We just got word that Brock is being transferred this week. He knew it was going to happen but I'm sure it came as a shock, he thought he had a couple more weeks. He has so many investigators and baptisms on the horizon. We will keep you posted.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Dear Family over 7000+ miles away from this country,
Alright so this week was pretty dang good! We had a lot of teachings and a lot of great investigators preparing for baptism! We have been doing real well with finding those who are elect and are willing to come unto Christ! I also had exchanges with Elder Howell and we went to the middle of the wilderness to visit his super elect old lady that I will talk about later!
So first I want to update you all, Sister Angeles Aliponga will be baptized on August 9th! She is super excited and is now super willing to do all she can to become a member which is great! She brought her 3 Grandchildren this week to church, which 2 of them are also able to get baptized this next month as well! :D
|The Padua Family|
Actually we have a real funny story from that family! So I guess before we started teaching the family always had fights between siblings and things like that! (like an average family) But sense we have started teaching the family has stopped fighting with one another! They always tell us this story! Then yesterday we were teaching them and Sis Rosie was telling us how their pastor came by the house right after we left the night before. I will admit I got worried. Then she told us how after he came by the next morning her 2 kids got in a fight over a chicken! Then she bore her testimony how this church brings families closer together unlike other churches! HAHA! I thought it was so funny but it is totally true! If you have the gospel as the center focus in the family it helps bond the family closer together!
Well we did have a baptism this week! Sister Encarnacion Rodriguez! She is a sweet old lady that is a bit crazy at times! But she has been in 12 different churches looking for the truth and she says now it is final! This is the truth! She is awesome and now we are focusing on her husband, daughter, and her grandchildren (which the grandchildren are the smartest kids I have seen!).
Me and Elder Howell had exchanges as well this week! It was crazy! We went to the area that is the farthest I have ever traveled! It is 40 minutes on a trike and then a hour and a half walk to get to this place. This old nay, Sister Evangaline, lives up there! Now this are is impossibly far! And this nay has been to church 8 sundays in a row! She has little to no money to pay for getting food let a lone getting to the city, but she does every week! I love it so much it is just amazing! We had some good times out there in the bukid! I will send pics of that later!
Well I don't think I am forgetting anything... Mom I haven't got your package but it will be alright I bet I will get it soon! Boys keep being those studdly men that you are! I am sorry I have not got any letters yet, well except Cydneys and that took like 4 weeks! I guess the mail is slacking lately! Dad I am so proud of you, I loved thos pictures of the baptism! Now i know how you feel when I send you mine! Haha! Well I love you all if you got any questions or anything let me know! You are all amazing! I love you!
|We Found this Picture on Elder and Sister Mowers Blog|
|Elder Kase Howell|
|A fruit called Marang|
|Brother Epoy and Sister Jinkey!|
Posted by Randy Minson at 7:54 PM
Monday, July 21, 2014
I have seen all types of rain, just like Forrest Gump, sideways rain, rain coming from the ground, big rain, little rain....
My Dear Old Missionary Family,
Alright, so this week was a very good and rainy week! We have been having lots of low pressure so we had a couple really huge storms this week! The weather here is so unpredictable some days it is scorching hot then the next, the whole world seems to be in a tornado! It is so cool, I have seen all types of rain, just like Forrest Gump, sideways rain, rain coming from the ground, big rain, little rain, and all of the above! It is so cool, literally "cool" I sleep so much better now haha!
Alright, so this week had some amazing experiences that are just so awesome! My investigators are coming to the light! First let me talk about the P. Family! They are a huge family of 8! There are 5 girls (including the mother) and 3 boys (including the father). At first we were thinking they were just all bark but no bite! They listened well, but they didn't act upon it for awhile! Well on the 13th of July the 23 year old daughter went to church and said she loved it! Well yesterday she came with her Mom and they both felt the spirit! Elder Cusili and i went on Member exchanges yesterday and he was telling me stories of teaching their family! They all know it is true and all believe that this is the true church on the earth! They all want to be baptized, but only 2 went to church. So, their mother chastised them and said "How do you expect to get baptized if you don't go to church!" HAHAHA!! So hopefully this next week we will see all 8 at church!!
Now about Sister A.A. She is an older Nanay, like 60+ years old. At first she was the most stubborn person! She was born catholic, like most people are, and she didn't want to change. Well We have just slowly been teaching her, and just tried helping her understand the needs of a true church. She was understanding, but she was trying to avoid saying we were right! Haha (she is as stubborn as I am)!! So we finally just begged her recent convert granddaughter to try her best to get her Grandma to church So last Sunday, July 13, she came to church. And do to weather conditions and other problems we weren't able to go to her house all last week to follow up about it. Well she showed up to church yesterday and she came up to us and talked to us and looked at me and said, "Elder, Okay lang ko na." I was kind of confused, what does she mean by she is now okay? Well then she said that she received her answer. After church she went home and read the Book of Mormon and prayed, she said he answered her with an amazing bright light! She says she knows the church is true!!!! I was so happy for her it was unbelievable! She loves the church now, after being the most hard headed person, she even received an answer! That is just a testimony that this Gospel is for everyone big, small, or between! This gospel is the most amazing thing ever!
