PHILIPPINES TACLOBAN MISSION:
Sister Madison May Healey
Philippines Tacloban Mission
511 Maharlika Highway
Tacloban City, LEYTE 6500
Sunday, October 25, 2015
First baptism! Maddie loves the Philippines and the people there.
This week our investigator Kim got Baptized! It was such an amazing feeling! Especially as he was confirmed on Sunday and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. The spirit was so strong. We are so happy for him! And because we only have a meeting house here (no font), he was baptized in the ocean! His family was so happy. It is crazy the difference he's made even in one day! He actually wore a white polo shirt and neck tie which was cool! (I didn't even know he had one...) He participated in MCM with us, he went and participated in the choir, he's going to activities, and I think he feels like he's really part of the branch. It's so great to see the ward fellowship him like that and to see him get so involved :) I know that baptism is such an important and essential step in our eternal salvation. It makes me so happy to see Kim showing his faith and acting, by being baptized. Faith without works is dead, right? :)
We've been super busy trying to teach everyone here in Naval, but it's so big! haha The other day we actually taught a lesson in English because the Sister preferred it over Cebuano. She even wanted an English Book of Mormon. It was so strange teaching in English! I could say so much! haha basta, the spirit was so strong. We got to eat fresh coconut this week, help harvest peanuts, and Sister Newton finally got to hold a baby goat!
We also started a Preach My Gospel class for the branch on Saturdays and it was so fun. We teach lessons and teach them how to teach as well. There are a lot of prospective missionaries here in Naval Branch, and it is so fun to see their excitement about the gospel. They are nervous and scared of rejection, but aren't we all? Even as missionaries, it is still nerve wracking and scary sharing the Gospel. But it is so worth it. The church wouldn't even exist without missionary work and it is a commandment of God. We just have to take that leap of faith. Open your mouth because we have the knowledge of the restored truth. And think of how the Gospel has blessed your lives and your families. Shouldn't everyone have the opportunity to receive those blessings themselves? And if you get turned down, it's ok. :) Everyone has their agency. I get turned down daily, haha, but that doesn't mean we give up or stop working.
I know that this is where I am supposed to be right now in my life, serving God. I love the Philippines and the people here. Nasayud ko nga tinuod ang ebangheylo ni JesuKristo. Manunubos ug Maluluwas Si JesuKristo. Nahigugma ang Dios sa ata. Nasayud ko nga nagpahiuli ang Dios sa ebanghelyo ni JesuKristo pinaagi ni Joseph Smith. Nakakita Si Joseph Smith sa atong Langitnong Amahan ug ni JesuKristo. Propeta siya. Gihapon, Nasayud ko nga naa ta'y buhing propeta karon, Si Thomas S. Monson. And if you read the Book of Mormon and pray to know for yourself if it is true or not, God will answer you, because I have read, and prayed. I still read and pray every day and I know that it is true.
Nahigugma ko sa inyo.
Until next week,
Sister Healey :)
Eating fresh coconut
"I saw a spider bigger than my hand!"