My "ponderize" scripture for the week is Mosiah 4:9:
Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth;believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
Bisaya word of the week for you: pagtambayayong. It's fun to say and it means....unity or "togetherness".
Our two IBD's both came to church this week! They want to be baptized so much and they wanted to see the baptismal font! They're scheduled for December 26th, so that means that if I transfer next transfer I won't get to see it, but that's okay, as long as they are receiving the Gospel, I'm happy!
To be honest, we've been having much more success in working with the less-active members in our area. Reactivating members has become the main focus of my time here in Bogo, and we've been having a lot of success. The branch president actually high-fived Sister Dayhop and I yesterday in MCM because apparently some of the members we brought to church, (mostly batanong mga lalaki (teenage boys) haven't been there in YEARS. We're trying to strengthen the priesthood and the youth, especially with the recent realignment that just happened.
I like the word "pagtambayayong" this week because it's true that missionary work is a group effort. Without full-time missionaries, it's difficult for a branch or ward to grow (and therefore the Church). But without the members, local leaders, and kuyogs it's difficult for the full-time missionaries to do their job successfully. Thus, we need to work together!
And of course, we all need our Heavenly Father because this is His work and He knows best how to conduct it! (D&C 101:63-65)
Yesterday during my personal study hour I studying what it means to keep the Sabbath day holy (balaan sa adlaw sa igpapahulay) from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and recent talks from the apostles. I realized that before my mission, I didn't always fully keep the Sabbath day, not like I do now as a missionary. A "day of rest" doesn't mean you just go to church and then spend the rest of the day sleeping and doing homework, it means setting it aside from the week as a day to worship, study the scriptures, serve others, visit others, spend time with family, or anything else that directs you to the Savior. That describes everyday as a missionary, haha, but I really want to keep the habit of Sabbath day observance after my mission (layo pa).
Because of course we all want to be happy, and there is literally a way for us to achieve lasting happiness!
Later today we are doing a district activity for P-Day but our district leader won't tell us what we're doing, he just said to bring 10 pesos and extra clothes because basin mahugawan ta....haha. There will also be balut because the new American elder in our district hasn't eaten it yet. That used to be me haha.