Week 004 – Loving every Moment

This week has been a great one! Time really does fly at the MTC! I actually found out, this week, that we are actually leaving sooner than the 4th of November, we are leaving the 29th of October! So exciting to go over to the Philippines and speak the language. Conference was absolutely phenomenal! I am ponderizing a scripture in Alma that talks about faith, such a great idea (Thanks to Brother Durant!). I am nearly playing volleyball every day (which is super fun), and teaching a investigator every other day. I feel like I say this every week, but sa gasa nga panulongan (Gift of tongues) is real, and I am experiencing it every opportunity. It is so cool, how I am able to witness such a miracle in my life.

We had the opportunity to listen to Sister Burton, the relief society president this week. She talked about Prophets and Apostles and how important they are. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts (briefly) about what the purpose of prophets are. My favorite answer that someone provided was that prophets love us. Immediately after saying this, Sister Burton’s countenance changed. It’s very difficult to explain, but you could tell that she knew of it’s truthfulness. So powerful. One thing she said, that I loved, was that during conference (as we all saw), president monson began to lean against the podium. This seemed almost like God was like “do you appreciate the prophet” or “are you grateful for a modern day prophet”. I can tell you that I have grown more grateful after seeing that instance. So grateful for a prophet of God.

Conference was phenomenal. One thing that I did find funny is that I felt like they (both in conference and in Devotionals) talk a lot about dating and marriage. I just find it funny that they tell us to focus on the Mission, and be completely devoted, yet talk about things after the mission. Just more reason to stay focused I guess haha. Conference was great, I loved the talks so much, and I am grateful that everyone wanted to be focused on them as well. It helps that we discussed what we learned afterwards. It is so cool, how the spirit will tell us each something completely different that we can all share. The spirit is really a powerful entity that the Lord has allowed us to have. My companion and I are both feeling a lot better, so much so that we we to the temple today. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be able to go to the Temple on a weekly basis. It is such a blessing to be able to be in the Lords house on a weekly basis.

One of the highlights this week (other than conference) is that we had vocal point come and sing/ give brief messages to us. This was super cool! Especially since I have never seen them Live. CTR RingThey each shared a brief message, but the overarching message was obedience. I feel like that is what any experienced, and returned missionary will tell you. Obedience is the most important thing you can do. But it is also the hardest thing to do. Luckily for me, my District leader has emphasized the importance of obedience and is trying to keep everyone in our District obedient.

One thing that I also began working on, that Elder Bednar challenged us to do in Character of Christ, is to get a blank book of Mormon with a question. As we read, we are supposed to highlight things that pertain to that topic. Mine is, “How can I be more Humble?”. So, I began reading in 1 Nephi and Am almost done with that book. The only thing I am doing differently is that I have two colors. One of them represents Humbleness, the other represents anything that is not humble (mostly pride). It is such a awesome experience, to look back and see what happens when we are humble, and what happens when we are not. Doing this simple thing is allowing me to delve into the scriptures with a question. This allows me to get further revelation and insight with regards to my question. It is such a humbling experience to see the lords hand in my life.

For those of you who are wondering, This weeks scripture to Ponderize is D&C 123:17
“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we standstill, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”

The food is hopefully going to be getting better now (Thank you to my family for the package which included Creole Seasoning, Now the food will have more flavor ), but either way I am going to be eating a lot of Rice in the Philippines. Rice kada Adlaw (Rice every day).  Anyways, its been a exciting week. I just finished playing some sand volleyball, and now im doing my laundry. So I am off to do that!

 

Hope you all have a marvelous week!
Elder Wilson
Elder Wilson

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