It has been another amazing week here in the Philippines Quezon City Mission. We had a special treat this week; we had an apostle/missionary meeting, and had the opportunity to meet Elders Neil L. Andersen and Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. As in, I SHOOK HANDS WITH TWO LIVING APOSTLES!!! Experience of a lifetime guys. Both the apostles and their wives spoke to us, and it felt like everything they said was exactly for me. I got to participate in the choir, and we sang a really pretty Tagalog/English rendition of Called To Serve. It was an amazing day. The picture is us four sisters that live/work together here in Morong Branch :) It was the only time that all of the PQCM missionaries were together in one place (even the Mindoro missionaries got to fly in to the mainland for this), so the apostles agreed to get a picture with us. I unfortunately don't have a copy, but maybe it's on Facebook :)
And I also gave myself a haircut for the first time!! We never have time on pdays to go to the salon (and I'm kind of paranoid), so I just did it myself, Filipina style! It didn't turn out too bad, actually.
I found out last week why being a nurse is not my calling in life. Sister Mainit had a headache, and asked me for some Paracetamol--you know, Tylenol. Well, being the genius that I am, I mixed up the generic names. So, instead of giving her pain medicine, I pulled out an anti-diarrhea from my medical kit. Then later that day, when I gave here the right medicine, she asked my why it was different
I had the opportunity to give the workshop in our district meeting (yikes!) and I decided to give it on the stripling warriors, which is one of my favorite stories. As part of it, I read from Alma 57:25
And it came to pass that there were two hundred, out of my two thousand and sixty, who had fainted because of the loss ofblood; nevertheless, according to the goodness of God, and to our great astonishment, and also the joy of our whole army,THERE WAS NOT ONE SOUL OF THEM WHO DID PERISH. I chose the stripling warriors because I think that they are such an example to us of the kind of people that we need to be in order to be our best selves for God. And the reason that not one of the stripling warriors was lost was because of their obedience, diligence, virtue, and humility. They were faithful and strong in what they knew to be true, and they stuck to their covenants. I know that as we do thise things as well, we will be given strength too; so that so matter what trials come, there won't be a single one of us who will perish.
I love you all!! Have a fantastic week!
Sister Payton Pectol