June 29, 2015
Well, another week is past and June is almost gone! It was a busy week last week, but nothing out of the ordinary. We did not get much rain last week, but it has been cloudy and cooler, and we are hoping and praying for more. However, all the rain was not good for our biggest pumpkin plant so we don’t know if it will survive. We talked to our BP about calling the Bebita couple to be self-reliance specialists. He was suppose to talk to them yesterday, but we haven’t heard how that went. They are such a cute little couple. And they really are little. They have the same kind of bike set up that the Dagdags have and since they were baptized, well, since before they were baptized because here they have to attend church 4 times in a row before they can be baptized, they have faithfully come to church. Before we leave we need to get pictures of all of these wonderful people because you need to see them. We love them so much!
Last week we were able to visit Sister Mayme Icobai. I think I told you about her. She is a Seventh Day Adventist woman that we met at the SDA bakery, who loves the LDS hymns. We were finally able to deliver the hymn book that we had promised her. We took the missionaries with us. As we were visiting she was telling about how much she loved the hymns and I asked if we could sing one with her. She was happy to do that and chose, “Lord, I Will Follow Thee”. During the second verse she got emotional. Anyway, it was good and she agreed to have us come back the next day. The elders shared a message about families and family history work and left her with a “My Family” booklet and a B of M. She said she would come to church , and I really thought she would. She seems like the kind of person that if she says she will do something, she does it. But there may have been a reason why she couldn’t attend. I am not sure if I mentioned it before but we found out that she was actually baptized some time ago but after about a year she went back to SDA. He uncle, Brother Gattud, told us about that. (Just a reminder about how VERY IMPORTANT fellowshipping and friendshipping is!). Anyway, we were suppose to visit her this evening but couldn’t because – and this leads into another miracle, - Dad lost his partial plate (false teeth). He just set it on the table when we sat down to eat and then we couldn’t find them anywhere. He has an extra one, but it no longer fits and just falls out. So we prayed about it and continued to look. After dinner he had taken some papaya skins and other stuff like that out and dumped it out back, into the field behind our house. After looking EVERYWHERE he decided he would go there and see if he could check things out. You can’t really get back there because there is another wall – it’s hard to explain, but you really can’t get back there but there was one spot that he could reach with a stick. And that is the very spot where he found his teeth – inside a papaya skin. We just felt so blessed and thankful. I know it is just a small miracle, but it is just another testament that He is so mindful of us, even in the little things. Anyway, we couldn’t go but we will talk with the missionaries and see how things went. Honestly, we don’t really feel like she is interested, but is just being kind and friendly, but you never know. And you never know when something said, or sung, might touch her and help her remember why she joined the Church before.
We had good visits with the Gattuds last week, but the Sandoval branch is struggling a little. Hopefully things will pick up. I think I told you they have to do the member mapping again, and this time it has to be done on line with all of the Narra branch before they will consider making it a branch. We were really hoping they would become their own branch before we leave but it may not happen.
We had a great visit with the Tana family. They are the family that were previously SDA’s and were so prepared for the gospel. They are now preparing to go to the temple. Brother Tana was really concerned about telling his family about their conversion but then he had a dream and just felt like it would be ok, and it is. His parents told them that as long as they are happy and living right that was fine. It sounds like they are really good people – and really faithful in their religion. A couple of weeks ago they went to Manila for his brother’s wedding. He told his brother that they were preparing to go to the temple to be sealed as a family and the brother was really interested in that. So, who knows. They also said they went to the temple, just to see it, and they said they felt something there, just being on the temple grounds that they had never felt before and was hard to explain. Brother Tana said that it felt like all his stress was just lifted. They are a great family and just so eager for the blessings of the gospel and so happy and thankful for it. We take so much for granted!
Well, that’s about it for now. We hope you all have a great week and a REALLY FUN 4th of July!!!! We will be involved in an EQ activity about the importance of studying the scriptures so that should be fun.
We love and miss you all so very much!!!
Love, Dad and Mom, Grandpa and Grandma