Monday, June 22, 2015

Missionaries Are Human

Dear Family and Friends,

     We had another great week here in Tanauan City.  My companion and I are getting to know each other better every day and our work is getting better.  We had the opportunity to go out and talk to a lot of new people and found a lot of new members that we didn't know about before.  For example, we were teaching one of our investigators when another woman walked up and asked if she could join the lesson.  Of course, we said yes and then she turned out to be very interested in us.  It's interesting how the Lord sometimes takes us to people, and sometimes the Lord just saves us the work and brings them to us.  We were able to find a few new investigators this week and really focus on the members and those that we don't see at church every week.  

     We have 5 investigators who should be getting baptized soon.  They are all experiencing a lot of trials in their lives right now and sometimes we can see that they're not sure why they are going through all of these things.  I was a little bit impatient at first, but now I'm excited for them.  I'm excited for them because I know that if they can work through these things, they will be an even stronger member of the church. 
     We also had the opportunity to teach a woman on the spot while we were tracting.  She has two kids and her husband just disappeared.  She said that he left for work about 4 months ago and still hasn't come home.  She has an amazing attitude about it and harbors no bad feelings about her husband at all.  That was the biggest thing that impressed me about her.  We basically told her that we are only teenagers and we have never gone through an experience like that, but we know that the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.  I've realized that it is really important for others to see us as normal people.  They see missionaries and automatically think that we aren't human.  It's really fun to connect with people and to help them see that I'm a normal person.  My companion is still having trouble speaking and I'm applying a little more pressure every lesson or OYM.  I know what he is going through and I know that the only way that he will improve is to make mistakes.  He will learn even faster if he makes all those mistakes really fast.

     Everything is going well and we are excited to get a lot of work done this week.  Thanks again for all of your support.  Happy Father's Day to all of the tatays, especially to Danger Dan!

- Elder English

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