Family and Friends,
This week has been great. My companion and I are both at full strength, finally. It was really nice to start getting in full days of work again. We got two more investigators with baptismal goal dates and 7 new investigators. My favorite experience was last night (Sunday). A few weeks ago we met a man on the street while we were looking for a referral. He was very interested and we set a return appointment, but a lot of things happened in the last week, so we weren't able to go. We dropped by last night and he was just home from work and his whole family was there. They didn't have enough chairs for all of us so we all sat on the dirt/concrete floor and we taught them the Restoration. The spirit was really strong and they all committed to be baptized if they come to know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet.
My companion and I have really been trying to get our lessons to take less time. Especially the first lesson. We have been practice teaching and we only say a few sentences for each principle. We have noticed that our teaching is much more powerful when we just teach simple, powerful truths. Our goal is for all of our lessons to only take about thirty minutes. We can also get a lot more work done this way.
We actually don't get to watch Conference until next Sunday, so I haven't seen any of it yet. I have heard a couple of quotes and I'm getting so excited. I have never been more excited for a general conference in my life. I have finally realized how amazing it is that we have a living prophet today. We are so blessed to have someone that can simply tell us what God wants us to do right now in our lives. We are going to the stake center in Cabuyao to watch it.
The more we travel around our area, the more I realize how different and beautiful it is. I am missing the chilly evenings back in Utah though. If I feel myself thinking about home, all I do is focus on the work, and I completely forget about it. The Christmas celebration is in full swing in the Philippines. That part is still really weird for me.
"Just a picture of the mountains and the trail we take to get to some of our investigators."
Our work is going great and we are finally working full days again. I have realized that when you forget about yourself, the Lord really helps you with whatever you are trying to do. Even if it is waking up in the mornings. Thanks for all of your support! Things are going great. We are on schedule to have four baptisms this month and we are so excited.
"My companion and I take pictures of each other if we fall asleep."
(Strategy for staying awake while studying??)