Well it was another good week for me! We have a truly progressing investigator. He has attended church for 3 weeks now. Since last week, he has accepted the word of wisdom and has given up coffee and has stopped his occasional drinking! I am honestly so happy right now that I am finally on the route to my first baptism. Part of me hopes that I get to stay at least one more cycle, but I will go where the Lord wants me to go!
This week I got to teach the youth about stories they can use to explain to their non member friends the importance of the Priesthood. I was very impressed by the scriptures that were provided in the lesson book. There are several references to the priesthood in the Bible. Almost all of the passages we shared were in the Bible so that their friends would have a better understanding. Honestly this is one of the things I love about our church. Although many people like to disagree with our beliefs, our church is centered off the same authority as the Church of Jesus Christ back in Biblical times. I love how I don't have to be confused about the governing of our church because we have the same positions as in times of old. It also makes my life easier because to be quite frank.
Anyways, we went to the Quirino area again and for what seems like the first time in forever, I dunked for some little kids. Afterwards about half the neighborhood wanted to get to know me. Talk about a great way to get contacts! My companions mouth literally dropped open when the people started to come towards us. Haha and then to make things better, all of the people were shocked when they found I was pretty fluent in Tagalog. Now don't get me wrong, I am not even close to perfect at Tagalog, but they thought I had lived here for years.I usually started my contacts off by telling them that, yes I played basketball in america, and yes I was about as tall as Stephen Curry, then I was able to smoothly transition to the gospel! I call it my baller technique! :)
Side note: By the way, have I told you that I think I have grown an addiction towards peanuts... I buy them by the kilo! I just cant get enough of the salty flavor they provide! I also thinks its an indication that I may need more sodium in my diet. Oh and I found a cheap donut shop!!!! I bought 10 donuts and they were amazing.
Recently we have been having some problems with the women in our branch and as I was listening to one of our less active sisters talk about her concerns about attending all 3 hours due to the fact that there was some contention, a thought crossed my ind: "Who's house is this?" The thought hit me so clearly that I lost my place in the conversation. Immediately I was able to answer that the church is the Lord's house. As it is the Lord's house, all of the members come together to worship and think about our Savior. The Lord's house is not a place where the members should be diving into groups and talking about each other in negative ways. It is a sacred place where everyone should be gathered together for one purpose, to come closer to Christ.
This week I am going to focus my lessons to the women on the sacredness of the Lord's house and how we should be treating it. It is high time this Branch felt some warmth and love! And who better to give it than us missionaries!!!! I know this church is true. The church is a sacred house of the Lord and should be treated as such. It is no place for contention and definitely not a place to speak negative about others. The 3 hours we have there are very short and should be cherished every second. It is an opportunity to receive revelation for the things we need to focus on for the following week. It is an opportunity to improve on ourselves and come closer to Him who was our perfect example. I challenge all of you to truly ponder what it means to spend 3 Hours in the Lord's house.
Well to leave off, Id like to send my prayers off to the victims in the mass shooting. I can't believe that was able to happen on US Soil. I hope the government works hard to control this situation, because it seems to be getting scarier everyday.
Well I love you all and will talk to you again soon!
Crossing the Bridge