Well it has been another fantastic week here in PQCM!! We have had some really amazing lessons, and I continue to see the proof of God working through me. We had one lesson in particular that amazed me. We have this new family that we're teaching--the mom, dad, and three adult sons. And they're "truth seekers", which means that they really want to know what is true but it also means that all of our lessons are really intense with them. They have a lot of questions, and sometimes the discussion gets really crazy. We taught the Plan of Salvation to them this week, and it was amazing. They were firing questions at us about every principle of the Plan of Salvation--from pre-earth life to the spirit world to the Celestial kingdom. It was crazy. But it was such a testament to me that we are literally receiving heavenly help, because using our own words and the scriptures we were able to answer every single question that they had. It was cool too, because that morning, I'd been prompted to bring my Preach My Gospel. I never carry it with me, because I don't need to add extra books to my bag when we're trekking around lol. But I brought it for that lesson, and I am so grateful I listened to that prompting, because one of their big questions we didn't have a scripture prepared for, but by using the scripture references in the PMG, I was given the perfect scripture to use. It was absolutely amazing. Whenever we walk away from a lesson with them, Sister Udarbe tells me that she truly believes in the gift of tongues, because apparently my Tagalog is almost perfect in our lessons with them. The rest of the time my Tagalog is about mediocre, so I guess for whatever reason, that family needs me to speak clearly, so Heavenly Father helps me to do that. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY.
In church yesterday, we had our combined Sunday school, and before it got started some of the members got up and talked about upcoming job opportunities. One of the members of the bishopric asked all of us there "Who works 5 days a week?" There were a handful of members who raised their hands. "Who works 6 days a week?" A couple more than the first time raised their hands. "Who works 7 days a week?" Us 4 missionaries shot our hands straight up, and everybody started laughing. There was one member who also works 7 days a week. But, let's be serious here. Missionary work is literally all consuming, all day, 7 days a week. We wake up and pray for our investigators, then exercise so that we can be strong enough to get to them. We study so that we know what doctrines to teach them, and then we go out and we work. We overcome weaknesses, find the courage to open our mouths, and focus all our energy and our purpose on them. We study the language and pray some more for them. And when we come home in the evening, we pray for them again, then plan what we can teach and do for them in order to help them come unto Christ. And then before we go to bed, we pray for them again, and sometimes we're kept awake trying to think about what we can teach and what we can do to help them. I think that's one of the best parts of missionary work--you learn how to love people. You learn how to love people so much that you'll give everything to them--your whole self. You love them so much that you'll fight through homesickness, physical sickness, and all of Satan's tests and temptations to try to help them. You love them so much that you pray and you cry and you labor to bring them the joy of the gospel. And that is what we learn as missionaries. We learn what it means to truly love our brothers and sisters--our fellow children of God.
And it is beautiful.
D&C 100:4-6 Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls. Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.
Just do your best, and the Lord will do the rest.
Mahal ko kayo lahat!!!