Kumusta po kayo??
This week was awesome:) and fast...so fast!! It's strange haha.
But I've been learning so much everyday, and this week I've learned a lot about hard work and faith, and how they are related as we center our lives and efforts on Christ. Last week I talked about being more Christlike, and really that's the answer for everything I feel like. As we focus on being Christlike every minute of every day- everything works out. He is the most incredible example we can have and we're so blessed to have the scriptures and the words of prophets that help us get to know our Savior better. The other day I was reading in the Book of Mormon and I was reading about how Christ never stopped working- He was always faithful and true to His promises and His mission. He never took a break or gave up. Being a missionary, and just a disciple of Christ in general, demands a lot, but I know that as we focus on Him and do all we can to be like Him (Patient, kind, serving, forgiving, diligent), that we'll be able to accomplish all that He needs us to do both on the mission and in our lives.
Nothing super exciting happened this week...it was just a happy week of learning, teaching, finding and living the gospel!! I haven't talked a lot about the culture here, so I'll try to do that really quick- sorry, we don't have a lot of time right now!
But I love the Philippines. It wasn't what I expected it to be honestly, I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this. But the people and the culture here are beautiful. The people are friendly and loving and super hard working. They're so strong and want to do well in everything they do, school and honors are especially important to them. It's hot right now, but it's so beautiful!! I love it!!! There's always street food for sale- BBQ, halo-halo, fruit, coconut juice...it's all super good! I love it love it love it and I'm so grateful for the blessing of getting to know my culture and ancestry better:)
But regardless of where we are in the world, I know that we are all God's children. Sometimes it's hard to have Christlike love for everyone...especially at the first part of my mission I was really judgmental, but now every day I pray with all my heart for charity for all men, and it's been amazing this last week- whenever I see people- on the jeep, the street, wherever, I imagine them in the temple, all in white, or at the Savior's side- clean, happy, and back in the presence of our Heavenly Father. It's hard to explain, but it's changed everything this week. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of each one of us and I'm so happy for the whole entire world because they have a God who loves them so so much!!!
Just keep moving forward- remember Christ and His example. I love you all and am grateful for all of you and your influence because that's how I I've been able to become the person I am now. Love you!!!
Forever and ever,