Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happy Birthday and Mothers Day from the Philippines!!

Hello Family! It was so amazing to see all your wonderful faces, and hear your lovely voices on Skype this morning! You all boost me up so much and I am so grateful for the love and support you are giving me out here. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family who I love more than words can describe. You all have had such an amazing impact on my life and I'm so grateful. I thank my Heavenly Father everyday for you! These next few months are going to go by so fast and before you know it I will be talking to you at Christmas! Love you so so so much!

Happy Mothers Day and Birthday to you Mom!  Thanks for all you do for me and the family, God blessed us with the best of the best, and that is you 

As for my week, we had a wonderful week!  Sister Faasavalu was transferred, and I stayed here in good ole' TayTay and I am so excited to be here for at least another transfer.  I love this area, the people, the ward members, and the work here is progressing so much!  My new companion arrived on Wednesday, Sister Makaneole and she is absolutely the best! She is so sweet, encouraging, and we get along so well!  We are really alike in a lot of ways, love Nordstrom, shopping, dancing, and music...but that will all just have to wait till after the mission! haha 

When we got back to our area after transfers we went right to work!  I showed her around the area and we had some lessons with investigators and Sister Makaneole brought so much light, and strong spirit into the lessons.  I'm so grateful to have her as my new companion and I am so excited for this upcoming transfer!  

As for the work, we have really great investigators who are progressing!  Two of our investigators are getting baptized this upcoming Saturday, Cecil's two kids!  Cecil has been helping us in teaching the lessons and her excitement about the gospel is so touching.  She has a new light that she shines, and she truly loves this gospel.  It's amazing how when we are teaching our investigators, they end up teaching us such wonderful things about life.  I know that I will not only be able to see people experience conversion, but I myself am experiencing a personal conversion every single day!  I'm so grateful for all the amazing people that I have met while being out in the mission so far..and it's only been one transfer out in the field, with many more to come and I am so excited!  

This week we went to one of our far areas, we only go there once a week, and it was our last time we were going to visit if our investigators were still not progressing.  When we went to our investigator we taught about prayer and scripture study.  She read Moroni 10:3-5 and she understood all that she had to do to gain a personal testimony about the Book of Mormon.  After following the spirit on questions to ask her, and scriptures to share, and lastly bearing a strong testimony about the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, she was truly touched by the Spirit.  She said that she felt as if Christ was in the room and she said it is because of you and your message.  She accepted a baptism date, but said that she still needs to pray for an answer to see if it is true or not.  We told her that we truly want her to find out for herself if it is true and to read that promise again given in Moroni 10:3-5 that if she prayers sincerely and asks Heavenly Father if it is true, her prayer will be answered.  We invited her to say the closing prayer, and it was so heartfelt and sincere.  She prayed to know that if it was true.  She was so in tune with the spirit and at the end of the lesson she said that she felt really hot inside and that she felt really light.  We explained to her that that was the answer to her prayer, and the Holy Ghost testifying to her that the message we shared is true, that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true church on the earth today.  Seeing experiences like this are my favorite part of the mission.  To see people accept the gospel and to feel and know of the truth of this great message we are sharing with the world.  I'm blessed to be an instrument in the Lord's great work on the earth today!
One more thing!  It finally rained! alot!! and Sister Makaneole and I just went out and let the rain fall on us, and it was the best!  For once here in the Philippines I felt cold!  I soaked it all in and then the next was hot again! haha  It's the little things here that bring so much happiness :)  

Again, it was so great to see you all today, I love you so much!  Thank you for all the prayers and support!

xoxo Sister Latham

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