you mom.  I'll try to get you more pictures from now on. haha!

We are teaching this really cool family named the Evangelista family.  The dad the mom, their 10 year old daughter, adn their 4 year old daughter.  They are going to be baptized on August 12th.  The mom is super good at reading and after 2 weeks is in the middle of 2 Nephi.

Sister A really needs your prayers.  President Ostler's 14 day challenge with her is done and she is going to ask her husband to marry her so she can get baptized.  She wants to so bad and has come to church already like 16 or 17 weeks in a row!  The members didn't even know she was an investigator.

I love you  Thanks for being an awesome mom.  Please read my email to dad, it is awesome!
Elder Zesiger
Geralyn's wedding.

Going to the temple with Karen.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Geralyn got baptized!

Letters to Dad...

July 2, 2017

Ya i'm super grateful to him (his mission president is going home).  I just had a mock going home interview with him yesterday and it was amazing.  He gave me a lot of cool advice and I wrote it all down.  Geralyn got baptized!  It was a total miracle and there were some funny little other miracles that made it perfect too.  After she was baptized, on the day of the confirmation, we felt like we needed to drop by her house before church.  She is always there, but we just felt like we needed to make sure, so we did and we found her asleep!  She had set her alarm but it didn't go off! haha she had 20 mins to get ready and be there.  As sacrament was about to start, she still wasn't there.  The area presidency also made a new rule that the confirmation doesn't have to be at the start of the meeting, it could be at the middle or the end, but the bishop didn't know that.  As the sacrament was about to start, I mouthed over to the first councilors wife and told her to text her husband to have it after the sacrament and she just smiled at me and mouthed back that it was against the rules.  It made me a little mad haha because we would have to wait until next week.  Elder Fiesta and I started to pray for the Spirit to somehow let Bishop know the new rule.  As the sacrament song began, Geralyn walked in with soaking wet hair.  We prayed harder and could see Bishop and his councilors talking in the front.  At the end of the sacrament, he came down and asked me what to do.  I told him the rule and Geralyn was confirmed! haha it was cool.

We also got to go over and speak at a stake meeting in Pasay.  I spoke about missionary work and used some of your Wilford Woodruff stuff.  Those stories are awesome!

That is so cool about Jack, Landon, and Andrew!  I love those guys.  I love my mission.  Thanks for being an awesome parent and an amazing example to me.  I am excited about the future, but I love the present too haha.  We are seeing a lot of miracles and the more I see, the more I realize that I do nothing really, but every baptism and every miracle always comes from Heavenly Father's help, after we've done every thing we can and know how to do.  I'll attach my talk if you want to read it.

I love you dad
Elder Zesiger

Letter to Mom...

June 25, 2017

Hey mom!  Thanks this is an awesome email!  I'm super glad that I came on my mission, before my mission I had never seen the difference in blessings between being committed to the gospel or not.  I kind of saw it in our family members, but I never really understood it for myself.  

Geralyn's wedding
I really wish that I would have read the scriptures more before my mission.  Not as much to better prepare me to serve, but it would have helped me a lot more just with life.  I love the gospel now and I can't imagine living life without it.  

One cool thing that happened this week was with this new family we are teaching.  They are the Evangelista family.  They live in a little alley in a little 5ft by 5ft house.  We are teaching them as a whole family and on Sunday they all came to church!  There is Romi, the dad, Tess, the mom, then their two daughters Donna and Divine.  It was awesome!  We had a good amount of other people come too which was a miracle because one of our biggest work days was spent picking up President from the airport and sitting in the traffic for 6 hours!

Things are going great though, Geralyn is going to be baptized on Saturday, we are just pushing to get them married before then and everything is good.  The coolest thing that happened the whole week though was bringing sister Aileen to talk with President yesterday, I was the translator.  

For the package, I just love sour brite eggs and jalapeno cheetos, and gummy sour candies, and birthday stuff and another journal and chicken ramen, mac n cheese, clam chowder, other stuff I like, oh! jelly bellys!

For Elder Fiesta he wants a journal!

haha I love you so much mom!

Monday, June 19, 2017

3 Weeks in the life of a Missionary in the Philippines and his letters home...

Letters to Dad...

