Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Breaking Heart

Sorry, I just spent a lot of my computer time writing up another conversion story. It is about Julieta, Jurex, and Mariel. They were all baptized on Friday, confirmed yesterday. I love them so much. I could write forever about them. Not. Enough. Time.

But do you remember the Palina family?? My email last week about Charie? Yeah, that family. Their dad, Jerry, died yesterday morning. My head still feels dry from crying with them yesterday. We went to their house right after church. The moment I took the hand of his wife, Charina, the tears started flowing. It was hard to see their suffering. Their youngest, Jericho, is about 5 or 6 years old. He was a little slow in realizing that his dad died. He saw his dad lying there, not moving. He told his mom,

"Ma! Give dad some milk to drink, Ma!" His mother only said faintly, "Later..." Jericho returned to eating his food. He heard the neighbors say, "Well, Jerry died. He just couldn't handle his asthma anymore." 
Jericho stopped eating, "Papa died??" When his mother confirmed that yes indeed his dad was dead. His appetite for the food which he had just been eating so hungrily completely left him. He stopped eating and was silent for several minutes.

MY HEART IS GOING TO BREAK FOR THEM! I just can't get over it. 

But my heart was gladdened when I read the email you forwarded to me, Mom! 

Love you all! 
Sister Marriott
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

More Effective and Efficient

Hello!

So this week was fairly normal. We are stoked for some upcoming baptisms and full of hope for a few new families that we're teaching.

Sister Infantado continues to cough. We both keep praying that she'll get better.

Last week in companionship inventory, Sister Infantado and I talked about teaching lesson one. I wanted to shake things up a bit. Well, we got out answer at MLC! The new APs gave training on how to teach the whole lesson one in the very first sitting. Usually, we teach it in two lessons, or sometimes three lessons. Principles 1-3, 4-6 (or 1-6), 7-8. Usually we do it so that we can really get them to understand and also because their attention spans are not very long. But the APs trained that teaching it in one lesson will actually make the message make more sense. They taught us a more effective and time efficient way. Just what we needed. We've been trying it out with some of our new investigators. So far, so good!

Sorry for the shortness of the email. But I gotta go! Love you all!

Say Hi to Peter when he gets home!!

Sister Marriott

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sick Comp

Family,

This is Peter's last week in the mission??? Wow. Where did time go? Good luck this week Pedro! Padayon hasta sa katapusan!

This week was a lot more rough for Sister Infantado as it was for me. She has been sick with the flu starting Wednesday night until now. Right now I think her fever is under control, but her cough is pretty bad. We traveled early this morning to Bacolod and she just finished her Engish test a few hours ago. All of the Filipinos take English tests around 6 months before they go home so they have a certificate which can help them get good jobs. Oh yeah, and her one year mark in the mission was yesterday. Poor thing! She said it might be an omen that she was sick on her one year mark. :( Hopefully not. Everyone is worried about her because she is super skinnier and getting even skinnier. But I'm a witness that she eats food! She's a great cook and loves to eat as well (We get along great, needless to say). She's just a little bit too skinny. I'll include a picture of her.

Notwithstanding her being sick, we worked everyday. The culture in our mission is if you are able, work. If you absolutely cannot, rest.

Again, we had miracles occur. We had a (former) investigator come to church that we hadn't even met before!

We have MLC again tomorrow! I am so excited! I love MLC. It's like general conference every month.

There's this guy across from me in the computer shop right now who is playing chess....hahaha! Peter.

This week we had an investigator who doesn't believe in resurrection. So I studied about that this week. In our lesson with him, we explained to him about resurrection, using verses in 1 Cor 15. I felt that he knew that his belief / what he's been taught in his church, is unbiblical. But I also felt he didn't really believe what his pastor has been telling him. (His pastor teaches that the righteous will "rupture" and live in heaven as spirits only and the wicked will remain on earth, dead. Hm.)

But then we felt to share to him about prophets. We explained everything as usual. He kept quoting Ephesians 4:5 "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." We used that to explain the following verses 11-13 which says that the Lord gives prophets, apostles, etc. "for the perfecting of the saint, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith...." When we shared that, I saw by his facial expressions that we had really given him something to think about. Hope that message really sinks in. We asked him to pray to know. Hope he does!

It was great timing because we were last minute invited to attend a very small funeral for a three year old member who had died. I was called on to give a talk. The studying that I had done for the investigator above, really helped me give a better than average, albeit short, talk.

Love you all!! Have a great week!
Sister Marriott