Monday, February 29, 2016

There is a God

We are still preparing Carla for her baptism this March 8, and she even comes to kuyog lessons with us! The only problem is that her cellphone broke, so there's no way to get in touch with her...but we keep seeing miracles happening- somehow, we've been able to teach her all the lessons we need to. It's so great to see how her curiosity in the "Mormons" turned to faith in Christ's restored gospel, and to see that faith growing into a testimony!

This morning we went to visit Edith Delphin, she is in so much pain now from her breast cancer, she can't leave her bed. We talked with her, listened, and sang her her favorite hymns. As we sang (my companion's voice is amazing) tears just streamed down her face! Then we shared with her from Alma 5:14-16 and that lesson was probably one of my favorite lessons, the Spirit was so strong! Nanay Edith has had such an amazing life, and even though she is much too young to be having these health problems, she is a huge example of faith and trust in God and his will for us! 

So much more happened this week, but suffice it to say that we ate tropical fruits, attended birthday parties, taught tons of lessons, taught Sunday school, gave talks in church, found new investigators, got called "imposters" by old Catholic men, and came home each night dirty, and tired, and with so much joy in heart in doesn't make sense :)
As I am surrounded by these beautiful foreign people, in this stunning foreign land I just think of Alma 30:44 "all things denote there is a God" and D$C 101:16 "let your hearts be comforted, for all flesh is in my hands; be still and know that I am God". With all the trial and change this life brings, one thing is constant: our Heavenly Father, His eternal plan, and His love for us!

Love you all!
-Sister Bertoldo
Pictures: Carla and I, Jaden's birthday dinner, a jackfruit (nangka), and one of the many stunning sunsets

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