Monday, December 28, 2015

My Christmas Miracle...A White Christmas in Talisay

It's still not real to me that this is my last day in the mission, but Jacob did say that time passes like a dream! I cannot say how true that is. It has just been too fast. I can't express exactly what I feel right now, I'm happy but sad, excited but nervous, eager but hesitant. However, I have to face the fact that I'm leaving the place that has changed my life tomorrow, but the Philippines will always be in my heart. I have to take this name tag off in just a couple days but it will forever be engraved on my heart. I'm going home a better person because of these eighteen months, because of these beautiful people, and because of the hand of the Lord.
I've become a humble person. The situations these people are in have brought me to state of humility. They work all day just so they can have dinner for that night, and they are still the happiest people I have ever met. They don't even think about murmuring about their trials and hardships but they are thankful for them. I am changed.
I've become a loving person. These people love you the second they met you and you feel like you are part of their family! I have learned that from them, to just love unceasingly, to love people enough to see their potential and past their weaknesses. Love is to be shared and expressed. I am changed.
Group picture of FHE at Jenny's home,
theres smoke from the oil lamp behind my camera.
This time has been the best time for my life, I truly feel like I've walked with God. My spiritual eyes have been opened and I have seen Him and I have felt His love. I read a verse in my personal study yesterday that really comforted me, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I don't know why I always compare my going home from the mission to dying but I guess its going to feel like the same thing hah but I just loved this verse. Not things present, nor things to come is going to separate Their love for each and everyone of us. Even though I'm sad to leave, these beautiful, wonderful people are children of God and He loves them so much and he will take care of them.

-White Christmas(: Katrina isn't she adorable?
Okay so I'm gonna tell you guys about my Christmas miracle. Her name is Katrina Erodias. I've told you guys about her before. She is very special to me. I know we knew each other in the pre-earth life and I was sent here for her. She was so prepared, like I don't even feel like we did anything. She is the smartest cookie. She bore a firm testimony of the restored gospel and I know she is going to become the most powerful servant of the Lord! I'm so honored to have been the missionary that was lead to her. Forky Aries from my fourth area, Sum-ag, is who introduced her to the church and gave her a Book of Mormon. She's just been waiting for us ever since, three long years. It's the best last baptism I could've asked for. Heavenly Father's love will not separate from us! "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that looseth his life for my sake shall find it." yup. Kbye Stay Fresh!!

Sister Schimbeck
Joseph giving the spiritual thought! We had FHE out in the
middle of no where and they had no electricity so we used
lamps and oil lanterns for light.

The bonfire! 

I taught them how to roast marshmallows haha they loved it! 

Edwin and his smore!

We had so many people work with us on Christmas Eve! 

Christmas Eve with the couple missionaries and Sister Loveday!
The drink I'm drinking just smelled like Christmas, it was beautiful.

The baptism of Katrina with some members 
 and her family even came to support her in 
her decision.
Talisay Ward Missionaries! I love Talisay so much.

This jeepney gets it.

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