7 December 2014
As you have mentioned there has been another bagio in the Philippines and so we had to come home earlier for a couple of nights and some of the missionaries got evacuated from their areas closer to the city. They didn’t want to have a repeat of what happened last year during Yolanda with missionaries going missing due to no cell phone signal. My area of the island didn’t get hit, There was just some rain and strong winds but nothing compared to what I experienced last year in Kalibo. I’m not sure if any of the Panay Island got effected. Yesterday, as directed and advised, we only went to church for sacrament meeting then we all returned to our respective homes.
The work continues and we continue to find and teach as well as rescue. We found a new family and the father seems really interested. He reads!!! and whenever we see him he just has a huge smile on his face. His wife is a little bit against the whole thing but with time and help from her husband, I think she will be more open to the message. The Tongua family continues to be busy but we have seen a bit of improvement with Liezl. She told us that after clearing up some confusion she had, she might be baptized. So we will not give up on her. We also have another investigator. She is actually from a part-member family who is less active. She just had a baby and I think that is why she started listening to us. We shared the plan of salvation with her and she loved it.
I am finishing up the four standard works this coming week which is exciting and I have noticed how much of a treasure the scriptures are. I rejoice in reading and applying the messages from the scriptures.
It has been made very clear to me that the call is to “hasten the work” and I strive everyday to sanctify myself and be worthy to carry on the call. I know that we must all go on in so great a cause. We must move forward and on to victory. That is the call, that is what we have to do. We must become better, do better, and be better so that the work can hasten. I have found the importance of putting off the natural man and truly living the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love you all and pray for you always,