Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 19, 2014

Dear Family, 

Yep. My companion was called last week as the new assistant to the President, which left me alone with the zone for this whole week. I worked in a trisome with our housemates in their area. Transfer day is this week and I am totally sure that I am staying here for at least four more weeks, which I am excited about. Right now I am working with Elder Mosquera, he's the AP that my companion replaced. We've been able to work in my area for almost three days now. 

We had some good things happen this week. One of the families we are teaching, the Garcia Family, has been interested in the lessons, but won't come to church or make any serious commitments until the dad has made a decision. The Dad told us before that he wanted us to show him, using the Bible, that Jesus Christ is God, and if we could, their family would be baptized. We prepared a short lesson from the Bible about the Godhead and the importance and unity of each member of it. It was a very simple and powerful lesson. The whole family understood and accepted the Godhead. Except Tatay. He wouldn't accept anything we shared...even the most simple verses. We explained to him that we had done as he'd asked, and then reverted it back to The Restoration and invited him to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it because that is really the only way to know the truth. We had a similar experience in our housemate's area with a Seventh Day Adventist. She believes that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is true, but she won't let go of the whole Sabbath being on Saturday thing. Nothing on earth can make her believe otherwise. We also invited her to ask again about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. 

It can be so frustrating at times when silly little things like that get in the way of the real important things. I just wanted to shout out, "Look! The Sabbath Day isn't a day...it's a commandment that needs to be followed, whether on Saturday like Moses and the Nephites did, or on Sunday like the apostles did. Or on WednesdayFriday, or any other day like the church does now." The church isn't built on the Sabbath Day. It's built on Christ and Revelation. It's not built on the Hebrew translation of LORD, or on Peter, or on the Day of Pentecost, or on baptism or faith healing. Talk about straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel! 

We love the Garcia family and really hope that Tatay will be able to feel the spirit so that they can participate in the blessings of the gospel. 

We are also visiting a guy named Matthew from Minnesota. He's been through a lot of stuff that no 16 year old should have to go through and ended up here in the Phils staying with his uncle. He can't speak Tagalog at all. He has a lot of faith though, and he brings us to tears sometimes with his story. I remember him praying after our last visit that the people who have treated him so badly would be forgiven. We've only been able to teach him twice so far, but he is really progressing. He came to church with us on Sunday and the members were really great at fellowshipping him in English. I was impressed. 

Nora and Alan (The family I told you about on Skype) are also doing really good. They all believe that the Gospel is true (they've been searching for 10 years) and are seriously considering being baptized. Nora has received a very interesting answer in the form of a sign. We are trying to help them come to church now, but something always seems to get in the way. We've seen so many miracles happen that allowed us to find this great family and it's evident to me that there is another force at work trying to stop them from progressing. I know they will make it to church soon though. 

We also had a baptism this week. Eulo is a primary aged kid from an active part member family. He is 9 and his dad isn't a member yet so it was a convert baptism - a low-lying fruit as we call it sometimes, haha. It was good though. Sometimes children's baptisms can be extra special.

That's about all for this week. I have been super stressed trying to handle this zone all by myself this week, but I've been getting through it. 

I love you guys, 

Love 
Jared.
  

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