Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hulog kayo ng langit para sa amin (You guys fell from heaven for us)

I'm going to start off with one of the greatest experiences I’ve had on the mission thus far. Yeah, you should be excited.  So remember the family I talked about that we "found with faith?" (Refer to “Finding with Faith” post on May 19, 2013). Well they're pretty much the greatest investigators in the world.  A little background information about the Alatiit family: They have 7 kids from ages 1-16.  Nanay (the mother) was raised muslim but has since gone inactive.  Tatay (The Father) was raised Catholic but has picked up some Muslim beliefs. He is no longer active in either of these churches because he believes something is missing and he doesn't fully agree with either of those churches. Tatay has done quite a bit of searching for himself.  He has theorized many ideas that he knows to be true through his own studies.  Well that's where we come in.  So far we've taught him about the restoration, the book of Mormon and the plan of salvation.  He believes everything that we teach. He responds to our questions with answers that would take most members years to comprehend.  This family has been prepared to hear the message of the gospel.  Following our last lesson, Elder Atoigue and I both bore testimony of the things we taught.  The spirit was nearly tangible. Afterwards, Tatay made a few comments that every missionary would die to hear. First, he said: "I believe that the book of Mormon is true, it leads people to Christ and not to hell." (The exact English translations aren’t exactly equivalent but the meaning remains the same).  Second, he said "I know that Jesus is my savior." (At this point, Elder Atoigue and i were both smiling ear to ear and filled with an unexplainable excitement) And finally he said this, "Hulog kayo ng langit para sa amin," which directly translates to you guys fell from heaven for us.  WE FELL FROM HEAVEN FOR THEM.  That is what missionaries live for.  Most of the time we have to act purely on faith, believing that we are making a difference.  Very rarely do investigators tell you about the difference you’re making in their lives. Small sentences like that give you the drive to continue to work even though you can barely speak the language, it's 100 degrees outside, 110 degrees inside and knowing that you're next 200 meals will be rice. I love this family and am so excited for them.  Unfortunately, Tatay had to leave to a nearby city for a month, so our progression has slowed down a little bit.  However, we are still teaching Nanay and the kids, they even came to church yesterday.  Elder Atoigue and I might run out of people to teach if we continue at this rate.  I'll keep you guys posted!

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