Other then those 2 experiences nothing much happened! We are getting lots of new investigators from our recent converts and we are just sifting through them and finding the elect! That is how finding works, chapter 9 in Preach My Gospel. The first 2 points are Gods Family and the second is Find Those who are "Willing" to Except You. So that is what we have been doing finding those who are willing! :)
Well other then that nothing else happened! It was a good week! We will have a baptism this week so next week you will see me all gwapo in white ;) We are doing well! I love my companion Elder Cusili! We have such a good sinc when it comes to teaching and we love the people! I am so glad to be here teaching in Cadiz! I pray transfers will pass be me by! I will keep going strong no matter what happens! I love you all I miss you so much! Keep up the good work! Keep those shoes on! :)
Posted by Randy Minson at 5:22 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Dear F abulously A mazing M ost I nsanely L oving Y amily,
(I couldn't think of something for "Y")
Man this week was awesome! I have regained all of my desire to work and to focus and study and do the best I can do! :) This week we got the branch missionaries to start working and kicking it into gear! We ended up this week with lots of success in a lot of areas!
First I want to start with our baptism! Yes it went through and I am so glad it did! We have been working really hard on trying to get Weekly baptisms and maybe in 2 week we will begin that journey! (If i don't transfer first...) It has been great here and Cadiz and I want to stay so badly! But one day I will have to leave... Luckily Sister Rose Ann Sayam Baylon was baptized before that happened! :)
Well other great success was in the investigators attending church... WE HAD 9 COME TO CHRUCH!! It was awesome! And for the most part it was only part of each family and they told us the rest of their families will join them next week!! Oh the blessings that come from service! I love it! :) We have been working really hard for this and now that we are getting several families progressing more and more people want to listen as well! We have so many new investigators it is just crazy! :) I hope for it to continue!
Great week, I was glad to finally see the fruit of our labors! I am so glad you all had a good week as well! Brigham you are the best and I am so glad you are enjoying your summer, but stop hurting yourself... I will smack you ;) Brody all that sounds pretty exhausting you have so much more will power then I do keep it up for your mission!! :) Mommy I am so proud of you, I love hearing these stories and am so excited to see you in your career field! 2 years left of school and you will be changing lives everywhere! Dad I love you and miss you so much, I am glad to hear the work is coming through and you are sounding like you are enjoying it which is even better to hear! :) You are always in my prayers I miss you all so much! Keep those shoes on and i will be home before you know it! :)
These are new investigators we found in the middle of the jungle, one of our investigators is a cousin and we asked if we could teach! Their home is amazing!
Posted by Randy Minson at 9:58 AM
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Dear Family in the Promised Land,
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! :D Man I will admit I was really trunkie on that day haha! Luckly we are in the best city in the Philippines still!! CADIZ!!! I was so lucky to be here because here in Cadiz they also celebrate the 4th of July!! It is the day Cadiz City was born so they celebrate with parades, fireworks, and parties!! :D The work was very little because everyone was celebrating, but I went and bought some ground beef (which is expensive here, but worth it) and made some burgers for me and Elder Howell! It was real fun! :)
Well this week we had a lot of good investigators start coming to the realization of the gospel! We were hoping to have them all come yesterday but... they didn't... It was heart breaking, but we will live! They will come this next week!
We are teaching a lot of great people! One is Sister M! She is 15 years old and she goes by M! HAHA! :) She is such a sweet person and has the kindest heart! It took a lot of convincing for her to get to church and when she got there she totally realizes the truth! I jut love seeing the spark! Now we just have to get her to understand there is only "One Faith, One God, and One Baptism" -Eph 4:5. It will all happen in due time! :)
Then we have Sister Ma. We just randomly went to one of our investigators daughters house and when we got there we met Sister Ma. She is a very religious and spiritually in tune person! At first she was really hesitant about doing things because she is super learned in the Bible and didn't really want to at first. We left her a Book of Mormon and a lesson one pamphlet and the next time we came over she had so many questions and read very well in the Book of Mormon! It is amazing and she said this week she will come to church! She is recognizing the missing pieces in her life!
We do have a baptism this week! An 11 year old girl that lives with her Grandma, because her parents abandoned her! She is really awesome and annoying at the same time! She is like that little sister I never wanted... I will be baptizing her so this will be exciting! :)
Other then that nothing is real new... I am doing good...! :) I hope to just keep sharing to people and keep on going! Transfers didn't happen here so we have another month in Cadiz! I am really excited to see what more I can do here! :)
I love you all so much! Brigham I am so proud you and your big game! Brody... stop being old... you gwapo son of a gun ;) Mom you are the best I am so proud of you I love seeing you stand in front of people and talk to them, you are just so strong that way! :) And Dad I love every letter you write me, I miss you tons and i am so proud of the great example I have!! I miss you all tons! I just am keeping my shoes on and I keep moving forward! :) I love you all!
Posted by Randy Minson at 9:12 PM