My name is Marissa Anderson, and I have been called to serve in the Philippines Quezon City mission. I enter the Provo MTC on January 29, 2014. Please take part in my journey as my mom will be posting weekly updates, emails, and pictures.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Whelp... I've made it over the HUMP!
WHAT?!?! Yup, half way... I am not quite sure how I feel about this.... This
means only 9 more months... And it is going to go by SUPER DUPER fast.... Man.
BUT at least I still have 9 more months to keep improving and devote all my
time and attention to serving the Lord!!
Last Wednesday, Elder and Sister
Johnson, one of the senior couples, came and worked with Sister Valdez and I.
They are from Utah and don't speak any Tagalog, but their testimonies were
really felt by each person that we taught. We went and taught a new family of
investigators- Teresita, Rochelle, and Samuel. Elder Johnson bore a beautiful
testimony about families and the Spirit just filled the room. I then asked if
they wanted they same thing for their family, in which they all assured me that
they did. I went on to tell them that they could have an eternal family if they
followed the example of Jesus Christ and are baptized. We then extended them a
baptismal date for December, and they accepted! Now we just need to get them to
Instead of walking or tricycling
from appointment to appointment with the Johnson's, they took us around in
their big truck. As we were driving along the small skinny streets, Elder
Johnson totally smashed right into a parked tricycle and crunched it pretty
good. He waited for about 15 seconds to make sure no one was hurt and just kept
driving. Not even 7 seconds later, he thumped a kid pretty dang hard with his
side view mirror... hahahaha and just kept driving!!! I am telling you, things
are pretty dang different here in the Philippines!!
On Friday we had the chance to go to
the city and have a devotional given by the one and only... ELDER OAKS!! Oh, it
was soo amazing! And before the devotional began, we got to go up one by one
and shake his hand... We got to shake the hand of an apostle of the Lord....
Ah, Sooo neat!! I cannot recall much what we shared in his talk, but the
feelings that I had as I watched him shake each of our hands just reminded me
of the Savior and how he responds to all of us as individuals. It was just such
a testimony builder to me that the Lord really does guide his church through
modern prophets and apostles.
Church was good yesterday, despite the
fact that none of our investigators came. Man! Sister Valdez and I are working
harder than we ever have and are OYMing at every opportunity, teaching the best
we can, finding new investigators, but we can't get anyone to church. Our Zone
has been given the goal for each companionship to have baptisms every single
week in December. WE cannot do this though, if our investigators aren't coming
to church. Please keep them in your prayers!
Life here in Morong is still great
and I am loving every minute of it, and I hope all is well back on the home
front! Love you all!!