Jasmine's mission President communicated that all the missionaries in the Olongapo mission were safe, and in a separate email to my parents Jasmine explained that there had been rain, and wind, but that the effects of the typhoon weren't severe in her area. If you're looking to donate to help with the devastation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted this article with information about the Typhoon, along with how it impacted the missionaries serving in the impacted areas, and included suggestions of ways to help (to read more click here). Of course there are many reputable options of agencies to respond to disasters that you may donate to, but I recommend researching the agency prior to providing financial support to ensure the funds are actually getting to where the need is greatest. We continue to pray for those living in Philippines who have lost their loved ones, their homes, and what little they owned.
Dear Family and Friends,
This last week was wonderful for me. We had many wonderful things happen. We went to an investigators house thinking we were going to have to tell him we couldn't continue to teach him because he wasn't keeping his commitments and going to church, but that we still loved him and would drop in on him once in a while. When we got there he said he was ready to be baptized and would go to church on Sunday. This time he kept his word and was there on Sunday! Even earlier than us. His name is S. He is 70 years old and likes to be called Brother Buddy. Even though he doesn't have a lot of money he always insists on feeding us bread and soda. He is very sweet. He just a cute old gentleman that reminds me of my Grandma Packer.
We also have been teaching Brother E. I know that I mentioned him in one of my other e-mails. We taught him a lesson and we felt the Holy Ghost so strong and we tried to commit him to be baptized. He turned us down, even though he said he knew the Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and that the church was true. His reason was that he wanted to finish all of the Book of Mormon before he became a member. I was thinking about this one morning while I was having my personal study. I read Mosiah 22. After I was done I was thinking about him. When I looked back down at my Book of Mormon it was on chapter 18. I read verse 8-10. And I knew it was for him. After the next lesson I assigned it to him, so he could get the answer for himself. When we came back I asked, "Kamusta ang pagbabasa mo sa Ang Aklat ni Mormon?" (How is your BOM reading) He said, "Nagbasa ako lahat Mosiah 18. Natakot ko Sister." (I read all of Mosiah 18 and I am scared.) I said, "Bakit?" (why?). Nevertheless, he knew he needed to be baptized. He will be baptized on the 7th of December. I know that that answer was for him from God. It didn't come from me. I was just a tool in his hands to share it with Brother H. AS missionaries we are given revelation from God for our investigators (people that are looking into the church). We work through God to invite others to come unto Christ and receive the restored Gospel. I love all the people I serve and want the best for them in their lives.
We also had another investigator, Sister G, who decided to be baptized on the 23rd of this month. She received a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. She said her resolve was firmer than ever to be baptized. She had backed out one time before because her husband didn't want to get baptized. Now, because of her example, her husband went to church and he really realized that he really has to read the Book of Mormon to know if the Church is true. And it is true. I know that it true. And I know it because I have read it and prayed about it to know if it is true. We should all take Moroni's challenge and put the Book of Mormon to the test. What is the harm in reading and praying to know if it is true? There is none. I challenge all who have not done so for themselves, to read it to know if it is true. Read it and pray about it to know if it is true. Ask God, he will never lead us astray. Forget what other people may say and just ask for yourself!
The blessings of the Gospel in our life our enumerable. I know that the knowledge of the Gospel blesses me every day. The goodness of my life is a result of the gospel. Of living gospel principles. I feel the love of God every day and the love of God for others.