We leave for the Philippines in exactly 20 days! Time is just flying in the MTC! I am learning more and more everyday! I still feel like I don't know much at all but for being here a little over three weeks I cant believe how much I know!!! I had a cool experience the other day! I was sitting down at the table to eat dinner and folded my arms to pray and I started praying and it was all in Ilonggo! It felt so natural and I didn't even have to think about how to say the prayer I just knew! I am not saying it was an elaborate prayer it was very simple and short but it was such a tender mercy showing me how real the gift of tongues is!
Last Sunday I was able to teach Relief Society and I was very nervous for it but I was able to really rely on the Holy Ghost to direct my lesson and it was very successful! At the end of the lesson we sand "Dearest Children" and the last line really stood out to me, it says "He will bless you, he will bless you, if you put your trust in him." And this is so true we just have to put our trust in him!
We also had an incredible devotional this week were the speaker said something so profound to me! He said "God doesn't use a spotlight when a flashlight is sufficient." This is such a perfect way to describe the Holy Ghost, because sometimes I am expecting a spotlight when he is showing me a flashlight. You need to be patient and look for the flashlight!
This week I also received a blessing. It was such a cool experience to have must of the elders in my zone be able to give me a blessing! It is incredible to have so many people willing and able to give blessing at any given time! The spirit was so strong during the blessing.
Also this week I had the most incredible experiences with my investigators during our lessons. During one lesson with our investigator named Francis we extended to him to be baptized and he agreed!!!!!!! YAY! I was then able to bear my simple testimony in the little Ilonggo that I knew but the spirit helped with the rest. Im not sure if what I said was correct or even right but the spirit was there and really helped our investigators faith grow and help him come closer to Christ!
With our other investigator named Teresita this was our second lesson with her and we taught about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon and our plan was to invite her to pray to know this message was true, when we were able to say this I knew that is not what Teresita needed right now the Holy Ghost told me that we needed to invite her to do something different to meet her needs. I didn't know how to tell my companions without completely interrupting the lesson so when my companion invited her to pray she declined. She said she wanted to learn more about the message before she prayed. She also asked us why we were here to teach her. After she said this I knew exactly what we were going to invite her to do instead. So I bore my testimony to her that I know that god loves her. I know this because I have felt it in my own life. And I told her how we are here to help her feel this love and help her grow closer to Christ through reading the Book of Mormon and praying. I then invited her to pray to know of gods love and she accepted and said that she could do this and we also invited her to read the first chapter in 1 Nephi before we had our next lesson. She accepted and the Spirit was in the room and I feel like it really touched Teresita's heart!
These experiences were incredible and truly strengthened my testimony of how important the Holy Ghost is. If I didn't have the holy ghost with me in that lesson I wouldn't have been able to know what Teresita needed in her life. I wouldn't have been able to say the words that I did so she could understand me! It was such an incredible experience!
Something cool about the Ilonggo language is that only 2 missions in the world speak it! They also only started teaching this language in the MTC 2 years ago! Before they just taught the missionaries Tagalog and the missionaries would just learn Ilonggo in the field!
My companions and I are the only missionaries going to Iloilo right now in the MTC. The rest of the sisters in my district and the ones that we share a room with are going to Bacolod.
Well this week has been good! Thanks for all the letters and Dear Elders!
Hope all is well!