Hello everyone! I am going on my third week in Tanza and I have learned a lot about myself in this short amount of time. Overall I am loving my mission and the experiences I am having in the Philippines.
Mission life, however, has its ups and downs! This past week I have learned a lot about how we can endure something we don’t necessarily like, with a positive outcome at the end. We need to progress while we endure, having a “I will be stronger after this” attitude, instead of a “Bite the bullet” attitude. The “Bite the bullet” attitude definitely works, but we are basically the same person at the end with some scars and bad memories. If we look at a situation that we don’t think we can handle and only look at the negative outcomes, that is exactly what we’ll receive. If we think, “What could I possibly gain from this?” We will find something. It may not be what you’re thinking either. It could be something completely different. Pray for help. When we are lacking in hope, STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH. How do we strengthen our faith? Read, ponder, and pray the word of God (Scriptures, Conference talks, Preach My Gospel).
Things are going well in Tanza. We have a few baptisms coming up in the next few weeks and we are trying our best to find investigators! I experienced my first typhoon! It was only a level 1 but there was so much rain…. haha!
On the way to conference we hit a roadblock. A large trailer truck had gotten stuck in the mud and was placed across the road. So we had to get off the bus, and get on another one. To relate this to patience, we had to get off our bus (current thought process) wait for a little bit (allow ourselves to calm down), and then get on another kind of bus/jeepney (take a different thought process/change attitude). We got to conference on time and everything worked out! I hope you all are doing well! This Church is true, The Book is blue, and Moroni is always on the ball! I know that Christ helps us in our times of need. I love Him, I love my Father in Heaven, and I love the Holy Ghost.
Elder Hunter Burbidge