Otober 20, 2014
Kumusta ang lahat? Napakabuti kami!
The rest of the Tana family were baptized, by Brother Tana. They are just an incredible family and we know they will be a great asset to our Branch. We have a new focus, a new direction and I am really excited about it. We are going to start meeting with recent converts and begin preparing them to attend the temple to be sealed. Recent converts include those who have been members less than a year - and actually a couple of the families we will be working with have reached their year mark, but there has not been any temple prep class so they are not yet prepared. One of the families is starting to become less active so we are really hoping this will make a difference. I discussed this with President Ostler in our temple recommend interview and he had great counsel. For the Tana family and others who have a year or almost a year we are going to set a date for them to do baptisms for the dead in about 5 or 6 months. There are also a couple of families that the father has not been baptized so we will focus on baptisms for them as well. We will start with teaching them about living the gospel daily in their lives - personal and family prayer, scripture study, FHE, keeping the Sabbath day holy, etc. We will also focus on family history (thus my need for that info), because they are really pushing for new converts to submit names and do the work for their ancestors. Then we will move into temple preparation. With those who have already passed their year mark or will soon, we will meet with probably weekly. Those who have more time we will meet with less frequently. At least, that is the thought now. We will see. I am so excited about this direction and focus. Dad and I will work on this and his self-reliance programs together, but he will do the planning, prep, etc for SR and I will work on TP. We will have to come up with our own lessons for living the gospel daily, and will use the temple prep manual for that. If you have any personal stories about prayer, scripture study, FHE, etc etc, please share them with me. That would be so great to be able to share them with these families. I do not know how the language is going to go. We are going to take a member with us on each visit. Probably a different member for each family. I have prayed about this, whether to have the member teach and we just listen and testify/share experiences, or if we should teach. I think it would need to be in Tagalog, or mostly in Tagalog, and I am not sure if we could do that. But I have prayed and plan to fast about this. Dad would most likely have to do English, but I would really like to be able to teach in Tagalog, but I mostly want what is going to be best for these families. We shall see. It will be interesting to see how all of this unfolds, but I know that it is needed and inspired. Like President Ostler taught in our last zone conference, missionaries focus on faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. But that is not the end. It seems like here, many of the new converts just sort of get dropped at that point. The missionaries do the follow-up teaching, but then that's it. And the first year of membership can be so hard for some people. I guess some wards may be very good at fellowshipping and helping new members, but ours is not, at least not yet. We are also hoping including members in the visits and teaching, they will see the need. Well, I didn't mean to ramble on. I just am so excited about this. And dad is excited about his SR. Both can be a great benefit for the people here. We appreciate your continued prayers in our behalf. We need them so much, and we know they help!
We hope you are all doing well! We LOVE hearing from you! We miss you all so much!
Love, Grandpa and Grandma, Mom and Dad