Sister Rhea Walters

Sister Rhea Walters

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hot water and more important miracles!

yes this is veggies and "banana katsup" that's a thing :) 

- This week we had a finding miracle! “Finding” is what you do when all your appointments fall and you literally just start from scratch talking to people on the street or knocking on doors to find someone to teach. We had one of those days and I literally just started walking, praying in my head I would know where to go. I felt to turn down this random alleyway, go down some random stairs, and then we passed by this door that was open with a family inside all looking at us! They let us into their home and we saw two Book of Mormons (or Books of Mormon, whatever floats your boat) on their book shelf..turns out the dad used to be an investigator! We were able to teach the whole family a first lesson J
- We also saw the power of referrals this week. A member family has a non member living in their house and asked us to begin teaching her! This yet another miracle golden investigator. She asked so many questions about living prophets, the book of Mormon, plan of salvation, and explained she feels a lack in her heart, in her life that the bible and other religions can’t seem to fill. You can imagine our excitement and joy knowing with our perfect gospel that we are so lucky to have, we could answer all her questions and fill that gap in her life! On our second lesson she had read the whole pamphlet we left, taught US the restoration, committed to read the Book of Mormon, and asked for another assignment haha J
- We got the chance to help teach in Primary because they are lacking some help there with the children haha you many different chances to serve as a missionary! It was weird to remember times when I as a primary child saw the missionaries and thought they were like super heros, and now I realize I learn more from the primary kids actually J
- WE HAVE HOT SHOWERS NOW! The landlord fixed our heater. No more buckets for us J 
one of my favorite lunches is tuna cabbage wraps and veggies with vinegar and pepper 

Missionaries can Laugh Too:
- Well I had one awesome mess up this week…an investigator asked what God’s foundation of his church was after we explained the restoration and how THIS is the same church that Christ established. I left her with a scripture to find the answer on her own but when I got home I realized it wasn’t the right one! I gave her Ephesians 2:20 which should have been Ephesians 4:20…yeah one says Christs foundation was built upon him and 12 apostles, and the other says “Ye have not yet known Christ.” That was great. 
You Know You’re in the Philippines When… 
- So mom don’t get freaked out but here they don’t really mind if you lack bathrooms because apparently the side of any road serves as one ….so that’s a bit awkward when we prepare to talk to someone and we find out their uh..busy. 
Tagalog Word of the Day:
- Pagbabayad-Sala ni JesuCristo (Atonement of Jesus Christ) 
Wweek of Miracles!e splurged one night and brought some ice cream to the roof top to do nightly planning and write in our journals! 

Spiritual Thought: 
- We really tried our best to follow the preach my gospel steps for weekly planning and not make it a basta-basta (half-hazardly) two hours. There is a section just for goals for ISM's (investigators who attend sacrament meeting) which maybe could be easily skipped over. We honestly set goals, made plans to achieve them, and did all that we could to carry them out. We set up for members to help investigators come, made special visits and personalized text reminders, and walked to pick one investigator up only to have them inform us there that they wouldn't be able to come. (In the Philippines they may or may not have a cell phone so you just walked to all your planned appointments and pray along the way that they won’t fall through haha) As we entered the chapel we had 0 ISMs and I almost started to question the blessings of our hard work and detailed planning, but in the 5 minutes before the meeting started we had 7 investigators show up to church that we hadn't planned on. This showed to me the Lord may not always give you the blessings or results that you want or ask for, because he has his own will and way, BUT what he requires from us is our honest best effort and then he will work with that spirit to bring about the causes he needs. I won't deny the power of planning and how god really appreciates our best effort! It reminded me of the story of the group of Nephites that went to find the Land of Zarahemla. They didn’t find what they were looking for but because they had “searched diligently” the Lord led them to the land of Desolation where they found the 24 Jaredite plates! We need to promise to the Lord to always do what he asks and make plans to be a dependent disciple of Christ, but we also need to be flexible to his will, because he may have something better in store for us than we even knew!
Mahal na Mahal ko kayo!!!

Sister Walters

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