June 4th

Hey dad, I had a fun week, we've got to be really fast today cuz we're flying to Palawan later, but I'll read it on the plane.  We had a super cool experience of teaching yesterday.  This lady we oymed just broke up with her boyfriend who she has been staying with for 10 years and with whom she has a five year old daughter.  She has been super sad and can't eat and didn't read her Book of Mormon.  She is super smart and gets all the doctrine, but has not yet asked God if it is all true.

Since we didn't read, we read with her Alma 36.  With every verse the Spirit got stronger and she was amazed that every verse was exactly perfect for her situation.  She asked us how we knew what she was going through.  She always looks at stuff so logically, like we spied on her or something haha.  We told her that Heavenly Father knows all her sorrows and that he guides us to help her through the Spirit.  She totally changed and said that she will read every day.  When we asked her to go to church, she said that she has work.  We shared 1 Nephi 3:7 and asked:  "if God guided us to you at this time when you are at your lowest, and guided us to the right scripture to read just for you, do you really think that He won't also prepare a way for you to get to church?"  "no" she said.  "will you come to church this Sunday?" "yes".  haha it was awesome.  The Spirit spoke through us and it was awesome!.

The trailer looks awesome! That'll be way fun for dirt biking!  I'm still waiting on Trans Am pictures (19 months).  haha I love you dad
Elder Zesiger

June 11th

That's an awesome miracle dad!  This week was crazy for me.  We had an awesome experience taking one of our recent converts to the temple to be baptized for her mom who passed away when she was 11, it was awesome, I'll email mom about it.  My view of the future changed a lot this week though.  Coming back from Palawan, we had the same flight as President and it got delayed for an hour, so we just got to talk to him for like 2 hours.

First, I asked him how he has been so successful with his family, since none of his 7 kids have gone less active, and we ended up talking about getting rich at the end.  He told the story of when his business was doing really well.  He went and bought the nicest Mercedes he could get and told himself that he would drive a Mercedes until the day he died.  He had it for about a year but then realized that his kids kept bragging to their friends that their dad was rich so he sold it and bought a cheaper car.  I told him that I wanted a car collection and a watch collection and asked him if that was bad.  He said that he didn't think it was good.  Then he said a cool quote.  "Things tend to corrupt people, experiences build joyful lives."  

He said what they've spent their money on has been going on awesome vacations with their kids and all their vacations always include some form of service.  One time they were in Africa with no churches around but they still wanted to keep the Sabbath day holy, so they went to this other church.  There were 1400 people in attendance and since they were the only white people, they were invited up to speak, and they taught about the plan of salvation!  It sounds awesome!  I think that's what I want for my life.

When I think of my happiest memories, it's not when i got watches or guitars, but when i went dirt biking with you or skiing or when we worked on the trans am.  it still takes money, but it's spent differently, i also think that we should try to include service in all of our vacations from now on too.  Whether it's going to the temple, or helping someone in Argentina build a house.  Life sounds exciting haha.

Thanks for sharing about your stroke too.  It really built my testimony, i remember seeing you in the hospital bed and I'm really grateful that you're still here too.

I love you dad,
Elder Zesiger

June 18th

Dad, that movie's awesome!  In my first area, the elders were learning English, so I watched it every morning for 5 months and memorized it word for word.  But I'll still watch it with you guys haha.  That's awesome that they are excited for that concert!  That was the first one we went to when I was in like 7th grade haha.  That also sounds cool about the Jeep, I'll be happy to drive the civic as long as the trans am is done.  Just remember that the time is far spent and there is little remaining and you have to finish it before I get home cuz you have integrity.

The coolest thing that happened to me this week was probably at the going home missionary meeting.  Do you remember when I was a zone leader and we had to go get this sister one time who was doing crazy stuff and it was like the scariest day of my life?  Well she ended up repenting and getting back to the work and she just went home as an stl.  Her testimony was so strong as she testified of the atonement and was so happy that she finished strong even though she fell down a couple times along the way.  As I drove them all to the airport, she asked me if I remembered that night.  I said yes.  Then I told her that I was happy to know her and that she was a great missionary and example.  It was a cool spiritual experience for me.

