It was great to hear from all of you and see some pictures of the family! It seems you all had a great week and were inspired through the talks and other experiences in life. I am grateful to know that you are all doing well.
The baptism of Sister Violeta didn’t end up happening. She is having a challenging time right now and instead of turning to the Lord she is choosing to do what she thinks will best help her. She is working on Sundays and isn’t able to come to church. This coming month is Holy Week and she lives in Balaan Bukid which is translated to mean “holy mountain”. On good Friday they re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, so people from all over come to watch this event. She is preparing stuff to sell to people to earn some money that way. We were very sad about it but hopefully she will be prepared on a later date. Anyway, there is this reenactment and they choose someone from my area to crucify as well as two other people. There will be many people that come from all over the Philippines. It is a huge event here in Guimaras and everybody is talking about it.
We have another investigator that is doing really well. His name is Albert and he is 15. He is amazing and is always reading the Book of Mormon and he comes to church on his own. His parents work in Iloilo on Sunday mornings so he comes to church all on his own. He participates in the classes and is progressing very well. We hope that he can be baptized this month. He is one of 11 kids (he is the youngest) and we are also teaching other members of his family but he is the only one that comes to church. It is pretty amazing.
I got to climb a coconut tree this past week, it was pretty fun and not as hard as I thought it would be. Another crazy thing is that I go to crown a queen. There was this pageant thing going on in my area and they asked me to crown the queen. I didn’t really know what was going on but it was in front of a lot of people in one of our areas and it turned out to be a great opportunity to talk to a lot of people about our church. I even was able to talk to the mayor about the gospel and what I do as a missionary. It was a really fun and random experience that I’m sure will never happen again. I hope that now the people will recognize us when we walk down the street and now let us into their homes.
One thing that I have come to learn is that it isn’t necessarily important to know more but to live and declare what I already do know. As we live and share our testimonies of what we know it becomes a part of us and we become who we are supposed to become. We reach a potential to be like Him. As we live and declare what we know, more knowledge will be added to us and more opportunities to share what we know will be given to us.
I love you all.