10/27/2014 Queennee, Meet Queenie
Sorry I have to keep this short because we our district is
getting ready to watch Tangled for our district activity.
The baptism went awesome last Saturday! We went to the
Guadalupe Chapel, and the baptism room was packed with members who'd befriended
the four people baptized. They were the very first people to be baptized at
Guadalupe after its renovation, which was completed just about a month ago.
That's me, Arthur,
10/27/2014 Queennee, Meet QueenieSorry I have to keep this short because we our district is getting ready to watch Tangled for our district activity.
|That's me, Arthur, and Andre|
|Sister Wemhoner and Larsen's investigators, Joselito and Analyn.|
|The whole Laddaran family!|
We had 7 investigators attend Sacrament Meeting last Sunday! Larry and Beth, those long-time investigators, had a great time. And Sister Queenie, who we met on the side of the street, has now come for her second time. She is quite like Queennee, who my mom has become friends with in ways that astonish me. They both are simply progressing as quickly as possible! And to think that this started by just walking home one day, and opening our moths and starting to talk to them.
One more thing: last Friday Sister Ostler had a Music Meeting, where I got to play piano. So the plan is that I will be playing piano in malls and barangays with about 80 missionaries in the mission (I don't know the English for barangay). I made up a small arrangement for one of the songs.
I have time! I can send a legitimate blog entry!
Hello brothers and sisters!
I'm coming up on my second birthday in the Philippines. A
lot has happened. I wish I could tell you everything so that you, too, may feel
the joy that I experience as a missionary. I have a little more time to email
this week, so I'll get straight to the meat and potatoes of this blog.... after
this next paragraph. So, I may just get up on my soapbox. . . .
Filipinos don't know how to keep a secret, so everybody in
the ward knows it'll be my birthday this coming Thursday. I'm often asked what
I want for my birthday or what I want to eat, or what I'll do (which,
obviously, is just teaching). Here is my regular birthday party list in my head
of things I'd normally want to receive: A feast, a bunch of presents, and the
works. But last night, I thought about what Jesus Christ would want from us for His birthday. Have we asked Him?
Please consider that. The answer that comes to the head of my thoughts is that He wants us to "Come unto Me."
Maybe a better way to celebrate His birth, than feasts and presents and the
works, is through studying how we can become more like Him, which actually can
include serving others through giving presents. I encourage you to think of
those who may not be receiving so many presents, and take a step out of your
way to get to bless them somehow. For my birthday, that's what I would like you
all to do!
We taught Bobby Domingo again! I asked him if he knew the
church was true, and he gave an odd response about how any church has truth,
and we must pray to the Lord. Usually that would be a turn off, as it shows
lack of commitment. Undeterred, I continued on by challenging him with a
baptismal date, which he accepted immediately--because we wants to become a
member of the church! He asked if he could be baptized tomorrow. While we
obviously have a lot of work to do before he can get to that point, I feel the
Holy Ghost has testified of truth to him, and the time will come, if he
continues to read, pray, and come to church.
Our mission was privileged to hear from Elder Robbins of the
First Quorum of the Seventy on Friday. There was a Q & A portion, I asked thisquestion:
"An apostle’s duty is first and foremost to preach the gospel. In your
experience, how have you seen apostles and prophets share the gospel?" He
said that when Elder Ardern was here in the Philippines, he went to a diner and
talked to the waiter, who, like most Filipinos, works long shifts during the
day. He asked "Well! You seem quite the worker! How would you like to meet
other people just like you who work hard? I will be speaking at a YSA
conference tomorrow, and I'll save you a seat on the first row. How does that
sound?" The waiter agreed, and the next day he came to the conference, where
the YSAs swarmed him. Elder Ardern saw him the next week wearing the yellow
"Mormon Helping Hands" shirt. He eventually got baptized. Elder
Robbins also mentioned how whenever apostles go to restaurants, they're always
asked if they want alcohol or coffee. Elder Perry frequently says "Oh, no,
sorry. We're Mormons! Have you ever heard of them?"
