“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” Ma

So this has been a pretty good week. It is so crazy to me how fast time flies out here. We go on P-day Monday, then we just work like crazy. Before we know it, we are sitting in the chapel on Sunday, listening to all of the testimonies. Where has the time gone? Although I wish it would go slower so that way I can make the mission last, It is going at the speed that the lord wants it to go.

Every day I am here, I realize more and more why we need to focus on others and not ourselves. The reason we study, is for others. The reason we attempt to become more Christlike, is for others. As Christ talks about in Matthew, we need to loose ourselves, if we are to truly find ourselves. The only way we can truly find ourselves is by loosing ourselves. It seems almost counter intuitive. To loose something means that we are unable to find it. Therefore to loose our self, means that we will not be able to find the original, what we once were. We, in essence, will find what god wants us to be, to become what he would have us become.
We had Zone interviews this past week. I had the opportunity of being one of the last to be interviewed by President. I always enjoy talking with President. Although I send him a email every week, It is always good to see him face to face (not like the YSA Face to face though :P). He asked me a question though, one that I had not really thought much of. He asked what changes had I seen in my life in the past 6 months. I hadn’t really asked myself that question. I share with you, a few things that I shared with him. One of the things I have learned is the importance of the Sabbath. The Sabbath, as I have learned, is truly a opportunity to take a day’s rest from the world. Not so much in a take a day off from work (although that is a part of it), but it is also taking a day off of the activities that you would normally do on other days of the week. As I have heard it a few times here, let us not only be Physically in church and attending our meetings, but spiritually and mentally as well.
One of the last things that I shared with him was with regards to focus. How My focus has shifted more so to others, and not as much to myself. I read to help the investigators, to help them with some of their issues, and in essence, to be the mouthpiece of the lord. Personal study is almost like this. Our investigators/Less Actives have issues, issues that they may or may not fully share with us. We pray to help them, yet may not know the answer. Through Our personal and colove01mpanion studies, we are able to receive the revelation needed to help them on this work.
Now to talk about one of the new investigators here in Catbalogan. Within 2 days of being here, we received a referral from Sister Garcia, a member. She referred us to this sister who: Is not a member. Her Husband is related to Sister Garcia but is Less active. This family actually reminds me a bit of the Tiu Family. The husband(Nelson Labregul) , Less active. The wife (Jennie Canes ( I Believe that is how the last name is spelled)), not a member. The wife reads every day, and tries her best to listen to our message even though her one year old daughter, Kylie, is trying to get attention. They are currently not married, but they have a plan to get married. I am so excited to see this family grow, and to see what is in store for them.
Missionary work is one of those things that before your mission, you do not fully comprehend. You may comprehend to an extent, but it is near impossible to comprehend everything. I knew I had to serve a mission, I knew I wanted to serve, But I could not imagine what it would bring. As I have reflected over my mission, I could not ask for a better way to spend my time. People have said that this is the best two years of their life, but I could never understand why. Now, I understand a bit more as to why this is the best two years that anyone could ever ask for.
Thank you for all of your support and Love. My final thought is with regards to the following scripture, Alma 26:27, The scripture I shared with my Mission President. The scripture that has helped me a lot on this mission, both at the beginning, up till now.
“Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.”
With Love,
Elder Wilson

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