Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mission Accomplished!!!! He's Coming Home!!!!!!

Dear Pinalangga nga Family ko!!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! The baptism and wedding of Brother Jetro and Sister Lovlov. It was amazing! They were so nervous the whole week but it was a huge success!!
Well this has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I will miss my Filipino family so much! I love the people here and I am totally grateful for the experiences I have been given! I love this work so much! I know this church is true and I know that my mission has been so worth it.
I don't have much time... well 3 minutes lang! I will see you all when I get home! I love you so much gid! I will see you on friday probably.
I will write a letter when I get home of all the great experiences. today is hectic. We got to get going! I love you so much!
Ginahigugmae ko kamo,
Elder Minson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I will end my mission with a wedding and baptism!

Dear Family, Friends, Loved Ones, and Others,

Well 1 week left... Holy cow... It still does not feel that way. I still feel like I will be here for another well... forever! Haha! This week has been a week. I will admit I almost feel not ready to leave. I love the people here so much! I am just.... I don't have words to describe... 

Well Jetro and Lovlov are on track. They passed their interviews. Their Wedding is in order and we are all set! I will end my mission with a wedding and baptism! They are so amazing and I just love them to death!

Brother Dudes wearing my Tag!
 Well last week I talked about the Less Active family, the Auigerre Family. Yeah so they are now our biggest help! We have just received 2 solid new investigators, both husbands of the women in the Auigerre Family. Both of these men, Brother Onyong and Brother Jori, accepted to be baptized with in the first lesson. They are super awesome and willing to work. 

Still coming to church!!

Well we had some pretty fantastic experiences this week teaching wise. One crazy experience is our investigators, the Gargarita family, have been investigating for 6 years and they have not even attended church once... Well this last week we got the Dad to come and yesterday he said he will bring his kids the next week! Huge blessings! 

Well I don't have lots to say... I just love the work here. I am working hard and sprinting to the finish. I am glad to say, "I will see you all next week!" I know this church is true and I know this work is the most important thing on the face of the planet! 

Love you all! I will see you next week!

Elder Minson


Sunday, May 17, 2015

They were the miracle I needed from Heavenly Father.

Dear Kazoku,
Sorry I ran out of english/illongo words to put as the title... I have been here that long! I figured a tribute to Dads mission language would suffice! :) Well this week was amazing... just amazing! There is so much good that came out of it! I have so much hope that this ward will progress now! 

So first I will start with our great search for well... anything. Our teaching pool has litterally been decreasing so fast. I have no idea how or why... well i have an idea, but anyway... The whole thing is the ward felt like it was collapsing around me! We have been working so hard, every day, all day... and very little was happening. Well we went in this compound next to our 2 great investigators Lovlov and Jetro (Which I will talk about later). Supposedly all the houses there are filled with less active members... We decided to visit the biggest family there, the Auigerre family, and teach. Well they let us in and we had a great teaching. Well there are like 5 daughters all with like 3 children each, and then you have the mother, all less active. Well 3 of the daughters went to church and grabbed some of the other less actives next door to come. We increased sacrament attendance by 20+ people! And that wasn't even the whole family. Tonight we will be having an FHE and it will be huge!! I think we will bring back the wards attendance at least to a reasonable amount for being a "ward." Man they are so great!

Well another blessing I said earlier was Jetro and Lovlov. They will be my last baptism here in the mission. They are flipping their whole life around! They are living in but have decided to get married through the church on May 29th and will be baptized right after the wedding!! They are the cutest couple I have ever seen here in the Philippines! They push each other to be better and become saints! It is amazing! They were the miracle I needed from Heavenly Father. I think I am going to buy some food to help with the wedding, they are still really poor so I figured that is a good way to show that I love them! Is that alright? 

Well on Saturday we were suppose to have a reactivation clinic... well only 3 people showed up! Sister Reggina Barroca(YW Pres), Janice Jereza(YW Counselor), and Brother John Alverez (Ward Mission Leader). Well in the end we went through the list of members and realized that the ward is only 25% active... Well they got a determination to work and that is what we did! It went real well and like I said earlier, Members are coming back. I have super firm solid testimony that members are the key to this great work. Not only did they help with LA's but also our investigators and I am expecting this to become a great area as long as we build the church upon missionary work and loving one another. 

Thursday we had a great Zone Conference. It was spiritual and the messages were all great. The worst part about it was though... I had to bear my final testimony to all the missionaries... I did not cry... I was close... but I didn't... Haha! It was good, but heart breaking... I love my mission. The people are so great here and I am going to miss them dearly! 

Well I love you family. Don't got much else to share! Send some pictures! Not just family but all my friends too! I LOVE PICTURES!! haha! Keep those shoes on, because i sure am! 

Elder Minson

This is my Naynay crew!! They all waited outside the chapel after I gave my last talk to get a final remembrance! :)

The huge amount of people is the Auigerre family/the other members and investigators in that compound that I told you about. That is how we do true missionary work ;) 

And this is a fresh and delicious mango!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I have 3 weeks left and THE WORK MUST CONTINUE ONWARD!!

Dear Everyone Else and Family,

So just talked to my Family and man do I love them to death! I guess I will see you all in the next couple weeks! I only got 3 of them left! I am planning on making them all count! I would like some prayers for Brother Jetro and Sister Lovlov. They will probably be my last baptisms here in my mission and I really would like to see them in white! They need to get married then baptized!! So please pray.

I had a fantastic week of being able to go on exchanges in Ma-ao and Sagasa and Bago 1st ward (all are in one area), I got to see former investigators who are now all baptized and preparing for missions like Sister Shiela Grace Laus and Sister Rhea Villiaflor. I also got to see Jeanelene De Leon who I just love to death still her and her  2 boys. BJ and Daniel. And of course it would not be a day in Bago 1st Ward if I was not eating dinner at the Alajar family's home. I love that family with my whole heart and I miss them so much! They are my family away from family and they will always be in my heart.

I got to baptize a man this week for the sisters in Bago 2nd ward. For 2 weeks I served in that area and the Mom of this man remembered me. So when I interviewed him for baptism he wanted me to baptize him. His mom was stoked that she was able to get remembrance with me before I leave! 

This week was a week to RECOMMIT. I am recommitting myself to the mission! I have 3 weeks left and THE WORK MUST CONTINUE ONWARD!! Well I love you all! I will see you all soon! Keep those shoes on! 

Elder Minson