Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 26, 2014

Dear Family, 

It's been an incredibly stressful day...a zone reporting day. I have a new companion now and I have to train him to be a ZL in four weeks because I might be transferring in four weeks into my last area. We were in here since noon trying to figure all of the numbers out...and then all of the power went out and it started pouring rain so we ran over to the 7-11 and waited there for an hour until the power came back on.  Now I get to email you all real fast before we run to family home evening, haha. 

My new companion is Elder Evangelista from Manila. He's my first companion who isn't from the southern Phils or from the Bicol region. He's just this short, big, happy guy who doesn't say much. He's a way good missionary and I love him to death.

There haven't been too many crazy adventures this week...just the good teaching experience kind. We had 6 investigators come to church yesterday but Nora and Alan still didn't show up. They are such great investigators and they say that they have received answers that this is the true church, but they just haven't come to church yet. It's so hard to solve concerns, haha. We have faith that they'll show up though. We also visited the Landingin family again (the parents didn't come to church either and haven't for the whole time I've been here) and taught them. Nanay told us that before, when they went to church, that a whole bunch of really bad things happened - her kids got sick, they never had enough food, etc. We were all like, "Nanay, when you come to church and have family prayer and stuff, the Lord will bless you," and she was all, "But Elders, whenever we do stuff like that our lives get worse." That was the first time I'd heard something like that but I told her about you guys and how our family has always been blessed because of the Gospel, even if it's not easy sometimes. I really hope they will come to church. 

It's so hard when you love these families and feel like you're a part of them but then you see them shy away from the Gospel. It's really sad. BUT, I know that, one day, both of those families will all become members and be sealed in the temple. 

It's really cool how the Lord prepares people for the Gospel. We've been teaching the Ombac family for a while and they are all strong and active in the church. There are five recent converts in that family, so we are there quite often. Brother Ombac, his wife and daughter, his two little sisters, and sister Ombac's sister have all become members. The only one left in that house who is a non-member is Sister Ombac's brother...who would always kind of avoid us when we were there. Sister Ombac has been hoping and praying that he would receive the gospel and last week, as he was driving his motorcycle (and slightly intoxicated), he crazed and got scraped up really bad. He ended up going to a hospital in Pangasinan and getting a bunch of stitches in his head. It's really a miracle that he lived, because here, if you crash on the highway, you will probably die. People just drive like maniacs here. Anyways, after his accident we talked to him and he had changed so much. He wanted to listen! We talked with him and he said he knows that God protected him when he was in the accident. We were able to start teaching him. The Lord really can and will open anyone's heart. 

That's all I have time for...it's been a crazy day. I love you guys and I hope you all have a great week. 

Love, 

Jared. 

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