That's all for this week!
Mon 11/10/2014 4:47 AM
Lately I've been struck with
how amazing recent converts of the church are, especially yesterday, as Elder
Ronquillo and I went on exchanges with 5 young single adult recent converts
preparing to go on missions, or preparing to enter the temple to be married.
There are many YSAs in the ward, but the testimony of these RCs seemed
especially comforting, because their baptisms were the result of true conversion,
which usually doesn't seem to happen to those who grew up in the church. I
imagine God sees those who grew up in the church but are just now are gaining
their testimonies as His recent converts.
In our mission we have
indicators we submit, such as how many lessons we teach with a member or how
many people came to church. Now we have a new one, where we count how many
people we invite to investigate the gospel from our own efforts! We have to
invite 10 people every day. I'm finding myself opening my mouth a lot more
My birthday was pretty awesome!
I bought some ingredients for Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and salad and had
lunch with us four. I'm the only American, so it was fun to see them try then
enjoy fettuccine for the first time, as well as try to pronounce it. Hehe. They
also liked tootsie rolls.
Sun 11/16/2014 11:00
Nagulat Ka Ba?
Friends and family and other
people who are planning on going to the Manila mission and wonder if there are
any blogs in the mission,
Hello! Last Wednesday, we took
part in an "MTC exchange" where the missionaries in my zone went with
missionaries planning on coming here, just as I did long, long ago. I met a
sister, whose last name I have forgotten, who had read my blog. This is the
second time this has happened, so I have come to the conclusion....
Which I am, obviously very
happy about. Let me tell you all about my week!
I'll start with Monday. We were
"Investigator hunting," proselyting, or, the most common term is “OYMing”(open
your mouth). We had appointments that had fallen through, so we were free to
roam our area. I casually asked a few boys if their parents were nice, and at
home, and if we could introduce ourselves to them. One said his mom was, so we
made our way. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a group of woman, who started
to talk to us in the middle of the alley way. And then a man named Ricky popped
his head out of his window, and said “Hi.” He said he saw some missionaries
working on a service project a while back, and referred himself to the
missionaries, but never got contacted. We taught him and several others in the
area that night.
But, wait, it gets better! We
set up a return appointment for Thursday. When we arrived, we were told to go
to the second floor, which is about the size of a small church classroom. There
were a ton of chairs set up and slowly the room filled up with all of the
people Ricky had invited to listen to us! We taught the whole restoration
lesson, gave them all baptismal dates and are going back there tomorrow night.
One of them said "Are you shocked?" or "Nagulat ka ba?"
One more story. On the MTC
exchange, I went with an elder from Fiji who's only been two weeks in the
mission. And people say I'm tall! Though he was culture shocked and sweaty, he
came along with me as we found more people. I remember him saying "I think
I'm just a planter. I'll go out on my mission and fulfill my responsibility to
serve, knowing that no effort is wasted."
Just this morning, I read D&C :23-24
23 That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the
simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
24 Behold, I am God and have spoken
it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their
weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to
we ever get the idea that missionary work is only for the mighty eloquent
speakers and the educated? Are we thinking we're excused because of our
weaknesses and can therefore leave the work up everybody else?
I heard my companion speak, I was filled with the spirit and knew the Lord was
with him. As you strive to teach the gospel, always remember that the Lord uses
the weak and simple ones to proclaim his gospel.
Hello brothers and sisters!
Mon 11/10/2014 4:47 AM
Sun 11/16/2014 11:00 PM
Nagulat Ka Ba?
23 That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
Do we ever get the idea that missionary work is only for the mighty eloquent speakers and the educated? Are we thinking we're excused because of our weaknesses and can therefore leave the work up everybody else?
As I heard my companion speak, I was filled with the spirit and knew the Lord was with him. As you strive to teach the gospel, always remember that the Lord uses the weak and simple ones to proclaim his gospel.