This is going to have to be a shorter email. there were some crazy slow connections at the computer shop we went to. Frustrating. But oh well!
Life has been really good this week.
#1 Jane's Baptism
#2 Charles got interviewed and passed and will be baptized on Saturday.
We were able to have some great moments this week with having our baptism of Jane. Jane has been so prepared and at her baptism, I was so blessed to hear her bare her testimony that she knows that this church is true. She had said that after she had heard the beginning of the lessons in her province, as her boyfriend of 5 years is a member, she came here with some doubts if she knew it was true and if she wanted to continue. But once she made the decision to come to church, which is where we first met her as she sat down next to us, she said her life has been blessed so much and she knows that all that she has learned is true and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Hearing her say that brought so much peace to my heart that I know that this is the work of God and that our mission is to bring His children back to him.
With Charles, there were some stuff in his past that he had to work through for the past few years that would allow him to be baptized. But finally we were able to get President Stucki to be able to interview him, and He Passed! I was so happy to see him come out of there. Pres. Stucki afterward said that he will make a great member of the church. I know that he has thoroughly repented and is now ready to make the covenant of Baptism. It is so great to see the redeeming power of the Atonement in people's lives. I am so blessed personally by the Atonement, but it is so amazing to see the change that it can make in other people's lives too.
When I really think about how powerful the Atonement is, and how much it has helped me, I feel so blessed and loved by my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. The Atonement brings about the change and the relief that nothing on earth can bring. It is only through the Atonement do we find peace in this world.
During everything that happened there has been a lot of disturbances to people's peace. We just got 13 missionaries from Tacloban and 2 more on the way. Those people there have gone through so much but the Gospel of Jesus Christ can give us the relief that we are all trying so desperately to find. Our ward got one missionary from Tacloban, as the former companion of the elder who is still here went to a regular ward in our stake. It will be fun and the work does not stop.
I am so blessed this week. I know that this gospel is true and I have been so blessed in my service here on the mission. If anyone says that they wonder why we would go to such lengths to bring people to our church, does not really understand what our church is. This is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. We bring souls to Christ. That is our purpose. But not going to lie, this is so difficult, but so worth it.
I love you all and miss you tons!!!
Mahal ko kayo!!!