Monday, July 1, 2013

Another Good Week in San Nicolas

This has been a pretty good week. Today is transfer day, but I am not being transferred, and neither are any of the other three sisters in the apartment, and so it's just a normal p-day for us.
We currently have 3 investigators with a baptismal date. They are attending church faithfully, and one of them has been bringing some of the children from her family compound. We also had a less active family come to church. The father is an RM, and we hadn't been able to visit them until last week because their house is very far away, and he's only available in the evening, and it would be hard to find a tricycle to go home, but last week we took the Eddington's, the senior couple with us who are serving in Laoag, because they have a car. They talked to the brother about how much the church needs him and how happy the members will be when he comes back to church, and how he can help others come back to church too because he's been there and knows what it's like. He was really inspired by what they said to him, and he said he and his family would go to church, and they did. :) Senior couples are so great. They really bring a wisdom and perspective that young elders and sisters just don't always have yet. They are going to work with us again next week. I am excited.
The Leadership Broadcast yesterday was so inspiring. I don't know how many of you had a chance to see it, but it focused a lot on member missionary work, and it made me really excited to continue doing missionary work after I go home. I'm really seeing how the work of the Lord is growing and moving forward, and it's just going to continue. The missionaries today are really being prepared to be leaders. I can really see it. Within just the past few months, a lot has changed in missionary work, especially how every missionary is now expected to become a leader very quickly. It's a really exciting time to be a missionary, but it's also a lot of pressure. But the pressure is good because it really makes us give everything to the work. It sure feels great to not have time to focus on myself. I really feel like I am growing. It sure was hard to get to the point where I am really focused on the work, but it sure is worth it. If anyone is deciding whether to serve a mission, DO IT! And realize that it will be more of a blessing than you can ever imagine. But also realize that you have to give everything to your mission or you won't get those blessings. Okay, enough of my soap box.
Keep living the gospel. Read the Book of Mormon everyday! Don't ever get casual in serving God!
Sister Boekweg

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