Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's a boy!

So I tried to get our member to name her new baby after my father, but she did not like it.  People in the Philippines love to name their kids after the missionaries, but she had a boy and I am a girl. Maybe her next child will be a girl.  Then my legacy may live on in her family...
The best part of the week was when Emelda Mabbun related her experience to us about prayer.  One of the biggest principles we teach as missionaries is that we have a loving Heavenly Father that loves us and knows us.  Even though many people say this, they do not believe it.  That is where we come in.  Prayer is one of the best ways that we can exercise our faith and build our relationship with God.  Emelda has been suffering with some specific trials and could not sleep one night.  Instead of rolling over for hours, she got out of bed, knelt, and prayed.  Then she slept soundly through the night because she left her worries on the shoulders of the Lord.  This simple experience taught her that our Father in Heaven is not only there, he is actively listening to us and willing to do what we need Him to do for us.  
I learned another lesson from Dell and Alfredo Reynon this week.  Dell used to be a member of another church, but after marrying a non-member, she was excommunicated from her own religion. She has struggled with this for years.  God loves us.  As His children, we are always welcome in His church.  Dell and Alfredo have learned that God loves them and His true church is a place for all. 

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