Thursday, May 26, 2016
I was searching and searching for their faces in the crowd....
Elder Zesiger didn't have much time to write us this week so he shared the email that he wrote to his mission president.
My week was cool, here is some stuff from my letter to President, but other than that we had a flood! It started raining like crazy and then all of the sudden the streets turned into rivers up to our knees! It was awesome! I was playing around in it and jumping and then I looked around and I was like, where is Elder Magno, then I saw him running and he was already like 100 yards away hahaha he hates rain. You also need to buy the lamb of god musical and listen to the song where Peter realizes that he denies Jesus and says what have I done, its one of my favorite songs and sounds like Queensrych. I also gave a talk in church yesterday! here is my email Dear President, I am happy with our week. We had some really great experiences with the Spirit and our investigators and area are starting to progress and it no longer feels like we are pushing them into the font, but that they actually want to get to know and follow Christ. It is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
One miracle that has happened in our area lately is the testimony that has been given and is still being given to the T family. They are amazing and Elder Magno and I love them. They were former investigators but never went to church until last Sunday. Yesterday, I was giving a talk, so I was up in the front looking at the audience. I was searching and searching for their faces in the crowd but I couldn't find them. I started to pray and tell Heavenly Father that we have been doing our very, very best every day and that we just needed him to help them come to church. I was getting so nervous as the meeting started and they still weren't there. I was praying and praying and then finally I opened my eyes and I saw Elder Magno smiling and walking to the door. I was so happy when I saw nanay t and her family walk in the door. It was amazing! hahahah
Another very cool experience that I personally had was with Elder B last night. He has an investigator which I'm sure he has told you about. His name is R and Elder B has been with him on his journey to baptism since he arrived in the area. R was supposed to be baptized yesterday, but when Elder B and Elder G went to pick him up, they found him outside with no shirt on, and drunk. This was devastating for Elder B. His is an amazing, amazing missionary and an awesome example to me, but he often worries that he is not good enough. During my personal study, I was reading in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 57. As I was reading, I was praying to Heavenly Father and asking him why something like that could happen, why one of his servants could work so hard every day and worry so hard for the people that he serves and loves that it causes him to lose his sleep, and he still does not receive the blessings of his labor. It didn't seem fair to me and I wanted to know why. Without ending my prayer, I turned the page and my eyes fell on a group of verses that I have read many times before, and were highlighted. "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand."
I prayed again and thanked Heavenly Father for the answer, and last night I shared the experience with Elder B. He told me thank you and said that he really needed that, the Spirit was there, and it was a cool experience.
I love being a missionary. As I search for Heavenly Fathers hand in my life and in the lives of others, it's impossible not to be happy haha. I know that he has a plan for all of us, and most of the time we don't understand it, until we have passed it and can look back. But the cool thing is that we can always have faith that he does.
Some pictures from Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.