This week was incredible. We had straight success this week in the work. Lots of spiritual growth, miracles, and learning experiences. But it was soooo dang hot.
This week was the hottest week of the year. Thursday was one of the hottest days I have ever experienced haha. We were out working and this one valley that we need to walk through was actually flooded. It rained real hard in the morning for like 30 minutes which caused some flooding is some areas. And the water was really, really hot. I'm convinced I could've hard boiled an egg in that water. We tried to make our way through the valley without getting wet, trying to jump from dry patch to dry patch, but ended up shin deep in water. As I tried to ignore my socks being soaking wet and pretend to not care, I remembered Buck at Disneyland saying "I like my socks wet" hahah. All the people we were teaching live on the beach, so we just ended up taking our shoes off and walking around barefoot for a while. (editor: flashback to September 2015. Family was at CA Adventure riding the Grizzly River Run. We all did what we could to keep our feet dry...Zach took his shoes off (yay!), but left his socks on (what?). His defense when badgered about this, "I like my socks wet!" This now stands as a family favorite one-liner.)
On Wednesday, we had Zone Conference. I got to see a lot of friends I haven't seen for a while. The conference was good as usual. Always seem to receive personal revelation for what needs to be done in our area, which is much needed in missionary work. It was also President Andrada's Birthday. So the feast we had was HUGE! He bought a big ole lechon baboy (whole roasted pig) and tons of other foods. It was great. Later on that night, I got a text from the AP's saying that they went into our house, borrowed our phone charger, and left tons of left over food in our fridge. So that was quite a treat. Got to have turkey and Chinese food for the first time in like 8 months.
with Elder Earnest
So yesterday was a very happy Sabbath day. We had seven investigators at church. The first one that showed up was Jaryl. He's a 20 year old guy that we found last week. Actually the way that we found him was completely guided by the spirit. We were just walking down the road, and we kind of just took a right turn into an alley. Elder Reyes asked "Where are we going?" and I said "I'm not really sure haha." We continued and ended up in a small little alley. Like really small. Two people side by side would struggle to walk through this little path. So we entered this alley and found Jaryl sitting inside his house, playing the guitar. He invited us in, and we played a little guitar, had a good time and then taught him the Restoration. He told us he wants to know if this is true and that he will pray, read the book of Mormon, and go to church. And then he told us "Thanks for coming, even though the path to our house is a little sketchy and I'm not real sure how you found us haha". We were completely guided by the spirit.
So the Del Rosario family made it to church for the last 15 minutes of Sacrament Meeting and then stayed for the next 2 hours. As we were in the Gospel Principles class, Jordan (one of our recent converts) came in and joined us. Chris Del Rosario (the dad) started talking and saying how he didn't believe us back when we told him that Jordan had changed. Jordan used to be a full on drunkard. Chris went on to say that now he believes us, that Jordan has full on changed. And it was quite the testimony to him that there is something different about this church. Very excited to keep teaching him and see his progression toward baptism.
So we experienced a couple miracles this week. On Tuesday we wanted to show The Restoration DVD to the Del Rosario family. We showed it last week in their home to their niece, but we weren't able to get it to work in Tagalog, so it was a little hard for her to understand. So as we were trying to set it up, it wasn't working at all. For some reason, it just wouldn't work. After about 15 minutes of fiddling with it, trying to get it to work, it suddenly started playing. But the miracle was, it was playing in Tagalog. I was shocked. We didn't know how it even started playing, especially in Tagalog. The spirit was strong during the first vision, and it testified to them that Joseph's experience was true. It was about 7 o'clock later that night, and there wasn't really any way of transportation. So we eventually found a kuliglig to hitchhike (see example below), and he said he was heading back to centro. Well he ended up stopping about 2 or 3 miles out from where we were headed, which was a bummer. I looked around and there wasn't another vehicle in sight. Then I looked down to hop off of the trailer, and when I looked up, there was a triC literally right in front of us, waiting for us, like he knew we needed a ride. I couldn't believe it haha. Another Miracle.
I know that the Lord answers prayers. I have been praying consistently to see miracles in my mission, and those prayers have been answered and still are being answered. God wants to help us, we just need to call upon His name.
Love you all, have a good week :)
link to The Restoration