I also went to this place called Tondo.  I went to smokey mountain and happyland.  You should look it up, it's crazy!  Happy Father's Day dad, thanks for always being so awesome and teaching me through your example.  Thanks for going on a mission and doing what was right and for doing great in your calling at church.  I don't understand everything that you do, but as I learn more from seeing people here, my gratitude grows.  Thanks for all the amazing memories and spending so much time with me dirt biking, working on the car, snowboarding, going to concerts, golfing, scout camps, wrestling matches, and even when you just came in my room to here me play guitar.  I love you so much and I'm grateful that you are my dad.

Elder Zesiger

Letters to Mom....

June 4th

Hey mom!  This week was pretty busy with zone conferences and mlc,  but we got to work for one day.  As an assistant, I pretty much plan for and teach meetings and try to fix emergencies with missionaries if they happen haha, but working outside is still when you see the most miracles.  Last night we found a cool new family named the Evangelista family.  They've got 5 kids and they're super cool, we had a family home evening with them.  The mom said that missionaries drop by their house all the time, but they never let any in, but she felt something special about us so she did let us in.

Since it was an fhe and we had games and stuff, we didn't have that long of a spiritual message, so we shared a little bit about how families can be eternal and the dad was like "wait a minute, so you mean that after this life we can still be together?" we were like "ya" it was cool, we're going to Palawan later tonight, so we'll go teach them in a couple of days.

Thanks for all the pictures mom, I love you guys.  Please tell dad to finish the trans am.
Elder Zesiger

June 11th

I listened to the baby blessing that Caden sent, it is awesome!  Thanks for sending me all these pictures!  I love them.  The coolest miracle I saw this week was with our recent convert Danica.  We went with her to the temple on Saturday to be baptized for her mom who passed away when she was 11.  It was super special.  I was a witness and then confirmed her.  As I sat there, Heavenly Father opened my mind up to feel the joy of missionary work.  I remembered that night that we prayed to find someone to teach.  Then when we talked to Danica at her door and asked if we could share a message with her.  Then the first time she came to church.  Then she was baptized.  And then we were with her in the temple and she was doing missionary work for her mother, and the 4 others she was baptized for.  It was an amazing time.

I love being a missionary.  Sometimes it's hard but it's always worth it.  That's so awesome about Andrew!  Tell him to email me before he leaves!  That's not much of a preparation time, he's leaving fast!  Tell him that I'm happy for him and that he's going to have a blast!  Also, tell him thanks for helping me through the Japanese airport!  He's gonna be awesome.  I love you mom and I'm so grateful for you and all you've done for me.

Elder Zesiger

June 18th

Hey mom!  This week was super fun.  We went to smokey mountain with the office elders on Saturday.  We also went to this place in Tondo called happyland, you should look it up, it's crazy!  I"ll try to send you the pictures of our adventure, it is literally the craziest place I've ever been in my life mom.  Geralyn will hopefully get baptized this Saturday, we just have to get them married. We started teaching this new lady who is really cool.  Her name is Maricel, she has 6 kids and her husband died on December 11, 2015.  At the end of the lesson, we had her pray and after she said amen, her head stayed down for a while.  After that she looked up with tears in her eyes and thanked us for coming, and we'll go back later tonight.

I love you mom, you are the best.

Elder Zesiger

Friday, June 2, 2017

Letter to Mom...

That sounds like a great vacation!   I love you guys and I'm still always excited for Mondays to see what you're doing.  I've decided I'm not coming home, just to let you know.  There is nothing for me there.  I think i will just spend the remainder of my days here with the Filipinos.  hahaha

A couple of nights ago, it started raining really hard.  As we were walking, we had the idea to go and visit sister Bill.  She is the one with 10 kids and one in prison.  She has been kind of hard to teach lately because she is always so tired from bringing her son food everyday.  As we squeezed through the 1ft wide alley that leads to her house, we discovered that our umbrellas would not fit, so we put them away and got soaked.  When she opened the door, she was very surprised to find us soaking wet.  I think she felt a little bad which was good, because it helped her to commit to read the Book of Mormon. haha I love that lady, and I really think that she will read it.

Letter to Dad...

This week I got to talk to President a lot and I was asking him how I could stay up high and not get super into the world again.  I told him that lately it's been kind of scary to go back into it all haha.  He told me that when you go home, you don't have to give anything up.  People might think you are weird, but you don't have to give in.  It was cool, I'm gonna write down my standards and stick to them.

