Called to serve in the Quezon City, Philippines mission to report February 4th and will teach the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tagalog. How great is my calling!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I'M STAYING!!! WOOOHOOO!
I got the best news this morning!!! I'M STAYING HERE IN ANTIPOLO!!! I've never been this excited and nervous to get the transfer calls this morning! I woke up at 4:30 this and I couldn't get back to sleep! haha I just laid in bed and read the Liahona in Tagalog till the phone rang at 6:30!
The first thing my ZL says is, "well, Sister Latham...your companion is staying." and I said "WHAT ABOUT ME ELDER!" and then he said "And you are staying too!!" I'm sure our ZL then had to pull the phone away from his ear because me and my companion just started screaming hahaha Sister Bairulla and I had been praying so so hard, and even in my last two weekly letters to President I don't know how many times I told him that I wanted to stay in this area and see these people we are teaching be baptized! And the best thing, even the Mendoza family that will be baptized on July 9th prayed last night in our family home evening, that nobody would transfer and when we texted them this morning they were all so happy!
I am so so excited for this upcoming transfer! It is going to be so busy, exciting, really really busy..and really really exciting! :) We have 2 zone conferences, 2 Missionary Leadership training, temple day, with exchanges on top of that! This also means that the transfer is going to go by really really fast! I already can't believe how fast this past transfer went!
I also heard news this morning, that one of the sisters I trained, Sister Tropia, is now an STL and the other sister I trained, Sister Tio, is now training! In the mission if you train, you call your trainee "anak" or child and they call you "Nanay" or mom, and then if they train, their "anak" calls you "lola" or grandma, so I now have 2 "apo" or grandchildren :) I don't know if you get it, but it is very exciting because i now have 2 apo and they will call me "lola" :) It is so wonderful to see my 2 "anak" grow so much in the mission and to accept these wonderful callings that Heavenly Father has given them. They are such wonderful missionaries and I am so so proud of them and their progression that they have made in the mission :)
I just want to share about the Mendoza family this week! They are the family that plans to be baptized on July 9th and if possible maybe even earlier. Brother Alberts daughter and her partner just need to get married and they are processing the papers right now :) So we had Family Home Evening with them last night and it was so much fun! They all shared how much the gospel how blessed them and really united them as a family. Brother Albert says that in the past he would listen to all religions, but it didn't really affect him that much, but as soon as he listened to the gospel of Jesus Christ, he said that it pricked him in the heart, he felt something different, and he was willing to change. He expressed his gratitude for us missionaries and he said "I pray to Heavenly Father that you will continue to guide us through this journey, to our baptism, and even till the time we can enter into the temple as a family and be sealed." It was so powerful because this family is seeing the whole picture. They are not just focusing to getting to the waters of baptism, but they are focusing on entering into the temple one day. I am so so excited to be able to continue to teach them for another 6 weeks and I pray that everything will work out in order for me to see them be baptized :)
I have attached a few pictures. 2 are of the Mendoza family and one of them is of our district :)
I love you all so much!! Please continue to pray for this family :) I only have 6 weeks left as a full time missionary, but there is still so much to do! Love love love you all!