Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

Well this week has been, for the most part, extremely epic and exciting. I have a ton to talk to you about. We had something special happen pretty much every day so get ready. 

Tuesday: One of the greatest days of my mission. We were blessed with the opportunity to witness the sealing of Elder Atoigue and his family. It was truly amazing.  After the sealing we came home to a typhoon. It was quite epic. We were all told to be in our apartments by 6 pm and to wait for the storm to subside and the flooding to go down. The real storm actually didn't hit till the following morning. From about 5-10 in the morning, we experienced 60 mph winds and heavy rainfall. We were safe inside our house so it was actually pretty anticlimactic. At 1 we left our apartment to head up to the chapel to help with transfers. We drove by trees that had been uprooted and tree branches scattered across the streets. Lucky, nothing too serious happened. The storm wasn't too strong in our area so no one was injured nor were houses destroyed. Gotta love being a missionary in the Philippines. They say that there's more where that one came from. 

We had a pretty great finding experience this last week. As we were walking along the street, we came across a wallet that had been dropped. We picked it up determined to find the owner. Inside was a little bit of money, a watch and an ID. We examined the ID, the address thereon, and began our search. It was actually only a few streets over so we quickly found it and knocked on the door. An old man came to the door. We explained that we had found this wallet and believed it to belong to his wife (the picture on the ID was a women). He took the wallet, looked it over and discovered it belonged to his wife. He graciously thanked us and talked with us for a while. Turns out they were prepared by the Lord and we are now teaching them. The Lord sure works in mysterious ways. 

Another great finding experience. We were on the search for a taxi driver we had talked to a few days earlier. We knew his first name and the street, but not his house. We turned on to his street and began to walk. We came to a house that we felt inspired to try. We knocked and out came another old man. He wasn't very happy to see us. He told us that he didn't know that man and he left. However, out came a younger women.  She opened her gate and began to talk with us. She then expressed that her husband was a member of the church, but hasn't been in years. She then expounded how about 3 years ago she attended our church with her husband numerous times. However, they moved and then stopped going to church (Don't you just love those less active part member families?). Long story short, we will be teaching them this week and she will be baptized. 

We have a baptism this Saturday! Elsi will be making sacred covenants this Saturday and I am stoked!! I haven't said too much about Elsi. She's one of those investigators that just does everything she's supposed to. Nothing too crazy has happened while we've been teaching her, she is just one of the sweetest ladies ever and wants to know the truth. She was a referral from one of our members and that member has just been the best support for her. He brings her to church, answers questions and genuinely cares for Elsi. Members and missionaries coming together, there's no better way.

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