The coolest thing that happened this week though was yesterday.  We went over to teach some investigators and when we got there, they were fighting really bad and they wanted to split up.  So we fixed them and then told them that they needed to talk to President Ostler.  I felt prompted to just schedule an appointment without informing President for Sunday.  After the lesson, I realized what I had done because President is super busy.  So I called him and he said that Sunday would work perfect.  We went over yesterday and he talked to them.  Then we ate dinner with them and President's family.  It was awesome!  They are both ok now and want to be baptized and married.  They both came to church too!  I have really been gaining a testimony of fasting from these two.  Every time that they run into a problem, we fast for them and it always seems to work it self out.

I love you guys, thanks for having awesome adventures without me so I don't feel like I'm the only one having fun haha.

Elder Zesiger

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All of the sudden, like we were in a movie, this guy pulls up on his bike.

Letter to Dad...

This is a great email!  That would be awesome to get a Jeep!  But focus of the trans am first and then everything will be awesome.  The time is going fast now and you only have 5 months to finish, you can do it though.  This week was cool.  The coolest miracle happened one night when we went to visit Geralyn.  When we got there, she was having some problems. We offered to give her a blessing.  We walked in and I realized that we had no third  lalaki (male) so it was bawal (against the rules).  I thought in my head that maybe this could be an exception and then the thought came to me "The Priesthood doesn't work by disobedience."  I told Elder Fiesta and we went back outside.  We had no idea how we could get another lalaki cuz it was night and we were in a little alley with no people in it, but we were obedient.  All of the sudden, like we were in a movie, this guy pulls up on his bike.  We tell him the situation and ask him if he could watch us for a minute as we gave Geralyn a blessing.

I blessed her and the Spirit was really strong.  The blessing was the will of Heavenly Father.  As we exited the house, it was calm and the guy asked us if we were Mormons.  We said yes.  He said that he has been reading "the Book of Mormon: another testament of Jesus Christ" and yes he said the whole thing, and that he had a lot of questions.  The next day we went back and taught him and Jonel and Geralyn came out and joined us in the lesson.  He began by telling us that he has searched through many religions and then told us one by one, with references to the Bible, why each of them were wrong.  We shared with him the restoration and it was cool because the Holy Ghost helped us and brought scriptures to our mind.  When we taught about Moroni he's like "so you mean to say that this is the 7th angel mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelations that holds the sealed book?"  We were like "yes!"  He committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and then he was like "before we leave I just have one more question."  I was kind of nervous that he'd fight us at this point...

"In the 7th chapter of Alma, he prophesies that Jesus would be born in Jerusalem.  Where was he actually born Elders?"  "Bethlehem"  we said.  "Then why does it say Jerusalem?"  Then an answer came to my mind.  I don't know whether I heard it in seminary, or in Sunday school, or maybe in a talk just driving down the road.  But it came to mind clear enough that I could explain it simply.  "God revealed to Alma that Christ would be born in Jerusalem because that revelation was for them.  They knew that their fathers came from a place called Jerusalem, but they had never heard of Bethlehem.  Just as I say that I am from Salt Lake City, Utah because it is more well known than Centerville, Utah."  He accepted the answer and said he would humbly read.

The next day, Jonel came to church with his wife Geralyn and says that he wants to repent and feel what his wife feels.  It was awesome.  I love being a missionary. 

Elder Zesiger

Letter to Mom....

This week was cool and there were a lot of miracles!  We went to try and get  a list of all the big families from the barangay which is kind of like a local government.  We went in to the chairman who is like a mayor. And the first thing that he said was "you are affiliated with the FBI right to gather everyone's lineage."  I said "I don't think so, but that would be awesome!"  He laughed and then asked us about his family history, we promised to help him and then he said that he'd  give us whatever we wanted.  We asked for the list and he gave us access to all the information that they had, including pass port info, voter's ids, birthdays, addresses, and anything else you can think of!  It was crazy.  We will go back tomorrow and teach him about his family history and hopefully it can be like a King Lamoni situation.  Everyone respects and knows the barangay capitain.  He is the leader of like 20,000 people!

I love you mom 
Elder Zesiger