Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage and...souls to save"

And another week has passed! Hello family! This week has been so great! I still think about last monday and skipping with you all, such a great experience and a boost for me to continue pushing through and working hard!

So, last monday after skyping Sister Makaneole and I went to get manicures and pedicures as a little treat for Mothers day!  That is at least our excuse haha and it was only about 6 dollars and it was such a nice pedicure.  They were scrubbing our feet for FOREVER though cause there was so much dead skin.  As a joke we were saying "It is snowing in the Philippines!" haha 

Then on Wednesday we had sisters conference where all the sisters from the mission come together and we just have fun, learn about each other, and become more unified as sisters in the mission.  We played games, watched a movie about a sister missionary, learned about each others cultures, ate, and had a clothes swap.  It was a bonding experience and I got to meet so many sisters that I had not yet met.  Such a fun day!  

On Saturday, we had two more baptisms!! :) The children of Cecil, who was baptized a few weeks ago, they were baptized and they were so happy.  One of the sweetest experiences so far was seeing Racel, who is twelve, walk into the font, look at me, and give me the biggest smile ever. She then looked at her mom who was sitting by us, and I've never seen both of them look as happy before!  I'm so grateful for the opportunity to see miracles like this happen, not only at baptisms, but EVERY SINGLE DAY of my mission.  The people here are just amazing and I'm loving the work! 

Another miracle this week happened yesterday!  We have been teaching this couple Lope and Glenda, and Lope has been very very interested and has attended church 5 times now, but his wife would never come to church.  She would promise and then would end up saying that she was busy and had work.  So, yesterday we walk into church and we see both of them, seated together, and when they saw us they both had the biggest smiles!  Lope was so happy to have her there with him and she was so happy!  Then when we turned around, we saw our other investigator, Totoy, and he was sitting there quietly reading his Book of Mormon.  And then, James, the one who was baptized on Saturday, brought a friend to church and we ended up teaching him later on that day and he accepted a baptism date and we also taught a lesson to his family that went really well!  

Funny story real quick:  we were walking to Bato Bato which is where James and his friend live, and it is so steep, so rocky and so slippery with mud.  I almost fell a few times!  But Catherine, Cecil's niece was holding my hand all the way up.   She is only 9 and then there is me who is scared to death, but she helped me all the way up! She is just the sweetest! 

Then last night, we were teaching Nicole who will be getting baptized in 2 saturdays, and we were teaching about Law of Tithing and Law of Fast.  When we asked her what she knew about it, she pretty much taught us the whole lesson, and that is not the first time! She is so amazing!  Then she told us that she had actually paid her tithing earlier at church...our jaws dropped a little bit! She is so prepared for baptism, and it has been such a great opportunity to be able to teach her!  

This week, we also focused on finding new investigators to teach to expand our pool to teach, and we were really successful in doing so.  The Lord put in our path many people who have been prepared to hear the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   

As President Thomas S. Monson said "There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save."  I love being a part of this great work and being an instrument in the Lord's hand.  I want to add, that so many members here are working hard also to bring their friends and family to Christ, and it works!  Don't be afraid to invite others and bear your testimony.  Simple things will plant a little seed in their heart and you will never know how big that seed will grow unless you plant it :)  I love you all so much, thank you for all your support, love, and prayers!  Till next week family! Love you all!

-Sister Latham

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