This past few week has gone really well! We’ve been seeing a lot of success and surprise blessings. I am realizing how important it is to recognize every opportunity to teach. Recently, we’ve been able to share a few messages with members and less actives. One of the best lessons was with a Sister Mae. She has two sisters, one is a very active member and the other is not yet a member. However Sister Mae and her dad are members but less active. We had previously been focusing on the sister who isn’t a member but this past week, that sister wasn’t home so we shared the message with Sister Mae instead. She was really receptive and said how she had been waiting for a push to get active again. It made me realize how there are usually people around us that need a little help but sometimes we don't realize it.
On Saturday, our recent convert, Grace, had her 21st birthday. Her family lives really far away and so she was feeling sad when she told us she didn’t have any plans for her birthday. In the Philippines, a girl’s 21st birthday is usually a big occasion. We set up an appointment on Saturday, to teach her, and so she thought we had forgotten it was her birthday, but we’d actually planned a surprise party with the other SA in the ward. When we got to the house my companion and I went in, like we were going to teach, and then the SA’s knocked on the door. Grace was so surprised she even cried! She said she was really happy she had a family here in the church and it was the best birthday she’s had.
I hope everyone has a great week! Here is something one of the members, Sister Anne, said that I really liked:
“Other churches change for you, but here we have to change for the church and for God"